PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2001, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (3): 201-208.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2001.03.001

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The Milestone in the Developmental Process of Modern Cartographic Science in China --The Characteristics and Innovation of The National Atlas of China

LIAO Ke   

  1. Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2001-08-01 Revised:2001-08-01 Online:2001-08-24 Published:2001-08-24

Abstract: At first, this paper expounds the importance of The National Atlas and the compiling course of The National Atlas of China, and then put emphasis on the characteristics and innovation of The National Atlas of China. The characteristics and innovation include: (1) The National Atlas of China is a complete collection of the key information on the nation’s various aspects including nature, population, economy, society and history. (2) The results obtained from studies on different fields including geology, biology, environmental science, economy, and history of China have been systematically summarized in The National Atlas of China. (3) The compilation of The National Atlas carries out the "sustainable development" strategy and emphasizes the relationship between human being and nature. (4) The compilation of The National Atlas realized the essential revolutionary transformation from traditional technology to complete digitization and automation, and the forms of electronic atlas and Internet map satisfy the needs of information society. The accomplishment of The National Atlas of China has scientific importance, applicable values and social benefits; it also has an important role in the developmental progress of modern cartography in china. The National Atlas of China is an important result of creative work of Chinese science and technology during the 21st century. Scientists from three generations have used their knowledge and expertise to work on this project, mading it an unique case in Chinese history of science; and such case is even very rare in the world history. At present, The National Atlas of China represents the highest level of the development of the Chinese cartography; it produces a great impact on the world and it occupys an important position among National Atlas of various countries. The work on The National Atlas of China has historical contributions to the development of cartographic science in China and it is indeed a milestone marking the developmental progress of modern cartographic science in China.

Key words: Characteristic, China, Milestone, The National Atlas

CLC Number: 

  • P283