Biodiv Sci ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (7): 838-846.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2015344

Special Issue: 全球气候变化下的海洋生物多样性专辑

• Original Papers • Previous Articles     Next Articles

Design and development of a data management system for marine fouling organisms

Hua Feng1, Wenhao Cao2,3, Xiaoyang Tian1, Zhiqiang Cheng2, Tao Yan2,3,*()   

  1. 1 School of Computer Science and Education Software, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006
    2 Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio-resources and Ecology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510301
    3 Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Corrosion and Bio-fouling, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, Shandong 266071
  • Received:2015-12-07 Accepted:2016-06-25 Online:2016-07-20 Published:2016-08-04
  • Contact: Yan Tao


Biofouling, the unwanted assemblage of marine organisms colonizing submerged parts of ships and artificial facilities, has a negative impact on human activities related to the sea. The development of fouling communities is closely related to a variety of factors such as temperature, salinity, depth, season, immersion time, geographic location, distance from shore and substratum type. To facilitate systematic analysis and processing of data on marine fouling and clarify the intrinsic relationship between the various elements mentioned above, it is necessary to build a technical platform to integrate scattered and sporadic information and to share this data through a network. By means of internet technology, the ASP.NET framework and MySQL database, the MS Visual Studio 2013 software was used to devise a data management system for marine fouling organisms under the Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 (recommended) operating system. From the system, data integration, storage and management of fouling organisms are implemented via the network. Query and retrieval of data can be conducted under single or multiple search conditions and the results are exported in several formats according to the user’s requirements. The data management system for marine fouling organisms provides a useful and effective way to help data analysis and decision-making for research, industry and administration.

Key words: fouling organisms, database, taxonomy, ecology, biogeography