PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2008, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (5): 35-42.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2008.05.005

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Progr ess and Prospect of Study on Car rying Capacity of Resour ce and Environment of City Cluster s

LIU Xiaoli1,2, FANG Chuanglin1   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences, and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2008-07-01 Revised:2008-08-01 Online:2008-09-25 Published:2008-09-25

Abstract:

The study on carrying capacity of resource and environment of city clusters has important theoretic and practical meanings. The carrying capacity of resource and environment of city clusters is a special kind of regional carrying capacity of resource and environment. The scholars at home have discussed and appraised more about the study on carrying capacity for single factor of resource and environment. This paper mainly remarked on the progress of study on integrated carrying capacity of resource and environment of regions as well as in city clusters at home and abroad. It found that at present the research fruits about carrying capacity of resource and environment of city clusters are limited, and the shortages in the correlative studies mainly display as: (1) study on carrying capacity is still not deep and has not formed a perfect theoretic system; (2) study on carrying capacity of resource and environment mainly focuses on the single factor and but lacks that on the compositive factors; (3) the concept and research methods of carrying capacity of resource and environment awaits deep discussion; and (4) study on the carrying capacity of resource and environment of city clusters has not considered enough the characteristics of the exoteric system. Aiming at these shortages, the main study trends and orientations in the future can be summarized as: (1) to strengthen the study on the carrying capacity of exoteric system of city clusters from the synthetic and multi- factors angles; (2) to think much of the holistic character of regional spatial structure of city clusters; (3) to attach importance to the influences of social and cultural factors such as science and technology, management and so on; (4) to enhance the study on the methods of integrated measure and quantificational calculation of carrying capacity of resource and environment of city clusters; and (5) to pay attention to the utilization of advanced technique and methods like complex system methods, GIS, RS and so on.

Key words: carrying capacity, carrying capacity of resource and environment, city cluster, resource and environment