Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2004, Vol. 59 ›› Issue (7s): 8-10.doi: 10.11821/xb20047s002

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Features of Recent Human Geography Researches Granted by National Natural Science Foundation of China

SONG Changqing, LENG Shuying   

  1. Department of Earth Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing 100085, China
  • Received:2004-09-10 Revised:2004-09-15 Online:2004-12-25 Published:2010-09-09


This paper reviews the recent development of human geography supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China. It reveals four main features of the development: (1) domination by economic geography; (2) a rapid development of urban geography; (3) enriched research topics of regional geography; and (4) increasing attention drawn upon other human factors. Besides, more and more research projects borrow technical methods from natural sciences, and make use of spatial analysis tools and modeling techniques. The last decade has witnessed a sustained increase in the number of human geography projects granted in free application. The topics and research issues of these projects have been getting more and more enriched, and have also paid more attention to the hot research issues studied by international peers.

Key words: National Natural Science Foundation of China, human geography, China