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Canopy magazine summer 2013

A Letter from the President


CANOPY Canopy Midyear Issue

Punching above our weight: WHRC receives world-class recognition I am proud to announce that the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) has received recognition as the world’s third most influential climate change think tank by the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG). The ICCG rankings are based on the integrity of the climate research of each climate institution and on how effectively it was used in addressing climate change policy in 2012. In this first-ever ranking, the intent of the ICCG was “to highlight the most efficient [think tank] in terms of per capita productivity.” The methodology was based on a set of five indicators: • events targeted to specialized and general audiences • co-authors of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Reports • submissions to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change • articles in peer-reviewed journals and the frequency that they have been cited • other publications such as policy briefings Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute were ranked first and second, respectively. Not only did we rank third in the world based on per capita productivity of our scientists, but we also ranked third in overall institutional influence, well ahead of several larger organizations. We have always known that we punch well above our weight, and now the ICCG has substantiated our claim through its careful, objective analysis. Perhaps the only real surprise about this new independent analysis is that we are being characterized as a “think tank.” While we certainly do a lot of thoughtful analysis, we also consider of ourselves a “do tank.” In this issue of Canopy you will find many examples of why WHRC is one of the most influential “think and do” organizations in the climate change arena. I hope you enjoy reading about how WHRC’s research and training efforts are making a difference all over the world, particularly in regions where climate change and land use change are profoundly affecting people and ecosystems. Our ranking was not the result of any single splashy report or one superstar scientist, but rather the long-term hard work of all our world-class scientists and the tremendous support staff who make our successes possible. Our work exemplifies a high standard of excellence in scientific research and effective communication of our science in policy arenas. I heartily congratulate all of our staff, who share in this great honor! Finally, we thank you—our generous supporters—for your conviction in the value of our work. This new ranking demonstrates that your investments are paying dividends both for WHRC and for the planet. The full report is available for download at: Eric A. Davidson President & Senior Scientist

President & Senior Scientist Dr. Eric A. Davidson Communications Director of Communications: Ian Vorster Director of External Affairs: Eunice Youmans Phone: 508-444-1509 Email: Development Acting Director of Development: Kristin McLaughlin Phone: 508-444-1512 Email: Editing & DESIGN Ian Vorster Denise Kergo CONTRIBUTORS Beth Bagley Eric Davidson Denise Kergo Allison B. White PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Linder WHRC Staff Woods Hole Research Center 149 Woods Hole Road Falmouth, MA 02540 Email: Website: Newsletter Subscribe online at COPYRIGHT All material appearing in Canopy is copyrighted unless otherwise stated or it may rest with the provider of the supplied material. Canopy takes care to ensure information is correct at time of printing. The publisher accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy of any information contained herein. Cover Photo Agricultural landscape in the high altitude forests of central Mexico’s Valle de BravaAmanaico. Credit: Wayne Walker

Canopy - Summer 2013  

The magazine of the Woods Hole Research Center

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