GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2012, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (7): 1163-1172.doi: 10.11821/yj2012070001

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Innovative research on the physical structure of geographical environment and its scientific values: In memory of Professor Li Chunfen for his 100th anniversary of birth

ZHU Ji-wen1, NI Shao-xiang2, JIANG Chang-yu3   

  1. 1. Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, CAS, Nanjing 210008, China;
    2. College of Geographical Sciences, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China;
    3. College of Resources and Environment Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Received:2012-04-13 Revised:2012-06-05 Online:2012-07-20 Published:2012-07-20

Abstract: Professor Li Chunfen(1912-1996),one of the most well-known geographers in China,had his professional career in geography research and teaching as long as 60 years,and made a great contribution to the development of China's geography,especially the regional geography.His most brilliant academic ideas are that the physical structure of geographical environment has the distinct features,i.e.,'integrity and disparity',and'generality and individuality',and these ideas had been applied successfully in his research and teaching of regional geography.His well-known books'Physical Structure of South American Geographical Environment' and'Physical Structure of North American Geographical Environment' are commonly recognized as the classical monographs of regional geography.Besides,he published several influential papers on the theoretical plane such as 'Object,task and method of integrated physical geography based on its development course','Regional geography: problems and prospects','Recent developments of geography as against its traditions'.The major purpose of this paper is to give a brief introduction to the background for shaping Prof.Li's academic ideas,as well as the main content,scientific value and practical significance of his ideas.Prof.Li's innovative academic ideas on the physical structure of geographical environment have great significance in promoting and deepening the researches on planning and management of natural resources and environment,sustainable regional development,and human-environmental relationship in geography.

Key words: geographical environment structure, regional geography, human-environment interaction, integrity and disparity, Li Chunfen