A committee of international experts commissioned by the Research Council of Norway has concluded the evaluation of Norwegian earth sciences research. The earth sciences encompass a number of subject fields that study aspects of the planet Earth, including the atmosphere.
According to the evaluation committee, Norway is at the international forefront in many fields, such as climate research, meteorology and atmospheric research, marine geology and marine geoscience research, and petroleum research. In a national context, it is essential for Norway to maintain its strengths in these fields in the years to come.
Norwegian earth science researchers have a very high publication rate, in both a national and international context. The field ranks fourth in Norway in terms of the total number of citations in international scientific journals. The evaluation committee points out, however, that the number of citations varies greatly among research groups. The universities account for a much larger proportion of international publication than the independent research institutes.
According to the evaluation committee, several of the research groups would benefit from more effective management and the development of clear strategies. Research activity is currently spread across too many topics, and plans for publication and recruitment are lacking.
Source: The Research Council of Norway