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Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
301 Caspian Way
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Completed in 1994, and better than ever in 2014! Come to the 20th Anniversary of the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center. Meet the building’s renowned architect Rob Wellington Quigley and the restored watershed map’s public artist Robin Brailsford among others that helped make this award winning facility come to life.
Watch and complete the modules below. When you have finished the module, you will receive a passcode. Email this passcode to your advisor so that they know you have completed that step. Be sure to record your passcodes on your Volunteer Training Requirements Checklist (also available as WORD).
Click here for updates on CURRV events, including Stakeholder Working Group meetings, expert workshops, and trainings
Stakeholder Working Group members click here for further resources (password-protected site)
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.
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 has been compiled with input from the CURRV Stakeholder Working Group, providing the foundation for the vulnerability assessment and the development of climate adaptation strategies.
In preparation for conducting a climate change vulnerability assessment, TRNERR convened a scenario planning workshop where coastal geomorphologists, engineers, oceanographers, land use managers, and ecologists delved into how climate change might alter the physical landscape of the Tijuana River Valley. The process and results of the workshop discussions are summarized in this report outlining four potential futures..
Sea Level Rise (SLR) Maps
Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model 5.1 (SLAMM) (coming soon)
Simulates the dominant processes involved in wetland conversions and shoreline modifications during long-term sea level rise (Courtesy of Dr. Richard Gersberg, San Diego State University).
1m SLR (2100)
1.5m SLR (2100)
2m SLR (2100)
A1B max, 0.7m SLR (2100)
Coastal Storm Modeling System 1.0 (CoSMoS) (coming soon)
Uses data from a January 2010 (base year) winter storm as a hindcast to simulate sea level rise and flooding (Courtesy of Dr. Patrick Barnard, US Geological Survey).
0.5m SLR (2050)
1.4m SLR (2100)
Comparison of Baseline, 2050, and 2100
Click on graphic below to enlarge.
CURRV Planning Process
Integrating Scenarios into Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Planning
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:
Please contact Kristen Goodrich, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, for more information: kgoodrich[at]trnerr.org
Why this Project?
The Tijuana Estuary is one of the largest intact coastal wetlands in Southern California, and a model case study from which to strengthen our collective understanding of wetland management using information from the past, present, and future.
Using information from the past, present, and future
Numerous studies have been conducted to better understand and restore coastal wetlands in Southern California. Despite this wealth of knowledge, two essential elements would support effective wetland recovery:
1. A full characterization of the ecosystem services provided by coastal wetlands in Southern California, and an understanding of how these services change over time.
2. Development of a framework that can inform wetland restoration under changing and uncertain conditions.
In order to develop a decision-making framework, TIME seeks to:
1. Understand stakeholder needs through an issues assessment
2. Create a typology of ecosystem services
3. Incorporate information gained from historical ecology studies, and
4. Create models to track shifting services over time
The TIME project is designed and carried out by a diverse team of collaborators that include applied science and collaboration professionals, and the specified end-users of TIME’s products. Collaborators work together to iteratively incorporate stakeholder feedback into the development of each project phase.
Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR)
Sacramento State Center for Collaborative Policy (CCP)
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP)
California Coastal Conservancy
San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI)
The TIME project is currently progressing towards Phase 2: integrate stakeholder feedback through a series of workshops.
Pictured above, one of four teams discussing wetland characteristics in the Tijuana River Valley.