Top 100 rising institutions in Earth and environmental sciences

The table shows the top 100 rising institutions in Earth and environmental sciences, ranked by change in adjusted Share* from 2015 to 2019. Also listed are the institution's Share and Count in 2019, percentage change in adjusted Share from 2015 to 2019, and global rank in the 2020 annual tables.

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Rank Institution Share 2019 Count 2019 Change in
Share* 2015–2019
Change in
Share* 2015–2019 (%)
1Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China295.63891102.2152.8 %1
2University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China62.7934046.95296.4 %13
3China University of Geosciences (CUG), China52.0514233.36178.5 %18
4Tongji University, China60.2618032.06113.7 %14
5University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China54.9313329.92119.6 %17
6Nanjing University (NJU), China77.4621629.2160.5 %6
7Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China34.519724.89258.7 %40
8China Meteorological Administration (CMA), China42.1913722.22111.2 %25
9Wuhan University (WHU), China28.196020.24254.6 %57
10China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), China22.035619.63815.9 %84
11Colorado State University, United States of America (USA)39.0411616.6074.0 %31
12Zhejiang University (ZJU), China35.919216.0981.2 %36
13Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), China19.9512215.06308.0 %96
14Jinan University (JNU), China14.063713.572769.0 %>100
15Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China20.333113.55200.1 %94
16University of Oslo (UiO), Norway26.449012.9796.3 %61
17Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China30.125812.5471.3 %54
18Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland24.728012.1897.1 %71
19Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore33.568811.5252.3 %45
20Lanzhou University (LZU), China19.545311.21134.7 %100
21Tsinghua University, China41.6315811.1436.5 %26
22Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China10.504210.4965480.7 %>100
23University of Bergen (UIB), Norway20.01919.5791.8 %95
24University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK)42.521588.9526.7 %24
25Aarhus University (AU), Denmark19.92778.8179.2 %97
26Washington State University (WSU), United States of America (USA)10.45428.11347.3 %>100
27University of Oregon (UO), United States of America (USA)16.22468.0297.7 %>100
28Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China9.72168.01469.0 %>100
29University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK)17.27547.9384.8 %>100
30Hohai University (HHU), China9.62267.83439.6 %>100
31Fudan University, China14.71517.82113.6 %>100
32Tianjin University (TJU), China12.671227.74156.9 %>100
33Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea15.82377.7395.6 %>100
34University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA)66.032117.6713.1 %10
35Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan15.59507.6195.3 %>100
36Nankai University (NKU), China21.76367.4952.5 %87
37The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China26.11577.2138.1 %65
38University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia7.74297.181265.0 %>100
39Shandong University (SDU), China8.301067.17637.6 %>100
40Cornell University, United States of America (USA)25.481046.8336.6 %69
41China Agricultural University (CAU), China7.55196.66742.2 %>100
42National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), United States of America (USA)40.601416.6019.4 %29
43Indiana University (IU), United States of America (USA)14.40506.2977.5 %>100
44The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China11.00446.23130.5 %>100
45University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA)35.73976.2021.0 %38
46Beijing Forestry University (BFU), China8.26196.12285.4 %>100
47The University of Oklahoma (OU), United States of America (USA)18.30936.0249.1 %>100
48Hunan University (HNU), China11.87216.00102.3 %>100
49University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil12.55395.8888.1 %>100
50Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), China24.431075.6930.4 %72
51King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia17.60375.6146.9 %>100
52The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China13.10435.4871.8 %>100
53The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China9.29275.48143.7 %>100
54Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU), China5.44135.44N/A>100
55Beihang University (BUAA), China9.65315.38126.1 %>100
56Florida State University (FSU), United States of America (USA)13.50925.3465.4 %>100
57University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK)36.891405.2916.7 %34
58Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK)9.72465.21115.6 %>100
59Okayama University, Japan6.67225.20352.9 %>100
60RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany7.66155.19209.7 %>100
61Harvard University, United States of America (USA)40.191675.1714.8 %30
62Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China7.03205.04253.5 %>100
63Beijing Normal University (BNU), China32.131575.0218.5 %50
64Gifu University, Japan5.9374.99530.1 %>100
65National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China4.9874.98N/A>100
66Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), United States of America (USA)9.96344.9699.2 %>100
67Shanghai University (SHU), China6.16144.96413.7 %>100
68South China University of Technology (SCUT), China6.21124.84353.7 %>100
69Northern Arizona University (NAU), United States of America (USA)6.67344.79255.1 %>100
70Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China4.7394.73N/A>100
71Northwest University (NWU), China5.38204.70685.7 %>100
72University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), United States of America (USA)25.61844.5321.5 %68
73Rice University, United States of America (USA)26.43854.4820.4 %62
74Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), China5.20224.48621.4 %>100
75Pusan National University (PNU), South Korea5.04234.46761.6 %>100
76Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden7.33364.39148.9 %>100
77Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway10.48354.3871.8 %>100
78University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (UK)7.82404.33124.2 %>100
79Agroscope, Switzerland4.6394.331451.2 %>100
80San Diego State University (SDSU), United States of America (USA)6.93344.31164.7 %>100
81University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa6.24324.23211.1 %>100
82Curtin University, Australia21.49714.2324.5 %89
83Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Netherlands18.83704.2028.8 %>100
84Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT), China5.63234.18289.4 %>100
85Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), Czech Republic11.49434.0354.0 %>100
86New York University (NYU), United States of America (USA)6.58393.98153.2 %>100
87University of Münster (WWU), Germany14.12343.9538.9 %>100
88University of Kentucky (UK), United States of America (USA)6.52273.95153.4 %>100
89China Earthquake Administration (CEA), China20.98503.9323.1 %90
90Central South University (CSU), China7.13233.89120.1 %>100
91South China Normal University (SCNU), China3.83133.83N/A>100
92North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), China6.12123.78162.3 %>100
93Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China4.89143.73319.9 %>100
94China University of Petroleum, Beijing (CUPB), China5.28173.70233.6 %>100
95University of Cantabria (UC), Spain4.0983.70947.1 %>100
96Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China5.88423.66165.4 %>100
97Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), United States of America (USA)5.71303.59169.5 %>100
98Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK)32.241213.5812.5 %49
99University of Padova (UNIPD), Italy7.22353.4691.9 %>100
100East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China3.3983.39N/A>100

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2019 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.