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Ranking: the climate papers most featured in online media

12/01/2019 - Scientific publications from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research scored well in online and social media. The UK online news outlet Carbon Brief just published an interesting ranking based on Altmetric that - while it is certainly not comprehensive since the data base is not comprehensive - gives some indications which papers in 2018 have been most referred to in the public. Of course, the list most prominently features the "Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene" (or 'Hothouse Earth') paper by, amongst others, PIK's Johan Rockström, Jonathan Donges, Ricarda Winkelmann, and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber published in PNAS. Carbon Brief calls it the climate science paper that scored top in media. Looking at all scientific publications in 2018 - hence beyond the field of climate research - it still is the fifth most talked-about of all journal papers, which is enormous.
Ranking: the climate papers most featured in online media

The top ten climate papers 2018. Graphic: Carbon Brief, Infographic by Rosamund Pearce

Number 19 in the Carbon Brief/Altmetric media impact ranking is a study on "Options for keeping the food system within environmental limits" by, amongst others, PIK's Benjamin L. Bodirsky and Johan Rockström, published in Nature. Number 25 is "Observed fingerprint of a weakening Atlantic Ocean overturning circulation" by PIK's Levke Caesar, Stefan Rahmstorf, Georg Feulner and others, also published in Nature - and the list doesn't end here. This confirms the substantial public impact of the research originating from the Potsdam Institute.

Weblink to the full Carbon Brief ranking of the Top Ten Climate Papers 2018 and further information on data and Altmetric: https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-climate-papers-most-featured-in-media-2018

Weblink to more info on the 'Hothouse Earth' paper "Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene" (PNAS): https://www.pik-potsdam.de/news/press-releases/planet-at-risk-of-heading-towards-irreversible-201chothouse-earth201d-state

Weblink to more info on the study "Options for keeping the food system within environmental limits" (Nature):
https://www.pik-potsdam.de/news/press-releases/sustainable-and-healthy-food-to-feed-the-world-in-2050-nature-study?set_language=en

Weblink to more info on the study "Observed fingerprint of a weakening Atlantic Ocean overturning circulation" (Nature):
https://www.pik-potsdam.de/news/press-releases/stronger-evidence-for-a-weaker-atlantic-overturning?set_language=en

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