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ESA Lakes Climate Change Initiative (Lakes_cci): Lake products, Version 2.0.1

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2022-04-27
Status: Superseded
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Citable
Publication Date: 2022-04-28
DOI Publication Date: 2023-02-21
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 10.32K Files | 46GB

This dataset has been superseded. See Latest Version here

This dataset contains the Lakes Essential Climate Variable, which is comprised of processed satellite observations at the global scale, over the period 1992-2020, for over 2000 inland water bodies. This dataset was produced by the European Space Agency (ESA) Lakes Climate Change Initiative (Lakes_cci) project. For more information about the Lakes_cci please visit the project website.

This is version 2.0.1 of the dataset. The five thematic climate variables included in this dataset are:
• Lake Water Level (LWL), derived from satellite altimetry, is fundamental to understand the balance between water inputs and water loss and their connection with regional and global climate change.
• Lake Water Extent (LWE), modelled from the relation between LWL and high-resolution spatial extent observed at set time-points, describes the areal extent of the water body. This allows the observation of drought in arid environments, expansion in high Asia, or impact of large-scale atmospheric oscillations on lakes in tropical regions for example. .
• Lake Surface Water temperature (LSWT), derived from optical and thermal satellite observations, is correlated with regional air temperatures and is informative about vertical mixing regimes, driving biogeochemical cycling and seasonality.
• Lake Ice Cover (LIC), determined from optical observations, describes the freeze-up in autumn and break-up of ice in spring, which are proxies for gradually changing climate patterns and seasonality.
• Lake Water-Leaving Reflectance (LWLR), derived from optical satellite observations, is a direct indicator of biogeochemical processes and habitats in the visible part of the water column (e.g. seasonal phytoplankton biomass fluctuations), and an indicator of the frequency of extreme events (peak terrestrial run-off, changing mixing conditions).

Data generated in the Lakes_cci are derived from multiple satellite sensors including: TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason, ENVISAT, SARAL, Sentinel 2-3, Landsat OLI, ERS, MODIS Terra/Aqua and Metop.

Detailed information about the generation and validation of this dataset is available from the Lakes_cci documentation available on the project website.

Citable as:  Carrea, L.; Crétaux, J.-F.; Liu, X.; Wu, Y.; Bergé-Nguyen, M.; Calmettes, B.; Duguay, C.; Jiang, D.; Merchant, C.J.; Mueller, D.; Selmes, N.; Simis, S.; Spyrakos, E.; Stelzer, K.; Warren, M.; Yesou, H.; Zhang, D. (2023): ESA Lakes Climate Change Initiative (Lakes_cci): Lake products, Version 2.0.1. NERC EDS Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, 21 February 2023. doi:10.5285/03c935c6890c4b2ebf4aae4d84cd9472.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: ESA, CCI, Lakes, ECV


Previous Info:

2022-06-10 Please note, an issue has been found with missing LWLR data in this version of the dataset. A updated version of the dataset … Show More 2022-06-10 Please note, an issue has been found with missing LWLR data in this version of the dataset. A updated version of the dataset is available. Show Less

Previously used record identifiers:
No related previous identifiers.
Access rules:
Public data: access to these data is available to both registered and non-registered users.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

This dataset was generated in the framework of the Lakes CCI+ project, funded by ESA. Data were produced by the project team and supplied for archiving at the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA).

V2.0.1 of the data provides a minor update to v2.0, which fixes an issue with missing latitude and longitude values in some files, and minor metadata and format corrections. The data itself is unchanged.

Data Quality:
Data are as given by the data provider, no quality control has been performed by the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA)
File Format:
Data are in NetCDF format

Process overview

This dataset was generated by the computation detailed below.

Derivation of the ESA Lakes Climate Change Initiative dataset


The data generated by the Lakes_cci project have been derived from data from multiple instruments and multiple satellites including; TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason, ENVISAT, SARAL, Sentinel, Landsat, ERS, Terra/Aqua, Suomi NPP, Metop and Orbview.

For information on the derivation of the lake products, please see the documentation at

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