WHRC was founded in 1985 by renowned ecologist George Woodwell to take the insights of science beyond the walls of academia to where they can effect real change. WHRC is focused on climate change because it is the single biggest threat to human and natural systems.
The Woods Hole Research Center assesses threats to a safe climate and works with individuals, communities, governments, and NGOs to identify and implement opportunities to stabilize the global and regional climate.
The work of WHRC is centered on land-based carbon: where it is stored, where it is changing and at risk of being released, and where and how we can use land differently for a better carbon and climate future. From thawing permafrost in the Arctic, to expanding industrial agriculture driving deforestation in Indonesia and Brazil, to changing agricultural practices in the United States, WHRC scientists work around the globe in places where vast pools of carbon stored on land are at risk, threatening to cause climatic and societal disruption.