Castillo, Luciano; George, William K.; Gore, Jay P.; Adrian, Ronald; Bocanegra Evans, Humberto; Gutierrez, Walter; Coimbra, Carlos FM; Wosnik, Martin; Warsinger, David M.; Castillo-Chavez, Carlos; Chamorro, Leonardo P.; Barthelmie, Rebecca J.; Pryor, Sara C.; Dabiri, John O.; McKeon, Beverly; Christensen, Kenneth T.; Hussain, Fazzle; Fernando, Harindra J.; Oran, Elaine; Riley, James J.; and Tapia, Richard, "An Energy-Water Corridor Along the US/Mexico Border: Changing the 'Conversation'" (2021). School of Mechanical Engineering Working Papers. Paper 3.
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Over the last decade, migration has become a divisive issue around the world. A large number of countries have erected barriers along their borders to prevent migration, leading to geopolitical tension. Climate change effects will likely exacerbate migration tensions, which will require bold and creative solutions to this difficult social predicament. Here we detail a plan to construct an energy-water corridor along a border that has been the focus of much attention recently: The U.S.-Mexico border. Our proposed solution helps to alleviate some of the negative effects of climate change, while providing energy and economic stimulus to an area that begs for sustainable development. The energy-water corridor will take advantage of the unique renewable energy resources along the border states and will use state-of-the-art water desalination and treatment systems to provide the resources for economic development in the region.