Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 1869–1899, 2022
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 1869–1899, 2022
Data description paper
21 Apr 2022
Data description paper | 21 Apr 2022

GeoDAR: georeferenced global dams and reservoirs dataset for bridging attributes and geolocations

Jida Wang et al.

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Improved water infrastructure data on dams and reservoirs remain to be critical to hydrologic modeling, energy planning, and environmental conservation. We present a new global dataset, GeoDAR, that includes nearly 25 000 georeferenced dam points and their associated reservoir boundaries. A majority of these features can be linked to the register of the International Commission on Large Dams, extending the potential of registered attribute information for spatially explicit applications.