Data generated in the Lakes_cci project contains global lake products during the period 1992-2020, where and when data quality appropriate for climate studies can be achieved.

Main characteristics:

  • Daily aggregation interval pinned to 12:00:00 UTC.
  • Grid format with spatial resolution of 1/120 degrees (near 1 km at the equator).
  • Per-lake variables (LWL and LWE) are duplicated into the grid for the area given under the nominal spatial delineation of that lake, derived from its maximum water extent as used for the variables resolved for the whole lakes grid.
  • Datum: WGS84
  • Extent: -180 to 180 degrees longitude, -90 to 90 degrees latitude, where positive signs point north and east. The pixel coordinate is the centre of the pixel. This results in 21600 grid rows and 43200 grid columns.
Distribution of lakes in the Lakes_cci dataset v2.0
Distribution of lakes in the Lakes_cci dataset v2.0

Lake Surface Water Temperature data (version 2.02) - Interactive globe

Where to find and how to explore the Lakes climate data records

There are several ways in which you can explore, download, and analyse the Lakes_cci datasets.

Lakes_cci WebGIS

Lakes_cci - Global Climate Indicators Dashboard

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The temporal availability of LWLR data depends on the sensor. The table below shows the time span and sensor source for LWLR and derived variables.

MODIS-Aqua coverage is for a reduced number of lakes after validation of inter-sensor consistency. In v2.0.2, 38 lakes out of 250 investigated have MODIS data included in the indicated period. The remainder of lakes is being investigated during phase 2 of the project

lakes_cci LWLR coverage

As LWL is altimetry-based, water level information for some lakes is not available as they are not covered by past and current altimetry missions.