Justin F Moat

Senior Research Leader

Justin Moat

Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis


Spatial Analysis and Data Science


Spatial analysis, remote sensing, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, aka drones), species modelling, biogeography and conservation.

Biography Plus

I am the research leader for Spatial Analysis within the Informatics and Spatial Analysis Science directorate. My role is to lead spatial analysis at Kew, which covers both GIS (Geographic Information Science) and remote sensing, providing a scientific and spatial interface for Kew’s work in conservation, taxonomy, systematics and phytogeography. I have specialist expertise and interests in spatial modelling, Web mapping, vegetation mapping, conservation assessments and the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) for mapping and monitoring of the environment. My key project for 2016/2017 is  'Building a climate resilient coffee economy for Ethiopia', which use species modelling, climate modelling and vegetation mapping to improve the capacity of Ethiopia’s coffee production in deal with climate change.

Qualifications and appointments Plus
  • MSc, University College London, 1996
  • BSc, University College London, 1992
Selected publications Plus

Moat, J., Williams, J., Baena, S., Wilkinson, T., Gole, T.W., Challa, Z.K., Demissew, S., & Davis, A.P. (2017)

Resilience potential of the Ethiopian coffee sector under climate change

Nature Plants 3: 17081 (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nplants.2017.81. Available online

Moat, J., Williams, J., Baena, S., Wilkinson, Demissew, S., Challa, Z.K., T., Gole, T.W. & Davis, A.P. (2017)

Summary Report 2017. The Strategic Climate Institutions Programme (SCIP)

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK). Pp. 37

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

Bachman, S., Moat, J., Hill, A., de la Torre, J. & Scott, B. (2011)

Supporting Red List threat assessments with GeoCAT: Geospatial Conservation Assessment Tool

Zookeys 150:117-126. Available online

Moat, J. & Smith, P (2007)

Atlas of the Vegetation of Madagascar

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. London, UK

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