Our Work

copyright Chris LindWHRC scientists combine fieldwork, satellite data and computer simulations to examine the land-climate connection – how changes in land use effect the climate system and how the changing climate is altering systems on land such as forests, ecosystems and agriculture.

We work on a global scale, each year assessing the land portion of the global carbon budget, documenting yearly changes in emissions from land.

We also work on a local scale in the field in ecosystems on the cusp of rapid environmental change. From permafrost thaw in the Arctic and deforestation across the tropics to changing agricultural practices, WHRC scientists are engaged in science, policy, and education.

WHRC scientists publish original research in the most prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journals and generate and provide free access to datasets on deforestation, carbon, permafrost and other climate indicators that are utilized by intergovernmental bodies — national governments, development banks, conservation organizations, academics, journalists and consulting firms around the world.

Our partners include


World Wildlife Federation


Nature Conservancy

WHRC engages in science for impact, including communicating the findings of our research and recommendations to the public and the policy community. WHRC scientists are cited in diverse media outlets, contribute to national and international climate assessments and negotiations, and create WHRC reports. One former WHRC president is now the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and the current WHRC president is a former White House advisor. Another former president is now President-elect of the American Geophysical Union.

WHRC has been ranked the #1 Climate Change Think Tank in the world for two years running by the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG).

Our scientists have contributed to all 5 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment reports, including the most recent Fifth Assessment Report.

Representatives from WHRC have attended all 20 Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) including the most recent, COP 20. Learn more about WHRC’s history of involvement in international climate policy.

WHRC produces policy reports, educational outreach materials, issue statements, a yearly magazine and a monthly newsletter.

WHRC scientists are cited in wide-ranging media outlets including The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, and The Economist.






Christian Science Monitor
New York Times


National Geographic
The Economist
WHRC scientists seek to train local and national government groups in forest and carbon mapping and monitoring, and work with kindergarten to post-Doctoral students.

Dr. Wayne Walker teaching carbon monitoring techniques.

Dr. Wayne Walker teaching
carbon monitoring techniques.

WHRC scientists lead technical workshops in Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Brazil on forest monitoring techniques, including satellite and field-based methods used to produce regional- to continental-scale estimates of forest cover and carbon stocks.

WHSTEP – Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership is a program for children in grades K-12.

PEP – The Woods Hole Partnership Education Program promotes diversity in science education for college Juniors and Seniors.

The Polaris Program – An Arctic research program for college students.

WHRC internships, research positions and fellowships.

WHRC Polaris Program alumni received awards and honors at the prestigious American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference.