State-of-the-Art Beach Environmental Quality from the Tree of Science Platform

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


A State-of-the-Art review of scientific literature related with beach environmental quality is presented, by utilizing the Tree of Science® tool - ToS. In a search conducted in November 2016, 36 papers were found in the Web of Science® with the combination of words ‘beach’ and ‘environmental quality’. Papers were classified by ToS in roots (high input degree; n = 10), trunks (high intermediation degree; n = 9) and leaves (high output degree; n = 17). The Ocean and Coastal Management Journal was the most relevant journal, with 13 articles published (36%), which help Elsevier to be the most relevant publisher in this topic (n = 24; 67%). About authors, A.T. Williams was the most relevant author, with articles in roots, trunks and leaves and participation in seven of papers revised. Analysis by country of authors’ affiliation shows a clear leading by Spain (n = 27; 20%), followed by Italy (n = 15; 11%) and Brazil (n = 14; 10%). A general overview identifies a growing ToS in beach environmental quality, with some very strong references in trunks and leaves, and several other references receiving less attention by the scientific community. Finally, a prospective analysis from branches suggest that the scientific community is researching around three subtopics (environmental/ecological status, quality indexes, marine pollution), which could be in the near future a new ToS in the forest of beach management theme.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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