I want to download a digital elevation model for a major part of Europe.

Last time I tried it with the "NASA NASADEM Digital Elevation 30m", wich can be found here: https://developers.google.com/earth-engine/datasets/catalog/NASA_NASADEM_HGT_001#description

However, I encounter the problem, that the northern part of the map extend is completely cut off, as you can see in the picture below. When I download the DEM TIF data like this, the pixels of the entire cut-off-region only contain the value "0", respectively an elevation of zero.

screenshot of my GEE windor after running the code

Here is the code I use:

// Import the dataset and select the elevation band.
var dataset = ee.Image('NASA/NASADEM_HGT/001');
var elevation = dataset.select('elevation');

// Add a white background image to the map.
var background = ee.Image(1);
Map.addLayer(background, {min: 0, max: 1});

// Set elevation visualization properties.
var elevationVis = {
  min: 0,
  max: 2000,

// Set elevation <= 0 as transparent and add to the map.
Map.addLayer(elevation.updateMask(elevation.gt(0)), elevationVis, 'Elevation');

  image: elevation, 
  description: 'elevation', 
  folder: 'Digital Elevation Model Europe', 
  scale: 100, 
  region: geometry, 
  maxPixels: 5e9 // --> change the maxPixels for different resolution
  • 1
    This is due to the data and not due to Google Earth Engine. Try another DEM that covers the entire earth.
    – JonasV
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 10:14
  • ah seriously?! I have tried it with an other one before, but it looks like that got the same weird map extend. Thanks for the quick answer though!
    – Mark
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 10:41

1 Answer 1


As pointed out by @JonasV, it's the data. SRTM only covers the globe from 56°S to 60°N as shown here and described here:

srtm near-global coverage

  • alright, thanks mate!
    – Mark
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 13:17

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