Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2011, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (2): 372-384.doi: 10.1007/s11442-011-0851-8

• Earth Surface Process • Previous Articles    

Modern geomorphological environment research during rapid urbanization in Shenzhen east coastal zone

GUO Wei1,2, LI Shuheng3,4, ZHU Dakui5   

  1. 1. School of Human Settlements and Civil Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China;
    2. Department of Computer Sciences, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China;
    3. Department of Urban and Resources Sciences, Northwest University, Xi’an 710032, China;
    4. Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo N2L3G1, Canada;
    5. Key Laboratory of Coast &|Island Development of Ministry of Education, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
  • Received:2010-02-07 Revised:2010-07-27 Online:2011-04-15 Published:2011-04-15
  • Supported by:

    Natural Science Foundation of Xi’an Jiaotong University and China Scholarship Council postgraduate scholarship program


The geomorphological environment is one of the most fundamental variables affecting the development of human society. The mission of geomorphological environment research is to explore the most basic environment and features of our Earth’s surface morphology. The results can be applied to resource evaluation, environmental protection and reducing and preventing geological disasters. Thus, it can serve to help achieve sustainable development. This paper examines the Shenzhen east coastal zone as a case strongly influenced by urban expansion. We use modern geomorphological theory and methods, along with GIS and RS techniques, to reveal key characteristics of the geomorphological environment and landform classification. Furthermore, coastal ecosystem evaluation and regional resources sustainable utilization should be considered relative to the corresponding geomorphological environment. Based on this study, we conclude that modern geomorphological theory and methods, supported by “3S” techniques including GIS, RS and GPS, can play an important role in resolving the environment, resources and population problems as well as sustainable development challenges facing humankind at present.

Key words: Shenzhen, geomorphological environment, geographic information system, remote sensing, sustainable development