Self-Hosted Elevation Service

open elevation API with highest vertical precision of 1 m

The Google elevation API provides a vertical accuracy of 30 m and there is no other open elevation service providing more accurate data available. During the development of Predictive Tracking we noticed, that this cartographic data is not precise enough and we developed a self-hosted elevation service (vertical accuracy of 1 m), you can use for your own projects under MIT license. You either host this service yourself or just use our API.

Working with the elevation service

You can download portions of the data. The data is organized by latitude/longitude where each chunk is 1x1 degree. Eg. for downloading the UK data you need to know the lat/lng extent of the UK and download all the necessary files. Example:

aws s3 cp --no-sign-request s3://elevation-tiles-prod/skadi/N51/N51E000.hgt.gz /path/to/data/folder/N51

Make sure to reproduce the file structure when downloading, e.g. ./N51/N51E001.hgt.gz. The whole dataset is just ~200GB, so maybe it is even feasible to download the whole thing.

Regarding the licensing, please check for yourself: https://registry.opendata.aws/terrain-tiles/ & https://www.mapzen.com/terms/