Reef Check California

Reef Check California’s Nearshore Ecosystem Database – Project Development and Management

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Reef Check California was expanding their volunteer diver survey program along the California Coast and sought a more robust system for inputting, online managing, doctor and reporting survey data and findings. Working with Reef Check staff, the team designed an online database system, a highly customized series of user-friendly data input forms, and a number of options for readily accessing the information. The newly created NED system provides more streamlined interaction for the volunteer divers, as well as engages new users to investigate the status of rocky reef habitats in their area of interest through a suite of mapping, graphing, and reporting tools.


Served an overall advisory and management role, providing initial project development, scoping, and budgeting, prioritization of tasks and features, and overall design guidance. All REAL work done by the brilliant GreenInfo web team – Jennifer Strahan and Rhonda Friberg.


The main NED database can be managed using MySQL tools, while data entry occurs through a series of web-based data entry forms.

NED Map Viewer allows the user to view surveys by location and species counts, and reports and charts can be generated for a number of individual site statistics.