Data Set ID: 
HMA_GLI

High Mountain Asia Near-Global Multi-Decadal Glacial Lake Inventory, Version 1

This data set contains polygons of glacial lake extent on a near-global scale, averaged over five multi-year periods between 1990 and 2018.

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary: 

Initial release

STANDARD Level of Service

Data: Data integrity and usability verified

Documentation: Key metadata and user guide available

User Support: Assistance with data access and usage; guidance on use of data in tools

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Parameter(s):
  • GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIERS > GLACIAL LAKE EXTENT
Data Format(s):
  • ESRI Shapefile
Spatial Coverage:
N: 82.6, 
S: -55.4, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Platform(s):LANDSAT-4, LANDSAT-5, LANDSAT-7, LANDSAT-8
Spatial Resolution:
  • 30 m x 30 m
Sensor(s):ETM+, MSS, OLI, TIRS, TM
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1990 to 31 December 2018
Version(s):V1
Temporal ResolutionVariesMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Dan Shugar

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As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Shugar, D., A. Burr, U. K. Haritashya, J. Kargel, C. S. Watson, M. C. Kennedy, A. R. Bevington, R. A. Betts, S. Harrison, and K. Strattman. 2020. High Mountain Asia Near-Global Multi-Decadal Glacial Lake Inventory, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/UO20NYM3YQB4. [Date Accessed].

Literature Citation

As a condition of using these data, we request that you acknowledge the author(s) of this data set by referencing the following peer-reviewed publication.

  • Shugar, D., A. Burr, U. K. Haritashya, J. Kargel, C. S. Watson, M. C. Kennedy, A. R. Bevington, R. A. Betts, S. Harrison, and K. Strattman. 2020. Rapid worldwide growth of glacial lakes since 1990, Nature Climate Change. . . https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-0855-4

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