Biodiv Sci ›› 2022, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (10): 22526.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2022526

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Progress of marine biodiversity studies in China seas in the past decade

Jun Sun1,2,3,*(), Yuyao Song3, Yifeng Shi3, Jian Zhai3, Wenzhuo Yan3   

  1. 1. Institute for Advanced Marine Research, China University of Geosciences, Guangzhou 511462
    2. State Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074
    3. Research Centre for Indian Ocean Ecosystem, Tianjin University of Sciences and Technology, Tianjin 300457
  • Received:2022-09-13 Accepted:2022-10-31 Online:2022-10-20 Published:2022-11-08
  • Contact: Jun Sun


Background: China possess a high marine biodiversity. Under global climate changes, studies on marine biodiversity changes in Chinese waters grow rapidly. Over the last decade, Chinese scientists made great progress on studies of marine biodiversity in China.
Review Results: In this paper we summarized the significant progresses made on studies of marine biodiversity in China at the genetic, species, and ecosystem levels over the last decade and conducted a bibliometric analysis by using the VOSviewer software. The results showed that scientists in China had found new species through use of more accurate and rapid classification methods or tools, like molecular detections, flow cytometry, and other new techniques. Within the framework of multidisciplinary integration, biodiversity and the environmental was considered holistically, which will provide more accurate data for the restoration of marine ecosystems in future. At present, the study of Chinese scientists on marine biodiversity is still on the step of catching up the cutting edge, while we already made a obviously progress in some new hotspots, such as deep sea, seamounts, and some extreme environmental marine biodiversity studies. The discovery of new taxon had constantly updated the original knowledges, and made a great progress in the monitoring of typical marine ecosystems and the remediation of some invasive species. Due to the high biodiversity and complete monitoring data in China’s offshore waters, it is necessary to carry out more comprehensive marine ecological models to analyze and study these integrated spatial-temporal data. By exploring the biodiversity changes and their interaction under the multiple stresses, this provides the helps for optimizing the conservation and management of marine biodiversity in China sea waters.

Key words: marine biodiversity, China sea waters, species diversity, genetic diversity, ecosystem diversity, bibliometric analysis, diversity protection and management