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Drawing upon a variety of existing maps, data and information, a new Global Lakes and Wetlands Database (GLWD) has been created. The combination of best available sources for lakes and wetlands on a global scale (1:1 to 1:3 million resolution), and the application of GIS functionality enabled the generation of a database which focuses in three coordinated levels on (1) large lakes and reservoirs, (2) smaller water bodies, and (3) wetlands.

Map description and dataset provided by: World Wildlife Found US

DescriptionSmaller Water Bodies (GWLD-2)

Level 2 (GLWD-2) comprises the shoreline polygons of permanent open water bodies with a surface area ? 0.1 km2 excluding the water bodies contained in GLWD-1. The approx. 250,000 polygons of GLWD-2 are attributed as lakes, reservoirs and rivers.



The dataset for this map was provided by: Bernhard Lehner, Petra Döll, World Wildlife Found US


Classification of stagnant fresh water bodies. GLWD-2 is distributed as ArcView polygon shapefile. Fore more information regarding spatial resolutions and attributes please read the documentation.


Please cite this map as: "GWSP Digital Water Atlas (2008). Map 27: Smaller Water Bodies (GWLD-2) (V1.0). Available online at http://atlas.gwsp.org."

Contact Information

Bernhard Lehner, World Wildlife Found US, 1250 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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