Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 213–229, 2021
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 213–229, 2021

Data description paper 02 Feb 2021

Data description paper | 02 Feb 2021

Dataset of Georeferenced Dams in South America (DDSA)

Bolivar Paredes-Beltran et al.

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We present a dataset of 1010 entries of dams in South America describing several attributes such as the dams' names, characteristics, purposes, georeferenced locations and also relevant data on the dams' catchments. Information was obtained from extensive research through numerous sources and then validated individually. With this work we expect to contribute to the development of new research in the region, which to date has been limited to certain basins due to the absence of information.