Report ‘Confronting the Global Water Crisis Through Research’ Uncovers Key Trends in Water Resources Research
- Global Water Research
The report “Confronting the Global Water Crisis through Research – 2010″, carried out by Elsevier and released today, reveals the increasingly international and strategic nature of water resources research. Examining major trends in water research at the international, national and institutional levels, the report highlights the escalation in the article output of countries conducting water resources research and the expansion of such research into strategic disciplines. Elsevier used Scopus data and one of the solutions from its performance and planning suite, SciVal Spotlight, to develop a detailed analysis of country and institutional strengths in the field.
“Most countries realize the importance of multidisciplinary research in water research as they face climate change and population growth,” said Dr.
Key findings from the report include:
- The Emergence of
While the U.S. leads in producing water resources research and yields the widest variety of such research,
- International Growth
Given the strengths of its research and grant-making institutions, the U.S. will likely maintain a leading role in water resources research. However, the international focus on water resources suggests that the U.S. will increasingly share the research stage with other countries. The data indicates a rapid growth of water resources research throughout the world, including some countries where until recently, there was very little of such research. Faced with economic expansion, rising populations and growing industrialization, countries such as
- Multidisciplinary Growth
By extensively mapping research articles by discipline, data from SciVal Spotlight reflects the increasingly multidisciplinary nature of water resources research. While environmental sciences, earth sciences, engineering and biological sciences continue to dominate the field, disciplines such as economics, math, computer science, chemistry and biochemistry are rapidly expanding into water research. Economics in particular, has seen significant growth. From 2004 to 2008, the annual growth rate in economics articles within water resources research was 100%. The rise of these disciplines highlights the changing interests of governments and grant-making institutions as they work to solve a variety of problems associated with water resources.
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The analysis was split in to two phases: phase I looked at the water resources literature landscape and phase II, which took a look at a number of well performing nations and one of their institutions that is a main contributor to the subject field.
Phase I – To construct the initial data pool, the keywords “water resources*” were used to search titles, abstracts, and keywords of original articles, reviews, and proceedings papers published in the SciVerse Scopus(TM) database (http://www.info.sciverse.com) from Elsevier between
Phase II – SciVal(R) Spotlight (http://www.info.scival.com/) was used to gain deeper insights into the core strengths of these top nations and the institutions that are contributing to these national strengths.
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