National Lake Pulse Database

Our database will include data from many sources:

1. National Lake Pulse Survey

We will visit 680 lakes across Canada to measure a wide range of lake health variables to extensively characterize these lakes.

2. Our partners

We collaborate with our partners to integrate their large databases into our National Lake Pulse Database.

3. Community groups

A web-based interface will allow citizens to share their lake data with us. We are also collaborating on the Lake Observer mobile app to further encourage participation.

National Lake Pulse Database 5-year timeline

2017 - The framework for the National Lake Pulse Database is being developed by examining other large-scale lake databases.

2018 - Data from the 1st summer of the National Lake Pulse Survey and our partners’ data will be entered into our database.

2019 - Data from the 2nd field season of the National Lake Pulse Survey and data from new partners will be entered into the database. The database will also be open to anyone to enter data. Basic quality control for external data will be in place.

2020 - Data from the last field season of the National Lake Pulse Survey and data from new partners will be entered into the database. Advanced quality control for external data will be in place.

2021 - Remote sensing data will be entered into the database, which will extend coverage to many tens of thousands of lakes.