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Global 30m Height Above Nearest Drainage (HAND)

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Height Above Nearest Drainage (HAND) is a terrain model that normalizes topography to the relative heights along the drainage network and is used to describe the relative soil gravitational potentials or the local drainage potentials. Each pixel value represents the vertical distance to the nearest drainage. The HAND data provides near-worldwide land coverage at 30 meters and was produced from the 2021 release of the Copernicus GLO-30 Public DEM as distributed in the Registry of Open Data on AWS.

Update Frequency

None, except HAND may be updated if the Copernicus GLO-30 Public dataset is updated.


Copyright 2022 Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF). Produced using the Copernicus WorldDEM™-30 © DLR e.V. 2010-2014 and © Airbus Defence and Space GmbH 2014-2018 provided under COPERNICUS by the European Union and ESA; all rights reserved. The use of the HAND data falls under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) 1.0 Universal License.


Managed By

The Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF)

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How to Cite

Global 30m Height Above Nearest Drainage (HAND) was accessed on DATE from

Usage Examples

Tools & Applications

Resources on AWS

  • Description
    GLO-30 HAND S3 bucket
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    AWS Region
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls --no-sign-request s3://glo-30-hand/
    STAC V1.0.0 endpoint
    Via STAC Browser
  • Description
    Notifications for new data
    Resource type
    SNS Topic
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    AWS Region

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