Analysis of international scientific production on climate change and air pollution




Climate change; Atmospheric contamination; Systematic analysis; Cooperation network; Environmental damage.


Much has been written about climate change and the effects caused by human activities on the environment. Researches related to the topic increases rapidly and is present in content search networks at a relevant level, since this has been a relevant theme since the 1970´s. In this context, this research was carried out with the aim of evaluating the progress of scientific research in the over the years on the themes of climate change and air pollution based on publications on the topics in the database of the Web of Science, selecting a broad scientific- international academic history, in the period of 49 years (1971 to 2020) - following the following criteria: web areas, publications - journals / periodicals, country, occurrence, authors and terms. With the information, it was possible to generate a mapping in which the breadth of theme is visible in publications the last decades in the world. Brazil does not stand out among the countries that most publish on the subject. The increase in academic production has been predominantly observed in authors from other countries, such as the United States, China, England, Italy, Germany, among others. The peak of publications was registered in the year 2018, with a decrease in 2019 and 2020, being able to observe the scope of the theme associated with concerns related to global problems caused to the environment, in addition to socioeconomic damage. The greater occurrence in citations demonstrates that there is a collaborative interconnection between groups of authors who frequently research the topic, promoting the dissemination of information and knowledge.


Abreu, A. M., Sátiro, G., Litre, G., Santos, L., Oliveira, J.E., Soares, D., & Ávila, K (2020). A interface entre saúde, mudanças climáticas e uso do solo no Brasil: uma análise da evolução da produção científica internacional entre 1990 e 2019. Saúde e Sociedade, 29. Doi:10.1590/s0104-12902020180866

Aires, C. F., & Pimenta, H. C. D. (2020). Práticas ambientais em laboratórios químicos universitários: uma revisão sistemática de literatura. Research, Society and Development, 9(8). Doi: 0.33448/rsd-v9i8.5490.

Anderson, P. K., Cunningham, A.A., Patel, N. G., Morales, F. J., Epstein, P. R., & Daszak, P. (2004). Emerging infectious diseases of plants: pathogen pollution, climate change and agrotechnology drivers. Trends in ecology & evolution, 19(10), 535–544. Doi:10.1016/j.tree.2004.07.021

Anenberg S.C., Henze D.K., Tinney, V., Kinney, P.L., Raich, W., Fann, N., Malley, C.S., Roman, H., Lamsal, L., Duncan, B., Martin, R.V., van Donkelaar, A., Brauer, M., Doherty, R., Jonson, J.E., Davila, Y., Sudo, K., & Kuylenstierna, J.C. (2018). Estimates of the global burden of ambient PM2:5, ozone, and NO2 on asthma incidence and emergency room visits. Environ Health Perspect, 126,107004-1-14. Doi:10.1289/EHP3766.

Ang, W. L., Mohammad, A. W., Johnson, D., & Hilal, N. (2019). Forward osmosis research trends in desalination and wastewater treatment: A review of research trends over the past decade. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 31,100886. Doi:10.1016/j.jwpe.2019.100886

Bogdan, E.A. (2020). Como uma pandemia mortal purificou o ar: narrativas e práticas que ligam o COVID-19 à poluição do ar e às mudanças climáticas. Space and Culture, 23 (3), 293-300.

Bollen, J., Hers, S., & Van der Zwaan, B. (2010) An integrated assessment of climate change, air pollution, and energy security policy. Energy Policy, 38 (8), 4021–4030. Doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.03.026.

Bytnerowicz, A., Omasa, K., & Paoletti, E. (2007). Integrated effects of air pollution and climate change on forests: a northern hemisphere perspective. Environmental pollution, 147( 3), 438–445. Doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2006.08.028.

Cifuentes, L., Borja-Aburto, V. H., Gouveia, N., Thurston, G., & Davis, D. L. (2001) Assessing the Health Benefits of Urban Air Pollution Reductions Associated with Climate Change Mitigation (2000-2020): Santiago, São Paulo, Mexico City, and New York City. Environmental Health Perspectives, 109, 419. Doi:10.2307/3434790.

Conti, J.B. (2011). Considerações sobre as mudanças climáticas globais. Revista do Departamento de Geografia, 16, 70-75.

