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Global Inundation Map (GLIN)

Global Inundation Map (GLIN)

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The Global Inundation Map, termed GLIN, is a global raster map showing estimates for average annual minimum, average annual maximum, and long-term maximum inundation extents at 15 arc-second spatial resolution. In a partner product (GLIN-monthly) monthly average inundation extents are represented.


Department of Geography, McGill University (Montreal, Canada)

see also:

Fluet-Chouinard, E., Lehner, B., Rebelo, L.-M., Papa, F. and Hamilton, S. (2015): Development of a global inundation map at high spatial resolution from topographic downscaling of coarse-scale remote sensing data. Remote Sensing of Environment 158: 348-361 (link)

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Bernhard Lehner
Department of Geography,
McGill University,Burnside Hall,
805 Sherbrooke Street West,
Montreal, QC H3A 0B9,
Phone: ++1.514.3988794

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This work was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); the EU BioFresh Project (7th Framework European Program, Contract No. 226874); the Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre (GEC3), Quebec, Canada; and McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

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