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Baena, Susana

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Job title: 

Spatial Information Scientist

Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives
GIS Unit, Regional Teams
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Spanish, French

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

Responsible for Remote Sensing (RS) and Vegetation Mapping. Manages GIS/RS projects and related research, with a special interests in vegetation mapping and field methods.

To deliver RBG Kew’s mission by: providing expertise and support in vegetation mapping for consultancy and science projects, which in the main delivers to Kew’s Breathing planet strategies 2 (BP 2) mapping and prioritising. Notably to; develop GIS/RS within vegetation mapping projects and the use of GIS/RS applications to conservation, environment and plant science. Presenting data and producing tools for conservation and environmental monitoring.

Special interests are in:

1. Vegetation mapping and area conservation assessments (2d), using remote sensing and GIS techniques to give up-to-date and accurate vegetation mapping and vegetation change (temporally). See Madagascar Vegetation Mapping Project and Mount Oku and Ijim Ridge (Cameroon).

2. Field methods. Methods used for collecting data and information in the field. Sampling strategies for field data collection used to train and validate Remote Sensing techniques.

3. Madagascar and SE Asia. We hold a lot of data and expertise for Madagascar and SE Asia and pilot much of our GIS and remote sensing work on these regions.

4. Remote Sensing methods and techniques (multispectral and object orientated approaches) working with both high and low resolution images.

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.