Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 317–348, 2017

Special issue: Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in...

Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 317–348, 2017

Review article 06 Jun 2017

Review article | 06 Jun 2017

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

Sina Muster et al.

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Cited articles

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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.