Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2015, Vol. 70 ›› Issue (10): 1539-1551.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201510001

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The value of geographical science and the feelings of geographers

Dadao LU()   

  1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2015-07-17 Revised:2015-09-21 Online:2015-10-20 Published:2015-10-20


This paper focuses on the viewpoint proposed by predecessors of geography and they believed that geography is interdiscipline subject between natural science and social science. From the perspective of national demand and development trend of international geography, this paper explains the objects and nature of geographical science and characters of region as well as comprehensive characteristics and knowledge structure. Besides, it elaborates the differences among geography, natural science and social science and advocates that geographers should concentrate on the China's environmental changes and the issues of sustainable development and further fulfil the advantages of interdiscipline and comprehensive subject. Finally, this paper proposes that China's geographical science is faced with the significant opportunities and some deep-seated crises.

Key words: geographical science, interdiscipline subject, regional and local character, opportunity and crisis