The lakes larger than 1k㎡ in Tibetan Plateau (V2.0) (1970s-2018)

Lakes on the Tibetan Plateau (TP) are an indicator and sentinel of climatic changes. We extended lake area changes on the TP from 2010 to 2018, and provided a long and dense lake observations between the 1970s and 2018. We found that the number of lakes, with area larger than 1 km2, has increased to ~1400 in 2018 from ~1000 in the 1970s. The total area of these lakes decreased between the 1970s and ~1995, and then showed a robust increase, with the exception of a slight decrease in 2015. This expansion of the lakes on the highest plateau in the world is a response to a hydrological cycle intensified by recent climate changes.

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1. Zhang, G.Q., Luo, W., Chen, W.F., & Zheng, G.X. (2019). A robust but variable lake expansion on the tibetan plateau. Science Bulletin, 64(18), 1306-1309, doi: 10.1016/j.scib.2019.07.018( View Details | Download | Bibtex)

2. Zhang, G.Q., Yao, T., Xie, H.J., Zhang, K.X., Zhu, F.J. (2014). Lakes' state and abundance across the Tibetan Plateau, Chinese Sci Bull, 59(24), 3010−3021, doi: 10.1007/s11434-014-0258-x( View Details | Download | Bibtex)

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ZHANG Guoqing. The lakes larger than 1k㎡ in Tibetan Plateau (V2.0) (1970s-2018). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2019. doi: 10.11888/Hydro.tpdc.270303. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

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East: 105.00

South: 29.00

West: 70.00

North: 40.00

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  • Spatial resolution: 10m - 100m
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