The Report for the Burial and Mobility Modeling of Munitions in the Underwater Environment Workshop is now available! This report summarizes discussion topics, results, and recommendations for future research that resulted from this informal workshop hosted by SERDP in the Summer of 2014.

Underwater environments can often be dynamic locations where munitions are more likely subjected to mobility, burial, and re-exposure when compared to terrestrial environments. Goals of the burial and mobility modeling aspect of the SERDP Munitions Response (MR) program are to 1) develop predictive models to quantify behavior of the distribution of munitions present at each underwater site and 2) conduct field and laboratory experiments to gain further insight into the phenomena associated with their mobility and use the data collected to further develop and validate predictive numerical models.

Participants included fifteen attendees representing ten institutions including universities, research institutes, and the military services. The purpose of the workshop was to enable SERDP project teams to:

  1. Hear from DoD munitions response managers about the day-to-day issues they face.
  2. Collaboratively share research progress with peers.
  3. Identify needs for integration of observations and modeling efforts.
  4. Define a pathway forward. 
  5. Clearly state the product expected to culminate from all relevant project efforts. 

The lead Principal Investigator (PI) for each SERDP project in attendance at the workshop provided an overview of their work. Following each series of presentations, breakout groups led discussions based on a series of questions provided by the coordinating committee.

Future munitions burial and mobility SERDP program efforts will focus on the continued collaboration of researchers in this area, the validation of research technologies in the field, and the transition of models and knowledge gained from data collection efforts into the broader context of munitions response efforts.