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High-Res water body dataset for tundra and boreal forests North America

This represents a water body dataset for the North American high latitudes (WBD-NAHL). Nearly 6.5 million water bodies were identified, with approximately 6 million (∼90 %) of them smaller than 0.1 km2. The dataset provides area and morphological attributes for every water body. During this study, we developed an automated approach for detecting surface water extent and identifying water bodies in the 10 m resolution Sentinel-2 multispectral satellite data to enhance the capability of delineating small water bodies and their morphological attributes. The approach was applied to the Sentinel-2 data acquired in 2019 to produce the water body dataset for the entire tundra and boreal forests in North America. The dataset provided a more complete representation of the region than existing regional datasets for North America, e.g., Permafrost Region Pond and Lake (PeRL). The total accuracy of the detected water extent by the WBD-NAHL dataset was 96.36 % through comparison to interpreted data for locations randomly sampled across the region. The original data source is from the National Tibetan Plateau/Third Pole Environment Data Center.

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Sui, Yijie, Min Feng, Chunling Wang, and Xin Li. "A high-resolution inland surface water body dataset for the tundra and boreal forests of North
America." Earth System Science Data 14, no. 7 (2022): 3349-3363.


Earth Engine Snippet

var wbd = ee.FeatureCollection("projects/sat-io/open-datasets/HYDRO/wbd_fixed_geoms");

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License and Usage

This dataset is shared under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. To respect the intellectual property rights, protect the rights of data authors, expand services of the data center, and evaluate the application potential of data, data users should clearly indicate the source of the data and the author of the data in the research results generated by using the data (including published papers, articles, data products, and unpublished research reports, data products and other results). For re-posting (second or multiple releases) data, the author must also indicate the source of the original data.

Example of acknowledgement statement is included below: The data set is provided by National Tibetan Plateau Data Center (

Curated by: Ethan D. Kyzivat & Samapriya Roy

Keywords: Hydrology, Boreal , Tundra, water body

Last updated: 2022-02-21

Last updated in GEE: 2023-02-22

Last update: 2023-02-26
Created: 2023-02-26