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The geographical characteristics of Nansha Islands in the South China Sea
Jiang Huiping1,2,3; Su Fenzhen1,3; Zhou Chenghu1; Yang Xiaomei1; Wang Qi1,2,3; Cheng Fei1,3,4
2018-07-01
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES
ISSN1009-637X
Volume28Issue:7Pages:957-972
Corresponding AuthorSu Fenzhen(Sufz@lreis.ac.cn)
AbstractAs is well-known, Nansha Islands in the South China Sea (SCS) are of important strategic position and invaluable ecological value. Therefore, many attentions are paid to either the political and legal aspects of exposed features that matter in the maritime delimitation, or the physical and geographical characteristics of coral reefs that are the predominant structures of these islands. However, it seems that they consistently lose the connection of sciences and humanities in the research of Nansha Islands in the SCS. In this study, we carry out a combinative research, based on remote sensing data using satellite imagery analysis together with historical materials using literature investigation, so as to reconsider to the geographical characteristics of Nansha Islands from a standpoint of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). After thoroughly appraising the statuses of these newly formed sand cays, several high tide features of Nansha Islands are identified. By means of the comparison of satellite images coupled with reference to nautical charting and sailing directions during different time periods, we can conclude that the statuses of these high tide features formed on reef platforms are relatively stable due to the growth of reef-building organisms although their migration patterns are subject to external disturbances, and hence the cursory judgment pursuant to the relevant provisions of the UNCLOS about whether a coral reef belongs to a low tide elevation only based on outdated references or ex parte evidences is not reliable. Moreover, it is accordingly justified to improve further development and perfection of the maritime legislation by eliminating such ambiguities with the growth of coral reefs and the evolution of sand cays being both taken into account.
Keywordcoral reefs sand cays South China Sea Nansha Islands geographical characteristics UNCLOS
DOI10.1007/s11442-018-1515-8
WOS KeywordCORAL-REEFS ; TM
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectStrategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences[XDA13010401]
Funding OrganizationStrategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
WOS Research AreaPhysical Geography
WOS SubjectGeography, Physical
WOS IDWOS:000433356100006
PublisherSCIENCE PRESS
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/54757
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorSu Fenzhen
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, State Key Lab Resources & Environm Informat Syst, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Nanjing Univ, China Ctr Collaborat Innovat South China Sea Stud, Nanjing 210093, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
4.Nanjing Univ, Dept Geog Informat Sci, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
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Jiang Huiping,Su Fenzhen,Zhou Chenghu,et al. The geographical characteristics of Nansha Islands in the South China Sea[J]. JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES,2018,28(7):957-972.
APA Jiang Huiping,Su Fenzhen,Zhou Chenghu,Yang Xiaomei,Wang Qi,&Cheng Fei.(2018).The geographical characteristics of Nansha Islands in the South China Sea.JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES,28(7),957-972.
MLA Jiang Huiping,et al."The geographical characteristics of Nansha Islands in the South China Sea".JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES 28.7(2018):957-972.
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