Resources and environmental issues are inevitable challenges that arise in the development of human civilization. To understand the laws of nature and its interaction with human society through various resources and environmental data, it is essential to employ modern information science and technology, integrate across disciplines, and develop new methods and technologies. This article aims to introduce a new discipline called Res-Environ Informatics and explore several theoretical aspects associated with its formation, including its disciplinary characteristics and objectives. The core objective of Res-Environ Informatics is to address the significant challenges posed by resenviron issues. Its defining feature lies in its focus on humanistic concerns, and it incorporates three key technical features: macroscopicity, applicability, and extensibility. The informational aspect is an inherent attribute of the complex problem of resources and the environment. This article suggests using “resenviron” instead of the common term “resources and environment” to more accurately capture the dialectical and unified connotation of this field. Furthermore, from a perspective of professional development, this paper discusses the driving forces, professional characteristics, goals of professional training, curriculum plans, and teaching resource construction needed for the establishment of a “Res-Environ Informatics” major. We also offer insights into the future development trends of Res-Environ Informatics.
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