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Dataset of Yarkand River System, Mountainous Part of the Catchment and Elevation Classification

GUI Dongwei1,2,3LI Bofei1,2ZHANG Siyuan1,2LIU Chuang4
1 State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology,Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Urumqi 830011,China2 Cele National Station of Observation and Research for Desert-Grassland Ecosystems,Cele 848300,China3 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100049,China4 Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100101,China


Published:Dec. 2022

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Key Words:

Yarkand River,Catchment,River System,Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,data encyclopedia


Yarkand River System are the 37 rivers that maintain the Yarkand Oasis including Yarkand, Tiznafu, Keleqing, Taxkorgan, Kokya, Uruk and Qipanhe rivers, etc. Their main stream lengths are 1,273.80 km (Yarkant), 326.59 km (Tiznafu), 239.01 km (Keleqing), 191.38 km (Taxkorgan), 185.38 km (Kokya), 144.69 km (Uruk), 98.70 km (Qipanhe), respectively. The mountainous Part of the Yarkand Rivers Catchment is the mountainous catchment area of the Yarkant River and its upstream tributaries. The catchment is a transnational basin with about 96.40% of the total basin area in China (within the Kashgar Administration Region and Tumushuke of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) and about 3.57% in Pakistan. The geolocation of the mountainous Yarkant Basin of is between 35°27'33"N and 38°19'16"N, 74°26'53"E and 78°23'60"E. The basin area is 56,223.00 km² (Albers projection) and its perimeter is 1,759.07 km (Lambert projection). The elevation classification data was classified into 16 types. The dataset was developed based on Google Earth images, ASTER GDEM 30 m and in situ data. The dataset is consisted of: (1) river system of Yarkand River; (2) boundary data of the mountainous part of the Yarkand River Catchment; (3) elevation classification data of the mountainous part of the Yarkand River Catchment. The dataset is archived in .kmz, .shp and .tif data formats, and consists of 33 data files with data size of 225 MB (compressed to 3 files with 27.6 MB).

Foundation Item:

Ministry of Science and Technology of P. R. China (2022xjkk010201)

Data Citation:

GUI Dongwei, LI Bofei, ZHANG Siyuan, LIU Chuang. Dataset of Yarkand River System, Mountainous Part of the Catchment and Elevation Classification[J/DB/OL]. Digital Journal of Global Change Data Repository, 2022.


[1] NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Spacesystems, U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model V003 [DB/OL]. Distributed by NASA EOSDIS Land Processes DAAC, 2018.
     [2] Editorial Committee of Encyclopedia of Rivers and Lakes in China. Encyclopedia of Rivers and Lakes in China: Section of river basins in northwest region [M]. Beijing: China Water & Power Press, 2014.
     [3] Gui, D. W., Li, B. F., Zhang, S. Y., et al. Yarkant Oasis [J/DB/OL]. Digital Journal of Global Change Data Repository, 2021.

Data Product:

ID Data Name Data Size Operation
1 MontPartofYarkandRiverCatchment.kmz 2889.56KB
2 YarkandRiverSystem&Catch.EVC.rar 15662.70KB
3 YarkandRiverSystem.kmz 9799.29KB