China lake dataset (1960s-2015)

The multi-decadal lake number and area changes in China during 1960s–2015 are derived from historical topographic maps and >3831 Landsat satellite images, including lakes as fine as ≥1 km2 in size. The total area of lakes in China has increased by 5858.06 km2 (9%) between 1960s and 2015, and with heterogeneous spatial variations. Lake area changes in the Tibetan Plateau, Xinjiang, and Northeast Plain and Mountain regions reveal significant increases of 5676.75, 1417.15, 1134.87 km2 (≥15%), respectively, but the Inner-Mongolian Plateau shows an obvious decrease of 1223.76 km2 (22%). We find that 141 new lakes have appeared predominantly in the arid western China; but 333 lakes, mainly located in the humid eastern China, have disappeared over the past five decades.

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The files are named as “Lake_Year”_zone_check". The data are provided as ArcMap shape file format including fields such as Lake Area, source data, and date.

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ZHANG Guoqing. China lake dataset (1960s-2015). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2019. doi: 10.11888/Hydro.tpdc.270302. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

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1. Zhang, G., Yao, T., Chen, W., Zheng, G., Shum, C.K., Yang, K., Piao, S., Sheng, Y., Yi,S., Li, J., O'Reilly, C.M., Qi, S., Shen, S.S.P., Zhang, H., Jia, Y. (2019). Regional differences of lake evolution across China during 1960s–2015 and its natural and anthropogenic causes. Remote Sensing of Environment. 221, 386-404.( View Details | Download | Bibtex)

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East: 140.00 West: 70.00
South: 15.00 North: 55.00
  • Temporal resolution: Yearly
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  • Temporal coverage: 1960-02-18 To 2016-02-17
  • Updated time: 2019-09-25
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