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Revista Brasileira de Ciência do Solo

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BARRETTO, Alberto Giaroli de Oliveira Pereira; BARROS, Marcelo Geraldo Estriga  and  SPAROVEK, Gerd. Bibliometrics, history and geography of Brazilian research on accelerated soil erosion. Rev. Bras. Ciênc. Solo [online]. 2008, vol.32, n.6, pp.2443-2460. ISSN 1806-9657.

Soil science history studies are rare and the Brazilian scientific community has not given substantial attention to this subject yet. The present study focused on the formation of research on accelerated soil erosion in the Brazil from a bibliometric perspective. A comprehensive database of published scientific papers was organized in a relational database and analyzed by SQL queries and GIS tools. These data were used to calculate quantitative indicators and spatial distribution patterns. Results indicate a recent development of research on accelerated soil erosion in Brazil by few institutions and authors in the South and Southeast regions. Moreover, a thematic analysis indicated the agricultural perspective as the main focus of erosion studies, with a great emphasis on the USLE prediction model.

Keywords : GIS; water erosion; database.

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