GIS Unit - Vegetation mapping
Vegetation mapping employs remote sensing technology and methodologies, with ground truthing to delimit vegetation types. Accurate and updated vegetation maps are imperative for conservation planning and natural resource management.
We work on vegetation mapping in many parts of the world including Madagascar, Biak and Montserrat.
Mapping the Dry Ecosystems of Peru:
Mapping the Dry Ecosystems of Peru: Helping local conservation by increasing diversity awareness
Live mapping from the Coffee and GIS team in Ethiopia
Mapping of Coffee arabica in Ethiopia's highland.
Mapping Harapan plants - towards restoring habitats
Biodiversity inventory and monitoring to conserve critically threatened lowland forest in Harapan, Sumatra.
Vegetation mapping in Geelvink Bay Papua, Indonesia
Building on the strong foundation of botanical exploration and collaboration in this region, this project is mapping the vegetation of the entire Geelvink Bay region in Papua, Indonesia
Montserrat vegetation mapping
A vegetation map has been completed for the Caribbean island of Montserrat, that was devastated by a huge volcanic eruption in 1997.
Mount Oku and Ijim Ridge
Monitoring vegetation cover changes in Mount Oku and the Ijim Ridge (Cameroon), using satellite and aerial sensor detection.
Madagascar vegetation mapping
Madagascar vegetation Mapping project, informing conservation and decision makers.
Other GIS related projects at Kew
- Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Atlantic Forests of Brazil
- Monitoring and Managing Biodiversity Loss in South-East Africa's Montane Ecosystems (project completed 2009)
- Itremo Massif Protected Area Project
- Turks and Caicos Islands Pine Recovery Programme
- Toucan Cipó
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
Science and conservation news
07 Mar 2014
William Milliken, Head of Kew's Tropical America team, examines the importance of Kew's collection of over seven million herbarium specimens, and how this resource is being used to tackle the global challenges of our time.
21 Feb 2014
André Schuiteman, senior researcher in orchids at Kew, relates the discovery by the intrepid Evelyn Cheesman of one of the very few blue-flowered epiphytic orchids, Dendrobium azureum, which he recently described as a new species.
14 Feb 2014
Madeleine Groves, the CITES Implementation Officer at Kew, describes how the application of science can help combat illegal wildlife trade.
08 Nov 2012
A new study from Kew suggests that Arabica coffee could be extinct in the wild within 70 years.
18 May 2010
Kew’s top propagation ‘code-breaker’, horticulturist Carlos Magdalena, has cracked the enigma of growing a rare species of African waterlily. The 'thermal’ lily (Nymphaea thermarum) is believed to be the smallest waterlily in the world, with pads that can be as little as 1 cm in diameter.