PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2013, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (5): 818-830.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2013.05.013

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Progress and prospect of world energy geography in China

YANG Yu1,2, LIU Yi1   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2012-11-01 Revised:2013-02-01 Online:2013-05-25 Published:2013-05-25

Abstract: It is an important mission for economic geographers to work on world energy geography to meet with major national strategic demands and to face the increasingly severe international energy environment. Current studies lack systematic investigation of the world energy based on economic geography, and the studies only focus on political science, diplomacy, economics and other fields. Generally speaking, the studies of world energy are mainly concentrated in three areas: (1) study on the energy geopolitical situation; (2) national energy security based on the energy geopolitical situation including energy supply, transport, storage, etc.; (3) China's energy cooperation and energy diplomacy. Looking forward, geographical study of world energy should be strengthened in three aspects: (1) to establish a systematical framework and get a comprehensive grasp of the status, pattern and evolvement of world energy; (2) to built a dynamic database of world energy and enhance simulation analysis with visual communication tools; (3) to strengthen the establishment of research platform and training of research teams.

Key words: China, energy cooperation, energy policy, energy security, world energy geography