This is a paper describing a dataset we compiled of lake surface area for > 1.42 million lakes and reservoirs >= 10 hectares in area, matched with basin-level temperature, precipitation, and population data. Data are a time series covering 1995 to 2015 (although resolution differs by variable). The dataset is intended to be fully reproducible: all scripts and a standardized file structure are available with the full dataset at EDI.
Recommended citation: Meyer, M.F., Labou, S.G., Cramer, A.N., Brousil, M.R., Luff, B.T. The global lake area, climate, and population dataset. Sci Data 7, 174 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-020-0517-4