Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2019, Vol. 74 ›› Issue (11): 2230-2242.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201911003

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The inheritance and development of transportation geography in China: Based on analysis of papers published in Acta Geographica Sinica

JIN Fengjun1,2,CHEN Zhuo1   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2019-05-17 Revised:2019-10-08 Online:2019-11-25 Published:2019-11-01
  • Supported by:
    The Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(XDA19040403);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41771134)


Understanding the development process and direction of China's transportation geography scientifically and accelerating the theoretical and technological innovation closely associated with the concrete practice are of great significance for the disciplinary development and holding on to the direction of practice. Based on the transportation geography papers published in Acta Geographica Sinica since its founding, this paper discussed the development process of China's transportation geography, and summarized the driving forces and development direction of the discipline. (1) Going through exploration stage, initial stage, formation stage and deepening stage, China's transportation geography has gradually identified the nature of the applied discipline synthesized by nature, humanity and technology, constituted a prominent comprehensive characteristic, and established a relatively complete discipline system on the basis of research content, transportation modes and spatial scales. (2) The demand of national and regional development is the essential driving force for the development of China's transportation geography, while data and method innovation, interdisciplinary demands and international theoretical introduction play a significant role in promoting development of the discipline. (3) The development of the discipline has three leading orientations: humanism, ecologicalism and technicalism. In the future, it is necessary to track diverse orientations in the long term and coordinate the discipline system and development direction timely so as to maintain the discipline superiority and competitiveness of China's transportation geography.

Key words: transportation geography, development process, development motivation, development direction, Acta Geographica Sinica