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Summer is a time when things are a little bit quieter in the SERDP and ESTCP Office, but only for a brief stretch. The rest of the year is anything but slow for the Programs. Here is a quick overview of some of our key, ongoing efforts. More

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SERDP and ESTCP hosted a workshop from July 28-29, 2015 in Washington D.C. The workshop focused on determining research and demonstration needs for improved management of munitions constituents. More

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Climate change creates challenges to DoD permanent installations worldwide in terms of potential impacts to infrastructure, military readiness, and operations. To assess research findings to date and to identify future research needs, SERDP held a Climate Change Program Review meeting in early July 2015 in Boulder, Colorado in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—a lead agency for climate change-related research and user transition. More

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SERDP and ESTCP recently hosted the annual Spring In-Progress Review (IPR) meeting for the Munitions Response Program Area. Principal Investigators for eleven projects attended the two-day IPR to present fieldwork, analysis, and project progress accomplished over the last year. More

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Chemical oxidizers containing perchlorate ions have been widely used in the DoD pyrotechnic applications since they are highly reactive, inexpensive, and have a long shelf-life. Unfortunately, perchlorates are highly water soluble and can inhibit proper thyroid function when ingested. As a result, EPA health regulations have been implemented that directly impact various DoD operations. To help the DoD stay in front of future regulations, NSWC Crane and ARDEC have developed an array of perchlorate-free pyrotechnic signal flare compositions through SERDP and ESTCP-funded efforts. More

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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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