Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2007, Vol. 62 ›› Issue (4): 377-386.doi: 10.11821/xb200704004

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Geomorphological Environment and Sustainable Development of Shenzhen East Coastal Zone

GUO Wei, LI Shuheng, ZHU Dakui   

  1. Key Laboratory of Coast and Island Development of MOE, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
  • Received:2006-11-01 Revised:2007-01-18 Online:2007-04-25 Published:2010-08-04
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40271004; The key project of urban planning of Shenzhen (2002-2020) organized by the Ministry of Land and Resources, China


Geomorphological environment is the most fundamental environment which sustains the development of human society. The mission of geomorphological environment research is to explore the most basic environment and features of our earth surface morphology. And its results can be applied to the resources evaluation, land use, environmental protection, and geological disasters reduction and prevention, hence it can serve sustainable development in an all-round way. This paper takes Shenzhen east coastal zone as a case which is strongly influenced by the urban expansion. Using the modern geomorphological theory and methods, along with the GIS and RS techniques, it can reveal the characteristics of geomorphological environment and landform classification. Furthermore, coastal ecosystem evaluation and the regional resources sustainable utilization can be put forward according to the corresponding geomorphological environment. Based on this study, it can be concluded that the modern geomorphological theory and methods supported by "3S" techniques including GIS, RS and GPS will play an important role in resolving the environment, resources and population problem and sustainable development which humankind is facing at present.

Key words: Shenzhen, geomorphological environment, modern geomorphology, sustainable development