Permafrost Region Pond and Lake Database (PeRL)

Muster, Sina; Roth, Kurt; Langer, Moritz; Lange, Stephan; Cresto-Aleina, Fabio; Bartsch, Annett; Morgenstern, Anne; Grosse, Guido; Jones, Benjamin; Sannel, A Britta K; Sjoeberg, Ylva; Günther, Frank; Andresen, Christian; Veremeeva, Alexandra; Lindgren, Prajna R; Bouchard, Frédéric; Lara, Mark J; Fortier, Daniel; Charbonneau, Simon; Virtanen, Tarmo A; Hugelius, Gustaf; Palmtag, Juri; Siewert, Matthias Benjamin; Riley, William J; Koven, Charles D; Boike, Julia

The Permafrost Region Pond and Lake Database (PeRL) presents the results of a circum-arctic effort to map ponds and lakes from modern (2002-2013) high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery with a resolution of 5m or less that resolves water bodies down to a surface area of 100 m². The database also includes historical imagery from 1948 to 1965 with a resolution of 6m. PeRL includes 69 circum-arctic maps covering a wide range of environmental conditions from tundra to boreal regions and from continuous to discontinuous permafrost zones. Water body maps are linked to regional permafrost landscape maps which provide information on landscape properties such as permafrost extent, ground ice volume, geology and lithology. For more information on the database see Muster et al. (2016).


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Identifier DOI:10.1594/PANGAEA.868349
Project(s) Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st Century (PAGE21)
Institute AWI Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Publication Date 2016-11-12
Version 1.0
Product Pond and Lake Database
    Variables [Units]
      Region Circum-Arctic
      Spatial Reference ESRI:102017 WGS 84 / North Pole Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area
      Spatial Resolution 6 m
      Spatial Coverage
      Temporal Coverage
      Temporal Resolution
      Format shapefile
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      Muster, S., Roth, K., Langer, M., Lange, S., Cresto Aleina, F., Bartsch, A., Morgenstern, A., Grosse, G., Jones, B., Sannel, A. B. K., Sjöberg, Y., Günther, F., Andresen, C., Veremeeva, A., Lindgren, P. R., Bouchard, F., Lara, M. J., Fortier, D., Charbonneau, S., Virtanen, T. A., Hugelius, G., Palmtag, J., Siewert, M. B., Riley, W. J., Koven, C. D., and Boike, J.: PeRL: a circum-Arctic Permafrost Region Pond and Lake database, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 317–348,, 2017.

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