This page provides links to various GIS datasets or portals that serve river related data


Region

Provider

Description

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Amazon

knb

A DEM derived river network for the Amazon basin.

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Canada

The National Hydro Network of Canada.  You can download detailed river networks in a variety of formats.

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Europe

Amber Logo

AMBER is a project seeking to apply adaptive management to the operation of barriers in European rivers to achieve a more effective and efficient restoration of stream connectivity. 

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Europe

European Commission logo

The CCM2 database covers the entire European continent, including the Atlantic islands, Iceland and Turkey. It includes a hierarchical set of river segments and catchments based on the Strahler order, a lake layer and structured hydrological feature codes based on the Pfafstetter system.

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Global

ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World

The ESRI ArcGIS Living Atlas portal provides access to national river networks for a variety of countries.

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Global

You can download global or regional river networks generated from elevation data obtained during a Space Shuttle flight for NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). Developed by the World Wildlife Fund in partnership with USGS, CIAT, TNC and CESR. 

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UK

Open Rivers Network (ORN)

A topologically corrected river network for Great Britain built from the OS Open Rivers.

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UK

CaBa Logo

The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) is a UK community-led approach that engages people and groups from across society to help improve the water environments. It's website has a comprehensive data portal providing access to various UK river related datasets.

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UK

OS Logo

The UK mapping agency provide a free to use but generalised river network of Great Britain called Open Rivers. A more comprehensive and detailed network is the OS WaterLayer. This product contains a nationally consistent view of Great Britain's watercourses.

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USA

NHD Logo

The North American national river network. You can download detailed river networks for all States of N. America.

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S. Africa

DWAF Logo

The website where you can download the 1:500K river network of South Africa.

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SE. Asia

The Open Development Initiative Mekong portal provides links to river networks of six countries. Simply search the DataHub for "River Networks" for the country of interest.

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