Our Work Overview

What We Do:

Our scientists combine analysis of satellite images of the Earth with field studies in ecology and economics to measure, model and map how humans are changing the world’s ecosystems, and showing how we can more intelligently and sustainably live, while protecting the ecosystems integral to a verdant Earth. From the thawing permafrost in the Arctic to the expanding agricultural regions of the tropics, through research, capacity building and education we apply in-depth expertise to chart the way forward, revealing paths that incorporate both human prosperity and stewardship of the Earth’s natural resources.

 

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Global Ecology

A key focus of the WHRC is advancing the understanding of global-scale ecological processes, including the carbon, nitrogen, and hydrologic cycles, as well as how those systems are impacted by land use change and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Ecosystem Studies & Management

Through field research at sites around the globe – WHRC scientists are investigating how ecosystems work and how human behaviors alter them.

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Mapping & Monitoring

WHRC scientists incorporate satellite and remote sensing technologies with on-the-ground research to map and monitor forests, biomass, habitats, environmental change, and other ecosystems and services throughout the globe.

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Public Policy & Economics

WHRC scientific and policy staff link research findings with policy efforts at local to global scales with the goal of promoting the sustainability of a healthy planet.

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Education & Capacity Building

Outreach and capacity building – engaging with students, educators, indigenous groups, government agencies, and other non-profit institutions throughout the world – are integral to the work of the WHRC.

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