PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (1): 10-17.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2015.01.002

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Land surface pattern study under the framework of Future Earth

WU Shaohong1,2, ZHAO Yan1,2, TANG Qiuhong1,2, ZHENG Jingyun1,2, GAO Jiangbo1,2, LIANG Tao1,2, GE Quansheng1,2   

  1. Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2014-12-01 Revised:2015-01-01 Online:2015-01-25 Published:2015-01-25
  • About author:10.11820/dlkxjz.2015.01.002

Abstract: Future Earth is a global platform for international scientific collaboration, which enables integrated research on grand challenges and transformations to sustainability, strengthens global partnerships between researchers, funders, and users of research, and communicates science to society and society to science. It combines IGBP, IHDP, WCRP, and DIVERSITAS. Its objectives are: to provide the knowledge required for societies in the world to face risks posed by global environmental change and to seize opportunities in a transition to global sustainability. It aims at scientific integration and co-production of knowledge. Analysis on characteristics of land surface pattern and its research progress shows that land surface is one of the main areas that Future Earth focuses on. Land surface pattern, formed by interaction of physical factors and different processes, may be taken as a fundamental regional frame for study of Future Earth. The prospective research of land surface pattern should make effort to improve the methodology to support progress of integrated research in physical geography.

Key words: Future Earth, global environmental change, land surface pattern, sustainable development