Archives for March 2014

CURRV Informational Products & Reports

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Please find below links to informational products and reports that document the purpose, progress, and results of the CURRV project.  Keep in mind that this process is adaptive, meaning that as new information becomes available the below documents may be updated.


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This report compiles information about the Tijuana River Valley to ensure that all stakeholders involved in the planning process have a baseline understanding of what resources are present within the valley, how the area is managed, and what threatens the long-term sustainability of the natural habitats and built infrastructure.  Information in this document was compiled with input from participants of the CURRV Kick-off Stakeholder Workshop, providing the foundation for the scenarios and the development of climate adaptation strategies.

This scenario planning guidebook outlines the process of developing four future planning scenarios for the Tijuana River Valley, capturing lessons learned and the results from discussions at workshops and one-on-one interviews.  Executive summary coming soon!

Adaptation Strategies and an Implementation Plan are being developed to inform the 2017 update of the Reserve’s Comprehensive Management Plan, ensuring climate change adaptation is a central component to Reserve management and the core programmatic areas- Cultural & Historical Resources, Education & Community Outreach, Research, Stewardship, and Training. This document will be updated as new stakeholder input is incorporated.


Workshop Summaries

Below are workshop summary reports resulting from collaborative CURRV workshops and trainings. Click here for more information on CURRV events, including working group meetings, expert workshops, and trainings.


Art Exhibit

Our Artist-In-Residence, Audrey Carver, brought the science to life through her painting.  The exhibit contains murals that illustrate the four different possible futures, or scenarios, that scientists developed through CURRV. Each of the four scenes highlights the habitats and wildlife that would be characteristic of each scenario.  The paintings are interpretations of the science behind the scenarios, providing a window into the future. To learn more please visit:



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CURRV Planning Process

CURRV Planning Process


Future Planning Scenarios



Integrating Scenarios into Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Planning

Scenarios, Vulnerability, & Adaptation


GIS: Geographic Information System

A Geographic Information System is a computer system developed to capture, store, manage, analyze and display data that can be linked to geographic information, generating maps as the end product. GIS has been largely used as a tool to answer questions, to solve problems and to help in the decision making process in numerous fields for example, natural resources, about population census, health issues, fire management, urban planning, natural hazards and so forth.

The Tijuana Estuary is a very important ecosystem. Its variability in topography, tidal influence and streamflow results in a nutrient-rich estuary with a diversity of habitats that are home to a wide range of wildlife, aquatic organisms and plants. It has persisted despite disturbance from urban and agricultural land uses. In order to protect and preserve the Reserve, Research is highly necessary to monitor and study the dynamics of the Tijuana Estuary. The Tijuana Estuary’s research and monitoring programs are responsible for collecting data and the research’s GIS Lab stores and manages the data for future analysis and comparisons. Maps are generated according to the needs of specific projects. GIS is not used only within the Reserve, it is also used in projects that include areas like the Tijuana River Valley, South San Diego Bay Salt Ponds and Los Peñasquitos Lagoon. Currently GIS Lab is working with map products for the Climate Understanding & Resilience in the River Valley (CURRV) project, which studies the Tijuana River Valley vulnerabilities to climate change, sea level rise and flood. Another project we are using GIS for is the South San Diego Bay Salt Ponds restoration, which needs map products to analyze  elevation and vegetation data of the site, for example.

Some of the data we use, such as operational boundaries, roads, and trails can be accessed through the links below: