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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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?

The environment shouldn’t suffer because of our COVID-19 precautions

The environment shouldn’t suffer because of our COVID-19 precautions

We explain more for The Globe and Mail

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The environment shouldn’t suffer because of our COVID-19 precautions

THIS ISN'T THE TIME TO LET ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND MONITORING SLIP

THIS ISN'T THE TIME TO LET ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND MONITORING SLIP

Vince Palace Takes to the CBC to Make the Case...

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THIS ISN'T THE TIME TO LET ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND MONITORING SLIP

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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Three Ways Our Summer Research Season Will Look Different This Year

Three Ways Our Summer Research Season Will Look Different This Year

Our research will be pared down, with our community's safety prioritized

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Three Ways Our Summer Research Season Will Look Different This Year

How and Why We Need to Adapt Our Environmental Monitoring to a Changing Planet

How and Why We Need to Adapt Our Environmental Monitoring to a Changing Planet

We explain why a changing planet means we need to change the way we monitor our environment.

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How and Why We Need to Adapt Our Environmental Monitoring to a Changing Planet

The World’s Freshwater Playlist

The World’s Freshwater Playlist

Tunes for a summer research season like no other

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The World’s Freshwater Playlist

  • "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