Working concurrently on two ESTCP projects, Dr. Thomas McHugh of GSI Environmental Inc. and his team performed a field investigation to validate the use of compound-specific stable isotope analysis as a method to distinguish between vapor intrusion and indoor sources of VOCs, and developed a step-by-step protocol that can be used to provide an independent line of evidence to determine whether buildings are impacted by vapor intrusion. The team also investigated the use of on-site analysis using a portable gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer to allow users to understand the distribution of VOCs in real-time and support identification of the VOC source while in the field. More


Dr. Rob Evans of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution evaluated the impacts of sea-level rise, in conjunction with storms, on the barrier islands fronting Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The study results will inform the modeling of storm impacts as environmental and barrier island conditions change, and they highlight key issues for DoD asset managers to take into account as part of climate-change vulnerability assessments. More


In an important advance in the field of munitions response, Dr. Laurens Beran and his team at Black Tusk Geophysics have developed decision support and planning tools that will facilitate the adoption of new, cost-effective technologies. Dr. Beran has developed a tool to predict the response of the advanced sensors to a given munition as a function of depth. Coupled with the measured background noise at a site, this will allow site teams to quantitatively predict the depths to which munitions expected at the site can be detected and reliably classified. More


Mr. Scott Grendahl of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and his team used a three-phase design of experiments approach to investigate the hydrogen re-embrittlement effects of common aviation maintenance chemicals and coatings. A major benefit of this research will be the removal of implementation hurdles related to hydrogen embrittlement for alternative chemicals and coatings, easing the restriction in the aviation community on the use of alternatives and expanding their applications on high strength steel.  More


Dr. Tom Sale of Colorado State University and his team have developed analytical and numerical modeling techniques to address transport and fate of contaminants in heterogeneous media, along with a State-of-the-Science review of management of contaminants in low permeability zones in aquifers. Their modeling efforts suggest that matrix diffusion sources may be a larger contributor to overall source lifetime than DNAPL source zones. More


From the Director: It is with great pride and pleasure that SERDP and ESTCP announce the 2014 Projects of the Year. This year’s awards recognize scientific advances and technological solutions to some of DoD’s most significant environmental challenges. These projects will be featured in the slideshow on the home page of the SERDP and ESTCP web site through the middle of February. More


In 2014, SERDP began funding a cohort of projects that are investigating ways to improve the fundamental and applied understanding of ecological processes in the Pacific Islands that have been altered by the introduction of non-native invasive species on lands and near-shore coastal environments managed by the DoD. More

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ESTCP demonstrators are currently in the field collecting data for the latest ESTCP Classification Pilot Program project at the former Fort Ord, in Monterey California. Fort Ord is a closed installation that has an ongoing munitions response program managed by the United States Corps of Engineers Sacramento District on behalf of the Fort Ord Base Realignment and Closure Office. More


SERDP funded a proof-of-concept research project at ARL to identify a viable method to produce an environmentally benign and occupationally safe alternative to copper-beryllium alloys. Army researchers successfully produced a nanostructured copper-tantalum alloy exhibiting properties that meet or exceed those of copper-beryllium alloys. This process would drastically reduce the need for beryllium in the near future for applications that require high strength, wear resistance, and superior electrical and heat conductivity. More


Is your building as energy efficient as it could be? The Department of Defense (DoD) answers that question with “probably not.”  Utility costs for buildings often include costs for energy that is not used efficiently and is typically considered the “price of doing business”.  Energy audits can assess how much a building is using, and recommend energy conservation measures to increase energy efficiencies. More

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