Integration dataset of Tibet Plateau boundary

The integration dataset of Tibetan Plateau boundary includes:

TPBoundary_2500m:Based on ETOPO5 Global Surface Relief, ENVI+IDL is used to extract the longitude of the Tibetan Plateau (65~105) and the altitude of 2500 meters above the latitude (20~45);

TPBoundary_3000m:Based on ETOPO5 Global Surface Relief, ENVI+IDL is used to extract the longitude of the Tibetan Plateau (65~105) and the altitude of 3000 meters above the latitude (20~45);

TPBoundary_HF (High Frequency):Li Bingyuan (1987) has conducted a systematic discussion on the principle and specific boundary of determining the scope of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. From the perspective of the formation and basic characteristics of plateau geomorphology,

Based on the geomorphological features, the plateau surface and its altitude, and considering the integrity of the mountain as the basic principle for determining the plateau range.Zhang Yili (2002) according to the results of new research in related fields and years of field practice, demonstration principles to determine the scope and boundaries of the Tibetan Plateau, Based on the information technology method, the location and boundary position of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau are accurately located and quantitatively analyzed. It is concluded that the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is partly in the Pamir Plateau in the west, the Hengduan Mountains in the east, the southern margin of the Himalayas in the south, and the Kunlun Mountains in the north. Mountain - north side of Qilian Mountain.

On April 14, 2017, the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China issued the "Announcement on Supplementing the Public Use of Place Names in the Southern Region of Tibet (First Batch)", adding Wujianling, Mirage, Qu Dengbu, and Mechuca 6 places in southern Tibet such as Baimingla Mountain Pass and Namkam;.

TPBoundary_rectangle:According to the range Lon (63~105E) & Lat (20~45N), The data is projected using latitude and longitude WGS84..

Project source: national natural science foundation of China (41571068,41301063)

Spatial range and projection mode of data: elevation greater than 2500m, WGS84 projection

As the basic data, the boundary of qinghai-tibet plateau can be used as a reference for all kinds of geoscientific research on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Data file naming and use method

Can be opened with remote sensing software such as arcgis, Qgis

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ZHANG Yili, REN Huixia, PAN Xiaoduo. Integration dataset of Tibet Plateau boundary. National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2019. doi: 10.11888/Geogra.tpdc.270099. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

Related Literatures:

1. Yi-Li, Z. , Bing-Yuan, L. I. , & Du, Z. . (2002). A discussion on the boundary and area of the tibetan plateau in china. Geographical Research.( View Details | Download | Bibtex)

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Pan-Third Pole Environment Study for a Green Silk Road-A CAS Strategic Priority A Program (No:XDA20000000)

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Geographic coverage
East: 105.00 West: 65.00
South: 20.00 North: 45.00
  • Spatial resolution: m
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  • Updated time: 2019-09-21
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