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Advances in Earth Science  2019, Vol. 34 Issue (3): 316-323    DOI: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2019.03.0316
Research Progress of the Heihe River Basin Based on Bibliometrics
Xuemei Wang1(),Yongping Wei2,Mingguo Ma3,Zhiqiang Zhang4()
1. Southwest University Library, Chongqing 400715, China
2. School of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
3. School of Geographical Sciences, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
4. Chengdu Center for Literature and Information of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China
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Water resource is the focus and hinge between ecological environment and socio-economic development. Watershed is the basic unit of hydrology and water resource studies. It is the current hotspot in water science research to carry out the integrated research of the hydrology and water resource at the watershed scale. The Heihe River Basin is the second largest inland river basin in northwestern China, which becomes one of the hot watersheds for its unique hydrological and geographical characteristics. Based on the Web of Science Core Collection, the scientific advances achieved in the Heihe River Basin were estimated from the new sight by combining disciplinary development and problem focus, time evolution and spatial variations. The results indicated that the Heihe River Basin has made positive contribution to the world science in remote sensing, evapotranspiration, water cycle, water resources management and utilization, and climate change research in arid areas. The great achievements has promoted the Heihe River Basin up to the same levels as the international typical basins in the past 30 years, especially after the performances of the major research program entitled “Integrated Study of Eco-hydrological Processes in the Heihe River Basin” (referred to as “Heihe River Program”) supported by a grant from the National Natural Science Foundation of China and large field observation experiments. The number of published articles has ranked the top 20 in the global watershed science research. Some important scientific achievements have been obtained at the mechanisms of eco-hydrological processes in inland river basins, which can actively serve the decision making of the water resource management and sustainable development in the Heihe River Basin. The data mining and contrastive study based on bibliometrics can afford scientific reference for the watershed science research.

Key words:  Watershed science      Research topics      Heihe River Program      Bibliometrics.     
Received:  07 December 2018      Published:  28 April 2019
ZTFLH:  P343.1  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China "Study on the method of long term decision making in watershed water resource management" (No.91625103) and "Research on the mechanism impact of the cultural changes and ecological evolution and their effects on the ecology-hydrology-policy in river basin—Comparative research on Heihe River and Murray-Darling River"(No.91125007)
Corresponding Authors:  Zhiqiang Zhang     E-mail:;
About author:  Wang Xuemei (1976- ), female, Chongqing City, Professor. Research areas include scientometrics and intelligence analysis.|Wang Xuemei (1976- ), female, Chongqing City, Professor. Research areas include scientometrics and intelligence analysis.|Zhang Zhiqiang (1964- ), male, Dingxi City, Gansu Province, Professor. Research areas include science strategy and planning, science policy and management, science information analysis, ecologic economics and sustainable development. E-mail:
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Xuemei Wang,Yongping Wei,Mingguo Ma,Zhiqiang Zhang. Research Progress of the Heihe River Basin Based on Bibliometrics. Advances in Earth Science, 2019, 34(3): 316-323.

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Fig.1  Annual numbers of the SCIE/SSCI papers in the Heihe River Basin
中国1 32196.61 28093.6
Table 1  Main publication countries of the SCIE/SSCI paper in the Heihe River Basin
Fig.2  Annual distribution map of published papers in main subjects
Fig.3  Distribution map of the published papers’ hot keywords in the upper, middle and lower reaches of the Heihe River
Fig.4  Paper number ranking of the Heihe River Basin in the global watershed science researches
Fig.5  Subject ratios of the watershed research in the Heihe River and the other basins at home or abroad
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