Commentary

Commentary | Oct 23, 2020

Why the UN World Data Forum Matters to Canada

Thanks to the power of artificial intelligence, we can ‘model’ better than ever—data gives us detailed and accurate blueprints of where, say, Canada’s fresh water is headed, set against the backdrops of climate change and ever-increasing pollution.

Commentary | Aug 25, 2020

BACK TO BASICS: What is a lake?

There are no silly questions in science. So, if you have always wondered what the exact definition of a lake is, but have been too afraid to ask, allow us to explain…

Commentary | Jun 4, 2020

COVID-19 Has Changed Our Freshwater Use. We Need To Be Careful

In an opinion piece for the Ottawa Citizen, executive director of IISD Experimental Lakes Area, Matt McCandless, argues that in Canada we often take fresh water for granted, but that as responsible citizens there are critical steps we need to take to safeguard its health as water usage patterns change.