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Dataset of Oasis, River System and Elevation Classification in the Qaidam Basin Catchment

GUI Dongwei1 GUI Dongwei2,3 LIN Jingwu1,2,3 Wang Haolin1,2,4 Li Ximing1,2,5 LIU Chuang6
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 Xinjiang University,School of Mathematics and System Science,Urumqi 830046,China5 Xinjiang Normal University,College of Life Sciences,Urumqi 830054,China6 Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100101,China


Published:Oct. 2023

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Key Words:

Qaidam River,Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,oasis,catchment,elevation,Qinghai Province,data encyclopedia


The Qaidam Basin Catchment is in Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province, Bayin'guoleng Mongol Autonomous Prefecture in Xinjiang, and Jiuquan City in Gansu Province. The geo-location of the Qaidam Basin Catchment is between 34°41′26″N and 39°20′4″N, 87°48′38″E and 99°19′9″E. The catchment area is 275,753.06 km² (Albers). The elevation of the catchment was divided into 9 types. The main rivers that nourish the oases are Qaidam River, Golmud River and Hongshui River. Their main stream lengths are 477.00 km, 421.72 km and 309.53 km, respectively. The Qaidam Basin Oasis consists of 45 oases with a total area of 39,051.06 km², accounting for 14.16% of the catchment area. The largest oasis covers an area of 30,647.27 km², accounting for 78.48% of the total oasis area. The dataset is consisted of (1) boundary data of the Qaidam Basin Catchment; (2) boundary data of the oasis; (3) river system of the catchment; (4) elevation classification data of the catchment. The dataset is archived in .kmz, .shp and .tif data formats, and consists of 62 data files with data size of 129 MB (compressed into 5 files with 53.2 MB).

Foundation Item:

National Natural Science Foundation of China (42171042)

Data Citation:

GUI Dongwei, GUI Dongwei, LIN Jingwu, Wang Haolin, Li Ximing, LIU Chuang. Dataset of Oasis, River System and Elevation Classification in the Qaidam Basin Catchment[J/DB/OL]. Digital Journal of Global Change Data Repository, 2023.


     [1] NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, 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.

Data Product:

ID Data Name Data Size Operation
1 QaidamBasinCatchment.kmz 3332.62KB
2 QaidamBasinCatchmentLake&Reservoir.kmz 1630.79KB
3 QaidamBasinCatchmentOasis.kmz 8045.80KB
4 QaidamBasinCatchmentRivers.kmz 7170.04KB
5 QaidamBasinOasisRiverEVC.rar 34397.59KB