PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2009, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (3): 465-470.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2009.03.021

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Evaluation of Ecosystem Services Value and Integrated Study in Geography

ZHANG Wei1,2|ZHANG Hongye1|ZHANG Yifeng1   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China|
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Online:2009-05-25 Published:2009-05-25


Integrated study is not only the characteristic and nodus in geographic research, but also the trend of geographic development in future. The integrated study in geography mainly had those following insufficiencies in the past: (1) the weakness of basic theoretic study; (2) the insufficiency of overlapping and fusion between nature-humanities researches; and (3) in favor of qualitative and monotonous way of synthesization. So, the shoe pinches of pushing forward the integrated study in geography at present is to find out a synthetical measure of value and evect a bridge between natural and economic systems. Evaluation of ecosystem services value is a hot spot in ecology currently, and is a research stretching across the natural and socioeconomic systems. Its cross-disciplinary characteristics fit well with the demand of integrated study in geography, and reinforcing the evaluation of ecosystem services value research will promote the cognitions of natural key elements and processes, link up the connections between natural and economic systems, provide scientific basis for the harmonization of human-earth relationship, and then boost the integrated study in geography greatly. Finally, combining with the trend of integrated study in geography, this paper brought forward the expectations of evaluating ecosystem services value, pointed out the status quo and problems of this research. Specifically, we should push forward the evaluation of ecosystem services value research with the advices such as making a better theoretic basis of evaluation, improving the technology of evaluation, reinforcing case studies, strengthening public cognitiveness, and consummating the interrelated rules and regulations.

Key words: ecosystem services, geography, integrated study