Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2003, Vol. 13 ›› Issue (3): 309-315.

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Delineation of eco-geographic regional system of China

WU Shaohong, YANG Qinye, ZHENG Du   

  1. Inst. of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2003-03-27 Revised:2003-06-09 Online:2003-09-25 Published:2010-09-18
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40171040; Director Foundation of IGSNRR, CAS, No.SJ10G-A00-06


Eco-geographic regionalization has been one of the most important topics in China's regionalization researches since the end of the 20th century. It is a major ecosystem in geographic zonality. A hierarchical system, which is formed by division or combination of natural features based on geographic relativity and comparison of major ecosystem factors (including biological and non-biological) and geographic zonality, is called eco-geographic regional system. This paper introduces process of China's regionalization development. The first level unit, temperature zone, is delineated with main criteria of temperature. The second level unit, humidity region, is based on criteria of water/moisture states. The third level unit, natural region, is divided according to medium geomorphologic units. Vegetation types and soils are applied as supplementary criteria to indicate temperature and water/moisture states. Mapping process from qualitative to quantitative and China's eco-geographic regional system are also explained in this paper.

Key words: China, eco-geographic region, regionalization

CLC Number: 

  • P902