ASU graduates focus on sustainable agriculture in the desert

September 7, 2021

Arizona State University graduates and faculty have recently traveled Porto Pesaco, also known as Roto Point in the Sonora of Mexico, Get real-world experience on water systems in the dry US-Mexico border region with TEAM-sponsored funding from the US State Department.

Cooperation between ASU and Instituto Tecnologico de Sonora (ITSON) He focused on sustainable agriculture in the deserts of North America. The TEAM program and curriculum are administered by ASU Graduate College.
A group of binary students and teachers from the US-Mexico team in an underground water supply well in the Great Coast Desert Valley, which provides water for tourism, agriculture and housing.

“We chose Porto Pesacon because it is a growing urban and agricultural area in a dry region where water is an important resource,” said Enrique Vivoni, a professor at the School of Earth and Space Research and the school. Sustainable Engineering and Developed Environment at ASU, and a leading faculty member of this program. This US-Mexico Science and Engineering provided a context for students and faculty to discuss how to understand sustainable solutions that meet multiple goals.

This trip consisted of four main themes – water management; Municipal Administration for Natural Resources and Tourism Development; Ecological sites and conservation; And ecological tours of coastal and ocean systems.

Real-world experience

“The trip provided an opportunity for students and teachers from the US-Mexico group program to see real-world examples of how natural resources are managed in the Binary Sonor Desert,” Vivini said.

Students and teachers meet with city officials to learn about agricultural strategies and challenges in Porto Pesaco.

“Rocky Point is an exciting city because it is a beach town for beginners and one thinks they have a lot of water for daily use, but they were not,” said ASU graduate student Sonora. Native.

During the trip, students and teachers visited water supply sources, sewage treatment plants, and ecological stations. Students and teachers were able to joke with lions in Isla San George, a protected area of ​​the Mexican federal government.

“Students and teachers reflect real-world examples in the context of sustainable development along the US-Mexico border,” says Vivoni.

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