Lake research

How healthy are Canadian lakes? To answer this question, we must monitor lake health and the threats posed by human activities, but to date, there has been limited coordinated action to monitor lakes.


Sharing data

The National Lake Pulse Survey will collect extensive data from 100s of Canadian lakes; however, a key goal of our database is to provide automated reports for 1000s of lakes in Canada.


Lake database

Our database will include data from several sources:

- National Lake Pulse Survey
- Our partners
- Community groups



Lake associations can help us to create online tools that suit their needs for lake health and water quality data by completing our survey!

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National Lake Pulse Campaign

Field teams will collect samples using the same methods for 680 lakes so that the results can be compared across the country.

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Blog: Water we doing

Our blog shares the adventures of Lake Pulse participants involved in the first national assessment of Canadian lakes

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Research themes & projects

Our researchers and students collaborate on multidisciplinary projects organized under four overarching themes.

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Web Atlas

By using satellite imagery and spatial modelling techniques, we will extend measurements from 100s of sampled lakes to many 1000s of lakes.

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Positions available

We are seeking motivated graduate students to participate in our Network.

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Our partners across Canada include the ministries of provinces and territories, federal agencies and departments, as well as not-for-profit organizations.

They offer their expertise, data and logistical knowledge. Together, we are creating new tools to deliver information to people who care about lakes, such as scientists, managers, policymakers and citizens. To build the first nationwide database of Canadian lakes, we use lake and water quality data from diverse sources.