Chen Fahu1; Fu Boiie2; Xia Jun3; Wu Duo4; Wu Shaohong5; Zhang Yili6; Sun Hang7; Liu Yu8; Fang Xiaomin6; Qin Boqiang9; Li Xin6; Zhang Tingjun4; Liu Baoyuan10; Dong Zhibao11; Hou Shugui6; Tian Lide6; Xu Baiqing6; Dong Guanghui4; Zheng Jingyun5; Yang Wei6; Wang Xin4; Li Zaijun4; Wang Fei4; Hu Zhenbo4; Wang Jie4; Liu Jianbao1; Chen Jianhui4; Huang Wei4; Hou Juzhi1; Cai Qiufang8; Long Hao9; Jiang Ming12; Hu Yaxian10; Feng Xiaoming13; Mo Xingguo; Yang Xiaoyan1; Zhang Dongju4; Wang Xiuhong5; Yin Yunhe5; Liu Xiaochen6
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AbstractThe natural environment provides material essentials for human survival and development. The characteristics, processes, regional differentiation and forcing mechanisms of the elements of the natural environment (e.g. geomorphology, climate, hydrology, soil, etc.) are the main objects of research in physical geography. China has a complex natural environment and huge regional differentiation and therefore it provides outstanding reserach opportunities in physical geography. This review summarizes the most important developments and the main contributions of research in the physical geography and human living environment in China during the past 70 years. The major topics addressed are the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and the evolution of its cryosphere, the development of fluvial systems, the acidification of the vast arid region of the Asian interior, variations in the monsoon and westerly climate systems on multiple timescales, the development of lakes and wetlands, the watershed system model, soil erosion, past human-environment interactions, biogeography, and physical geographic zonality. After briefly introducing international research developments, we review the history of research in physical geography in China, focusing on the major achievements and major academic debates, and finally we summarize the status of current research and the future prospects. We propose that in the context of the national demand for the construction of an ecological civilization, we should make full use of the research findings of physical geography, and determine the patterns and mechanisms of natural environmental processes in order to continue to promote the continued contribution of physical geography to national development strategies, and to further contribute to the theory of physical geography from a global perspective.
Funding Project[National Natural Science Foundation of China]
Document Type期刊论文
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Chen Fahu,Fu Boiie,Xia Jun,et al. majoradvancesinstudiesofthephysicalgeographyandlivingenvironmentofchinaduringthepast70yearsandfutureprospects[J]. sciencechinaearthsciences,2019,62(11):1665.
APA Chen Fahu.,Fu Boiie.,Xia Jun.,Wu Duo.,Wu Shaohong.,...&Liu Xiaochen.(2019).majoradvancesinstudiesofthephysicalgeographyandlivingenvironmentofchinaduringthepast70yearsandfutureprospects.sciencechinaearthsciences,62(11),1665.
MLA Chen Fahu,et al."majoradvancesinstudiesofthephysicalgeographyandlivingenvironmentofchinaduringthepast70yearsandfutureprospects".sciencechinaearthsciences 62.11(2019):1665.
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