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ASTER Global Water Bodies Database V001

Metadata Updated: December 6, 2023

The ASTER Global Water Bodies Database (ASTWBD) Version 1 data product provides global coverage of water bodies larger than 0.2 square kilometers at a spatial resolution of 1 arc second (approximately 30 meters) at the equator, along with associated elevation information.

The ASTWBD data product was created in conjunction with the ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model (ASTER GDEM) Version 3 data product by the Sensor Information Laboratory Corporation (SILC) in Tokyo. The ASTER GDEM Version 3 data product was generated using ASTER Level 1A ( scenes acquired between March 1, 2000, and November 30, 2013. The ASTWBD data product was then generated to correct elevation values of water body surfaces.

To generate the ASTWBD data product, water bodies were separated from land areas and then classified into three categories: ocean, river, or lake. Oceans and lakes have a flattened, constant elevation value. The effects of sea ice were manually removed from areas classified as oceans to better delineate ocean shorelines in high latitude areas. For lake waterbodies, the elevation for each lake was calculated from the perimeter elevation data using the mosaic image that covers the entire area of the lake. Rivers presented a unique challenge given that their elevations gradually step down from upstream to downstream; therefore, visual inspection and other manual detection methods were required.

The geographic coverage of the ASTWBD extends from 83°N to 83°S. Each tile is distributed in GeoTIFF format and referenced to the 1984 World Geodetic System (WGS84)/1996 Earth Gravitational Model (EGM96) geoid. Each data product is provided as a zipped file that contains an attribute file with the water body classification information and a DEM file, which provides elevation information in meters.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023

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Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023
Publisher LP DAAC
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Data First Published 2011-08-24
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2015-09-30
Category Terra, geospatial
Public Access Level public
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Citation NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Spacesystems and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. 2019-08-05. ASTWBD.001. ASTER Global Water Bodies Database V001. Archived by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Government, NASA EOSDIS Land Processes DAAC. The DOI landing page provides citations in APA and Chicago styles..
Creator NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Spacesystems and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
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