Education & Capacity Building

Outreach and capacity building – engaging with students, educators, indigenous groups, government agencies, and other non-profit institutions throughout the world – are integral to the work of the WHRC.

Projet Équateur

Projet Équateur:

The Congo Basin contains the second largest tropical forest on Earth, after the Amazon Basin.  One of the largest terrestrial storehouses of carbon, it is rich in biodiversity and home to a vast rural population.  The great bulk of the Congo forest lies within the borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where forest clearance for subsistence farming and small-scale charcoal production increasingly threaten large swaths of virgin forest.  The goal of WHRC’s Projet Équateur is to reduce poverty by improving local land use management and governance. 

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Capacity Building in the Pan-tropical Region:

An integral part of the Woods Hole Research Center’s Pan-tropical Mapping Initiative is the transfer of knowledge and skills about forest and carbon mapping to those countries that are increasingly engaged in international efforts to slow deforestation. Through on-the-ground field work and collaborations, these countries are able to better evaluate alternative options for management of their forest resources. Through workshops, a visiting scholars program, and other related activities, new maps are being produced, assessed, disseminated and discussed with various stakeholders within countries - including representatives from government, civil society, indigenous and traditional forest communities, and the private sector.


The Polaris Project:

The Polaris Project is an innovative international collaboration between students, teachers, and scientists. It trains future leaders in arctic research and education, and informs the public about the impacts of climate change, essential goals given the rapid and profound transformations underway in the Arctic in response to global warming. Through a month-long field course in the Siberian Arctic and other outreach activities, students and scientists’ investigate the transport and transformations of carbon and nutrients as they move with water from terrestrial uplands to the Arctic Ocean, with an emphasis on the linkages among the different ecosystems, and how processes occurring in one component influence the others.

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Brazil Research Experience for Falmouth Teachers: Land Use, Carbon Cycle, and Water in the Amazon:

Woods Hole Research Center conducts major field experiments in the transitional forest on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, at the Fazenda Tanguro, a private soy ranch in eastern Mato Grosso state in Brazil. There, Center researchers and collaborators are studying how fire, land use change, and deforestation affect the vigor, health, biodiversity, and animal habitat in these forests. Through this work, scientists are learning how to predict the impacts of current trends in land use and climate change, and how those impacts are altering forests throughout the southern Amazon. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Woods Hole Research Center sent two teachers from Falmouth High School to the ranch for two weeks in August 2009 and July 2011.

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Visiting Scholars:

Education and international collaboration are central to the mission of the Woods Hole Research Center. Our Visiting Scholars Program has welcomed researchers from around the world, particularly from Brazil and the former Soviet Union, since the late 1980s. During a residency at the Center, the scholars work with WHRC staff on projects of mutual interest. The scholars are also encouraged to consider potential future collaborative projects with WHRC scientists, and are assisted in traveling to develop contacts and collaborations in the academic and scientific community throughout the United States.