Articles | Volume 13, issue 8
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 3951–3966, 2021

Special issue: Extreme environment datasets for the three poles

Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 3951–3966, 2021

Data description paper 13 Aug 2021

Data description paper | 13 Aug 2021

100 years of lake evolution over the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau

Guoqing Zhang et al.

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Short summary
Lakes can be effective indicators of climate change, especially over the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau. Here, we provide the most comprehensive lake mapping covering the past 100 years. The new features of this data set are (1) its temporal length, providing the longest period of lake observations from maps, (2) the data set provides a state-of-the-art lake inventory for the Landsat era (from the 1970s to 2020), and (3) it provides the densest lake observations for lakes with areas larger than 1 km2.