Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research (SPAR) Laboratory

University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
What the facility does

Spatial-pattern analysis; collection of high-resolution GPS data; data integration; large-area mapping and analysis; wildlife-habitat mapping; anthropogenic-disturbance analysis; analysis of geospatial health indicators; modelling biodiversity indicators; spatial-temporal analysis of forestry issues; forecasting agricultural yields.

Area(s) of Expertise

We offer spatial-temporal analysis for any phenomena that are present as geographical patterns. Our experience includes working with coastal, epidemiology, biodiversity, wildlife telemetry, agricultural and forestry datasets. We have expertise mapping and quantifying patterns over large areas. In doing so, we have developed techniques in modelling and statistical analysis to address accuracy issues with data integration. Our laboratory is well equipped to handle large datasets, and we can collect high-resolution GPS data.

Research Services

Spatial-data analysis, collection of high-resolution GPS data, mapping, integrating data with existing datasets

Sectors of Application
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Transportation

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research Laboratory

Server, workstations, PCs, monitors, disk space and software

Storage and analysis of large spatial datasets


Projector, screen and associated software

Visualization and communication of spatial patterns


Global Positioning System (GPS) units

Collecting high-resolution environmental data


Kayaks and sonar equipment

Collecting nearshore or shallow bathymetric data



Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research Laboratory study on impact of climate change on British Columbia’s national parks

Radio interview with member of the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research Laboratory about work on British Columbia’s national parks