Bibliometric Analysis of Research Progress on Ecological Vulnerability in China

  • 1. Department of Resources & Environment and Tourism Management, Hengyang Normal University, Hengyang 421002, Hunan, China;
    2. Nanyue College, Hengyang Normal University, Hengyang 421008, Hunan, China

Received date: 2012-08-02

  Revised date: 2012-09-12

  Online published: 2012-11-20

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40971067; Key Research Project of the Education Department of Hunan Province, No.09A014; The Construct Program of the Key Discipline in Hunan Province


Taking CNKI as the main data source, this paper uses bibliometric methods to examine the present situation and the development of research on ecological vulnerability in China. Results show that ecological vulnerability has become a hotspot in China since 1989, and the research can be divided into three development stages. The initial stage (1989-2000) was mainly focused on qualitative research on preliminary theory discussion and regional countermeasures; the rapid development stage (2001-2007) was concentrated on method application and empirical evaluation, characterized by a large increase in literature numbers; the period since 2008 saw a boom of theoretical reviews and initial signs of comprehensive research. In the development process, the empirical research on vulnerability evaluation developed rapidly, whose research scope tended to be more comprehensive and balanced gradually instead of focus on the karst region in Southwest China and agro-pastoral zigzag zone in northern China. But on the whole the development of the theory research lags behind that of the method application, thus, at present, the empirical research method of ecological vulnerability evaluation in China are lack of theory standard, and the empirical research on ecological vulnerability still focus more on the single ecological system, and in existing comprehensive indexes of vulnerability evaluation, natural and economic indexes weight and its regional differences are relatively big, and social indicators weight and its regional differences are smaller.

Cite this article

TIAN Yaping, CHANG Hao . Bibliometric Analysis of Research Progress on Ecological Vulnerability in China[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2012 , 67(11) : 1515 -1525 . DOI: 10.11821/xb201211008


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