HydroATLAS version 1.0


HydroATLAS offers a global compendium of hydro-environmental sub-basin and river reach characteristics at 15 arc-second resolution.

HydroATLAS is a comprehensive database gathering and presenting a wide range of hydro-environmental attributes from existing global datasets in a consistent and organized manner. HydroATLAS is divided in two datasets, BasinATLAS and RiverATLAS, which represent sub-basin delineations (polygons) and the river network (lines), respectively. HydroATLAS offers attributes grouped in seven categories: hydrology; physiography; climate; land cover & use; soils & geology; and anthropogenic influences. In its first version, HydroATLAS contains 56 hydro-environmental variables, partitioned into 281 individual attributes.

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Technical documentation

For more information, please refer to the HydroATLAS Technical Documentation and the associated BasinATLAS Catalog (58MB) and RiverATLAS Catalog (66MB), respectively. (For faster download, here are lower resolution copies of the BasinATLAS Catalog and RiverATLAS Catalog)

Data download

HydroATLAS data are available for download in different formats from the figshare data repository at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.9890531

Related publications

Linke, S., Lehner, B., Ouellet Dallaire, C., Ariwi, J., Grill, G., Anand, M., Beames, P., Burchard-Levine, V., Maxwell, S., Moidu, H., Tan, F., Thieme, M. (2019). Global hydro-environmental sub-basin and river reach characteristics at high spatial resolution. Scientific Data 6: 283. doi: 10.1038/s41597-019-0300-6 (open access)

Project contact

For more information on this project please contact Dr. Bernhard Lehner