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ABoVE: SAR-based Methane Ebullition Flux from Lakes, Five Regions, Alaska, 2007-2010

This dataset provides Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) estimates of lake-source methane ebullition flux in mg CH4/m2/d for thousands of lakes in five regions across Alaska. The study regions include the Atqasuk, Barrow Peninsula, Fairbanks, northern Seward Peninsula, and Toolik. L-band SAR backscatter values for early winter lake ice scenes were collected from 2007 to 2010 over 5,143 lakes using the Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) instrument on the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS-1) satellite. The backscatter data were combined with field measurements of methane ebullition from 48 study lakes across the five regions to obtain a volumetric flux estimate for each lake. Mean methane gas-fractions from each region were applied to the SAR-based volumetric fluxes to obtain an estimate of methane ebullition mass flux per lake. The data files contain lake perimeters and the lake-specific attributes of lake area, SAR backscatter values and standard errors, volumetric flux with standard errors, mean percent of methane from gas samples, and methane ebullition mass flux.

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