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A UCSD-TV Documentary Focused on the Water/Climate/Poverty Nexus in Human Settlements at Risk

This page contains resources for the group of scientists, researchers and community-based partners creating a UCSD-TV documentary focused on watershed-based partnerships for sustainable human settlements and global environmental health


Objective of the TV documentary:  Draw attention to integrated research, education and action at the water/climate/poverty nexus in vulnerable human settlements of the U.S.-Mexico Border Region.

Executive Producer: Shannon Bradley, UCSD-TV, Public Affairs Producer
Lead PIs: Keith Pezzoli (Global Planning Initiative, Urban Studies and Planning Program, Superfund Basic Research Program), and Hiram Sarabia (Superfund Basic Research Program)

Purpose:  Highlight the value and challenges of transboundary research, scholarship of engagement and science communication through stories about integrated, watershed-based efforts aimed at advancing sustainability and Global Environmental Health (GEH).

Support: Funding and/or logistical support comes from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (Superfund Basic Research Program), the Worldwide Universities Network, and a diverse group of partners based at UC San Diego, including:  the Office of International Affairs; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies; San Diego Supercomputer Center (Spatial Information Systems Laboratory); Sustainability Solutions Institute, Center for Research in Computing and the Arts; Division of International Health (Department of Medicine); Visual Arts Department; and the Urban Studies and Planning Program. 

Other key participants:  Global Planning Initiative; University of Arizona’s U.S.-Mexico Binational Center for Environmental Sciences and Toxicology; NIEHS-SBRP Bioassay Network; NOAA Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve; Municipal Planning Institute of Tijuana; Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF); Centro de Investigacion Cientfica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada (CICESE); South American Emissions, Megacities and Climate Network (SAEMC); NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC- Global Slum Mapping project); Centro de Previso de Tempo e Estudos Climaticos (CPTEC/INPE); Marine Science & Environmental Studies Department of the Shiley Center for Science and Technology; San Diego State University Graduate Program in City Planning, School of Public Affairs.


Project Description (12 pages): UCSD-TV_documentary-Feb16-2009.pdf
Case Study Profile (Los Laureles Canyon, Tijuana)
March 6-7, 2009 Brainstorm Meeting Agenda, and Tour

Video Vignettes
Oscar Romo gives a tour of the Tijuana River Estuary (view on SciVee)
The Colonia Diez de Mayo Project, Tijuana, Mexico (view on RWBC web site)
The Tijuana River Watershed (view on RWBC web site)

Gallery of photos:

News Release:

Recent Flooding (January 2010)

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A search was scheduled to resume this morning for the bodies of two children swept into the rain-swollen Tijuana River.

Two siblings, ages 2 and 5, were carried away in the filthy, north-flowing river, which empties into the ocean just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, said San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum.

It is believed the children were with their parents in a Honda Civic that became trapped and carried away across the border and into the United States, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. A third sibling, identified as 10- year-old Arami Muro Mendez, was found the same night in Tijuana, according to the newspaper.

On Sunday, the search for the two younger children was scaled back after authorities were unable to find a body reported by a migrant.

Sunday morning, Tijuana firefighters told San Diego lifeguards that an emergency call was received from someone who saw a body near Hollister Street and Monument Road, Lerum said.

Personnel and helicopters from several agencies searched the area for several hours and were unable to find any bodies, according to the lieutenant.

At 7 a.m. today, authorities planned to bring in a dog trained to find cadavers, the Union-Tribune reported.

“It’s always tragic when you are searching for a person who has no chance of survival,” San Diego lifeguard Lt. John Everhart told the newspaper.

“We’re trying to bring closure to the family.”

Story Created: Jan 25, 2010 at 8:58 AM PST

Story Updated: Jan 25, 2010 at 6:55 PM PST

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