Our staff are highly experienced in GIS techniques and regularly publish academic research in the field.

GIS Facility staff have expertise in a number of key areas:

  • GIS mapping
  • spatial statistics, geostatistics, time-series data
  • methodologies involved in using GIS and remote sensing
  • geo-referencing, climate change, distributional data, hotspot data
  • vegetation classifications, conservation
  • biodiversity monitoring, modelling, measuring, plot sampling methodology
Satellite image of Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.

Satellite image of Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina, draped with vegetation plot localities from 2006 and 2009.


We support research projects within the Natural History Museum and with external collaborators, working on a priority system when dealing with requests.

For more information about the Facility contact Dr Malcolm Penn (GIS Manager) by email or on +44 (0)20 7942 5523.


Spatial Statistics
A branch of statistics that can be used to investigate space and time relationships.

A branch of statistics focusing on spatial or spatio-temporal datasets mainly used in physical geography and geology.

Kriged Model
A complex spatial-averaging technique that determines statistical values from a set of unequally-spaced sites.