International Institute for Sustainable development
IISD-ELA Experimental Lakes Area

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is one of the world's most influential freshwater research facilities.

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Harnessing the Power of Our Data to Protect Our Fresh Water

Harnessing the Power of Our Data to Protect Our Fresh Water

Learn all about the next stage in the data revolution

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Harnessing the Power of Our Data to Protect Our Fresh Water

What 50 Years of Unique Freshwater Research Have Taught Us About Climate Change

What 50 Years of Unique Freshwater Research Have Taught Us About Climate Change

We summarize what we have found as the world goes on strike...

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What 50 Years of Unique Freshwater Research Have Taught Us About Climate Change

The Bittersweet Story of How We Stopped Acid Rain

The Bittersweet Story of How We Stopped Acid Rain

The BBC explores our research into how lakes are recovering from the legacy of acid rain

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The Bittersweet Story of How We Stopped Acid Rain

Celebrate the fiftieth year of the world's freshwater laboratory with some beautiful anniversary merchandise!

Research at IISD Experimental Lakes Area improves our understanding of human impacts on the environment, influences policy and environmental best practices, and supports public awareness. IISD-ELA's unique value to the scientific community is the ability to conduct research at the whole ecosystem level.

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Who is an Environmentalist?

Who is an Environmentalist?

Our president explores for an awesome TEDxWinnipeg talk

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Who is an Environmentalist?

Calcium in Fresh Water

Calcium in Fresh Water

Why it matters, and what happens when there is not enough

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Calcium in Fresh Water

Slick science

Slick science

The Globe and Mail explores our unique approach to researching oil spills (subscription required)

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Slick science

  • "IISD-ELA is the supercollider of ecology."

    Dr. David W. Schindler, OC, AOE, DPhil, FRSC, FRS, Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology (emeritus), University of Alberta

  • "IISD-ELA is the place for high-impact science."

    Dr. Karen Kidd, Canada Research Chair, Canadian Rivers Institute and University of New Brunswick

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Exceptional Natural Laboratory

Exceptional Natural Laboratory

IISD-ELA's unique research influences and generates cost-effective environmental policies, regulations and management.

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About

Long-term data

Long-term data

IISD-ELA has amassed one of the largest and most comprehensive data sets globally on pristine and manipulated freshwater lakes

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Science & Data

Research, results & commentary

Research, results & commentary

Groundbreaking results and expert commentary on current key issues affecting freshwater in our world today

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News & Media

Educating, inspiring and training

Educating, inspiring and training

IISD-ELA engages young and old in the importance of freshwater science for sustainable development

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Education & Outreach

Arrange a visit

Arrange a visit

Necessary permits and arrangements can be made to engage in eductional science and research at the facilities

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Visitors

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION TO IISD-ELA

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION TO IISD-ELA

Every dollar you donate to our Endowment Fund will be matched up to $1,000,000

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Endowment Fund