School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences

The School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences (SGOS) is now comprised of 118 faculty and staff members and 980 undergraduates and postgraduates, and offers one National Key Discipline in physical geography and three Provincial Key Disciplines in cartography and GIS, land use and planning (human geography), and marine Geography.

SGOS has taken a distinct role in academic circles while receiving recognition and praise in such fields as Earth surface processes and environmental changes, carbon cycle and land-atmosphere remote sensing, coastal zone environment and resources, regional sustainable development and land use, as well as tourism geography. 

Over the past three years, SGOS has presided over 10 projects, including projects and research tasks under the 973 Program and the 863 Program, major programs supported by the National Social Science Foundation and the National Natural Science Foundation of China, as well as special research projects for public industrial sectors. SGOS has published more than 100 academic papers in journals collected by the Scientific Citation Index (SCI). SGOS has newly established three innovative research teams respectively honored by the National Natural Science Foundation, the Ministry of Education and the Jiangsu provincial government.

SGOS faculty members have won many awards and honors over the past three years, including the second prize of the National Natural Science Award (2010), second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award (2009), first prize of the Ministry of Land and Resources S&T Award (2012), first prize of the National Mapping Technology Progress Award (2009), and the honorary membership of the French Geographical Society and INQUA (2010).


SGOS is a major national training base for scientific researchers and teachers in geography with its internship centers in Lushan Mountain, Lianyungang, and Ningzhen areas. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate programs, including post-doctoral stations, and has established innovative training programs such as the “Lake Baikal in Russia Comprehensive Scientific Investigation” and the “Taiwan Earth Science Comprehensive Joint Teaching Visits.”

In recent years, SGOS faculty and students have received many accolades and awards, such as the Award for Distinguished University Teachers and the National Award for Excellent Teaching, the state-level best university course title for two courses, two honors for provincial-level outstanding doctoral dissertations and five honors for provincial-level outstanding master’s theses, as well as the Academic Award for New and Outstanding Doctoral Candidates by the Ministry of Education.

SGOS faculty comprises a number of prestigious scientists and scholars, including Li Jijun and Wang Ying, both Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Chen Yuchuan, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, as well as winners of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars, including Gao Shu, Gu Chaoli, Zhou Chenghu, Gong Peng, Shi Zhong, Lu Huayu, and Li Xin.

SGOS has also built a series of scientific research and teaching platforms, such as the Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Coast and Island Development, Jiangsu Branch of the National Remote Sensing Center, National Demonstration Center for Experiment and Teaching in Earth Sciences, and Demonstration Center for Experiment and Teaching in Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences for the universities in Jiangsu Province.

To meet the challenge of resource development and environmental protection in China, the SGOS faculty and students have participated in the planning aid programs for Tibet's development and the master planning of land use in Jiangsu Province. They have presided over the development of Rules of Drawing for Master Planning of Land Use in the City, County and Township, which has produced significant social benefits after being implemented nationwide.

They have undertaken a series of major engineering tasks and special projects in the national high-resolution earth observation system and coast and island development, including the launch of Digital South China Sea and remote sensing and monitoring of the resources and environment in the South China Sea and its surrounding areas, and the research of China’s forest carbon sink which has provided the government with the scientific tools and knowledge to make decisions on climate change negotiations and carbon emission trading.

The faculty and students have also been actively involved in the study of African geography by hosting a number of seminars on “Going to Africa for Development” and publishing books including the Records and Maps of Agriculture in Africa. In addition, SGOS has made significant contributions to regional planning, tourism resources planning and other areas. Its professors serve as deputy editors or editorial members of dozens of SCI journals and major academic publications in China, and over 20 professors serve as vice chairs or directors of state-level academic societies.


SGOS cordially welcomes all those who wish to engage in the science of the earth surface system and man-land relationship. Come and join us for a bright future!



Kunshan Building, Xianlin Campus, Nanjing University

Tel: +86-25-83592681

For more information visit the school's website

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