Comprehensiveness of Geography and Integrated Research on Regional Development

  • Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China

Received date: 2004-08-29

  Revised date: 2004-10-19

  Online published: 2004-12-25

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40131010


Comprehensiveness characterizes the most difficult problem of geographical science. Research on some crucial physical geographical processes like global climate change has laid more and more stress on the driving mechanism of human activity, and the research of important human and economic geographic activities on its interrelations with resources and environment. These can be seen as symbols of the growing importance of comprehensiveness in geographical research. Regional development is an important aspect of geographical comprehensiveness research while land use change research and comprehensive spatial division are still the core carriers of comprehensive integration. Both the further development of basic theories of human and economic geographies like location theory and spatial structure theory and ceaseless practice of main applied aspects like regional policy and spatial planning are propelling the conversion of geographical research method from a "composite-intersection" one to a comprehensive one. Using integrated method and based on the research project "Geographical foundation for the formation of China's regional development framework", this paper tries to set up a research frame, which is aimed at unveiling the comprehensively effecting mechanism of the factors for the formation of China's regional development framework and their time-space law.

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FAN Jie . Comprehensiveness of Geography and Integrated Research on Regional Development[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2004 , 59(7s) : 33 -40 . DOI: 10.11821/xb20047s005


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