2018 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

Table criteria

The 2018 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

2017 Institution Share 2016 Share 2017
1 Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China 200.67 200.11
2 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 147.56 121.76
3 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States of America (USA) 117.46 100.59
4 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 109.52 94.95
5 California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA) 83.06 77.7
6 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 84.29 77.41
7 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States of America (USA) 77.36 72.97
8 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), United States of America (USA) 68.74 66.34
9 University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), United States of America (USA) 65.6 64.18
10 Nanjing University (NJU), China 51.14 58.6
11 University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA) 59.75 56.17
12 University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA) 51.04 53.51
13 Stanford University, United States of America (USA) 70.47 51.91
14 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), United States of America (USA) 58.66 50.45
15 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA) 52.16 47.6
16 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA) 59.58 44.58
17 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA) 48.47 43.89
18 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 54.87 43.84
19 National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), United States of America (USA) 46.15 43.77
20 Peking University (PKU), China 53.48 43.63
21 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA) 55.72 43.11
22 University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA) 30.43 40.97
23 University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA) 50.11 39.96
24 Harvard University, United States of America (USA) 41.56 38.3
25 Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands 35.52 37.73
26 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), United States of America (USA) 33.63 37.68
27 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 21.83 37.42
28 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), United States of America (USA) 28.85 36.96
29 Yale University, United States of America (USA) 46.05 34.97
30 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA) 38.55 34.5
31 Tsinghua University, China 32.68 33.96
32 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 31.93 33.49
33 Colorado State University, United States of America (USA) 27.64 32.43
34 University of California, Irvine (UCI), United States of America (USA) 28.48 32.21
35 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 31.78 31.77
36 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 40.05 31.59
37 China University of Geosciences (CUG), China 30.49 31.09
38 Arizona State University (ASU), United States of America (USA) 27.06 30.76
39 Princeton University, United States of America (USA) 24.52 30.69
40 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 29.03 29.98
41 The University of Arizona (Arizona), United States of America (USA) 31.49 29.86
42 Tongji University, China 30.84 29.71
43 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 44 29.58
44 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 24.8 29.45
45 National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Italy 32.97 28.92
46 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), United States of America (USA) 19.35 28.01
47 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 31.3 27.49
48 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), United States of America (USA) 33.38 27.48
49 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), United States of America (USA) 29.27 26.82
50 Texas A&M University (TAMU), United States of America (USA) 21.09 26.67
51 University of Alberta (U of A), Canada 28.95 26.66
52 Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark 21.44 26.05
53 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 32.2 25.88
54 Max Planck Society, Germany 37.53 25.68
55 University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), United States of America (USA) 34.22 24.7
56 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 27.17 24.68
57 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), United States of America (USA) 16.13 24.58
58 University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UH Mānoa), United States of America (USA) 35.36 24.52
59 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 25.82 24.35
60 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 31.24 24.3
61 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA) 34.3 24.02
62 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), United States of America (USA) 21.2 23.67
63 University of California, Davis (UC Davis), United States of America (USA) 22.95 23.59
64 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 27.35 23.17
65 The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia 27.87 22.99
66 University of Florida (UF), United States of America (USA) 25 22.97
67 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 16.84 22.94
68 China Meteorological Administration (CMA), China 19.23 22.87
69 Oregon State University, United States of America (USA) 22.52 22.63
70 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United States of America (USA) 26.14 22.43
71 Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Canada 20.82 21.99
72 Hokkaido University, Japan 15.76 21.95
73 Rice University, United States of America (USA) 13.67 21.94
74 Purdue University, United States of America (USA) 15.2 21.73
75 The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA) 16.53 21.72
76 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 22.37 21.47
77 Institute of Research for Development (IRD), France 23.43 21.36
78 University of California, Riverside (UCR), United States of America (USA) 21.81 21.29
79 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 27.51 21.25
80 University of Oslo (UiO), Norway 20.82 21.19
81 Carnegie Institution for Science (CIS), United States of America (USA) 20.12 20.65
82 Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Netherlands 13.93 19.98
83 Duke University, United States of America (USA) 26.02 19.97
84 Tohoku University, Japan 23.03 19.19
85 Brown University, United States of America (USA) 23.65 19.17
86 Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), United States of America (USA) 20.94 19.17
87 Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain 26.36 18.94
88 Leibniz Association, Germany 29.04 18.75
89 McGill University, Canada 28.04 18.47
90 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 15.66 18.41
91 Fudan University, China 13.32 18.37
92 The University of Utah (Utah), United States of America (USA) 16.26 18.34
93 The University of Iowa (UI), United States of America (USA) 15.41 18.3
94 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 23.66 18.12
95 Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA) 28.08 17.93
96 Cornell University, United States of America (USA) 16.89 17.87
97 Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan 26.38 17.47
98 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 16.26 17.44
99 University of Paris, France 16.2 17.24
100 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 14.15 17.08

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