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State-of-the-Art Innovative Beach Management Tools from the Tree of Science Platform

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

Abstract

A State-of-the-Art of scientific literature related with innovative beach management tools is presented by utilizing the Tree of Science® tool (TOS) using the following two word combinations: (1) beach and carrying capacity (45 papers); (2) beach and certification, and (3) blue flag (30 papers). Papers were classified by ToS in two Tree of Sciences, one for carrying capacity and the other for beach certifications. After joining references in both trees, 68 papers were classified in roots (high input degree; n = 15), trunks (high intermediation degree; n = 19) and leaves (high output degree; n = 34). The Journal of Coastal Research was the most relevant journal, with 18 articles published (26%), followed by Ocean and Coastal Management (n = 14; 21%) and Tourism Management (n = 9; 13%), which made Elsevier the most relevant publisher in this topic (n = 29; 43%). About authors, A.T. Williams was the most relevant author, with articles in roots, trunks and leaves and participation in seven of papers revised, closely followed by J.A. Jimenez and L. Pereira. Analysis of countries of authors’ affiliation shows a shared leading of Brazil (n = 45; 20%) and Spain (n = 44; 20%), far followed by UK (N = 26; 12%), USA (n = 22; 10%) and Portugal (n = 18; 8%). A general overview identifies two growing ToS linked to innovative beach management tools, with multiple interlaced branches, which have some strong references in trunks and leaves. Finally, a prospective analysis from branches suggest that the scientific community is researching around five beach management tools: Integrated Information Tool, Biological Carrying Capacity, Recreational Carrying Capacity, Certification Schemes, Beach’s Uses. If more attention is putted on these branches, in the near future they will be strong and healthy ToS in the forest of beach management.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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