PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (1): 130-136.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.01.014

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Progress and prospects of research on integrated carrying capacity of regional resources and environment

Yihe LV1,2,*(), Wei FU1, Ting LI1,2, Yuanxin LIU1   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environment Science, CAS, Beijing 100085, China
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2017-12-12 Revised:2018-01-13 Online:2018-01-28 Published:2018-01-28
  • Contact: Yihe LV E-mail:lyh@rcees.ac.cn
  • 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;National Key Research and Development Program of China, No.2016YFC0501601

Abstract:

The integrated carrying capacity of regional resource and environment systems is an important foundation for the harmonious and sustainable development of the human-environment system, and thus has become a hot topic of integrated physical geography research. Great progress has been made in the study on the carrying capacity of regional integrated resource and environment systems. The main achievements include the establishment of a comprehensive and extensive evaluation index system, a focus on the coordination of human-environment relationships, development and application of comprehensive research methods, and a focus on the spatial and temporal dynamics of the integrated carrying capacity of resource and environment systems. At present, study on integrated carrying capacity of resource and environment systems are applied to regional economic development program management, such as spatial development, industrial planning, post-disaster reconstruction, and resource and environment monitoring and early warning. Future research, however, still needs to improve the evaluation index system and strengthen research on appropriate scale of analyses and dynamic changes of the integrated carrying capacity of resource and environment systems, in order to deepen the theoretical and empirical studies of integrated physical geography. This will provide supports for the research on the sustainability of regional resources, society, and ecological environment.

Key words: carrying capacity of resource and environment system, integrated carrying capacity, sustainable development, progress, outlooks