Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2014, Vol. 69 ›› Issue (9): 1284-1294.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201409004

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Progress and perspective of international river researches in China

Daming HE1(), Changming LIU2, Yan FENG1, Jinming HU1, Xuan JI1, Yungang LI1   

  1. 1. Institute of International Rivers and Eco-security, Yunnan Key Laboratory of International Rivers and Transboundary Eco-Security, Yunnan University, Kunming 650091, China
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2014-06-07 Revised:2014-07-09 Online:2014-09-17 Published:2014-09-17


China is the most important upstream country in the world, where the major international rivers in Asian continent originate. Under the influences of globalization, the transboundary issues, such as the reasonable utilization and protection, ecological change and impact, geopolitical cooperation and eco-security in international rivers, have become a world-wide concern and they are the hot topics of interdisciplinary research in the field of geography, ecology and geopolitics. The paper, based on the literature review, which included key words of "international rivers", "transboundary water resources" and "transboundary eco-security", and articles published in Acta Geographica Sinica (Chinese version) and Journal of Geographical Sciences (English version) in the past 30 years, reviewed the progress of international river studies in China from the perspective of geographical sciences, and identified the key problems, challenges, and key research categories. Furthermore, we prospected the scientific advances and China's geo-cooperation development in the future.

Key words: progress and perspective, international river research, China