Data set of recent Lake area and water volume changes in the Qinghai Tibet Plateau (1976-2013)

Data set of recent Lake area and water volume changes in the Qinghai Tibet Plateau (1976-2013)

1) area data of 317 lakes larger than 10 km2 in 1976, 1990, 2000, 2005 and 2013 were obtained based on multi temporal Landsat images;

2) Combining SRTM DEM and Landsat images, the data of lake water volume change in 1976-1990, 1990-2000, 2000-2005 and 2005-2013 were obtained;

3) The accuracy of Lake area is controlled in one pixel, and the accuracy of water volume change is about 5%;

4) This data has been applied to the study of recent changes in lake water volume in the Qinghai Tibet Plateau, and the results have been published in remote sensing of environment. In other future studies, this data can also be used as basic data, as well as in the analysis of changes in ecological environment, climate change, Lake water quality, etc

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Zhu, L., Peng, P. (2020). Data set of recent Lake area and water volume changes in the Qinghai Tibet Plateau (1976-2013). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, DOI: 10.11888/Hydro.tpdc.270397. CSTR: 18406.11.Hydro.tpdc.270397. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

Related Literatures:

1. Qiao, B,J., Zhu, L,P., Yang, R,M. (2019). Temporal-spatial differences in lake water storage changes and their links to climate change throughout the Tibetan Plateau, Remote Sensing of Environment, 222, 232-243.( View Details | Bibtex)

2. Yang, R.M., Zhu, L.P., et al., (2017). Spatiotemporal variations in volume of closed lakes on the Tibetan Plateau and their climatic responses from 1976 to 2013. Clim. Chang. 140 (3–4), 621–633.( View Details | Bibtex)

Using this data, the data citation is required to be referenced and the related literatures are suggested to be cited.

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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: 101.00 West: 76.00
South: 28.00 North: 38.00
  • Temporal resolution: Yearly
  • Spatial resolution: 10m - 100m
  • File size: 0.5 MB
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  • Access: Requestable
  • Temporal coverage: 1976-01-10 To 2014-01-09
  • Updated time: 2021-04-19
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