Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2022, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (9): 1637-1641.doi: 10.1007/s11442-022-2014-5

• Special Issue: Disciplinary Structure and Development of Geographic Science •     Next Articles

Disciplinary structure of geographic science in China

CHEN Fahu1,2,3(), LI Xin1,3, WU Shaohong3,4, FAN Jie3,5, XIONG Juhua6, ZHANG Guoyou7   

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Tibetan Plateau Earth System, Resource and Environment, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2.Alpine Paleoecology and Human Adaptation Group (ALPHA), Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    3.College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    4.Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    5.Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    6.Department of Earth Science, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing 100085, China
    7.The Geographical Society of China, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2022-05-12 Accepted:2022-05-25 Online:2022-09-25 Published:2022-11-25
  • About author:Chen Fahu, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, E-mail: fhchen@itpcas.ac.cn
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41988101)

Abstract:

International and domestic circumstances have led to new opportunities and higher requirements for the development of geographic science in China. In this paper, we propose a modified disciplinary structure for geographic science in China in the new era. Geographic science in China can be categorized into four secondary disciplines, i.e., integrated geography, physical geography, human geography, and information geography, according to the current situation and expected trends. The tertiary disciplines under each secondary discipline are nearly fully developed, and a few quaternary disciplines under the tertiary disciplines are widely accepted and used in China. We hope this new disciplinary structure can play a breakthrough role in improving the branches of geographic science, promoting the development of emerging disciplines under the framework of geographic science, and supporting national and international development strategies in the new era.

Key words: geographic science, integrated geography, physical geography, human geography, information geography, disciplinary structure