The vast amounts of data held in Kew's collections and associated databases represent a huge, often untapped resource.
Head, Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis: Dr Abigail Barker
Over the next five years, the Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis department will use the power of newly emerging computational techniques to edit, curate, organise and mine these data and to evaluate trends and patterns through time and space (geographical, meteorological and ecological) to enable a new level of use of the collections.
Key research and departmental priorities include:
Mapping and analysing plant populations and communities at greatest environmental risk and identifying those that display remarkable resilience and persistence to environmental perturbations – information that is critical to identify and understand potential opportunities and threats to the vast natural capital provided by plants.