Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2022, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (9): 1670-1682.doi: 10.1007/s11442-022-2017-2

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Disciplinary structure and development strategy of information geography in China

LI Xin1,2(), YUAN Linwang3, PEI Tao2,4, HUANG Xin5, LIU Guang6, ZHENG Donghai1   

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Tibetan Plateau Earth System, Environment and Resources, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2.College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    3.Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Virtual Geographic Environment, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
    4.State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environment Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    5.School of Remote Sensing and Information Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
    6.Key Laboratory of Digital Earth Science, Aerospace Information Research Institute, CAS, Beijing 100094, China
  • Received:2022-05-24 Accepted:2022-06-12 Online:2022-09-25 Published:2022-11-25
  • About author:Li Xin, Professor, specialized in data integration and remote sensing of cryosphere. E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41988101)


The advent of the information era has resulted in exceptional advances in geographic science. The domain of geographic science has expanded from traditional physical and human geography to physical, human, and information geography, resulting in the emergence of the field of information geography. Three subdisciplines have gradually formed, i.e., geographic remote sensing science, geographic information science, and geographic data science. With a view towards preparing a description of the disciplinary structure of geographic science for the “Development Strategy of Discipline and Frontier Research in China (2021-2035)”, this article summarizes the history, definition, and disciplinary structure of information geography. The strategic layout of the discipline, along with the goals and key directions of priority development fields, are also highlighted. The insights into this new discipline provided in this paper will promote the development and application of remote sensing and geographic information within the framework of geographic science, advancing the synthesis of geographic research and the integrated development of geographic science.

Key words: information geography, geographic remote sensing science, geographic information science, geographic data science, disciplinary structure