Climate change: A bibliometric study of adaptation, mitigation and resilience

Rachel Einecker, Andrew Kirby

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The paper uses bibliometric methods to explore the production of knowledge in the field of climate change from 1991-2019. Using the Web of Science database, we demonstrate the growth of publications in the field, including papers in mitigation, adaptation and resilience. Using VOSviewer software, we show the connections between these subfields and the journals in which they are published. The analysis displays clusters of publications in different subfields and minimal convergence of research in STEM fields and the social sciences. We suggest that this lack of convergence may reflect a relative shortage of interdisciplinary research which may in turn have negative outcomes in terms of research and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6935
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Adaptation
  • Bibliometrics
  • Climate change
  • Mitigation
  • Resilience
  • Sustainability
  • VOSviewer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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