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Introduction to the Progres Q44 Geography project

The aim of the Programme realizing is a long-term development of Geography field of science, which is provided by departments of physical geography and geoecology, social geography and regional development, demography and cartography and geoinformatics at the Faculty of Science, Charles University.

The proposed Programme follows the contents and structure of the programme PRVOUK43 Geography, while it conceptually relies on the main research directions set within this Programme. It concerns the research directions, where the main geographical fields of the faculty reach internationally valuable results, which have a potential to create new findings in basic and oriented research and are integrated into the international scientific cooperation network. The Programme develops scientific topics researched within the framework of national and international projects and provides space for new and interdisciplinary research topics.

Integrating components for the research of geographical departments are risk processes and dynamic changes of natural and social-economic systems occurring at different spatial levels. The leading research topics are particularly represented by dynamic changes of natural systems under global environmental change, extreme climatic and hydrological processes, dynamic and evolutionary geomorphology, landscape changes dynamics, socio-economic risk processes, migration processes, population studies, regional development, historical-geographical landscape development, research of rural areas and peripheries and development of advanced methods of geoinformatics.

Particular research directions included in the Programme are addressed by research teams of geographical departments of the Faculty of Science, Charles University. The cores of the teams and key members of the Programme are represented by experienced scientists in the given research fields, while postdocs and doctoral students of geographical fields of studies, who are currently actively engaged in research of the geographical departments, will significantly participate in the research too. 

Outputs and evaluation of the completed project Progres Q44 Geography

The aim of the research, solved within the program Progres Q44 Geography, was to contribute to the identification and solution of the main challenges in the field of risk processes at the interface of nature and society facing today's society, with regard to potentials and limits of social and natural environment. The program aimed to achieve new research knowledge about the mechanisms of processes and their interaction both in terms of individual geographical disciplines and a comprehensive view of natural and social systems in their interaction and coexistence at different levels: localities, regions, national and global scales. This goal has been achieved.

During the solution of the Progres Q44 program, the activity aimed at international cooperation and the internationalization of geographical fields at Charles University increased exceptionally. The members of the geographical section were among the most active academics who regularly participated in priority programs at the university - especially discussions and preparation of 4EU + projects and subsequently also the implementation of several projects aimed mainly at introducing new forms of teaching. Geography at Charles University has long been one of the best rated fields in the international context. As the only field in the UK, it has been ranked in the top 50 of the QR World University Ranking 2018 for 10 years.

Geographical research is taking place in many European countries, but also outside the continent, in India, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Peru or China. An example is the permanent participation in the research program at the Czech Antarctic Station J. G. Mendel, James Roose Island. Within Flagship 1 and 4, new contacts were established at the universities involved in the 4EU + alliance, especially in Heidelberg, Warsaw and Milan.

As a basic evaluation indicator, we can use the number and structure of articles published in journals with an impact factor registered on the Web of Science (WoS). The results of the field of Geography at Charles University from the years of the Progres program (2017-2021) are clearly shown in the following table:











































SOURCE: OBD database, January 28, 2022.

From the above overview, it is clear that the production in geographical disciplines reaches about 90 articles a year in IF magazines. Although most are regularly directed to journals in the top quarters, a significant portion of articles are published across other journals and also outside the WoS database. In total, 443 texts were published in journals with an impact factor, of which exactly two thirds went to the first two quarters, 40 percent were published in the highest quarter (but in the last year half of all published texts).

