WHRC ranked 3rd among climate change think tanks around the world for 2012

(Update: WHRC was ranked 1st for 2013)

The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) has received recognition as the world’s third most influential climate change think tank by the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG). The ranking is the first by the ICCG and encompasses data from 2012. The intent of the ICCG was “to highlight the most efficient [think tank] in terms of per capita productivity.” The ICCG rankings are based on the integrity of the climate research of each climate institution and on how effectively the research was used in addressing climate change policy in 2012. The methodology was based on a set of five indicators (events targeted to specialized and general audiences, co-authors of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Reports, submissions to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, articles in peer-reviewed journals and the frequency that they have been cited, and articles in other publications such as policy briefings).Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute were ranked first and second, respectively. The full report is available to download here.

“We are delighted to have the global influence of our work so widely recognized,” said Eric A. Davidson, WHRC President and Senior Scientist. “Not only did we rank third in the world based on per capita productivity of our scientists, but we also ranked third in overall institutional influence, well ahead of several larger organizations. We’ve always known that we punch well above our weight, and now the ICCG has substantiated our claim through its careful, objective analysis.”

WHRC applies in-depth expertise through research, capacity building and education from the thawing permafrost in the Arctic to the expanding agricultural regions of the tropics. WHRC seeks science-based solutions to chart the way forward and reveal paths that incorporate both human prosperity and stewardship of the Earth’s natural resources.

“The only surprise here for us, really,” said Dr. Scott Goetz, WHRC Deputy Director, “is that we are being characterized as a ‘think tank.’ While we do a lot of thoughtful analysis, we also consider ourselves a ‘do tank’ because we have scientists on the ground actively doing research and training. We work in regions where climate change and land use change are having large influences on people and ecosystems and where knowledge produced by our science can make a big difference.”


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.