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Flow basins for the Brazilian rainforest-savanna transition zone

Authors: Morgan C Levy
Owners: Morgan Levy · Liza Brazil
Resource type:Geographic Feature (ESRI Shapefiles)
Created:Apr 18, 2016 at 6:26 p.m.
Last updated: Mar 06, 2017 at 10:58 p.m. by Morgan Levy


These data are the river basin shapefile components of a curated set of historical daily rainfall and streamflow data for a large region spanning the southern Amazonian rainforest and tropical savanna biomes of Brazil.

Basin attributes include: a site ID ("site"); the basin area in square km ("area"); the fraction of the basin area impacted by (draining to) a large (>30MW) reservoir ("resvr"); and a numeric indicator for basins located within the same basin network, i.e. nested basins ("group"). None of these basins have reservoir facilities located at their outlets as of 2013, although they may have reservoirs upstream - as indicated by the basin "resvr" attribute. Basin and reservoir drainage area boundaries were derived from free, publicly-available geographic information systems (GIS) data obtained from the Brazilian water management and electricity regulatory agencies: Agência Nacional de Águas (ANA) and Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (ANEEL), respectively.

For each unique basin, there exists a corresponding flow gauge location record (see "Flow gauge locations for the Brazilian rainforest-savanna transition zone") and a flow time series record for discharge at the basin outlet (see "Flow gauge data for the Brazilian rainforest-savanna transition zone"); these are identified by the same site ID numbers.

Additional data package information and contents, including raw data files, documentation of data acquisition and processing, and related programmatic scripts, are available via Figshare: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.3100912.v1

Subject Keywords

Amazon,rainforest,rainforest - savanna transition zone,Brazil,basin,catchment,watershed,streamflow,discharge,surface water,Cerrado

How to cite

Levy, M. C. (2017). Flow basins for the Brazilian rainforest-savanna transition zone, HydroShare, http://www.hydroshare.org/resource/24df52d96565425ab49f4907b1430380

This resource is shared under the Creative Commons Attribution CC BY.


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 Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:  WGS 84 EPSG:4326
 Coordinate Units:  Decimal degrees
North Latitude
East Longitude
South Latitude
West Longitude


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Name Organization Address Phone Author Identifiers
Morgan C Levy University of California, Berkeley
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Title Owners Sharing Status My Permission
Curated rain and flow data for the Brazilian rainforest-savanna transition zone Morgan Levy · Liza Brazil  Public &  Shareable Open Access
Geometry Information
Geometry TypePOLYGON
Feature Count377
Spatial Reference
Coordinate Reference SystemGCS_WGS_1984
Coordinate StringGEOGCS["GCS_WGS_1984", DATUM["WGS_1984", SPHEROID["WGS_84",6378137,298.257223563]], PRIMEM["Greenwich",0], UNIT["Degree",0.017453292519943295]]


Field Information
Name Type Width Precision
site Real 24 15
area Real 24 15
group Integer64 10 0
resvr Real 24 15


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