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Global Lake Level Status Grids, NOAA/NCDC/WDC Paleoclimatology
Entry ID: NOAA_NCDC_PALEO_2002-037

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Abstract: These lake status grids were developed mainly for use in climate model
validation but remain versatile for other paleoclimatic research. The global
lake status database used in this study resulted from the merging of 3 main
lake status databases available from NOAA/NCDC Paleoclimatology program in
Boulder, Colorado, USA (
The lake status estimates are standardized for use on a 3 degree x 3
degree lat/long grid size for 0,3,6,9 and 12 ka.

The lake status grids were derives from the Oxford lake Level Database (OLLDB).
the European Lake Level Database (ELLDB)and the Former Soviet Union and
Mongolia Lake level Database.
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Caption:  Global distribution of Holocene lake levels
Description:  Global distribution of Holocene lake levels

Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Viau, A.E. and Gajewski, K.
Dataset Title: Global Lake Level Status Grids
Dataset Release Date: June 2002
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, CO
Dataset Publisher: IGBP PAGES/World Data Center Paleoclimatology
Issue Identification: IGBP PAGES/WDC Paleoclimatology Contribution #2002-037
Other Citation Details: NOAA/NCDC Paleoclimatology Program, Boulder CO, USA
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 0001-01-01
Paleo Temporal Coverage
Paleo Start Date: 12,000 ybp
Paleo Stop Date: 0 ybp
Chrono Unit:
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 3 degress
Longitude Resolution: 3 degrees
Temporal Resolution: 3 kyr
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
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Originating Center
Data Center
World Data Center for Paleoclimatology, Boulder Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: Data Contribution Series # 2002-037

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 497-6160
Fax: +1 (303) 497-6513
Email: paleo at
Contact Address:
World Data Center for Paleoclimatology
325 Broadway
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80303
Country: USA
Distribution Media: online ftp, www
Distribution Format: ascii, excel
Fees: none
Contact Address:
Laboratory for Paleoclimatology and Climatology
Department of Geography
Simard Building
165 Waller Street
University of Ottawa
City: Ottawa
Province or State: Ontario
Postal Code: K1N 6N5
Country: CANADA
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Viau, A.E. and Gajewski, K., 2001. Holocene variations in the global
hydrological cycle quantified by objective gridding of lake level
databases. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere 106(D23):
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2003-04-18
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-06-05