Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2011, Vol. 66 ›› Issue (2): 147-156.doi: 10.11821/xb201102001

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Development of Geographical Sciences and Research on Global Change in China

LU Dadao   

  1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2011-01-10 Revised:2010-01-26 Online:2011-02-20 Published:2011-02-20

Abstract: Geographical research in China has witnessed great changes in the past 10 years. It is mainly involved in global change research in a wide range of fields. This paper presents the main topics of global change and the roles that geographers will play in these studies. It indicates that the long-term rapid economic growth in China has a much greater impact on environmental change than the atmospheric warming does. Thus geographers should put emphasis on the relevant major regional issues as well as the trends in the global change research.

Key words: global change, earth surface, geography, China