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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is ranked the 15th university in the world for earth and environmental science according to this year’s Nature Index. Anchored by the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, UH Mānoa ranked higher than nearly 8,000 other institutions.

The Nature Index ranks institutions based on the number of research papers published in Nature and a select group of other prestigious journals, each of which include peer-review by active researchers.

“Publication in these journals is a significant achievement in and of itself. To be in the top tier of universities with such highly impactful publications is testament to the quality and importance of the earth and environmental science research undertaken by our faculty, postdoc and students,” said Brian Taylor, UH Mānoa interim vice chancellor for research.

“The Nature Index provides absolute counts of high-quality publication productivity at the institutional and national level, and as such is one indicator of high-quality research output across the globe,” according to the Nature Publishing Group.

Of the top 22 earth and environmental science institutions, seven are national agencies or laboratories (such as the Chinese Academy of Sciences and NASA) and 15 are universities.

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