WHRC ranked world’s most influential climate change think tank

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Falmouth, Mass. June 30, 2014 – The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) has received the highest think tank ranking by the International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG) in its 2013 edition.  The rankings, launched in 2012, were created to recognize the most cutting-edge think tanks in the field of climate change economics and policy worldwide.  An award ceremony will be held in Venice, Italy, in October of 2014.

"It is tremendously satisfying to be recognized for the scientific achievements we have made, which not only define the basis for concerns about climate change but also offer solutions for mitigating it,” said Dr. Richard A. Houghton, WHRC Acting President.

The ICCG is a scientific and socio-economic research institution focused on disseminating mitigation and adaptation policy and governance strategies to local, national and international policy makers and the general public.  Excluding university-affiliated think tanks, the ICCG Think Tank Ranking classifies the most efficient think tanks using 15 different indicators, including events, IPCC authors, peer-reviewed journal articles and participation in selected international energy and climate conferences.  The analysis includes both a Standardized Ranking, which considers per capita productivity, and an Absolute Ranking, which considers the overall productivity of think tanks.  The 2013 award was determined based on the Standardized Ranking. 

"This report recognizes not just impact but also per capita impact,” said Dr. Scott Goetz, WHRC Deputy Director.  “WHRC has always excelled as a relatively small (50 people), independent and high impact think tank, bringing climate change science to the policy arena."

In the 2012 ICCG Think Tank Ranking, WHRC was ranked third, after Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute.  Included in the among the top 100 of the 2013 edition of the ICCG Think Tank Ranking were Resources for the Future (RFF), The Brookings Institution, World Resources Institute (WRI) and Conservation International (CI). 

According to Dr. Houghton, “Climatic disruption is the most important issue facing society, and we are proud to be recognized for our work which defines the importance of land ecosystems in managing the carbon cycle.” 

WHRC is an independent research institute where scientists collaborate to examine the drivers and impacts of climate change and identify opportunities for conservation around the globe.

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