FU Bojie, TIAN Tao, LIU Yanxu, ZHAO Wenwu. New Developments and Perspectives in Physical Geography in China[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2019, 20(3): 363-371. doi: 10.1007/s11769-019-1038-y
Citation: FU Bojie, TIAN Tao, LIU Yanxu, ZHAO Wenwu. New Developments and Perspectives in Physical Geography in China[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2019, 20(3): 363-371. doi: 10.1007/s11769-019-1038-y

New Developments and Perspectives in Physical Geography in China

doi: 10.1007/s11769-019-1038-y
Funds:  Under the auspices of Key Research Program of Frontier Sciences of Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. QYZDY-SSW-DQC025), and National Key Research and Development Program of China (No. 2017YFA0604701)
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  • Corresponding author: FU Bojie. E-mail:bfu@rcees.ac.cn
  • Received Date: 2019-03-07
  • Publish Date: 2019-06-27
  • Physical geography is the cornerstone of geography. In this article, the starting points of disciplines in physical geography in recent years in China are discussed. With the coupling of systems set as the research object, and sustainable development as the ultimate goal, the upgrade of physical geography can be deconstructed into three steps:deepen physical geography from the perspective of pattern-process coupling, improve the focus of physical geography from ecosystem processes to ecosystem services, and increase the understanding of the physical geography ‘pattern, process, service, sustainability’ research cascade. The incorporation of human activities into physical geographic processes is essential to conduct integrated analysis on physical and human factors at different scales. The development of ecosystem service models that couple supply-demand and sustainable development are of great importance to bridge the role of ecosystem services between the natural environment and human well-being. Moreover, human-land systems and sustainable development have become the core areas and frontiers of integrated physical geography and even geography in general. China faces the great strategic demand of constructing an ecological civilization in a new era, and the development of the disciplines of physical geography should give full access to the advantages of intersecting and comprehensive disciplines, focus on the human-land system patterns, processes, and services in key research areas, and provide disciplinary support for regional, national, and global sustainable development.
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New Developments and Perspectives in Physical Geography in China

doi: 10.1007/s11769-019-1038-y
Funds:  Under the auspices of Key Research Program of Frontier Sciences of Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. QYZDY-SSW-DQC025), and National Key Research and Development Program of China (No. 2017YFA0604701)
    Corresponding author: FU Bojie. E-mail:bfu@rcees.ac.cn

Abstract: Physical geography is the cornerstone of geography. In this article, the starting points of disciplines in physical geography in recent years in China are discussed. With the coupling of systems set as the research object, and sustainable development as the ultimate goal, the upgrade of physical geography can be deconstructed into three steps:deepen physical geography from the perspective of pattern-process coupling, improve the focus of physical geography from ecosystem processes to ecosystem services, and increase the understanding of the physical geography ‘pattern, process, service, sustainability’ research cascade. The incorporation of human activities into physical geographic processes is essential to conduct integrated analysis on physical and human factors at different scales. The development of ecosystem service models that couple supply-demand and sustainable development are of great importance to bridge the role of ecosystem services between the natural environment and human well-being. Moreover, human-land systems and sustainable development have become the core areas and frontiers of integrated physical geography and even geography in general. China faces the great strategic demand of constructing an ecological civilization in a new era, and the development of the disciplines of physical geography should give full access to the advantages of intersecting and comprehensive disciplines, focus on the human-land system patterns, processes, and services in key research areas, and provide disciplinary support for regional, national, and global sustainable development.

FU Bojie, TIAN Tao, LIU Yanxu, ZHAO Wenwu. New Developments and Perspectives in Physical Geography in China[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2019, 20(3): 363-371. doi: 10.1007/s11769-019-1038-y
Citation: FU Bojie, TIAN Tao, LIU Yanxu, ZHAO Wenwu. New Developments and Perspectives in Physical Geography in China[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2019, 20(3): 363-371. doi: 10.1007/s11769-019-1038-y
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