Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2021, Vol. 76 ›› Issue (9): 2094-2103.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202109004

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Disciplinary structure and development strategy ofinformation geography in China

LI Xin1,2(), YUAN Linwang3, PEI Tao2,4, HUANG Xin5, LIU Guang6, ZHENG Donghai1,2   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Tibetan Plateau Earth System and Resource Environment, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    3. Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Virtual Geographic Environment, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
    4. State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environment Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    5. School of Remote Sensing and Information Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
    6. Key Laboratory of Digital Earth Science, Aerospace Information Research Institute, CAS, Beijing 100094, China
  • Received:2021-04-13 Revised:2021-08-27 Online:2021-09-25 Published:2021-11-25
  • Contact: LI Xin
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41988101)


The arrival of the information era has exceptionally advanced the development of geographic science. The research scope of the discipline has expanded from the space of traditional physical and human geography to the space of information geography. Meanwhile, the discipline gradually formed three subdisciplines, i.e., geographic remote sensing science, geographic information science, and geographic data science. In the context of preparing the disciplinary structure of geographic science of the "Development Strategy of Discipline and Frontier Research in China (2021-2035)", this paper summarized the history, definition, and disciplinary structure of information geography. Additionally, it highlighted the strategic layout of the discipline, as well as the goals and key directions of its priority development fields. We expect this paper to provide insight into the new discipline that could help promote the developments and applications of remote sensing and geographic information within the framework of geographic science, strengthening the synthesis of geographic research and promoting the integrated development of geographic science.

Key words: information geography, geographic remote sensing science, geographic information science, geographic data science, disciplinary structure