PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (1): 163-171.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.01.017

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Contemporary Chinese physical geography in the context of change:Review of the 2017 National Physical Geography Conference

Yanxu LIU1(), Siqi YANG1, Wenwu ZHAO1, Bojie FU1,2,*()   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
    2. State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS, Beijing 100085, China
  • Received:2017-12-09 Revised:2018-01-18 Online:2018-01-28 Published:2018-01-28
  • Contact: Bojie FU;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.L1624026;Research Project on the Development Strategy of Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.2016-DX-C-02


In the face of the changing global environment and disciplinary hot spots, the first National Physical Geography Conference —with the topic of "New Development and New Challenges of Physical Geography in the Context of Change"— was held in Nanjing on 20-22 November 2017. The forefront contents of contemporary physical geography research, namely combination of geography and sustainable development, integration of physical geographical elements and processes, and system decision with spatial data mining have been the focus. At present, Chinese physical geographers have made the subject theories more concise; deepened the physical geographical process studies; achieved preliminary integration of physical geographical processes in critical regions and basins based on theoretical and methodological innovations; and practically supported decision making for the sustainable development of the coupled social-ecological system. In future research, we should deepen the process research of subdisciplines in physical geography, promote the development of a comprehensive physical geography, and improve the observation and simulation of the land surface system. These will further consolidate the position of physical geography as a foundation in geographical sciences, and make important contributions to global sustainable development and meet the demands of national key development strategies.

Key words: physical geography, coupled human- environment system, global environmental change, national demands, sustainable development