Climate change, land use and water resources are among the great environmental issues we are facing, and they will only become more pressing. These are the challenges that will define the next decade, the next generation, and the next century. What we choose to do today will be our legacy.
Please join in supporting our efforts by making a gift to the Woods Hole Research Center. Your support is a crucial partnership in helping our researchers meet our mission of science, education, and policy for a healthy planet.
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Defusing the Arctic Carbon Bomb
The Arctic is warming considerably more rapidly than the rest of the globe in response to accumulating greenhouse gases from fossil fuel combustion. Like the early warning of the canary in the coal mine, the arctic warming demonstrates how local ecosystems and human settlements are already profoundly affected. We still have opportunity to deflect the global climate crisis, but effective action will require a new emphasis on focused research, relentless analysis of what is happening and of what can, and must be done to reverse the process. Read more about this initiative.
Tundra Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change
Featured Scientist: Scott Goetz, Ph.D. Deputy Director and Senior Scientist
The impacts of climate change are amplified at high latitudes, and tundra ecosystems are responding rapidly. At the Woods Hole Research Center we are using a multifaceted approach to measure the complex changes occurring in arctic tundra, and to model how these changes will influence climate in the future. One of the first indications of this was our work documenting widespread increases in plant productivity throughout the Arctic, and independent observation of tundra shrub expansion. While carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere as a result of increased tundra productivity, the darker shrub vegetation absorbs more solar radiation, leading to additional warming. At the same time, widespread permafrost thaw is changing the very appearance of the arctic landscape, in addition to releasing long-frozen carbon.
In our 2011 Annual Report we included a calendar for the coming year, with each month highlighting WHRC scientists and their research. Click here to find the excerpts from this calendar, including project information, field notes, images and more videos from our scientists.
Ways To Give
Unrestricted gifts are among the most valuable to the Center, as they provide greater flexibility and help us be responsive to emerging needs and complex challenges. Your unrestricted contribution may be used to support costs associated with research, equipment, facilities, and educational/outreach programs.
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Give an Honorary or Memorial Gift - Recognize milestones in the lives of family and friends or celebrate the memory of a loved one by making a gift to the Woods Hole Research Center in honor or in memory.
Matching Gifts - Gifts to the Center can often be doubled or tripled in size via a donor’s employer matching gift program.
Planned Giving - The George Perkins Marsh Society recognizes those donors who have remembered the Woods Hole Research Center with a planned gift.
Gifts of Securities or Real Estate - By making a donation of securities or real estate, donors often realize significant tax advantages.
Naming Opportunities - Create a lasting legacy of your commitment to the mission and vision of the Center. Through a named gift you have the opportunity to significantly impact the future of the Center. To learn more please contact the Development Office 508-444-1521.
Corporate Giving - The Woods Hole Research Center welcomes the opportunity to explore strategic partnerships with corporations to create mutually beneficial relationships between industry and the Center.
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