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  • These data are high-resolution datasets related to in-land water for limnology (study of in-land waters) and remote sensing applications. This includes: distance-to-land, distance-to-water, water-body identifier and lake-centre co-ordinates on a high-resolution (1/360x1/360 degree) grid, produced by the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. Data was derived using the ESA CCI Land Cover Map (see linked documentation). Datasets containing information to locate and identify water bodies have been generated from high-resolution (1/360x1/360 degree, about 300mx300m) data locating static-water-bodies recently released by the Land Cover Climate Change Initiative (LC CCI) of the European Space Agency. The new datasets provide: distance to land, distance to water, water body identifiers and lake centre locations. The lake identifiers (IDs) are from the Global Lakes and Wetlands Database (GLWD), and lake centres are defined for in-land waters for which GLWD IDs were determined. The new datasets therefore link recent lake/reservoir/wetlands extent to the GLWD, together with a set of coordinates which locates unambiguously the water bodies in the database. The LC CCI water bodies dataset has been obtained from multi-temporal metrics based on time series of the backscattered intensity recorded by ASAR (Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar) on Envisat between 2005 and 2010. Temporal change in water body extent is common. Future versions of the LC CCI dataset are planned to represent temporal variation, and this will permit these derived datasets to be updated. The paper associated with this dataset is: L.Carrea O. Embury C.J. Merchant "High-resolution datasets related to in-land water for limnology and remote sensing applications: distance-to-land, distance-to-water, water-body identifier and lake-centre co-ordinates" Geoscience Data Journal, vol. 2 issue 2, pp. 83-97, November 2015. DOI: 10.1002/gdj3.32