WP Blog Chromium-Free FY21 2

SERDP and ESTCP have continued to invest in research and demonstrations dedicated to reducing or eliminating the use of chromium in processes and materials and providing safe and effective replacements for chromium. While researchers have successfully developed and demonstrated chromium-free alternatives for select processes, identifying a chromium-free sealer that can perform multiple functions would simplify and streamline DoD operations. In 2021, SERDP selected the following projects to develop chromium-free, high-performance sealers and pretreatments that can be applied across multiple surface finishing processes. More

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To advance the management and remediation of military munitions in underwater environments, ESTCP has recently funded several projects in 2021 focused on the demonstration of munitions response technologies. These technologies address the following topics: unexploded ordnance (UXO) test bed sites, detailed survey techniques, and site management tools. More

RC Blog Michelle mack 2

In the arctic, SERDP and ESTCP are studying the dynamics of cold region ecosystems to ensure resilience against shifting climate conditions, now and in the future. Dr. Michelle Mack, a professor at Northern Arizona University, is studying carbon balance and forest regeneration in Alaskan boreal forests after wildfire. Her project team set out to determine if the ecosystem state changes resulting from interactions between fire, soils, permafrost, and vegetation immediately following disturbance remain robust predictors of carbon balance over a long period. More

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Dr. Jinelle Sperry from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center is the principal investigator of a  SERDP project team whose findings were recently  published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Specifically, they recently discovered that nonnative bird species dominate plant seed dispersal networks in Oahu, Hawaii. Since Oahu has experienced significant extinction and species invasion, their discovery provides important insight for predicting ecological response to ecological disturbance. More

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SERDP has launched a challenge to develop aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) alternatives for Department of Defense (DoD) use in fighting fuel fires. Challenge submissions will advance the replacement of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) present in legacy AFFF firefighting agents. More

RC Blog FY21 Biosecurity

In 2021, SERDP is funding projects that address the two Department of Defense (DoD) environmental challenges, (1) threats to strategic movement resulting from invasive, alien terrestrial species (IATS) and (2) infrastructure system function in the face of climate and weather extremes. These projects seek to improve biosecurity and control IATS on military vehicles and cargo and develop tools to improve planning related to DoD infrastructure resilience.  More

EW Blog FY21 Energy Projects

The Department of Defense (DoD) has increasingly focused on installation energy resilience, which is requiring the Services to determine current energy needs and challenges. As part of its FY21 annual solicitation, ESTCP recently funded several projects aimed at advancing energy resilience objectives. Although the DoD has pursued many renewable energy projects to achieve cost savings over the years, the projects described in this post offer solutions to address the various gaps and challenges that inhibit the successful execution of energy resilience goals. More


Over the past 20 years, ESTCP has demonstrated many technologies designed to protect and remediate groundwater impacted with chemicals of concern. While substantial progress has been made to manage Department of Defense (DoD) sites impacted by chemicals such as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), challenges remain. In 2021, ESTCP funded new projects that will demonstrate cost-effective management tools and technologies to address PFAS-impacted sites. More


Currently, SERDP and ESTCP are supporting efforts to cost-effectively recover and remove munitions in the underwater environment. SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) projects test a proof of concept over the course of approximately one year. In 2021, SERDP funded five SEED projects aimed at advancing technologies that detect, classify, and remediate military munitions at a variety of underwater sites. More

MR Blog 21-C1

SERDP and ESTCP have supported research to advance technologies that detect, classify and remediate underwater military munitions. In 2021, SERDP funded projects that will improve wide area and detailed surveys of munitions by quickly characterizing and mapping underwater environments, detecting munitions in cluttered backgrounds, classifying targets under complex conditions, and localizing potential targets to rapidly and accurately return for removal/disposal. More

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