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Baena, Susana

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Job title: 

Career Development Fellow, Spatial Analysis

Department: 
Bioinformatics and Spatial Analysis
Joined Kew: 

2002

Foreign languages: 

Spanish, French

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Univ. Madrid, 1994
  • MSc, University College London, 2002
Role: 

I am responsible for remote sensing and vegetation mapping enabling cutting-edge geospatial research throughout Kew’s science programme. I have special interest in the application and development of satellite-based information, remote sensing techniques and earth observation solutions to the science and conservation of vegetation and plant diversity across multiple scales. My research focuses on the analysis of the spatial and temporal nature of vegetation and ecosystems.

Selected publications: 

Davis, A.P., Gole, T.W., Baena, S. & Moat, J. (2012). The impact of climate change on indigenous Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica): predicting future trends and identifying priorities. PLOS ONE 7: e47981. Available online

Baena, S., Moat, J. & Forboseh, P. (2010). Monitoring vegetation cover changes in Mount Oku and the The Ijim ridge (Cameroon) using satellite and aerial sensor detection, In: Systematics and conservation of African plants. Proceedings of the 18th AETFAT Congress, Yaoundé, Cameroon, 26 February to 2 March 2010, ed. Burgt, X., Masesen, J. & Onana, J. M. pp. 459-470. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Moat, J., Crouch, C., Milliken, W., Smith, P., Hamilton, M., Baena, S., Bachman, S. & Rivers, M. (2008). Rapid forest inventory and mapping Monitoring forest cover and land use change – report to the Office of Climate change – Eliasch Review London: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 1-29.

Baena, S. (2007). Landsat Classification methodology. In Moat J. and Smith P. Atlas of the vegetation of Madagascar. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. P 14-15.

Baena, S., Lowry, P. & Schatz, P. (2007). A brief history of vegetation mapping in Madagascar. In Moat J. and Smith P. Atlas of the vegetation of Madagascar. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. P 8-9.