Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2017, Vol. 72 ›› Issue (11): 2009-2017.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201711007

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Retrospect and prospect of environmental geography research at Peking University

Xuejun WANG(), Bengang LI, Jinling LI   

  1. Laboratory for Earth Surface Processes, Ministry of Education, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences,Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2017-10-20 Revised:2017-11-02 Online:2017-11-20 Published:2017-11-16
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41630748


The environmental geography research at Peking University has been conducted in the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, with the support of Ministry of Education Laboratory for Earth Surface Processes Analysis and Simulation. They grew out of the Environmental Research Section of Physical Geographical Specialty of the Department of Geography at Peking University. In 65 years of geographical research at Peking University, environmental geography research was initiated from traditional physical geography, and developed into chemical geography and environmental geography gradually in the 1970s, due to the emerging environmental pollution and ecological degradation issues in this period. Since then, the research areas have been widened gradually. Nowadays, relying on the discipline of environmental geography, one of the branches of geography, researchers in the Department of Environment Sciences have made creative achievements in the fields such as regional environmental processes of toxic pollutants, biogeochemical cycling and interface migration of pollutants, toxicological effects of pollutants and their ecological and health risks. Now, their research holds a leading position in China. In addition, this department carried out a number of applied studies and consulting studies on environmental hotspots of China, such as environmental policy making, environmental and resource law drafting, and contaminated land remediation. Their studies have played significant roles in environmental protection, ecological conservation and sustainable development of the country. In the last decades, we have fostered many high-level professional talents, who have made remarkable achievements after their graduation. In the future, the environmental geography research team at Peking University will continue its efforts in scientific research and personnel training, especially in providing comprehensive solutions for regional environmental governance, as well as for some key environmental problems related to air pollution and soil pollution, so as to meet the needs of the country.

Key words: Peking University, environmental geography, academic contribution, prospect