With 58 lakes reserved for scientific purposes, the IISD Experimental Lakes Area provides researchers with living laboratories and access to untapped research potential.

This unique structure allows IISD-ELA researchers to work with governments, industry and other academic scientists to identify and study new and emerging concerns before they become large-scale environmental problems.

Recent Project Updates

Current Projects

Photons to Fish

The Ecosystem Indicators of Fish Productivity project is designed to provide insights into what drives fish productivity in freshwater systems.

Current Projects

Atmospheric Mercury

One ongoing, influential experiment involved adding small amounts of mercury to a lake and its watershed to mimic atmospheric mercury deposition from coal-fired power plants.