State-of-the-Art Users’ Risk Assessment on Beaches from the Tree of Science Platform

  • Omar CervantesEmail author
  • Camilo M. Botero
  • Charles W. Finkl
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 24)


A State-of-the-Art of scientific literature related with risk assessment on beaches is presented, from utilization of the Tree of Science® tool – ToS. In a search done in November 2016, 76 papers were found in the Web of Science® with the combination of words ‘beach’ and ‘risk management’. Papers were classified by ToS in roots (high input degree; n = 9), trunks (high intermediation degree; n = 10) and leaves (high output degree; n = 56). Water research was the most relevant journal, with seven articles published (9.2%), which help to Elsevier to be the most relevant publisher in this topic (n = 28; 36.8%). Timothy J. Wade, Alfred P. Dufour and Helena M. Solo-Gabriele were the most relevant authors, with articles in trunks and leaves and participation in five of papers. Analysis of author affiliations shows the United States (n = 213; 52%) in the lead, followed by United Kingdom (n = 45; 11%) and Greece (n = 26; 6%). A general overview identifies a growing ToS in beach risk assessment, with some very strong references in leaves, and several others of less importance. Finally, analysis from branches suggests research focused around three subtopics (coastal risk assessment, environmental variable associations and Health Risk, Species risk, Water quality and infectious disease), which soon might be a new ToS in the deep forest of the beach management theme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias MarinasUniversidad de ColimaManzanilloMexico
  2. 2.School of LawUniversidad Sergio ArboledaSanta MartaColombia
  3. 3.Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF)FletcherUSA
  4. 4.Department of GeosciencesFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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