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Two Decades of Ecohydraulics: Trends of an Emerging Interdiscipline

Author(s): Roser Casas-Mulet; Elise King; Garima Lakhanpal; Michael J. Stewardson; J. Angus Web Doris Hoogeveen; Long Duong; Timothy Bladwin

Linked Author(s): Roser Casas-Mulet

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Abstract: We present a summary of the works published in[1]. They consist on the assessment of the ecohydraulics field of research using all available proceedings of the biennial International Symposium on Ecohydraulics for the last two decades. Through the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP), we provide a deep analysis of a longitudinal dataset that enables us to test more detailed questions than previous snapshots of the ecohydraulics literature. We investigated temporal changes in author affiliation patterns and identified dominant topics of research to assess the degree of multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity within ecohydraulics. Results show that the field the field is becoming increasingly global. This and the identification of 10 distinctive macro-topics also suggest well-developed multidisciplinarity in ecohydraulics. There has been reasonable stability in individual topics across time, except for significant trends within the macro-topics of Fish responses, Hydraulic modelling, Water quality, Physical habitat modelling and Social responses, suggesting some increase in interdisciplinarity. The proportion of practitioners collaborating with researchers has surprisingly not changed greatly over time, indicating ecohydraulics has been transdisciplinary to some extent from its inception. Our results arguably provide an opportunity to better integrate fundamental understanding into practical applications in water management.


Year: 2018

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