Historic Lake Drainage from Remote Sensing Datasets, 1955-2017, Western Arctic Coastal Plain, Northern Alaska (US)

Jones, Benjamin M.; Arp, Christopher D.; Grosse, Guido; Nitze, Ingmar; Lara, Mark; Whitman, Matthew; Farquharson, Louise; Kanevskiy, Mikhail; Parsekian, Andrew; Breen, Amy; Ohara, Nori; Rangel, Rodrigo; Hinkel, Kenneth

We identified all lakes larger than 10 hectares (ha) that drained completely or partially (greater than 25 %) between 1955 and 2017 using historical (original) USGS topographic maps and aerial photography (1955) and Landsat Imagery (circa 1975, circa 2000, and annually since 2000). For each lake drainage event, we inferred the drainage mechanism and categorized the drainage pathway based on known lake drainage mechanisms using interpretation of high-resolution remote sensing data and field observations.

Detailed information about the methods can be found in the data publication and the publication to which this dataset is a supplement.


In order to use these data, you must cite this data set with the following citation:

Benjamin Jones, Christopher Arp, Guido Grosse, Ingmar Nitze, Mark Lara, et al. 2019. Historic Lake Drainage on the Western Arctic Coastal Plain in Northern Alaska from Remote Sensing Datasets, 1955-2017. Arctic Data Center. doi:10.18739/A2DR2P85H.


Jones, Benjamin M.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Identifier DOI:10.18739/A2DR2P85H
Institute Water and Environmental Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, USA
Source https://doi.org/10.18739/A2DR2P85H
Publication Date 2019
Version 1.0
Product Lake Drainage
Sensor Landsat & other Remote Sensing Datasets
  1. point feature shapefile of historic lake drainage
  2. XML metadata file
Variables [Units]
  1. Lat: Latitude of lake [decimal degrees]
  2. Long: Longitude of lake [decimal degrees]
  3. Time_Perio: Time period of drainage [YYYY]
  4. Drain_Mech_: Inferred drainage mechanism [text]
  5. Drain_loca: Drainage location [text]
  6. Perc_drain: Percent drainage of event [%]
  7. Drain_Type: Drainage classification (complete or partial) [text]
Region Northern Alaska
Spatial Reference EPSG:4326 WGS 84
Spatial Resolution
Spatial Coverage Latitude 69.51 to 71.50, Longitude -158.76 to -150.95
Temporal Coverage 1955 to 2017
Temporal Resolution
Format Shapefile
Is Supplement To

Jones, BM, Arp, CD, Grosse, G, et al. Identifying historical and future potential lake drainage events on the western Arctic coastal plain of Alaska. Permafrost and Periglac Process. 2020; 31: 110– 127. https://doi.org/10.1002/ppp.2038

Related to

Benjamin Jones, Christopher Arp, Guido Grosse, Ingmar Nitze, Mark Lara, et al. 2019. Potential Future Lake Drainage for the Western Arctic Coastal Plain in northern Alaska from an Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR)-Derived Digital Surface Model, 2002-2003. Arctic Data Center. doi:10.18739/A2JH3D29N.

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