Science: The driving force behind our work
Using rigorous science, we find the proven solutions to environmental issues
At EDF, science is our compass. We were founded by scientists, and now—50 years later—science still drives all that we do.
We have dozens of scientists on staff who track, review, conduct and apply cutting-edge research and regularly collaborate with the best scientific minds from other leading institutions.
Our scientists scan the horizon for emerging issues that could demand our attention.
Taking the lead on methane leaks
For example, several years ago EDF chief scientist Steve Hamburg identified a critical lack of data on methane emissions, which can leak from oil and gas infrastructure.
Photo by: Mathew Grimm
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, so it’s important to know the scale of the problem.
To close the data gap, we organized a massive collaboration with 90 academic researchers and companies to conduct a series of 16 research projects measuring methane emissions along the natural gas supply chain.
This work already has been instrumental in helping the White House and many state governments create plans of action—as well as the EPA.
Deploying the latest technology
Part of this effort included partnering with Google Earth Outreach to find, quantify and map natural gas leaks under streets and sidewalks using specially equipped Google Street View Cars.
This method makes pollution visible to the public and provides utilities with a new tool to cut emissions.
This project puts information in the hands of people who can make a difference and change the world.Karin Tuxen-Bettman Google Earth Outreach program manager
Read more from our scientists
Via EDF Voices—our blog showcasing the stories, ideas and arguments from our staff—our scientists frequently share their analysis of current research as well as emerging science trends. See below: