Thomson Reuters Study Ranks RSMAS with Global ‘Heavy Hitter’

(February 15, 2010) — The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science is listed as one of the top ‘heavy hitters’ in the recently released ‘Essential Science Indicators’ list published by Thomson Reuters. The database contains a total of 43,500 worldwide institutions over a 10 year period in the fields of atmospheric research, oceanography and geology. The University of Miami was ranked among the top five U.S. academic institutions along with Harvard, Princeton, the University of Washington and the University of California, Santa Barbara. UM is listed 13th in the world for geosciences.

“This ranking provides recognition of the importance of the science we are conducting here at the University of Miami,” said Dr. Roni Avissar, dean of UM’s Rosenstiel School. “We are delighted to be listed among such esteemed peer institutions. Our faculty members and students richly deserve the credit for their ongoing work in the laboratory and in the field which diligently study our planet and help us to better understand the processes that govern it.”

The ‘Essential Science Indicators’ database is based on articles and citations from January 1999 to June 2009. Ranking is among those institutions that have collected 10,000 citations or more. Only the top 1% of institutions are ranked, and among the goals of this exercise are: to analyze research performance, to determine research output, to establish what the most cited papers are and to identify significant trends in the geosciences.

“We are especially pleased that the tabulation was not only based on the number of citations, but on the influence or impact of each of the papers, which are based on models and observation systems designed right here at the University,” Avissar added.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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