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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Five Things to Expect at IISD-ELA This Winter

Five Things to Expect at IISD-ELA This Winter

Here is what will change, and what will stay the same...

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Five Things to Expect at IISD-ELA This Winter

What Happens When Oil Spills Into a Freshwater Lake?

What Happens When Oil Spills Into a Freshwater Lake?

Here is just some of what research at IISD Experimental Lakes Area has taught us so far

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What Happens When Oil Spills Into a Freshwater Lake?

Why the UN World Data Forum Matters to Canada

Why the UN World Data Forum Matters to Canada

Scott Higgins makes the case in The Hill Times

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Why the UN World Data Forum Matters to Canada

COVID-19 Has Canada Using More Single-Use Plastics

COVID-19 Has Canada Using More Single-Use Plastics

What impact will that have on our fresh water?

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COVID-19 Has Canada Using More Single-Use Plastics

This Is How We Can Collect Data From the Field

This Is How We Can Collect Data From the Field

(all while working from home)

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This Is How We Can Collect Data From the Field

PODCAST: How to Protect Fresh Water from Oil Spills

PODCAST: How to Protect Fresh Water from Oil Spills

Listen while you learn!

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PODCAST: How to Protect Fresh Water from Oil Spills

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.

Back to some fresh water basics

What is fresh water?

What is fresh water?

What makes fresh water fresh?

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What is fresh water?

What is a lake?

What is a lake?

And what is it not?

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What is a lake?

What is a limnologist?

What is a limnologist?

And what do they do?

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What is a limnologist?

  • "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

Discover IISD-ELA

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

TRIPLE YOUR DONATION TO IISD-ELA

TRIPLE YOUR DONATION TO IISD-ELA

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

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Endowment Fund