Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2020, Vol. 75 ›› Issue (12): 2655-2668.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202012008

• Discipline Development of IGSNRR, CAS: An 80th Anniversary Retrospective • Previous Articles     Next Articles

High-end geography and resource think-tank to meet the demands of national development

GE Quansheng(), LIU Weidong, SUN Honglie, ZHENG Du, SUN Jiulin, LU Dadao, FANG Chuanglin(), YANG Linsheng()   

  1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2020-09-30 Revised:2020-12-07 Online:2020-12-25 Published:2021-02-25
  • Contact: FANG Chuanglin,YANG Linsheng;;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41942004);Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences(XDA23100400)


Geography and resource think-tank is geared to the demands of national development strategy, combining the discipline characteristic between resources science and geographical science, through long-term scientific research, computational experiments, and the accumulation of experience. It aims at the pressing, realistic and long-term issues in the national development, and submits scientific advice to all levels of governments and policy makers in advance. The construction of think-tank is an important part of the national soft power and the modernization of national governance ability. The geography and resource think-tank has a very important strategic position in the discipline construction and development. Since 80 years ago, geographical science has attained great achievements in the spread of human civilization and sustainable development, and resources science has made a significant contribution to the sustainable use and safety guarantee of national resources. It is the bounden duty and mission of the present and the future to build a new think-tank system of geography and resources with Chinese characteristics to better serve the overall work of the government. This paper reviews the remarkable achievements of the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) in think-tank over the past 80 years, especially since 2000. We summarize the key areas and feature directions of the think-tank, including the comprehensive scientific survey and resource environmental bearing capacity evaluation, analysis of national conditions and regional sustainable development, new urbanization and rural revitalization, Beautiful China Initiative and the ecological civilization system, Belt and Road Initiative and national security, eco-environmental protection and disaster prevention and mitigation. Furthermore, we will continue to target at the national development strategic needs, enhance the strategic position of think-tank in the institute development and discipline construction, build think-tank centering on the national "two centenary goals", and achieve the SDGs as the benchmark. We will continue to conduct research centering on the building of a beautiful China and an ecological civilization system, aiming at national major regional development strategies and major emergency events, strengthen the scientific and technological support by geographic simulation and artificial intelligence, and promote the discipline level with the construction of think tanks. We will strive to build the Institute into the most influential national high-end think-tank and become the backbone force of the think-tank products and the support of national development decisions through 5-10 years of efforts.

Key words: high-end geography and resource think-tank, demands of national development strategy, brilliant achievement, key areas, feature directions, 80th anniversary