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ESTCP is supporting two promising ground source heat pump technology demonstrations. While both projects feature conventional Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP), these demonstrations are centered around innovative approaches to obtain even better efficiencies than those found in most current GSHP systems. More

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Sediment contamination remains a significant liability for the Department of Defense. Based on the R&D needs identified in the 2012 SERDP and ESTCP-sponsored Workshop on Research and Development Needs for Long-Term Management of Contaminated Sediments, SERDP selected six projects that will develop passive sampling methods to provide repeatable and biologically relevant measures of contaminant bioavailability in sediment. More

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On June 17th members of the SERDP Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and SERDP office toured the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia and learned firsthand about how the naval facilities in Hampton Roads are coping with rising relative sea levels, as well as successfully addressing a number of other environmental challenges. More

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Climate change already has begun altering hydrologic cycles around the world, and it will continue to influence water quality and water quantity, the latter not only in terms of annual means but also seasonal trends, extremes, and transitions from snow to rain. In 2015 SERDP began funding a cohort of projects that will improve our understanding of how precipitation and its variability and runoff may change with time and location, and how these changes will affect DoD’s ability to ensure its infrastructure remains resilient in a changing world. More

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ESTCP and the National Association of Ordnance Contractors (NAOC) hosted a Technology Transfer Workshop to highlight the sensors and analysis methods developed by SERDP and ESTCP for classification applied to munitions response. More

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The current phosphate-based pretreatment process used for U.S. Department of Defense weapons systems and platforms to prevent corrosion poses multiple health, safety, and compliance hazards. An ESTCP project is demonstrating an innovative and cost-effective replacement technology utilizing zirconium oxide as a pretreatment. More


U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy presented the 2015 EPA Federal Green Challenge Award for Energy to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar on May 20, 2015. During her visit, she also toured an ESTCP-funded demonstration on the installation. More


Mineral surfaces play an important role in the attenuation of contaminants in the subsurface. As a consequence, understanding the reduction potential of those surfaces is important for predicting the rates at which contaminants will be degraded in groundwater. To improve the assessment of reduction potential, Dr. Paul Tratnyek and his team at the Oregon Health & Science University are developing redox-sensitive indicators as CRPs under SERDP project ER-2308.  More


The Report for the Burial and Mobility Modeling of Munitions in the Underwater Environment Workshop is now available! This report summarizes discussion topics, results, and recommendations for future research that resulted from this informal workshop hosted by SERDP in the Summer of 2014. More


Prescribed burning is an important management practice in pine (Pinus spp.) forests, many of which have evolved in the presence of fire and are a prominent vegetation type on DoD lands. Fire emissions are regulated in many areas and, as a result, the smoke that is produced must be managed based on its composition, production rate, and potential for transport away from the fires. Two areas of knowledge that SERDP-funded research has attempted to resolve are (1) characterization of fuel types, condition, and loading; fuel consumption; and resultant emission factors and (2) understanding the relationships between these factors.  More

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