Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2020, Vol. 75 ›› Issue (12): 2610-2619.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202012005

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Integrated survey of natural resources and comprehensive research of resources science

SUN Honglie1(), SHI Yulin1, LI Wenhua1, FENG Zhiming1,2, JIANG Dong1,2()   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2020-09-21 Revised:2020-11-16 Online:2020-12-25 Published:2021-02-25
  • Contact: JIANG Dong;
  • Supported by:
    Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(XDA23000000)


Over the past 70 years, resources science has been developed into a comprehensive disciplinary system from integrated surveys of natural resources. Recalling the development of resource science since the founding of China in 1949, it could be divided into four main research stages, namely, stage of early surveys of natural resources (1950-1965), stage of regional comprehensive scientific investigation and resources science research (1970s-1980s), stage of the formation and advancement of Chinese resources science disciplinary system (1990s-2000s), and the new development period of modern resources science (since the 21st century). This has promoted the development of comprehensive investigation of natural resources, and greatly influenced the formation and development of resources science in China. To meet the major needs of the ecological civilization and beautiful China, the resources science research is supposed to continue innovation efforts, enrich and develop the new knowledge, new thinking and new theory, to promote the development of the discipline.

Key words: natural resources, integrated survey, resources science, comprehensive research of resources