Managing Contaminated Sediments Blog Graphic

SERDP and ESTCP have been investing in technologies to improve our management of contaminated sediments for over 10 years. The Program has hosted several expert panel workshops to guide investments in this area, with the most recent workshop held in 2012. The results of this workshop have led to the selection of a suite of new projects focused on improving our understanding of the impact of ongoing, low-level contaminant influx to aquatic sediment site restoration.


The SERDP-funded DCERP conducts mission-relevant basic and applied research in support of ecosystem-based management. The program's primary goal is to enhance and sustain the military mission by developing an understanding of coastal and estuarine ecosystem composition, structure, and function within the context of a military training environment. This long-term collaborative effort, led by RTI International, centered primarily on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, is being conducted in two phases: DCERP1 ran from 2006 to 2013 and DCERP2 began in 2013. More

Former Camp Hale Graphic

A joint ESTCP, USACE, US Forest Service, and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment demonstration of classification applied to munitions response is underway at former Camp Hale, CO. This demonstration, part of the ESTCP Classification Pilot Program, is being conducted at the EFV Range Complex located within the former Camp Hale on 382 acres in the White River National Forest. More


The DoD is devoting considerable effort to reducing fuel costs and emissions by developing advanced gas turbine engines as well as reducing the dependence on foreign oil by developing and testing alternative fuels. In anticipation of an increased use of alternative fuels across DoD, new tools are needed to predict the formation of air emissions from advanced engines burning alternative fuels. Two SERDP projects are developing a more fundamental understanding of the formation of air emissions in gas turbine engines. More


Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla, plans for the Gigafactory to not only supply Tesla and other car companies with batteries, but also to produce stationary batteries for buildings and renewable energy assets. These batteries are very similar to batteries involved in three ESTCP demonstrations, which are part of ESTCP’s portfolio of projects demonstrating various components of microgrids on military installations. More


Summer is a time when things slow down just a bit in the SERDP and ESTCP Office. The rest of the year is anything but slow for the Programs! SERDP and ESTCP kept busy this Spring with our annual proposal review efforts and In-Progress Review (IPR) meetings. More

Investigators Conducting Integrity Testing at Vapor Sampling Location

Source zone natural attenuation (SZNA) is often used as a basis for assessing the performance and relative benefits of engineered remediation and is also a component of the cleanup strategy at most chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbon-impacted sites. ESTCP has funded Dr. Paul Johnson and his team from Arizona State University to develop a data-driven method to confirm the presence and quantify the rates of SZNA. More


High latitude (cold) regions are on the front line with respect to rapid climate change. Because DoD manages large extents of training lands and other assets in cold regions, SERDP is looking into the effects of climate change on natural and built infrastructure in these regions.  More

Figure of a winged autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) using an acoustic sensor to search for buried UXO below the sea floor.

SERDP and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) hosted a workshop on the acoustic detection and classification of underwater unexploded ordnance (UXO) in late 2013 and the Workshop Report has just been posted. The workshop brought together modelers and experimentalists working in both the ONR Mine Countermeasures (MCM) and SERDP Underwater Munitions programs to assess the state-of-the-art and plan future research directions for the application of acoustic sensors to munitions response. More

Blog WP 7-14-14

Testing and training on DoD ranges and weapons platforms generate several types of emissions, not the least of which is noise. Blast noise—the noise produced by large weapons, heavy artillery, and explosions—on DoD ranges can lead to restrictions and curfews, thereby impacting military readiness. More

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