Articles | Volume 28, issue 7
Research article
11 Apr 2024
Research article |  | 11 Apr 2024

Increasing seasonal variation in the extent of rivers and lakes from 1984 to 2022

Björn Nyberg, Roger Sayre, and Elco Luijendijk

Data sets

Surface Area of River and Lakes (SARL) Björn Nyberg et al.

Surface Area of Rivers and Lakes (SARL) Björn Nyberg et al.

Short summary
Understanding the spatial and temporal distribution of surface water is crucial for effective water resource management, maintaining ecosystem health and assessing flood risks. This study examined permanent and seasonal rivers and lakes globally over 38 years, uncovering a statistically significant expansion in seasonal extent captured in the new SARL database. The findings offer valuable resources for assessing the impact of changing river and lake extents on ecosystems and human livelihoods.