WHRC Ranked #1 Climate Change Think Tank for the Second Year Running

Falmouth, Mass. – For the second year in a row, Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) has received top ranking as the foremost think tank in the field of climate economics and policy worldwide. The award was created three years ago by the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) to recognize exceptional organizations addressing global climate issues. In those three years, WHRC has ranked #3, #1, and #1. This year 244 think tanks were evaluated.

ICCG-2014B“Our continued excellence in this ranking is a reflection of the incredible talent and dedication of our staff,” said Dr. Philip Duffy, President and Executive Director of WHRC.

The work of WHRC focuses on slowing climate change by preserving land-based carbon reservoirs, especially tropical forests and arctic permafrost.

The ICCG is a scientific and socio-economic research institution focused on disseminating mitigation and adaptation policy and governance strategies to local, national and international policy makers and the general public. Excluding university-affiliated think tanks, the ICCG Think Tank Ranking classifies the most efficient think tanks using 15 different indicators, including events, number of IPCC authors, peer-reviewed journal articles and participation in selected international energy and climate conferences. The analysis includes both a Standardized Ranking, which considers per capita productivity, and an Absolute Ranking, which considers the overall productivity of think tanks. The 2014 award was determined based on the Standardized Ranking.

“The ICCG is doing a real service to the community by identifying those groups doing cutting-edge work and getting actionable science into the hands and heads of policy makers,” said Dr. Scott Goetz, WHRC Deputy Director.

Following WHRC, The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Basque Centre for Climate Change (B3C) were ranked second, third and fourth respectively. The full report is available for download here: The 2014 Think Tank Award.

According to Senior Scientist Dr. Richard A. Houghton, “This kind of recognition reinforces that we’re doing the right things and doing them well.”


WHRC is an independent research institute where scientists investigate the causes and effects of climate change to identify and implement opportunities for conservation, restoration and economic development around the globe.