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HydroSHEDS has been developed by the Conservation Science Program of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), hereafter referred to as “authors”, in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR) of the University of Kassel, Germany.

Users may apply HydroSHEDS for non-commercial purposes. Any modification of the original data by users must be noted. The authors of HydroSHEDS may request reprints of publications and copies of derived materials. The user shall not reproduce, convert, (re)publish, (re)distribute, (re)broadcast, (re)transmit, sell, rent, lease, sublicense, lend, assign, time-share, or transfer, in whole or in part, or provide unlicensed third parties access to the data and related materials without explicit written permission from the authors. HydroSHEDS has been generated through the extensive use and incorporation of data products provided by various other authors (see “Data sources” and “Data set development”). The data and related materials may thus contain proprietary and confidential property of these authors and/or their licensor(s). HydroSHEDS data and related materials are protected by United States copyright or sui generis laws and applicable international copyright treaties and/or conventions.

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We kindly ask users to cite HydroSHEDS in any published material produced using this data. If possible, please provide online links to for general information, and/or for data download and technical information.

Citations should be made as follows:
Lehner, B., Verdin, K., Jarvis, A. (2008): New global hydrography derived from spaceborne elevation data. Eos, Transactions, AGU, 89(10): 93-94.

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