A study recently published in Plos Biology Journal released a list of the 100,000 most influential scientists in the world, in which the coordinator of the CSR/UFMG, professor Britaldo Soares Filho, appears among the 50,000 first names in the ranking of 2019.

The survey was carried out using data from Scopus and considered six metrics of citations to elaborate two types of ranking. One considered citations from publications over the past 22 years and the other considered citations within the period of one year for the years of 2017, 2018, and 2019.

It was in the 2019 ranking that Professor Britaldo appeared in 46,310th position, among the 50,000 most influential, ranking seventh when considering only UFMG scientists and 114th considering only Brazilians. It is also worth mentioning that the professor was the only one from the Institute of Geosciences of UFMG to appear in the study.

Britaldo Soares Filho has been a professor in the Department of Cartography since 1990 and became a full professor in 2012. Throughout these years, he has developed important research in the area of environmental systems ​​analysis and modeling, including the modeling of landscape dynamics and its applications for drawing and evaluating public policies. His research also included the software for environmental modeling DINAMICA EGO, used by researchers from different countries around the world.

He also worked with the Brazilian public sector, participating in relevant projects such as Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Options in key sectors in Brazil.

He was part of the working group 3 of the forest chapter of the IV Report of IPCC, awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In 2016, he was granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation with the Georg Foster Research Award for the development of innovative methods in the field of Geography and Cartography that influenced a series of environmental protection measures in Brazil.

It is with great joy that we received this news and we congratulate Professor Britaldo for another recognition of the work of excellence developed throughout his career in collaboration with CSR researchers.