D'amato, G., Liccardi, G., D'amato, M., & Cazzola, M. (2002). Outdoor air pollution, climatic changes and allergic bronchial asthma. The European respiratory journal, 20(3), 763–776. Doi:10.1183/09031936.02.00401402.

D'amato, G., Liccardi, G., D'amato, M., & Cazzola, M. (2001) The role of outdoor air pollution and climatic changes on the rising trends in respiratory allergy. Respiratory medicine, 95(7), 606–611. Doi:10.1053/rmed.2001.1112.

D'amato, G., Pawankar, R., Vitale, C., Lanza, M., Molino, A., Stanziola, A., Sanduzzi, A., Vatrella, A., & D'amato, M. (2016). Climate Change and Air Pollution: Effects on Respiratory Allergy. Allergy, asthma & immunology research, 8(5), 391–395. Doi:10.4168/aair.2016.8.5.391.

Doherty, R. M., Wild, O., Shindell, D. T., Zeng, G., Mackenzie, I. A., Collins, W. J., Fiore, A. M., Stevenson, D. S., Dentener, F. J., Schultz, M. G., Hess, P., Derwent, R. G., & Keating, T. J. (2013). Impacts of climate change on surface ozone and intercontinental ozone pollution: A multi-model study. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118(9), 3744–3763. Doi:10.1002/jgrd.50266.

EPE – Empresa de pesquisa energética. (2016). Balanço Energético Nacional, 2016. Retrieved from

Fiore, A. M., Jacob, D. J., Field, B. D., Streets, D. G., Fernandes, S. D., & Jang, C. (2002). Linking ozone pollution and climate change: The case for controlling methane. Geophysical Research Letters, 29(19), 25-1-25-4. Doi:10.1029/2002GL015601.

Franco, N.M.G., & Faria, L.I.L. (2019). Colaboração científica intraorganizacional: análise das redes por coocorrência de palavras-chave. Em questão, 25(1),87-100.

Freitas, A. R. P., & Paiva, L. E. B. (2018). Revisão da produção científica internacional acerca das mudanças climáticas. Revista de Gestão Social e Ambiental, 12(3), 95-113.

Harlan, S. L., & Ruddell, D. M. (2011). Climate change and health in cities: impacts of heat and air pollution and potential co-benefits from mitigation and adaptation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 3(3), 126–134. Doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2011.01.001.

Hirsch, J. E. (2005). An index to quantify an individuals scientific research output. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, v.102, n.46, p.16569–16572. Doi:10.1073/pnas.0507655102.

Hu, G., Wang, L., Ni, R., & Liu, W. (2020). Qual índice h? Uma exploração na Web of Science. Scientometrics, 1-9.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -IPCC. (2014). Climate change 2014: working group II: Impacts, adaptations and vulnerability. Retrieved from

Sokolova, I.M., & Lannig, G. (2008). Interactive effects of metal pollution and temperature on metabolism in aquatic ectotherms: implications of global climate change. Climate Research, 37(2-3), 181–201. Doi:10.3354/cr00764.

Kan, H., Chen, R., & Tong, S. (2012). Ambient air pollution, climate change, and population health in China. Environment international, 42, 10–19. Doi:10.1016/j.envint.2011.03.003.

Lenine, E., & Mörschbächer, M. (2020). Pesquisa bibliométrica e hierarquias do conhecimento em Ciência Política. Revista Brasileira de Ciência Política, (31), 123-160. Doi:10.1590/0103-335220203104

Lovelock, J.E. (1971). Poluição do ar e mudanças climáticas. Atmospheric Environment, 5 (6), 403-411.

Matyssek, R., Wieser, G., Calfapietra, C., Vries, W., Dizengremel, P., Ernst, D., Jolivet, Y., Mikkelsen, T. N., Mohren, G. M. J., Le Thiec, D., Tuovinen, J-P, WeatheralL, A., & Paoletti, E. (2012) Forests under climate change and air pollution: gaps in understanding and future directions for research. Environmental pollution, 160(1), 57–65. Doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2011.07.007.

