Lake level status grids
Jan 18, 2002
These lake status grids were developed mainly for use in climate model validation but remain versatile for other paleoclimatic research.
***PLEASE CITE REFERENCE BELOW WHEN USING LAKE GRIDS***
REFERENCE: Viau, A.E. and Gajewski, K., 2001. Holocene variations in the global hydrological cycle quantified by objective gridding of lake level databases. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere 106(D23): 31703-31716.
The lake status estimates are standardized for use on a 3° x 3° lat/long grid size for 0, 3, 6, 9 and 12 ka.
The grids are arranged in spreadsheet format (Microsoft EXCEL .xls) and contains 3 sheets:
A readme sheet
By longitude west to east and by latitude north to south (ie. -180, -90 to 180, 90)
Lake statuses have been standardized into 3 categories according to the Oxford Lake Level Database.
Note: that continuous estimates may vary between 1 and 3
References for original databases
The Oxford Lake Level Database (OLLDB)
Street-Perrott, F.A., D.S. Marchand, N. Roberts, and S.P Harisson, 1989.Global Lake-Level Variations from
COHMAP Members, 1994, Oxford Lake Levels Database. IGBP PAGES/World Data Center-A for Paleoclimatology
The European Lake Level Databases (ELLDB)
Yu, G. and S. Harrison, 1995, Lake Status Records from Europe, Database Doc. IGBP PAGES/World Data Center-A
The Former Soviet Union and Mongolia Lake level Database.
Tarasov, P.E., et al, 1996, Lake Status Records from the FSU, Database Documentation Version 2.
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