New global high-resolution centerlines dataset of selected river systems

Data in Brief
Michigan State University
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We present the first high resolution (1:20,000) river centerlines shapefiles from 50 large rivers across the world. Rivers were selected based on the criteria of having more than 1000 km length and which have been reported to have a significant contribution to global fishery production. Since large rivers often span multiple countries, the degree of changes (i.e., anthropogenic or climate derived) varies from region to region. These high-resolution layers were developed to enable researchers to delineate accurate river length, from headwaters regions to their delta and assess or visualize the ongoing changes more accurately in these river systems. Further, these polylines could be used in coordination with satellite derived environmental or landscape variables for ecological research (e.g. predicting biodiversity, estimating biomass).

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title New global high-resolution centerlines dataset of selected river systems
Series title Data in Brief
DOI 10.1016/j.dib.2018.09.016
Volume 20
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, National Climate Adaptation Science Center
Description 4 p.
First page 1552
Last page 1555
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