The Resource Conservation and Resiliency program area advances research and technologies that support understanding, controlling, and counteracting risks associated with military capabilities, lands, and installations.
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.
Military personnel currently possess limited tools to control the spread of invasive species. Cargo, equipment, and vehicles undergo soldier (marine, sailor, or airmen) intensive cleaning and surveillance procedures to mitigate the transport of IATS. However, these efforts are resource intensive, time consuming, and not always completely effective. Invasive organisms that manage to be transported impact ecosystems, agriculture, and both plant and animal health in the unintended new locations. The following projects seek to improve biosecurity and control IATS on military vehicles and cargo during deployment and redeployment activities.
Infrastructure System Function
DoD considers understanding climate risks to facilities and their supporting infrastructure systems (e.g., energy, transportation, water resources) a key environmental challenge. To design resilient buildings that can adapt to changing climate conditions over time, engineers, architects, and planners require tools to access vulnerability and improve planning related to DoD infrastructure resilience. Toward that end, Dr. David Alderson at the Naval Postgraduate School proposes to develop a technology platform for vulnerability analysis, simulation, and wargaming that assesses and improves an installation’s adaptability to environmental surprise (Project Overview). Dr. Alderson and his team will organize their research effort into three integrated thrusts. First, they plan to focus on developing theory and frameworks for measuring resilience, then apply these frameworks to inform tool improvement to simulate surprise. Finally, they seek to develop an experiential learning platform.
These new efforts begin this year and will continue to advance tools and procedures for biosecurity measures and installation infrastructure resiliency into the future.