University of Reading Research Data Archive

Lake Surface Water Temperature ARC-Lake v3 (1995-2012)

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The dataset consists of satellite observations of Lake Surface Water Temperature (LSWT) and Lake Ice Cover (LIC) for major lakes, globally, from 1995 to 2012. The dataset was generated within the European Space Agency (ESA) ‘ATSR Reprocessing for Climate: Lake Surface Water Temperature & Ice Cover’ (ARC-Lake) project in 2014 and data were/are available for downloading at The project aimed to use the exceptional radiometric qualities and dual-view scanning capability of the ATSRs to derive observations of LSWT contained in this dataset. This can be considered to be a major contribution to monitoring of lakes within the Global Climate Observing System, because the ATSRs are in principle capable of being a highly accurate source of information on LSWTs on a systematic global basis, in comparison to in situ measurements which may not be avaialable. The method is based on surface water temperature retrieval from the thermal channels using the following instruments: ATRS2 on the ERS-2 platform and AATSR on the Envisat platform. LSWT and LIC observations have potential environmental and meteorological applications for inland water management and numerical weather prediction (NWP). They also offer the basis of a long term record of the physical state of lakes.

Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Merchant, Christopher and MacCallum, Stuart
Rights-holders: University of Reading, University of Edinburgh
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Year: 2018
Data last accessed: 17 May 2024
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Organisational units: Science > School of Mathematical, Computational and Physical Sciences > Department of Meteorology
Participating Organisations: University of Reading, University of Edinburgh
Keywords: inland water, hydrology, limnology, ecology
Data Availability: OPEN


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