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Media Contact: Lisa Cugini, 874-6642

Study shows URI Graduate School of Oceanography’s
global impact on geosciences research

Narragansett, R.I.--September 17, 2002--Although the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) has long been recognized for its outstanding scientific research, its relative standing can be hard to rate in any quantitative way. A recent issue of Science Watch has now ranked government agencies and academic institutions showing that in the field of Geosciences--which covers GSO’s key areas of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences--the university ranks fifth in the world in terms of the impact of its research.

Science Watch identifies the most cited geosciences institutions, researchers, and journals of the last ten years. Institutions around the world were ranked both by total citations and citation impact. The study was conducted by Essential Science Indicators (ESI), an ISI/Thomson Scientific web-based evaluation tool and database.

As expected, large organizations, such as NASA and NOAA, appeared at the top of the list in terms of total citations. However, a more telling statistic reveals citation impact, the number of times for each institution that its publications are referenced in the work of other institutions. URI ranked fifth on this list, ahead of such venerable establishments as Princeton University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CalTech, and the University of Chicago.

The geosciences include geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and all oceanography disciplines. The research of GSO scientists is reported on a regular basis in the most cited journals, including the Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Journal of Physical Oceanography.

"This is an outstanding performance for URI and a great credit to its faculty and scientists," said GSO dean David Farmer. "Students coming to URI to study oceanography and related sciences can be assured of participating with faculty and scientists whose work is among the very best in the field."

The URI Graduate School of Oceanography is one of the country's largest marine science education programs, and one of the world's foremost marine research institutions. Founded in 1961 in Narragansett, RI, GSO serves a community of scientists who are researching the causes of and solutions to such problems as acid rain, harmful algal blooms, global warming, air and water pollution, oil spills, overfishing, and coastal erosion. GSO is home to the Coastal Institute, the Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Institute for Underwater Archaeology, and the National Sea Grant Library.

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