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.
The TIME project is a collaborative project that brings together the perspectives of scientists and managers to address key needs identified by Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project (SCWRP) and the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Team (TRVRT) by developing a decision-making framework. TIME embodies a collaborative approach that, from the project outset, engages stakeholders to ensure development of locally relevant products.
Using information from the past, present, and future
Numerous studies have been conducted to better understand and restore coastal wetlands in Southern California. The TIME project seeks to explore several essential elements to support effective wetland recovery at the Tijuana Estuary, with an eye on scaling up to the region:
1. Understand stakeholder needs through an issues assessment and communicate lessons learned from synthesizing information from the past, present, and future at the Tijuana Estuary that can inform wetland restoration under changing and uncertain conditions;
2. Characterize ecosystem services provided by coastal wetlands in southern California and how they may change over time;
3. Incorporate information gained from historical ecology studies; and
4. Create visualizations to assess historical and future potential characteristics of the Tijuana River Estuary.
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.
Please contact Kristen Goodrich, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, for more information: kgoodrich[at]trnerr.org
This project is funded by a grant from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative.