WHRC ranked #1 climate think tank for fourth year in a row

The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) has been ranked the world’s number one climate change think tank for the fourth consecutive year, the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) announced today.

The ICCG is based in Milan, Italy, and has been issuing climate change think tank rankings for five years. Today’s announcement was made at the Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in Athens, Greece.

The ICCG assessed 244 think tanks based on their research and achievements over the course of 2016. The ranking is based on “a quantitative methodology and solid analytical data,” according to the ICCG. Think tanks are assessed on 15 criteria, including publication of peer-reviewed research and participation in United Nations climate change efforts.

The Union of Concerned Scientists, based in Cambridge, MA, and the Centre for International Forestry Research in Indonesia were ranked second and third, respectively.

WHRC has been studying climate change impacts and solutions since 1985. WHRC scientists focus on natural systems—from thawing permafrost and wildfire, to the potential for sequestering carbon with reforestation and better land management.

“Climate change is a massive challenge that requires immediate global action,” WHRC President Dr. Philip Duffy said in acknowledging the award. “We are proud to be recognized for providing science that supports climate action on the local, regional, national, and international levels. Our work becomes even more important as the federal government steps back from its roles in climate change research and policy.”


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.