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Spatial Analysis

Accelerating spatial biodiversity science research, exploration and discovery, and enabling effective transfer of data into science and decision making.
Mapping plant life with Google Earth API - Families & genera data
Mapping plant life with Google Earth API - Families & genera data

Welcome to the Spatial Analysis (formerly known as GIS Unit) team pages from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Please bear with us as we redesign the Spatial Analysis section on this website. In the meantime please browse our pages:

GIS Blog

Kew GIS Unit on Twitter

Kew GIS Unit on Flickr

'GIS' stands for Geographic Information Science. GIS provides the means to visualise and analyse masses of information about the state of the world's plant life and allows us to reveal new relationships, patterns and trends in an rapidly changing environment. As well as mapping plants and vegetation, we can also analyse the information we collect alongside other environmental data to find specific relationships for a variety of practical applications.

Our work includes species conservation assessments, conservation management and planning, climate change modelling and mitigation and the use of state-of-the-art satellite imagery to monitor what is happening on the ground.

Spatial analysis, including GIS, enables Kew to understand and deliver key information for global conservation.

Meet the team

Justin Moat (Research Leader Spatial Analysis)

Jennifer Williams (Senior Spatial Analyst)

Tim Wilkinson (Spatial Analyst)

Susana Baena (Career Development Fellow – Spatial Analysis)

Robert O’Sullivan (Spatial Analyst)

Mandy Cooper (Spatial Analyst and Co-ordinator – Google Impact Challenge)

Recent work from the Spatial Analysis team

Field Guides

Sampled Red List Index

Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi

Biodiversity and Conservation of Mt Mabu, Mozambique

Tools and resources


Madagascar vegetation maps (coming soon)

TDWG geographical scheme