(1942) He runs major research programs at the Woods Hole Research Center to study the role that biotic systems, especially forests, play in global warming.
CO2 and deforestation
In addition, he is notable for being the first person to notice that deforestation released CO2 into the atmosphere. This is important because it forced scientists to realize that you couldn't accurately predict the behaviour of the climate without knowing how the biosphere was going to respond to increased CO2.
Woodwell gives a warning
A further warning
1. Click here to read Woodwell's essay Climatic Disruption in 2002: A Scientific Puzzle and Political Dilemma.