A bibliometrical analysis of biological invasions under the global climate change.

Biological invasions seriously threat the global biodiversity and ecosystem health, causing great losses to global environment and economy. However, rapid climate change could significantly affect the diffusion and invasion of alien species. To explore the development situation of biological invasions under climate change could be helpful for better understanding the status and hot spots in this field, and also the benefitial for understanding the invasion mechanism and making effective management measures. In our study, we studied the Web of Science (WOS) database for publications pertaining to the biological invasions under climate change between the years 1990-2016, we then used the Thomson Data Analyzer (TDA) to operate the systematic analysis. We found that there were total 1 736 published papers in recent 27 years. The number of publications increased annually, while it rapidly increased since 2009. This research area related to several subjects such as environmental science and ecology, biodiversity protection, botany, etc. Prof. Chown SL form Monash University had the largest amounts of publications. USA had the maximum total papers, highly cited and high impact factor papers. California University published the most papers among international research institutes, while the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) ranked the 10th. Biological Invasions was the academic journal which had the largest publications. Recent studies focused primarily on topics related to species distribution models, biodiversity, global warming and risk assessment. China totally published 52 articles, Chinese Academy of Science had the largest amounts of papers, while Institute of Zoology, Wuhan Botanical Garden, Institute of Botany ranking Top 3 among the branch organizations of CAS. In the future, China should give more attentions on the high level research papers and international cooperation of biological invasions under climate change. In addition, we need to focus on prediction and risk assessment of alien species, relationships between biological invasions and biodiversity, system evolution of invaders, relationships among multiple trophic levels of invaded ecosystem, marine biological invasion, influence of invasion on human health, etc under a rapid global climate change.


Author: Wu Hao
Organization: National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Year: 2017

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