'CatMap' is a Participatory Science Project with Curious Minds, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. This project built upon the work done by the Taranaki Furbabies cat-tracking project, and the Victoria University project 'Cat Tracker'. School children tracked their cats with GPS units[1], [2], [3]and analysed where the cats went. CatMap focused on the areas adjacent to native bush to determine cats' preferred habitat

Project Overview[edit | edit source]

Visit the Taranaki Furbabies cat-tracking project.

Partners in 'CatMap'[edit | edit source]

Welbourn School, New Plymouth

Inglewood Primary School

MAIN Trust NZ, Dr Dawn Mills (NP Vet Group), Dr Heidy Kikillus (VUW Cat Tracker NZ)

Information technology:[edit | edit source]

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS): QGIS was used to visualise the GPS tracking data:
    • 'Time Manager' was used to show the day/night movements of cats
    • Sentinel-2 satellite imagery was used to define preferred habitats
  • Camtesia Studio recorded the QGIS screen and produced the mp4 videos

Resources:[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

cat range
Ron and Bellatrix live at the same house, but Ron roams
Welbourn fun

Charlie range and distance.jpg

Project Report[edit | edit source]

CatMap report 2019 07 31.pdf

Resources[edit | edit source]

Radio New Zealand - interview about the CatMap project January 2020 with slide-show and transcript.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. sciBRIGHT "How does GPS work?"
  2. High School Earth Science
  3. Unfa - how a GPS works

Mapping, Analysis and Information Network Trust

Geographic Information Systems:

Quantum GIS

Global Positioning System