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

Computer Modeling Simulation of One Possible Pathway for Breakdown of TNT in Water

In support of our military forces, SERDP and ESTCP fund a variety of efforts to ensure the sustainability of our testing and training ranges, including mitigation of the release of munition compounds. One aspect of these mitigation efforts is the prediction of the potential fate and transport of new munition compounds under development. More

Kinetic Super Resolution Long-Wave Infrared Images of Buildings Indicate Sources of Energy Leaks

With more than 300,000 buildings across the United States, the Department of Defense (DoD) needs to rapidly locate and identify sources of energy leaks to help reduce facility energy consumption. A new technology developed by Essess and demonstrated by ESTCP has the potential to do just that, at a fraction of the time of traditional handheld building infrared (IR) thermography.  More 


Since 2000, SERDP has funded research to develop military-specific emission factors and dispersion models to aid in the quantification of fugitive dust emissions. This research provides information to develop cost-effective management strategies to mitigate the potential impact from military activities. More

Blog for MR 6-16-14

ESTCP and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are sponsoring an end-to-end demonstration of Classification technologies in a Treatability Study at the former Camp San Luis Obispo, California. This study aims to go beyond demonstrating technical success to defining a complete process for implementation, beginning with setting specific objectives for what must be removed from the site in conjunction with regulators at the start to verification that the objectives were met at the end. More


Tin whiskers are electrically conductive, crystalline structures that grow from surfaces where tin is used as a final finish and from lead-free solder joints. Several SERDP and ESTCP efforts are underway to understand the mechanisms of tin whisker formation and growth and to develop strategies to mitigate whisker formation and the damage that can occur. More

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