In 2017, an Atlanta resident approached us with a concern about rats in her neighborhood — there were rats dead and alive, always around, and no one seemed to be doing much about them. Inspired by a project from the University of Michigan called Rat Chat, we began developing the RatWatch project in Atlanta.
The RatWatch project combines resident-reported data with mapping and modeling to document rat issues in Atlanta. The project includes an SMS system for text or image based reporting of rat sightings and evidence, a model of likely rat infestations in Atlanta based upon code violation and housing data, and a series of maps representing both the resident reports and rat suitability models.
The following image shows a map with the location concentrations of reports received through the SMS system. Areas of higher report concentrations are colored red. Sightings and evidence reports can be viewed individually or together. The slider can also be used to analyze report concentrations over time. To use the map, simply click the button below the image.View Full Map
The following image shows the model for the expected number of rat counts within Fulton County. This model is based on code violation data gathered from the Atlanta Citizen Gateway Portal and other public data sets. To use the map, simply click the button below the image. Due to the large amount of data being processed, please be prepared to wait up to 10 seconds for the model to load.View Full Model