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The Functional Structure Convergence of China's Coastal Ports
Wang, Wei1,2,3; Wang, Chengjin1; Jin, Fengjun1
2017-12-01
Source PublicationSUSTAINABILITY
ISSN2071-1050
Volume9Issue:12Pages:15
Corresponding AuthorWang, Chengjin(cjwang@igsnrr.ac.cn)
AbstractFunctional structure is an important part of a port system, and can reflect the resource endowments and economic development needs of the hinterland. In this study, we investigated the transportation function of coastal ports in China from the perspective of cargo structure using a similarity coefficient. Our research considered both adjacent ports and hub ports. We found that the transportation function of some adjacent ports was very similar in terms of outbound structure (e.g., Qinhuangdao and Huanghua) and inbound structure (e.g., Huanghua and Tangshan). Ports around Bohai Bay and the port group in the Yangtze River Delta were the most competitive areas in terms of outbound and inbound structure, respectively. The major contributors to port similarity in different regions varied geographically due to the different market demands and cargo supplies. For adjacent ports, the functional convergence of inbound structure was more serious than the outbound. The convergence between hub ports was more serious than between adjacent ports in terms of both outbound and inbound structure. The average similarity coefficients displayed an increasing trend over time. This study further develops the theory of transport geography, improves our understanding of China's port transportation system, and can provide reference for policy-makers in their port development decisions.
Keywordsimilarity coefficient China's coastal ports functional structure adjacent ports hub ports
DOI10.3390/su9122185
WOS KeywordCONTAINER PORTS ; COMPETITION
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41571113] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41771134] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41701126] ; Category of Strategic Priority Research Program of CAS (Evaluation of Connectivity of Infrastructure Network and Spatial Optimization)
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; Category of Strategic Priority Research Program of CAS (Evaluation of Connectivity of Infrastructure Network and Spatial Optimization)
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectGREEN & SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ; Environmental Sciences ; Environmental Studies
WOS IDWOS:000419231500034
PublisherMDPI AG
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/56883
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorWang, Chengjin
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Beijing Normal Univ, Sch Geog, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
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Wang, Wei,Wang, Chengjin,Jin, Fengjun. The Functional Structure Convergence of China's Coastal Ports[J]. SUSTAINABILITY,2017,9(12):15.
APA Wang, Wei,Wang, Chengjin,&Jin, Fengjun.(2017).The Functional Structure Convergence of China's Coastal Ports.SUSTAINABILITY,9(12),15.
MLA Wang, Wei,et al."The Functional Structure Convergence of China's Coastal Ports".SUSTAINABILITY 9.12(2017):15.
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