The Woodwell Climate Research Center was founded in 1985 (as the Woods Hole Research Center) to address global environmental problems. Center staff engage in scientific research, global environmental policy and education.
Based in Falmouth, MA, the center’s mission is to advance scientific discovery and seek science-based solutions for the world’s environmental and economic challenges through research and education.
Center research focuses on the interaction of climate, soils and living systems, with special emphasis on forests. Projects include the effects of fire, logging and land-use change in the tropical forests of Brazil and Central Africa, the boreal forest of Siberia and in New England.
Using satellite imagery, the center’s remote sensing lab creates computer-generated maps to monitor the earth’s vegetation. The center created the World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development.