Flathead Lake, Montana, USA. Photo by Michael F. Meyer.

Global Lake Surface Area Trends

Patterns of local, regional, and global freshwater are increasingly important in times of a changing climate and growing human population. At the global scale, tracking changes in water abundance is more feasible than ever before given the recent derivation of the Global Lake area, Climate, and Population dataset (GLCP). The GLCP is a derived dataset of 1.42 + million lakes with corresponding basin level temperature, precipitation, and population data.

The GLCP provides an opportunity to investigate global scale patterns of lake surface area. In the Global Lake Surface Area Trends project, we make use of the GLCP and other publicly available remote sensing datasets to investigation regional and global patterns in lake surface area trends.

Alli N. Cramer
Postdoctoral Fellow

Studying the distribution of organisms and communities