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Product Title
A global database of lake surface temperatures collected by in situ and satellite methods from 1985–2009
Description
Sharma, S. et al. A global database of lake surface temperatures collected by in situ and satellite methods from 1985–2009. Sci. Data 2:150008 doi: 10.1038/sdata.2015.8 (2015).
Project ID
1a5a9483-1f60-46b3-931d-cc752c957689
Project Title
Water temperature regimes in the Togiak NWR and Wood-Tikchik State Park
Point of Contact(s)
LCC Network Data Steward
LCC Network Data Manager
lccdatasteward@fws.gov
Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative
1011 E. Tudor Road MS 281
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative
1011 E. Tudor Road MS 281
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

Product Abstract

Global environmental change has influenced lake surface temperatures, a key driver of ecosystem structure and function. Recent studies have suggested significant warming of water temperatures in individual lakes across many different regions around the world. However, the spatial and temporal coherence associated with the magnitude of these trends remains unclear. Thus, a global data set of water temperature is required to understand and synthesize global, long-term trends in surface water temperatures of inland bodies of water. We assembled a database of summer lake surface temperatures for 291 lakes collected in situ and/or by satellites for the period 1985–2009. In addition, corresponding climatic drivers (air temperatures, solar radiation, and cloud cover) and geomorphometric characteristics (latitude, longitude, elevation, lake surface area, maximum depth, mean depth, and volume) that influence lake surface temperatures were compiled for each lake. This unique dataset offers an invaluable baseline perspective on global-scale lake thermal conditions as environmental change continues.

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Product Keywords

  • ISO 19115 Topic Category (isoTopicCategory):
    • biota,
    • climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere,
    • environment,
    • geoscientificInformation,
    • inlandWaters
  • Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords (theme):
    • SALMONS/TROUTS,
    • STREAM,
    • ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS,
    • STREAMFUNCTIONS,
    • WATER TEMPERATURE,
    • WATERSHED CHARACTERISTICS
  • End User Types - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC End User Type):
    • Regional & county planners,
    • State agencies,
    • Federal resource managers

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