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 Research | Oct 16, 2022

Measuring the Impact of Microplastics on Fresh Water

The impact of plastics on aquatic systems is big news and of major concern these days. In 2019, researchers are monitoring a remote lake for microplastics—all with the ultimate goal of manipulating a lake in a few years to discover how lake and its inhabitants respond to microplastics.