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Interdisciplinary Science in Support of Environmental Health along the United States-Mexico Border

Fact Sheet 2006-3054

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Abstract

The diverse, fragile ecosystems of the borderlands have been pushed beyond sustainable levels due to rapid population growth and land-use changes. Water shortages and pollution, poor air quality, increased soil salinities, residual pesticides and heavy metal contaminants are some of the many stressors that are degrading the quality of life in the borderlands. The relationship between human health and environmental quality challenges public officials, medical professionals, and resource managers on both sides of the border in their efforts to provide for and maintain healthy communities. To help understand the relationship between environmental and human health, the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Border Environmental Health Initiative (BEHI) created an Internet Map Service (IMS) with binational georeferenced data. The goal is to have seamless integration of borderwide datasets at regional and local scales that can lend understanding of the linkages between the condition of the physical environment and public health issues.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Interdisciplinary Science in Support of Environmental Health along the United States-Mexico Border
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2006-3054
Edition:
English Version 1.0, Supersedes FS 2004-3140
Year Published:
2006
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
Border Environmental Health Initiative
Description:
2 p.
Number of Pages:
2