State-of-the-Art Beach Geomorphology 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 Beach geomorphology is presented, from utilization of Tree of Science® tool - ToS. In a search done in November 2016, 73 papers were found in the Web of Science® with the combination of words ‘beach’ and ‘geomorphology. Papers were classified by ToS in roots (high input degree; n=5), trunks (high intermediation degree; n=10) and leaves (high output degree; n=58). Geomorphology was the most relevant journal, with 16 articles published (21.05%), which help to Elsevier to be the most relevant publisher in this topic (n=37; 48.7%). About authors, Helmut Brückner was the most relevant author, with a high number (3) of papers revised. Analysis of countries of authors’ affiliation shows a clear leading of United States (n = 80; 28%), followed by Germany (n = 31; 11%) and United Kingdom (n = 28; 10%). A general overview allows to identify a growing ToS in Beach geomorphology, with some very strong references in leaves, and several others references without less attention by scientific community belonging to this topic. Finally, a prospective analysis from branches suggest that scientific community is researching around four subtopics (sedimentation processes, coastal dune vegetation, remote sensors and coastline erosion), which could be in the near future a new ToS in the forest of beach geomorphology theme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias Marinas, Universidad 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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