Environment Systems and Decisions

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 508–516 | Cite as

Bibliometric analysis of Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment research

  • Giovanni Di Matteo
  • Pierfrancesco Nardi
  • Stefano Grego
  • Caterina GuidiEmail author


The first step in planning the actions for climate change adaptation involves performing Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) to vulnerable populations and ecological systems. The study aims to perform a bibliometric analysis on the CCVA research field to identify how it was structured in terms of the mostly occurring research terms and their citation impact. A set of scientific papers related to CCVA (n = 8941) were retrieved via Elsevier’s Scopus database over the period 1996–2016 using specific keywords. The search was carried out in February 2017. The number of yearly papers published in CCVA research field increased after 2006, increasing more than six times in 2016. Our co-occurrences term analysis grouped four clusters related to (i) exposure, sensitivity, and quantitative methods for assessing CCVA, (ii) adaptive capacity and qualitative approaches, (iii) CCVA integrated approaches by combining participatory methods to quantitative ones, and (iv) collaboration and participation issues related to global change. The co-citation analysis showed that highly cited research terms were related to adaptation, exposure factors, and related changes and global change. This bibliometric analysis has provided an overall picture on the CCVA research field, particularly highlighting its utility for climate change adaptation.


Changing climate Co-occurrences term analysis Network analysis Climate change adaptation Meta-data 

Supplementary material

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Supplementary material S1. Occurrences and co-occurrences frequencies (i.e., weight co-occurrences column) with the related average citation impact scores (i.e., score based on average citation impact column) found for the four clusters. (XLSX 75 KB)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Council for Agricultural Research and EconomicsResearch Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CREA)RomeItaly
  2. 2.Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca Per lo Sviluppo sostenibile (CIRPS)RomeItaly
  3. 3.UNSW LawUNSWSydneyAustralia

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