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Wikipedia Lists of Lakes :package:

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World Lake Database

GloboLakes: high-resolution global limnology dataset

Global Lakes and Wetlands Database :package: (GLWD)

Global Lake area, Climate, and Population dataset (GLCP)

Global Reservoir and Dam Database (GranD)

Global Lake Database (GLDB)

Dams, lakes and reservoirs database (World Water Development Report II)

Database for Hydrological Time Series of Inland Waters (DAHITI) :package:

StreamPULSE: High frequency stream metabolism data

GEMS-GLORI world river discharge database

Greenhouse gas emissions from lakes and impoundments (Delsontro et al. 2018)

Global Lake and River Ice Phenology Database

Global Surface Water Dataset (GSW)

Global Reservoir Surface Area Dataset (GRSAD)

Global Reservoir Geometry Database (ReGeomData)

Near-global environmental information for freshwater ecosystems in 1km resolution (EarthEnv)

Reservoir and Lake Surface Area Timeseries (ReaLSAT)

Global River Chemistry Database (GLORICH)

Global Water Chemistry Database (GLOWACHEM)

Global Reservoirs and Lakes Monitor (G-REALM)

Time series of water levels in the rivers and lakes around the world (Hydroweb)

Global Georeferenced Database of Dams (GOODD)

Global River Widths from Landsat Database (GRWL)

River and Reservoir Watch

Simulated Topological Networks (STN)

Lake origin/formation classifications (Sharma and Bryne. 2011) See supplement(s)

Global Streamflow Indices and Metadata Archive (GSIM)


Global River Water Quality Archive (GRQA)

Global Lake Level Database (GLLD)

Global database on dissolved carbon in soil solution (Langeveld et al. 2020)

the Global Lakes Bathymetry Dataset (GLOBathy)

Georeferenced global Dams And Reservoirs (GeoDAR)

The global river database of methane concentrations and fluxes (GRiMeDB)


ASTER Global Water Bodies Database (ASTWBD)

Global Lakes Database (GLAKES)

The Boreal–Arctic Wetland and Lake Dataset (BAWLD)

The pan-Arctic catchment database (ARCADE)

Wetland Area and Dynamics for Methane Modeling (WAD2M)

Water bodies for the tundra and boreal biomes in North America (WBD-NAHL)

circum-Arctic Permafrost Region Pond and Lake database (PeRL)

A database of chlorophyll and water chemistry in freshwater lakes

the SWOT River Database (SWORD)

Global Dam Tracker (GDAT)


USA National Lakes Assessment :package: (NLA)

USA National Eutrophication Survey :package: (NES)

USA National Hydography Dataset :package: (NHD)

USA National Inventory of Dams :package: (NID)

USA National Water Information System :package: (NWIS)

USA Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)

American Rivers Dam Removal List

USGS Dam Removal Science Database

A Reservoir Morphology Database for the Conterminous United States

National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA)

The Hydro Network-Linked Data Index (NLDI)

Dam Metrics Representing Stream Fragmentation and Flow Alteration

National Anthropogenic Barrier Dataset (NABD)

National Surface Water Survey :package: (NSWS)

Changes in anthropogenic influences on streams and rivers in the conterminous U.S. over the last 40 years

Lotic Intersite Nitrogen eXperiment II (LINX II): nitrate uptake and retention in 72 streams across 8 different biomes (2003 – 2006).

AquaSat: A Data Set to Enable Remote Sensing of Water Quality for Inland Waters

CAMELS: Large-Sample Hydrometeorological Dataset

SPARROW: simulated streamflow, nutrient and suspended-sediment loads in the United States

Database for hydrometeorological modeling of 14,425 North American watersheds (HYSETS)

Geospatial Attributes of Gages for Evaluating Streamflow (GAGES-II)

Hydropower Infrastructure - LAkes, Reservoirs, and RIvers (HILARRI)

CAMELS with Atmospheric and Stream Water Chemistry Data (CAMELS-Chem)


Canada Hydro Features Database (Canvec) :package:

National Water Data Archive (HYDAT) :package:



European Environment Agency - Waterbase (EEA)

Water Framework Directive - Catchment Data Explorer :package:

European Multi Lake Survey

Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers (AMBER Barrier Atlas)


UK - Water Framework Directive - Waterbodies (WFD)

UK Lakes Portal

Environment Agency - Water Quality Archive

UK National River Flow Archive (NRFA) :package:


Water Information System Sweden

Swedish Lake Register

SLU - long-term monitoring of lakes


National long-term surveillance of Swiss rivers (NADUF)


Rijkswaterstaat (“National Waterlevels”)


North America

North American River Width Data Set (NARWidth)


Connecticut Lake Bathymetry Contours


DBHYDRO :package:


MN DNR (LakeFinder)

Lake Bathymetric Outlines, Contours, Vegetation, and DEM

New York

Adirondack Lakes Survey (ALS)


Provincial (Stream) Water Quality Monitoring Network


Atlas of Oregon Lakes





Eastern US

Lake multi-scaled geospatial and temporal database (LAGOSNE) :package:

Western US

Georeferenced Lake Nutrient Chemistry Database (GLNC)

British Columbia

BC Freshwater Atlas :package:

North American Great Lakes

Great Lakes Hydrography Dataset (GLHD)


Advanced Lake Biogeochemistry Model (ALBM)



Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC)

Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code+ (EFDC+)

FLake :package:

General Lake Model (GLM) :package:

Hydrologic Engineering Center’s River Analysis System (HEC-RAS)

HYdrological Predictions for the Environment (HYPE)


MyLake :package:

Precipitation Runoff Modeling System (PRMS)

Raven Hydrological Modelling Framework :package:

Simstrat :package:

SPARROW :package:

Variable Infiltration Capacity Model (VIC)

Water Ecosystems Tool (WET, GOTM-FABM-PCLake)

the Wetland DEM Ponding Model (WDPM)