Research & Program Areas

tropics_linkGlobal Monitoring     Restoring Forests, Soils, Grasslands, and Wetlands
WHRC scientists have been working since 1985 to understand global carbon budgets and the health of major environmental systems.


arctic_linkArctic     Global Impacts of a Warming Arctic
The impacts of climate change are felt more acutely at the poles than elsewhere in the world. According to a 2016 paper from WHRC and WWF, two degrees of global warming will equal 5 degrees C of warming in the Arctic. WHRC scientists study how climate change will impact the Arctic, and how an unraveling Arctic will impact global climate systems.

restoration_linkTropics     Preventing Tropical Deforestation
Our Amazon team is at the forefront of understanding how deforestation and forest degradation is impacting the regional and global climate and threatening the viability of agriculture. Our scientists collaborate with local partners from the Amazon to Central Africa to reduce deforestation and its environmental consequences, while allowing for continued economic growth.

North America     Fieldwork Closer to Home
Woods Hole Research Center scientists work throughout New England and North America to understand the impact of climate change and land use change. Some of our earliest fieldwork was studying carbon flux at Howland Forest in Maine (a research site that continues to this day). Our North American research has now greatly expanded, with scientists studying everything from the impacts of nutrients on salt marshes to the effects of…

education_link2Education/Capacity Building     Education on the Front Lines of Climate Change
From permafrost thaw in the Arctic, to deforestation across the tropics, to changing agricultural practices, WHRC scientists are engaged in science, policy, and education through teaching and collaborating with researchers and local groups around the world.