Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2017, Vol. 72 ›› Issue (4): 633-645.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201704006

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On the problems of urbanization in the Yangtze River Deltaunder the background of global change

Cheng ZHU1(), Fengqing JIANG2, Li WU3, Mengxiu ZENG1, Tianjiao JIA1, Shenglu ZHOU1, Yuemin NING4, Jun YU5, Xuezhi FENG1   

  1. 1. School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
    2. Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China
    3. College of Territorial Resources and Tourism, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241002, Anhui, China
    4. School of Urban & Regional Science, East Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China
    5. Jiangsu Geological Survey, Nanjing 210018, China
  • Received:2016-05-09 Revised:2016-11-14 Online:2017-04-20 Published:2017-04-20
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41571179.No.4117 1163;Jiangsu Provincial Key Technology R&D Program, No.BE2014705;National Key Technology R&D Program, No.2013BAK08B02


Urbanization is an inevitable way for China's modernization and the long-term national policy making of sustainable economic development. In the context of global change, some scientific issues, such as the influences of climate change on the development of urbanization, the response mechanism and adaptation model to the climate change in the rapidly urbanized region and the strategies for sustainable development of urbanization, have not been responded. Thus, this paper analyzes the scientific problems of urbanization in the Yangtze River Delta, a rapidly urbanized region in China, under the background of the global change. Firstly, we briefly review the progress of the research on the response of urbanization to the global change, and then based on the relevant research results we aim to focus on some problems in the urbanization in the Yangtze River Delta under the background of global change. Furthermore, from the perspective of environmental archaeology we mainly discuss the evolution of the relationship between regional climate change and urbanization development in the Yangtze River Delta. We analyze the impacts of global warming, extreme climate and human activities on the development of urbanization in the Yangtze River Delta based on the historical data of disasters and environmental problems. We think that, in the process of urbanization, the human and economic geography research should be strengthened. Finally, some priority research areas related to urbanization in this delta region are suggested.

Key words: global change, Yangtze River Delta, urbanization, human-environmental interaction