Recent Progress and Prospect of Integrated Physical Geography in China

  • Center of Geographic Sciences,Peking University,Beijing 100871,China

Received date: 2009-05-15

  Revised date: 2009-06-20

  Online published: 2009-09-25

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Innovation Method Fund of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.No.2007Fy140800-1


Integrated physical geography and relative landscape ecology are important branches of physical geography. In the past few years, significant progress has been made in the development of China's integrated physical geography which consists of both academic and applied dimensions. The contents of this paper include the following parts: (1) a brief historical review of the discipline development; (2) the major progress of theories, methods and techniques in integrated physical geography and landscape ecology, and its contribution to the development of physical geography; the applications of research results and the contributions to national development; and (3) the prospects proposed for future discipline development, including analysis of opportunity and challenge, and key research fields. As for the future development trends of integrated physical geography and landscape ecology, the following aspects should be further focused on: (1) to promote the comprehensive and integrated study level, and to strengthen the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary study mechanisms to explore more complicated the problems of land surface system; (2) to upgrade the level of observation techniques and modeling simulation to solve more complex spatiotemporal eco-geographical process and pattern issues; (3) to expand the applications of research results to provide scientific support for the sustainable development of national resources, environment and socio-economy. Integrated physical geography, as a forthgoer of integrated study in geography, should strengthen international exchanges and open wider to the outside world.

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XU Xue-gong,LI Shuan-gcheng,CAI Yun-long . Recent Progress and Prospect of Integrated Physical Geography in China[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2009 , 64(9) : 1027 -1038 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200909001


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