Welcome to the world's freshwater laboratory

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is one of the most influential freshwater research facilities on Earth.

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These 58 lakes are like no others on the planet

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is the world’s freshwater laboratory.

 

This is the only place in the world where scientists can manipulate real lakes, over the long term, to understand what human activity does to fresh water.

Discover the Lakes and the Faces That Make Us Who We Are

Our Impact

We conduct experiments on real lakes and ecosystems—one of the only places in the world you can do this—and then use those results to create new policies and practices to protect fresh water. Now. And for generations to come.

Here’s what people are saying about us and how we tackle threats to fresh water.

I learned what eDNA is and it got me more interested in the environmental part of science. I really liked doing fieldwork and sampling because it gave me a new perspective about how the data gets collected and I like how we were able to be hands on.

Lara (eDNA course participant)

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Researchers in a boat on the lakes at IISD Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario
Field Technician at IISD Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario
Working with kids at the IISD-ELA in Ontario
A biologist looks at samples at IISD Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario
Working with nets at the IISD-ELA
Research scientist at IISD Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario

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