PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2017, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (3): 313-319.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2017.03.006

• Special Issue: Resource and Environmental Carrying Capacity • Previous Articles     Next Articles

Thresholds determination of marine resource and environmental carrying capacity

Zhengxian YANG1,2(), Zhifeng ZHANG1, Jianbo HAN1, Anning SUO1, Zhendong ZHANG1   

  1. 1. National Marine Environmental Monitoring Center,Dalian 116023, Liaoning, China
    2. Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266003, Shandong, China
  • Received:2017-02-01 Online:2017-03-20 Published:2017-03-20
  • Supported by:
    Science and Technology Service Network Initiative of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.KFJ-STS-ZDTP-021


In the construction of resource and environmental carrying capacity monitoring and early-warning system, overloading thresholds are key factors, and their determination is an important but difficult topic in the current research of evaluation methods. This article focuses on the analysis of existing overloading threshold determination methods and associated problems according to relevant research in China and internationally, as well as the "Technical Manual of Resources and Environment Carrying Capacity Monitoring and Early-Warning (Trial)" issued by the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China. One conclusion of this study is that the trial technical manual is based on the compliance with marine functional zoning and environmental quality standards, as well as the trend of change to determine the overloading thresholds. The relationship between resource and environmental protection and socioeconomic development has not been fully considered. So the innovativeness of the method and the management implication of the evaluation results are still weak. This article explores the construction of a regional differentiated and more scientific and applicable method to determine the overloading threshold, from the perspective of restrictive effect of marine resources and environment on socioeconomic development.

Key words: carrying capacity, thresholds, marine resources and environment, restrictive effective analysis, differentiated index system