Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2014, Vol. 69 ›› Issue (8): 1052-1059.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201408002

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The integrated studies of geography: Coupling of patterns and processes

Bojie FU()   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS, Beijing 100085, China
  • Received:2014-05-22 Revised:2014-07-28 Online:2014-08-20 Published:2014-08-20


Geography is a subject which perceptibly reveals integration and regionalism. The integration means that the diversiform subjects in which geography is involved, and that the regionalism of geography is reflected by the regional differentiation. Through the comprehensive study of the interrelationships among the constituent elements of earth system and the relationship between natural and human systems, it helps us understand the variations of the past, present and future of earth system, and grasp the essence of these changes. Pattern helps us to understand the external features of the world and the process is conducive to the understanding of the internal biophysical mechanism of the world. On the basis of field observations and long-term comprehensive surveys, coupling of patterns and processes at different spatiotemporal scales is an effective way to understand and solve the problems in the field of geography. By analysis of the case studies in the Loess Plateau, the methods of coupling the patterns and processes in the integrated research of geography are discussed and explored.

Key words: geography, integrated studies of geography, patterns, processes, scales, Loess Plateau