Sustaining earth and human systems in a time of urgency.
Woodwell Climate Research Center conducts science for solutions at the nexus of climate, people, and nature—solutions that are urgently needed to propel us toward a more equitable, healthy, and sustainable world. Originally founded as the Woods Hole Research Center in 1985, we have a track record of partnering with a global network of communities and leaders for just, meaningful impact to address the climate crisis.
A collaborative approach to solutions.
Woodwell Climate Research Center’s leading scientists are dedicated to creating breakthrough insights that can directly inform policy and decision-making. We bring to bear a comprehensive toolkit—field and laboratory science, remote sensing, and computer modeling—to understand the interplay between human activities and natural systems with the potential to make or break our climate future. Together with collaborators, stakeholders, and government officials in more than 20 countries across six continents, we’re turning knowledge into action and far-reaching impact.
The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the learning, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster. That’s why we cultivate partnerships at every level, across continents and fields of study—from international organizations and national governments to public and private institutions, as well as Indigenous peoples and local communities. We collaborate throughout the research process to ensure that our discoveries can be integrated into real-world decision-making.
Deepening our commitment
The questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—all are stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.
We have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable, inclusive culture within our organization, in deepening our working relationships with Indigenous people and under-resourced communities, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science. We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work.