Kew GIS Unit
Welcome to the GIS Unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
'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.
GIS enables Kew to understand and deliver key information for global conservation.
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Examples of our work
Mapping Harapan plants - towards restoring habitats
Biodiversity inventory and monitoring to conserve critically threatened lowland forest in Harapan, Sumatra.
Find out about our botanical work at the RSPB Harapan site in Jambi, Sumatra. Thanks to a grant from DEFRA, we will be producing a vegetation map of the area. Once complete, it will be used to guide the reforestation of this former lowland rain forest site.
Plants at risk
A major baseline for plant conservation and the first time that the true extent of the threat to the world’s estimated 380,000 plant species is known.
A global analysis of extinction risk for the world's plants (IUCN Sampled Red List Index for Plants) has revealed that the world’s plants are as threatened as mammals, with one in five of the world’s plant species threatened with extinction.
The Geospatial Conservation Assessment Tool (GeoCAT) performs rapid geospatial analysis of species in a simple and powerful way.
GeoCAT is designed to produce rapid species level conservation assessments through an easy to use interface with a familiar Google Map underlay.
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