Three Types of Coastal Dune Papers

I loaded the titles and abstracts from the 4,342 Coastal Dune papers discussed in my previous post into the network visualization tool VOSviewer. The co-occurence of keywords in abstracts and titles leads to three prominent groups:Coastal Dune network map.jpg.

Group 1 (purple) is the biology, botany, and ecology literature — with words such as ‘habitat’, ‘species’, ‘biodiversity’, ‘nutrient’, and ‘biomass’. 

Group 2 (blue) is the sedimentology, geology, and (long timescale) geomorphology literature — with words such as ‘sea level’, ‘age’, ‘progradation’, ‘holocene’ and ‘luminescence’

Group 3 (yellow) is the coastal engineering and (short timescale) geomorphology literature— with words such as ‘wave’, ‘storm’, ‘surge’, ‘dune erosion’, ‘vulnerability’, and ‘coastal management’

The coastal engineering, sedimentology, and geomorphology groups (yellow and blue) are near one another (more words co-occur), but the purple biological literature is further apart (fewer co-occurring words). 

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