The US Interstate 10 corridor provides the most compelling window on the future of the country, one which presents the challenges of the 21st century in the highest relief.

This singular transect strings together many of the most pressing societal, economic, urban and environmental topics of our time. A project spanning the entire continent, Ten Across (10X) engages this region as a living laboratory for resilience and innovation.

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The varied geography of the 10X study area will be especially impacted by climate change, as clearly evidenced through the issue of water. Drought conditions are becoming the new normal in the Southwest. Coastal degradation and inundation are already hallmarks of the Gulf region.

Balanced between these two extreme conditions, the 10X Water Summit will explore not only the complexities of water—whether too much or too little—but the greater questions of our capacity to respond to matters of such great magnitude.


Impactful partnerships with 10X as a durable platform for the exchange of observations, ideas, and solutions

Deep understanding of the interaction of natural and manmade systems, enabled by powerful computation and visualization tools

Policy innovation across political boundaries, driven by the parallel demands placed on the Colorado and Mississippi Rivers

Foresight and vision as demonstrated by projects and initiatives from the respective 10X cities and metro regions

Compelling narratives which catalyze the required resources and the will to confront projects of unprecedented scale and urgency


The Water Campus

  • Center for Coastal and Deltaic Solutions

  • The Water Institute of the Gulf

  • LSU Center for River Studies

  • Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

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Louisiana’s coast is a precious natural, economic, and cultural resource. Climate change, sea level rise, subsidence, hurricanes and the disconnection of the Mississippi River from coastal marshes has contributed to the loss of over 1,800 square miles of this fragile ecosystem. The Water Institute of the Gulf is collaborating with scientists from around the world to respond to this existential land loss crisis using the best available science to maintain land and reduce risk to our communities, while sharing knowledge with those facing similar challenges.


Arizona state university

  • Decision Center for a Desert City
  • Kyl Center for Water Policy

In the grip of long-term drought, the Colorado River Basin and the cities that rely on its water face unprecedented reductions and significant uncertainty with a warming climate and large-scale land use change. Working with Arizona State University’s Decision Center for a Desert City and Kyl Center for Water Policy, they are developing new water resource policies for a future of increasing uncertainty.