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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Take NOTE!

Take NOTE!

This year, the world's freshwater laboratory's annual report brings you a twist on one of our iconic yellow field notebooks.

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Take NOTE!

Let’s Get Natural

Let’s Get Natural

Natural infrastructure is really pretty simple—it’s about looking after nature so it can look after us.

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Let’s Get Natural

These Lakes are Great!

These Lakes are Great!

Here’s what the Laurentian and the African Great Lakes have in common

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These Lakes are Great!

Antidepressants in fresh water

Antidepressants in fresh water

Matt McCandless takes to the Toronto Star to explain why we need to be concerned

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Antidepressants in fresh water

Why is Our Environmental Data like Your Music Collection?

Why is Our Environmental Data like Your Music Collection?

We explain more, in our most fun video yet!

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Why is Our Environmental Data like Your Music Collection?

What Happens When Oil Spills Into a Freshwater Lake?

What Happens When Oil Spills Into a Freshwater Lake?

We explain some of the first findings from research at IISD-ELA

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What Happens When Oil Spills Into a Freshwater Lake?

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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

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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

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