In partnership with Environment Canada, IISD-ELA operates an environmental monitoring station that collects year-round climate data.
Meteorology is an important tool in helping IISD-ELA researchers answer questions about lake processes such as water temperatures and wind-mixing of surface layers. We have a fully operational meteorological sampling station that has been continuously operated since June 26, 1969. The advantage of collecting our own climate data is that we can monitor local weather conditions that directly affect our lakes.
The following parameters are monitored at the meteorological site:
- Minimum and maximum daily temperatures (manual measurements)
- Daily bright sunshine
- Daily total wind
- Snow depth (when applicable)
- Snow water content
IISD-ELA also has data loggers installed at the meteorological site that automatically record these environmental measurements at regular intervals:
- Rainfall (using a tipping bucket rain gauge)
- Wind speed and direction
- PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation)
- Total Solar Radiation
Below is a plot showing daily temperatures reported from an automated logger at the IISD-ELA meteorological site.
See our data request page for more information.