Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Review article
06 Jun 2017
Review article |  | 06 Jun 2017

PeRL: a circum-Arctic Permafrost Region Pond and Lake database

Sina Muster, Kurt Roth, Moritz Langer, Stephan Lange, Fabio Cresto Aleina, Annett Bartsch, Anne Morgenstern, Guido Grosse, Benjamin Jones, A. Britta K. Sannel, Ylva Sjöberg, Frank Günther, Christian Andresen, Alexandra Veremeeva, Prajna R. Lindgren, Frédéric Bouchard, Mark J. Lara, Daniel Fortier, Simon Charbonneau, Tarmo A. Virtanen, Gustaf Hugelius, Juri Palmtag, Matthias B. Siewert, William J. Riley, Charles D. Koven, and Julia Boike

Data sets

PeRL: Permafrost Region Pond and Lake Database, links to ArcGIS shapefiles S. Muster, K. Roth, M. Langer, S. Lange, F. Cresto-Aleina, A. Bartsch, A. Morgenstern, G. Grosse, B. Jones, A. B. K. Sannel, Y. Sjöberg, F. Günther, C. Andresen, A. Veremeeva, P. R. Lindgren, F. Bouchard, M. J. Lara, D. Fortier, S. Charbonneau, T. A. Virtanen, G. Hugelius, J. Palmtag, M. B. Siewert, W. J. Riley, C. D. Koven, and J. Boike

Short summary
Waterbodies are abundant in Arctic permafrost lowlands. Most waterbodies are ponds with a surface area smaller than 100 x 100 m. The Permafrost Region Pond and Lake Database (PeRL) for the first time maps ponds as small as 10 x 10 m. PeRL maps can be used to document changes both by comparing them to historical and future imagery. The distribution of waterbodies in the Arctic is important to know in order to manage resources in the Arctic and to improve climate predictions in the Arctic.