Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2017, Vol. 72 ›› Issue (11): 1933-1936.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201711002

• The 65th Anniversary of Peking University's Department of Geography • Previous Articles     Next Articles

Based on the frontier of geography, serving the nationalstrategic needs:The 65th anniversary of Peking University's Department of Geography

Canfei HE(), Hongyan LIU, Shuangcheng LI   

  1. MOE Laboratory for Earth Surface Process, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2017-10-26 Revised:2017-11-02 Online:2017-11-20 Published:2017-11-16


Geography focuses on the interaction among factors on earth surface, and their spatial distribution and temporal evolution. Human environment interaction constitutes the core of this discipline. Geography is also by and large based on regional studies. As an academic discipline, it has not only substantially contributed to national sustainable development and ecological progress, but also enabled us to better understand and deal with issues with regard to resources, environment, and urbanization emerging in the last few decades alongside economic development. Geography at Peking University always seeks to move beyond the current academic frontier on the one hand, and to meet the national strategic needs on the other. It now has two national key secondary disciplines, physical and human geography, and one primary discipline, ecology.

Key words: Peking University, geography, ecology, retrospect, prospect