SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (12): 1495-1501.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2015.012.1495

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The Geographic Scale of Human Settlements in China

Xue-ming LI1,2(), Shen-zhen TIAN1()   

  1. 1. School of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, Liaoning 116029, China
    2. Centre for Marine Economy and Sustainable Development Research, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, Liaoning 116029,China
  • Received:2014-10-25 Revised:2015-06-09 Online:2015-01-20 Published:2016-06-02


In the past several decades, China experienced reform and the opening up of the economy and society, acceleration of urbanization, at the same time, the emergency of complex issues in urban and regional is always existing, there is a pressing need to revisit the traditional concept and academic practices concerning human settlements. Human settlements are the earth's surface space which is closely related to human activities, human culture. Based on a review of domestic scholars’ research on human settlements, we attempt to adopt geographic scale division in the research of human settlements, and we systematically summarize the connotation, research contents, research subjects and research methods in different geographic scale of human settlements, as well as the correlation studies of human settlements and other disciplines. It is made as an overall view that: 1)The research direction of human settlements increasingly integrated, systematic, microstructure; 2)The data collection, data acquisition, model method of human settlements increasingly modern, information technology, virtualization; 3)At the same time, there are also some shortcomings, such as the concept of different geographic scale of human settlements are not uniform, the study of process mechanism of human settlements is inadequate. Accordingly we proposed some research trends and future perspective for the study on geographic scale of human settlements.

Key words: human settlements, geographic scale, domestic, commentary, research trends

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  • P95