In this article, the progress of marine geographic information system (MGIS) in China during 2006–2010 is reviewed with emphases on generic MGIS, advanced MGIS and MGIS-based applications. Generic MGIS can be divided into two categories: data-oriented MGIS and user-oriented MGIS, recent achievements of which by Chinese researchers are summarized respectively. Advanced MGIS mainly involves the establishment of 3D virtual marine environment and ‘Digital Ocean’. An overview of the 3D MGIS based simulations in the context of ocean phenomena, ocean engineering and ocean battlefield is also presented. Several suggestions for future development of MGIS in China are proposed, and trends of development are addressed.
Ge Chen, Wenqing Li, Qianqian Kong, Shouxin Liu, Chongjing Lv and Fenglin Tian. Recent progress of marine geographic information system in China: A review for 2006–2010. Journal of Ocean University of China (English Edition). Volume 11, Number 1, pp 18-24, 2012. [doi: 10.1007/s11802-012-1825-x]