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.

We are patiently waiting for our lakes to melt so we can get our 50th research season started. Join the countdown by monitoring the status of Lake 239 with us!

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.

What's new at IISD-ELA

How a deliberate oil spill will help protect the environment

How a deliberate oil spill will help protect the environment

Read all about our latest research in BBC Future

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How a deliberate oil spill will help protect the environment

How and Why Lakes Stratify and Turn Over

How and Why Lakes Stratify and Turn Over

We explain the science behind the phenomena

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How and Why Lakes Stratify and Turn Over

Acid Rain Is Totally So Last Century, Right? Not Exactly

Acid Rain Is Totally So Last Century, Right? Not Exactly

A Canadian scientist explains how acid rain is still making its mark

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Acid Rain Is Totally So Last Century, Right? Not Exactly

  • "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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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

Whole-ecosystem research

Whole-ecosystem research

Operations and science require considerable funding and support to maintain its long history of influential and unique research

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