Woodwell Climate Research Center

Climate Science for Change

aka Woods Hole Research Center   |   Falmouth, MA   |  https://www.woodwellclimate.org/

Mission

Our Mission: To advance scientific discovery and seek science-based solutions for the world's environmental and economic challenges through research and education. Woodwell Climate Research Center is an organization of renowned researchers who work with a worldwide network of partners to understand and combat climate change. We bring together more than 35 years of hands-on experience and policy impact to identify and support societal-scale solutions that can be put into immediate action. Our work is guided by a singular focus on maximizing societal benefit.

Ruling year info

1991

President and Executive Director

Dr. Philip B. Duffy

Acting President & Executive Director, Senior Scientist

Dr. R. Max Holmes

Main address

149 Woods Hole Road

Falmouth, MA 02540 USA

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Formerly known as

Woods Hole Research Center

EIN

04-3005094

NTEE code info

Physical Sciences/Earth Sciences Research and Promotion (U30)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Woodwell Climate is at the forefront in understanding and finding solutions to global climate change. We are a world leader in producing policy-relevant science that informs decision makers at all levels on how to adapt to and slow down climate change. There remains a limited window of opportunity to address the global climate change challenge. The way that Earth's natural systems respond to a rapidly-warming climate and to human reshaping of the land surface will determine our quality of life for generations to come. We now know that rapid changes across vast areas—clearing of tropical forests, thawing permafrost, loss of organic material from agricultural soils, and nutrient pollution of the coastal ocean—cause cascading and interconnected changes that determine how well these systems will sustain life, and how much humankind will be able to count on them to buffer the increasingly dangerous effects of a warmer and more variable climate.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Climate Change Research

Woodwell Climate has active scientific research projects in the tropical rainforests of Brazil and Africa, in the boreal forests of Russia and North America, and in the forests of New England. The Center also studies how urban development and other factors affect the watersheds on Cape Cod, MA.

Our policy program works internationally to foster agreement on ways to safeguard the health of the planet.

Our education program involves training leaders of environmental science in Brazil and the Alaskan Arctic and post-doctoral research by American scholars.

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Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Stopping climate change and restoring a healthy planet are the greatest challenges of our time,
and we can’t do it without science. Today, as we experience the effects of climate change in
real time, around the globe, we are more dedicated than ever to advancing scientific discovery
and seeking science-based solutions for the world’s environmental challenges—ensuring that
policy and decision making at every level are informed by world-class climate research. Woodwell Climate scientists use new understanding and cutting edge communication and mapping tools to communicate science and to develop policies to better monitor, offset, or reverse damage to the Earth’s systems and to enhance the role that these systems can play in counteracting climate change. Woodwell Climate inspires a new generation of science and policy professionals in this holistic approach and trains them to translate new science into innovative natural resource protection policies.

Woodwell Climate has four key areas of strategic priority:

- Maximizing Impact: Enhancing Scientific Excellence, Improving Policy Outcomes, and
Leaving an Educational Legacy;
- Building a Financial Foundation for the Future;
- Ensuring Operational Excellence;
- Strengthening the Woodwell Brand.

Scientific excellence is the foundation for all of Woodwell Climate's activities, and distinguishes Woodwell from other environmental NGOs. Woodwell employs a holistic, multidisciplinary, applied, and team-focused approach that maximizes knowledge generation, policy-relevance and hence societal impact.

Woodwell scientists are leaders in interdisciplinary global change science. Within one collaborative institution they combine innovative field experiments, instrumentation, and measurements on the ground in critical places on Earth, with the latest innovations in interpretation of satellite data, ecosystem modeling, and information management. This multi-dimensional approach, applied to solving problems in Earth's fastest-changing natural systems, sets Woodwell apart.

When Dr. George Woodwell founded Woodwell Climate Research Center in 1985 (then Woods Hole Research Center), he and his colleagues were on the cutting edge of climate science. They were among the first to sound the alarm about climate change and its potential consequences, and also to outline its solutions. The testimonies of this pioneering group of scientists on Capitol Hill in the late 1970s and 1980s have become legendary in the decades since.

In 1992, the world came together to establish an international framework to address climate change, known as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Woodwell scientists, including Dr. Woodwell, played a key role in drafting the charter for this essential United Nations body, and Woodwell representatives have attended the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC every year since. Two decades later, it brought us the Paris Agreement.

In September 2018, Woodwell announced a new initiative with Wellington Management, one of the world’s largest and most influential investment firms, to integrate climate science and asset management. This means that the climate science at Woodwell will help inform and guide this new research initiative in collaboration with the private sector. We believe evaluating these risks and opportunities will affect the thinking and actions of an industry that wields enormous influence.

In October, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that urgent and unprecedented societal actions are needed to avoid catastrophic environmental consequences. Meeting the challenge of climate change will require a broad collective effort, which is why Woodwell is dedicated to working with stakeholders, like Wellington, who have diverse perspectives, interests and expertise, as well as global impact.

Woodwell ’s ongoing research initiatives in five program areas - Arctic, Carbon, Risk, Tropics, and Water - have provided unparalleled science and deliver a constant flow of new, peer-reviewed, published climate research.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Woodwell Climate Research Center

Board of directors
as of 12/2/2021
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Board chair

Mr. Joseph Mueller

Diane Falconer

Michael Fanger

Thomas Hynes

John LeCoq

Joseph Mueller

Georgia Nassikas

William Pisano

Constance Roosevelt

Stephanie Tomasky

Christina DeConcini

Gail Greenwald

Andre Guimaraes

Roger Kranenburg

Robert Litterman

William Moomaw

Glenn Prickett

Daniel Reifsnyder

Cyrus Wadia

Victoria Lowell

Joseph Kennedy

III

Wilhelm Merck

Kilaparti Ramakrishna

Joseph Robinson

Izabella Teixeira

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

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