Mickley, L. J. (2004). Effects of future climate change on regional air pollution episodes in the United States. Geophysical Research Letters, 31(24). Doi:10.1029/2004GL021216

Ministério do Meio Ambiente, MMA. (2020). Efeito Estufa e Aquecimento Global. Retrieved from

Pablos, F.D.Y., & Feitosa, M.D. (2020). Acessibilidade em métodos ágeis: uma revisão sistemática da literatura. Pesquisa, Sociedade e Desenvolvimento, 9 (3), e133932419. Doi:10.33448/rsd-v9i3.2419

Petta, N. L., & Ojeda, E. A. (2003). História: uma abordagem integrada. Volume único. São Paulo: Moderna. (Coleção Base).

Ramanathan, V., & Feng, Y. (2009). Air pollution, greenhouse gases and climate change: Global and regional perspectives. Atmospheric Environment, 43(1), 37–50. Doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.09.063.

Santos, F. D. (2012). Alterações globais: os desafios e os riscos presentes e futuros. 1.ed.- Lisboa: Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos, 214p.

Savić, M., Ivanović, M., & Surla, B. D. (2017). Analysis of intra-institutional research collaboration: a case of a Serbian faculty of sciences. Scientometrics, Dordrecht, 110(1), 195-216.

Silva, R. A., West, J. J., Lamarque, J., Shindell, D.T., Collins, W.J., Faluvegi, G., Folberth, G. A., Horowitz, L. W., Nagashima, T., Naik, V.i, Rumbold, S. T., Sudo, K., Takemura, T., Bergmann, D., Cameron-Smith, P., Doherty, R. M., Josse, B., Mackenzie, I.A., Stevenson, David S., & Zeng, Guang. (2017). Future global mortality from changes in air pollution attributable to climate change. Nature climate change, 7(9), 647–651. Doi:10.1038/NCLIMATE3354.

Tagaris, E., Liao, K., DElucia, A. J., Deck, L., Amar, P., & Russell, A. G. (2009). Potential impact of climate change on air pollution-related human health effects. Environmental science & technology, 43(13), 4979–4988. Doi:10.1021/es803650w.

Tai, A. P. K., Martin, M. V., & Heald, C. L. (2014). Threat to future global food security from climate change and ozone air pollution. Nature Climate Change, 4(9), 817–821. Doi:10.1038/NCLIMATE2317.

Tang, L., & Hu, G. (2018). Evaluation woes: Metrics beat bias. Nature, 559(7714), 331. Doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05751-4

Tennant, J. (2020). Web of Science and Scopus are not global databases of knowledge. SorcArXiv Paper. Doi:10.31235/

Trathan, P. N., García-Borboroglu, P., Boersma, D., Bost, C., Crawford, R. J. M., Crossin, G. T., Cuthbert, R. J., Dann, P., Davis, L. S., La Puente, S., Ellenberg, U., Lynch, H. J., Mattern, T., Pütz, K., Seddon, P., Trivelpiece, W., & Wienecke, B. (2015) Pollution, habitat loss, fishing, and climate change as critical threats to penguins. Conservation biology: the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology, 29(1), 31–41. Doi:10.1111/cobi.12349.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – UNFCCC (2008). Kyoto Protocol Reference Manual on Accounting of Emissions and Assigned Amount. Working Papers. Retrieved from

Waltman, L., & van Eck, N.J. (2019). Normalização de campo de indicadores cienciométricos. Manual Springer de indicadores de ciência e tecnologia. 281-300.

Wang, H., & Chen, H. (2016). Understanding the recent trend of haze pollution in eastern China: roles of climate change. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16 (6), 4205–4211. Doi:10.5194/acp-16-4205-2016.

Wang, W., Saari, R.K., Bachmann, C., & Mukherjee, U. (2020). Estimating transboundary economic damages from climate change and air pollution for subnational incentives for green on-road freight. Transportation Research Part D,82. Doi:10.1016/j.trd.2020.102325

Wen, Y., Schoups, G., & Van de Giesen, N. (2017). Organic pollution of rivers: Combined threats of urbanization, livestock farming and global climate change. Scientific reports, 7, 43289, 2017. Doi:10.1038/srep43289

Web of Science Core Collection - Wos. (2020). Web of Science- Coleção principal. Retrieved from



How to Cite

OLIVEIRA, M. M. .; ESTEVES, P. M. da S. V. .; BAÍA, S. R. D. .; DANTAS, N. da S. .; SILVA, V. F. . Analysis of international scientific production on climate change and air pollution. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 9, n. 10, p. e1609108314, 2020. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v9i10.8314. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 jun. 2022.



Review Article