List of articles published in journals with IF> 10

  • BATCHELOR, Christine L. - MARGOLD, Martin - KRAPP, Mario...et al. The configuration of Northern Hemisphere ice sheets through the Quaternary. Nature Communications [online]. 2019, 10 (16 August 2019), 1-10. ISSN 2041-1723. DOI 10.1038/s41467-019-11601-2.
  • BRAGINA, Eugenia V. - IVES, Anthony R. - PIDGEON, Anna M....et al. Wildlife population changes across Eastern Europe after the collapse of socialism. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2018, 16 (2), 77-81. ISSN 1540-9295. DOI 10.1002/fee.1770.
  • DELPIERRE, Nicolas - LIREUX, Segolene - HARTIG, Florian...et al. Chilling and forcing temperatures interact to predict the onset of wood formation in Northern Hemisphere conifers. Global Change Biology. 2019, 25 (3), 1089-1105. ISSN 1354-1013. DOI 10.1111/gcb.14539.
  • HUANG, Jian-Guo - CAMPELO, Filipe - MA, Qianqian...et al. Photoperiod plays a dominant and irreplaceable role in triggering secondary growth resumption REPLY. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2020, 117 (52), 32865-32867. ISSN 0027-8424. DOI 10.1073/pnas.2019931117.
  • HUANG, Jian-Guo - MA, Qianqian - ROSSI, Sergio...et al. Photoperiod and temperature as dominant environmental drivers triggering secondary growth resumption in Northern Hemisphere conifers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2020, 117 (34), 20645-20652. ISSN 0027-8424. DOI 10.1073/pnas.2007058117.
  • CHAKRABORTY, Saurav - MAITY, Indranil - PATEL, Priyank Pravin...et al. Spatio-temporal patterns of urbanization in the Kolkata Urban Agglomeration: A dynamic spatial territory-based approach. Sustainable Cities and Society. 2021, 67 (April 2021), 102715. ISSN 2210-6707. DOI 10.1016/j.scs.2021.102715.
  • CHANDLER, Benjamin M. P. - LOVELL, Harold - BOSTON, Clare M....et al. Glacial geomorphological mapping: A review of approaches and frameworks for best practice. Earth-Science Reviews. 2018, 185 (October 2018), 806-846. ISSN 0012-8252. DOI 10.1016/j.earscirev.2018.07.015.
  • IURILLI, Maria L. C - ZHOU, Bin - BENNETT, James E...et al. Heterogeneous contributions of change in population distribution of body mass index to change in obesity and underweight NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). eLife. 2021, 10 (MAR 9 2021), e60060. ISSN 2050-084X. DOI 10.7554/eLife.60060.
  • MACKENBACH, Johan Pieter - VALVERDE, José Rubio - ARTNIK, Barbara...et al. Trends in health inequalities in 27 European countries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2018, 115 (25), 6440-6445. ISSN 0027-8424. DOI 10.1073/pnas.1800028115.
  • PAVLÍNEK, Petr. Global production networks, foreign direct investment and supplier linkages in the integrated peripheries of the automotive industry. Economic Geography. 2018, 94 (2), 141-165. ISSN 0013-0095. DOI 10.1080/00130095.2017.1393313.
  • SENF, Cornelius - LAŠTOVIČKA, Josef - OKUJENI, Akpona...et al. A generalized regression-based unmixing model for mapping forest cover fractions throughout three decades of Landsat data. Remote Sensing of Environment. 2020, April 2020 (240), 111691. ISSN 0034-4257. DOI 10.1016/j.rse.2020.111691.


In addition to articles in journals, books, chapters in books and the results of applied research can also be assessed as significant outputs. Book publications were published in many domestic and especially foreign publishers (Karolinum, Routledge, Springer). Overall, the share of articles and chapters in books co-authored with foreign colleagues is growing as a result of international cooperation. Departments The Geographical Section of the Faculty of Science of Charles University is one of the key producers of applied research at the entire university. In the field of applied outputs, geography provides half of all results of the entire Faculty of Science. Applied outputs were published mainly within the programs of the Technology Agency, ministries (NAKI) and also commercial contracts, from which hundreds of results of applied research were achieved and many results were also used in publications.

The following overview contains books that have been nominated for various awards or as excellent outputs to the M17 + evaluation:

  • KALVODA, Jan. The Dynamics of Geomorphic Evolution in the Makalu Barun Area of the Nepal Himalaya. 1 vyd. Praha: Nakladatelství P3K, 2020, 378 s.
  • OUŘEDNÍČEK, Martin, JÍCHOVÁ, Jana, POSPÍŠILOVÁ, Lucie, eds. Historický atlas obyvatelstva českých zemí. 1. vyd. Praha: Nakladatelství Karolinum, 2017. 136 s.
  • PARRILLI, Mario Davide; BLAŽEK, Jiří: Clusters, industrial districts and the impact of their growing intersection with global value chains. Routledge, London, 2017, 244 s.
  • PAVLÍNEK, Petr: Dependent Growth: Foreign Investment and the Development of the Automotive Industry in East-Central Europe. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2017, 230 s.
  • SANTANA, Paula, COSTA, Cláudia, FREITAS, Ángela, STEFANIK, Iwa, QUINTAL, Carlota, BANA E COSTA, Carlos, BORRELL, Carme, DZÚROVÁ, Dagmar, DRBOHLAV, Dušan, LUSTIGOVÁ, Michala. Atlas of population health in European Union regions. 1. vyd. Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2017. 263 s.


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