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BARRETTO, Alberto Giaroli de Oliveira Pereira; LINO, Jane Siqueira  and  SPAROVEK, Gerd. Bibliometrics in Brazilian research on accelerated soil erosion: institutions, topics, space and chronology. Rev. Bras. Ciênc. Solo [online]. 2009, vol.33, n.6, pp.1845-1854. ISSN 1806-9657.

Despite the increasing number and diversity of publications related to soil erosion in Brazil and throughout the world, the central questions of this science remain unanswered. The possible reasons for this imbalance highlight the need to reconsider the role of research on soil erosion. Bibliometric studies can provide ample view of the research field, describing perspectives, but research using this approach is scarce in international as well as in Brazilian literature. The objective of this study was to analyze the spatial, temporal, institutional and topical distribution of Brazilian research on accelerated soil erosion based on the organization of articles according to thematic lines and to discuss the depth of the approach to the fundamental issues of erosion in order to establish a bibliometric perspective. For this purpose, 225 articles of Brazilian institutions focused on soil erosion were scanned, registered in a database and classified into five thematic lines. Besides, multi-temporal maps were drawn using GIS tools. Brazilian research on erosion is recent and is characterized by: (a) concentration in few institutions in the southern and southeastern Brazil, (b) focused on two issues, related to the Universal Soil Loss Equation and comparisons of agricultural managements as related to soil loss, with a considerable influence of the consolidation level of the research centers, which have developed research on accelerated soil erosion along these two lines.

Keywords : water erosion; database; history.

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