Circumpolar Arctic Lake Cover Map
Lake cover strongly affects the reflectance of the land surface over large areas of the Arctic, and was useful for identifying extensive wetlands. Lake cover was based on the number of AVHRR water pixels in each mapped polygon, divided by the number of pixels in the polygon. Since the imagery has a pixel size of 1 km^2, lake cover is underestimated for areas with many small lakes. Pixels within 2 km of the coastline were excluded to avoid ocean water. The percent cover data were grouped into six categories: < 2%, 2-10%, 10-25%, 25-50%, 50-75%, and 75-100%. Since the sum of the last three categories was only 1.5%, (the 75-100% category covered 1% of the map), they were combined for the map into one category, >25%.
Data and Resources
Data Types: GIS, Map, Image