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Top 10 most talked about University of Leeds climate papers of 2018


On 8th January Carbon Brief released the top 10 climate papers most featured in the media in 2018 using data from which aggregates ‘mentions’ across numerous platforms including mainstream news, social media, Wikipedia and policy documents.

Featuring at number 4, with an altmetric ‘score’ of 3,309, is research led by led by Professor Andrew Shepherd, from the University of Leeds’ School of Earth and Environment and Dr Erik Ivins at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mass Balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet from 1992 to 2017 has been discussed in 317 news stories, dozens of blogs and more than 2000 tweets reaching over 8 million users.

The paper has also been cited on 4 Wikipedia pages – on which point, I would like to make a case for academics not to overlook Wikipedia, and not only because of your Altmetric scores. In the age of ‘fake news’ it’s never been more important to get climate research directly to the public and Wikipedia in particular has been demonstrated to be a primary source of information and a major referrer of links to primary research*.

Using the same technique as Carbon Brief, we have analysed climate related research from the University of Leeds to see what other research made an impact in 2018. To see the altmetric statistics, click the White Rose Research Online link.

  1. The IMBIE Team, Shepherd, A , Ivins, E et al. (78 more authors) (2018) Mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet from 1992 to 2017. Nature, 558. pp. 219-222. ISSN 0028-0836 DOI lookup (White Rose Research Online)
  2. Konrad, H, Shepherd, A, Gilbert, L et al. (4 more authors) (2018) Net retreat of Antarctic glacier grounding lines. Nature Geoscience, 11. pp. 258-262. ISSN 1752-0894 DOI lookup   (White Rose Research Online)
  3. O’Neill, DW , Fanning, AL, Lamb, WF et al. (1 more author) (2018) A good life for all within planetary boundaries. Nature Sustainability, 88 (95). ESSN 2398-9629 DOI lookup (White Rose Research Online)
  4. Shepherd, A, Fricker, HA and Farrell, SL (2018) Trends and connections across the Antarctic cryosphere. Nature, 558 (7709). pp. 223-232. ISSN 0028-0836 DOI lookup (White Rose Research Online)
  5. Finney, DL , Doherty, RM, Wild, O et al. (3 more authors) (2018) A projected decrease in lightning under climate change. Nature Climate Change, 8 (3). pp. 210-213. ISSN 1758-678X DOI lookup (White Rose Research Online)
  6. Samset, BH, Sand, M, Smith, CJ et al. (5 more authors) (2018) Climate Impacts From a Removal of Anthropogenic Aerosol Emissions. Geophysical Research Letters, 45 (2). pp. 1020-1029. ISSN 0094-8276 DOI lookup (White Rose Research Online)
  7. Cinner, JE, Maire, E, Huchery, C et al. (34 more authors) (2018) Gravity of human impacts mediates coral reef conservation gains. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (27). 201708001. E6116-E6125. ISSN 0027-8424 DOI lookup (White Rose Research Online)
  8. van de Velde, S, Mills, BJW , Meysman, FJR et al. (2 more authors) (2018) Early Palaeozoic ocean anoxia and global warming driven by the evolution of shallow burrowing. Nature Communications, 9. 2554. ISSN 2041-1723 DOI lookup (White Rose Research Online)
  9. Challinor, AJ, Koehler, AK, Ramirez-Villegas, J et al. (2 more authors) (2016) Current warming will reduce yields unless maize breeding and seed systems adapt immediately. Nature Climate Change. DOI lookup (White Rose Research Online)
  10. Esquivel Muelbert, A, Baker, TR, Dexter, KG et al. (100 more authors) (2018) Compositional response of Amazon forests to climate change. Global Change Biology. ISSN 1354-1013 DOI lookup (White Rose Research Online)

Nick Sheppard, Research Data Management Advisor, University of Leeds

*Where possible,  links on social media or Wikipedia should also point to a version of the paper that is freely available, like the White Rose Research Repository  (see Library website for further information)

Image: Andrew Shepherd