HydroLAKES is a database aiming to provide the shoreline polygons of all global lakes with a surface area of at least 10 ha.
Additional attributes for each of the 1.4 million lakes include estimates of the shoreline length, average depth, water volume and residence time. All lakes are co-registered to the global river network of the HydroSHEDS database via their lake pour points.
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Please consult the HydroLAKES Technical Documentation for more details on the database.
Please note that we expect increased download traffic shortly after data release (Dec. 15th), so if the site gets too slow, please try again later.
The data can be downloaded in 4 different formats (click on the zip-file link for download):
- Lake polygons (including all attributes) in an ESRI Geodatabase (727 MB zip-file).
- Lake pour points (including all attributes) in an ESRI Geodatabase (78 MB zip-file).
- Lake polygons (including all attributes) in a Shapefile (782 MB zip-file).
- Lake pour points (including all attributes) in a Shapefile (75 MB zip-file).
Messager, M.L., Lehner, B., Grill, G., Nedeva, I., Schmitt, O. (2016): Estimating the volume and age of water stored in global lakes using a geo-statistical approach. Nature Communications: 13603. doi: 10.1038/ncomms13603 (open access)
For more information on this project please contact Dr. Bernhard Lehner