Dams, Lakes and Reservoirs Database for the World Water Development Report IIEntry ID: UNH_WWRDII_DAMS
Abstract: The dams and reservoirs database is a global databank of 633 large impoundments
from a series of world dam registers published by ICOLD and IWPDC (ICOLD,
1984;1988; IWPDC, 1994; 1989), with the following attributes:
- Dam name
- River Nam
- Nearest City
- ... Continent
- Dam Type
- Volume of dam body
- Reservoir Capacity
- Latitude and Longitude
Documented lake volumes were identified for 87 out of the total natural 6 392
georeferenced lakes with known area (ESRI 1995; Lerman et al. 1995) as
developed in Green et al. (2004). The small number of known lake volumes
actually corresponds to approximately 90% of the total volume of global fresh
water lakes since the largest lakes (Baikal, Tanganyika, North American Great
Lakes, Victoria) are well documented. For the remaining lakes lacking
documented volume information, average lake depth was estimated as a function
of lake area class (ESRI 1995) depending on glacial or tectonic origin (Meybeck
1995). Lake volume was calculated as the product of estimated lake depth and
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Water Systems Analysis Group
Dataset Title: Dams, Lakes and Reservoirs Database
Dataset Series Name: World Water Development Report II
Dataset Release Place: Durham, NH
Dataset Publisher: University of New HampshireOnline Resource: http://wwdrii.sr.unh.edu/download.html
Latitude Resolution: 30 min
Longitude Resolution: 30 min
Horizontal Resolution Range: 10 km - < 50 km or approximately .09 degree - < .5 degree
ISO Topic Category
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: online
Distribution Format: JPEG, ascii, ARC
Phone: (603) 862-1792
Fax: (603) 862-0188
Email: charles.vorosmarty at unh.edu
Water Systems Analysis Group Complex Systems Research Center Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space University of New Hampshire Morse Hall, 39 College Road
Province or State: NH
Postal Code: 03824
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Green, P., C. J. Vörösmarty, M. Meybeck, J. Galloway, and B.J. Peterson. 2004.
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Springer-Verlag, Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH and Co. KG.
Meybeck M. 1995. Global distribution of lakes. In: Lerman A. (ed) Physics and
Chemistry of Lakes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH and Co. KG.
ICOLD. 1984, 1988. World Register of Dams. 1984 full edition and 1988
updating. International Commission on Large Dams, Paris.
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International Water Power and Dam Construction. 1989. The World's Major Dams
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Vorosmarty, C. J., K. P. Sharma, B. M. Fekete, A. H. Copeland, J. Holden, J.
Marble and J. A. Lough. The Storage and aging of continental runoff in large
reservoir systems of the world, AMBIO, 26 (4): 210-219.
Vorosmarty, C.J., M. Meybeck, B. Fekete, K. Sharma, P. Green, and J. Syvitski.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-12-08
Last DIF Revision Date: 2008-06-18