Sally J. Westmoreland, Ph.D.
Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.
Due to recent U.S. Border Patrol successes in stopping the flow of illegal migrants in populated areas, migrant attempts to illegally cross into the U.S. have shifted to more remote and more hazardous regions. As such, these have become areas of most concern to Border Patrol search-and-rescue teams, whose mission is to reduce the number of injures and deaths in the southwest region, and are also of concern to private organizations with similar missions. This masters degree study project uses a scenario of helping estimate areas for rescue teams to focus their efforts in remote areas of San Diego County, California. The analysis utilized GIS tools to model the effects of temperature as a measure of danger to people crossing this region on foot, and who may be exposed to the outdoors for extended periods of time. This project introduces an approach to portraying the phenomenon of temperature in a way that might be considered dangerous to humans. The models developed could be refined with additional data sources, and could also be applied to other locations with some modifications.
Kotsiras, B. (2006). Walking Across Remote Terrain… Analysis of Potential Temperature-Related Dangers Using GIS Tools (Master's thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from http://inspire.redlands.edu/gis_gradproj/104