2017 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences - corporate

The 2017 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Share 2016 Count 2016 Change in Adjusted Share 2015-2016*
1 GNS Science, New Zealand 11.79 8.88 28 -29.7%
2 Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI), United States of America (USA) 5.58 6.34 36 6.1%
3 National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd. (NIWA), New Zealand 5.26 5.56 34 -1.3%
4 Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil), United States of America (USA) 2.28 4.59 13 88.0%
5 Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell), Netherlands 5.11 4.35 17 -20.6%
6 Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. (AER), United States of America (USA) 4.80 3.83 8 -25.4%
7 Norwegian Research Centre AS (NORCE), Norway 2.69 3.08 37 6.7%
8 DowDuPont Inc., United States of America (USA) 1.84 2.53 4 28.7%
9 China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China 0.24 2.38 9 815.9%
10 KWH Water B.V., Netherlands 4.70 2.31 7 -54.2%
11 GATS Inc., United States of America (USA) 2.87 2.22 8 -27.9%
12 Chevron Corporation, United States of America (USA) 0.78 2.12 5 153.7%
13 Ford Motor Company, United States of America (USA) 1.02 2.00 3 83.1%
14 Veolia Environnement S.A., France 1.61 1.98 7 14.7%
15 Aerodyne Research, Inc. (ARI), United States of America (USA) 5.70 1.91 20 -68.8%
16 BASF SE, Germany 1.80 5 N/A
17 NorthWest Research Associates, Inc. (NWRA), United States of America (USA) 3.77 1.59 17 -60.6%
18 Jacobs, United States of America (USA) 0.52 1.45 7 158.2%
19 ConocoPhillips Company, United States of America (USA) 1.11 1.37 4 14.8%
20 South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water), Australia 1.84 1.26 3 -36.5%
21 Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB), Germany 0.90 1.22 4 26.1%
22 Institut Dr. Nowak GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 1.17 3 N/A
23 Total S.A., France 1.13 1.08 6 -10.2%
24 Eau de Paris, France 1.04 2 N/A
25 I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG), United States of America (USA) 0.56 1.04 26 72.8%
26 Computational Physics, Inc., United States of America (USA) 0.60 1.03 3 62.3%
27 Exponent, Inc., United States of America (USA) 1.00 1 N/A
28 Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), Brazil 0.95 0.91 4 -9.9%
29 Profilomic, France 0.86 1 N/A
30 Wessex Water Services Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 0.83 2 133.4%
30 Aguas de Barcelona, ​​Metropolitan Business Management Integrated Water Cycle, SA, Spain 0.22 0.83 1 250.0%
31 Melbourne Water Corporation, Australia 0.36 0.82 20 115.3%
32 Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), Brazil 0.55 0.80 3 36.7%
33 Global Aquatic Research LLC (GAR), United States of America (USA) 0.22 0.79 4 238.9%
34 RJ Lee Group, Inc., United States of America (USA) 0.78 2 N/A
35 Schlumberger Limited, United States of America (USA) 0.33 0.77 5 114.9%
36 Brown and Caldwell, Inc. (BC), United States of America (USA) 0.17 0.76 4 325.8%
37 SGS SA, Switzerland 0.14 0.75 1 390.0%
37 WeatherTiger, LLC, United States of America (USA) 0.75 1 N/A
37 Bioremediation Consulting Inc., United States of America (USA) 0.75 1 N/A
37 Array Information Technology, United States of America (USA) 0.75 2 N/A
38 Stratton Park Engineering Company (SPEC), United States of America (USA) 0.20 0.75 5 248.6%
39 Eni s.p.a., Italy 0.69 2 N/A
40 Vaisala Oyj, Finland 0.33 0.66 3 90.6%
41 AstraZeneca plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.39 0.64 4 52.7%
42 Areva, France 1.00 0.63 1 -41.7%
42 Oasen N.V., Netherlands 0.63 3 N/A
43 AECOM, United States of America (USA) 0.60 0.62 2 -3.7%
44 China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO Group), China 0.60 2 N/A
45 Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), Qatar 0.78 0.59 4 -28.8%
45 Qatar Petroleum (QP), Qatar 0.78 0.59 4 -28.8%
46 Bayer AG, Germany 0.58 2 N/A
46 Vivid Economics, United Kingdom (UK) 0.58 1 N/A
47 Picarro Inc., United States of America (USA) 1.11 0.58 3 -51.6%
48 CB&I, United States of America (USA) 0.21 0.55 2 142.0%
49 Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW), United Kingdom (UK) 0.53 2 N/A
49 Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB), Austria 0.53 1 N/A
50 General Electric Company (GE), United States of America (USA) 0.32 0.53 4 56.0%

Footnote

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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 2021 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.