Sixty-six SERDP and ESTCP FY 2013 new start projects have been selected for funding. These projects responded to the following FY 2013 solicitations: SERDP Core, SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED), and ESTCP Environmental Technologies.

Topics being addressed by these projects include assessing and optimizing remediation technologies for chlorinated solvent-contaminated groundwater; remediation of emerging contaminants, particularly 1,4-dioxane; managing contaminants on testing and training ranges; munitions response in land and underwater environments; climate change impacts and adaptive responses for Pacific Island installations; soil ecology ties to natural resource management; watershed management; wildland fire management; marine mammal ecology and management; green manufacturing and maintenance; green energetics; and particulate matter emissions.

The tables below list the FY 2013 new start projects for SERDP (Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Climate Change, and Weapons Systems and Platforms) and ESTCP (Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Climate Change, and Weapons Systems and Platforms). As project overviews become available, links from the project numbers are provided below. Information on these and other SERDP and ESTCP projects is also available under Program Areas.  

Environmental Restoration

ERSON-13-01: In Situ Remediation of 1,4-Dioxane-Contaminated Groundwater


In Situ Biodegradation of 1,4-Dioxane: Effects of Metals and Chlorinated Solvent Co-Contaminants

Dr. Shaily Mahendra

University of California, Los Angeles


Developing and Field-Testing Genetic Catabolic Probes for Monitored Natural Attenuation of 1,4-Dioxane with a One-Year Timeframe

Dr. Pedro Alvarez

Rice University


Facilitated Transport Enabled In Situ Chemical Oxidation of 1,4-Dioxane-Contaminated Groundwater

Dr. Kenneth Carroll

New Mexico State University


Evaluation of Branched Hydrocarbons as Stimulants for In Situ Cometabolic Biodegradation of 1,4-Dioxane and Its Associated Co-Contaminants

Dr. Michael Hyman

North Carolina State University


Development of a Passive Flux Meter Approach to Quantifying 1,4-Dioxane Mass Flux

Dr. Michael Annable

University of Florida


Proof-of-Concept Study: Novel Microbially-Driven Fenton Reaction for In Situ Remediation of Groundwater Contaminated With 1,4-Dioxane, Tetrachloroethene (PCE) and Trichloroethene (TCE)

Dr. Thomas DiChristina

Georgia Institute of Technology


In Situ Bioremediation of 1,4-Dioxane by Methane Oxidizing Bacteria In Coupled Anaerobic-Aerobic Zones

Dr. Charles Schaefer

Shaw Environmental, Inc.


In Situ Treatment and Management Strategies for 1,4-Dioxane-Contaminated Groundwater

Dr. David Adamson

GSI Environmental, Inc.

ERSON-13-02: Improved Assessment and Optimization of Remediation Technologies for Treatment of Chlorinated Solvent-Contaminated Groundwater


Practical Assessment and Optimization of Redox-Based Groundwater Remediation Technologies

Dr. Paul Tratnyek

Oregon Health and Science University


Development of Field Methodology to Rapidly Detect Dehalococcoides and Dehalobacter Spp. Genes On-Site

Dr. Alison Cupples

Michigan State University


A Practical Approach for Remediation Performance Assessment and Optimization at DNAPL Sites for Early Identification and Correction of Problems Considering Uncertainty

Dr. Jack Parker

University of Tennessee


Development of an Integrated Field Test/Modeling Protocol for Efficient In Situ Bioremediation Design and Performance Uncertainty Assessment

Dr. Linda Abriola

Tufts University


Advanced Environmental Molecular Diagnostics to Assess, Monitor, and Predict Microbial Activities at Complicated Chlorinated Solvent Sites

Dr. Frank Löffler

University of Tennessee


Forecasting Effective Site Characterization and Early Remediation Performance

Dr. Michael Kavanaugh

Geosyntec Consultants


CO2 Radiocarbon Analysis to Quantify Organic Contaminant Degradation, MNA, and Engineered Remediation Approaches

Dr. Thomas Boyd

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Munitions Response

MRSON-13-01: Advanced Technologies for Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions on Land


Strategies and Methods for Effective UXO Classification

Dr. Len Pasion

Black Tusk Geophysics, Inc.

MRSON-13-02: Improvements in the Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater


Continuous Monitoring of Mobility, Burial and Re-exposure of Underwater Munitions in Energetic Near-Shore Environments

Dr. Peter Traykovski

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Long Time Series Measurements of Munitions Mobility in the Wave-Current Boundary Layer

Dr. Joe Calantoni

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Development and Testing of an Engineering Prototype for a Marine Version of the Berkeley Unexploded Ordnance Discriminator (BUD): Phase II

Dr. Frank Morrison

Marine Advanced Research, Inc.


Advanced SAS Imaging Methods for Resonating Underwater Acoustic Targets

Mr. Ira Ekhaus

BAE Systems

MRSEED-13-01: Improvements in the Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater


Haptically-Enabled Co-Robotics for Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater

Dr. Howard Chizeck

University of Washington


Modeling Buried Target Acoustic Response by Component

Mr. Lane Owsley

University of Washington


Surf-Zone Underwater Robotic Demonstration Platform

Dr. Robert Hughes

Applied Research Associates, Inc.

Resource Conservation and Climate Change

RCSON-13-01: Department of Defense Pacific Island Installations: Impacts of and Adaptive Responses to Climate Change


The Impact of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on Department of Defense Installations on Atolls in the Pacific Ocean

Dr. Curt Storlazzi

U.S. Geological Survey


Advancing Best Practices for the Formulation of Localized Sea Level Rise/Coastal Inundation “Extremes” Scenarios for Military Installations in the Pacific Islands

Dr. John Marra

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Impacts of Changing Climate on Pacific Island-Based Defense Installations

Dr. Jeffery Donnelly

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Water Resources on Guam: Potential impacts and adaptive response to climate change for Department of Defense Installations

Dr. Stephen Gingerich

U.S. Geological Survey

RCSON-13-02: Improved Understanding of Soil Ecology to Meet Department of Defense Natural Resource Management Challenges


Restoration of Soil Microbial Function Following Degradation on Department of Defense Lands: Mediating Biological Invasions in a Global Change Context

Dr. Kristina Stinson

Harvard College


Role of the Soil Microbial Community in Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) and Squirreltail (Elymus elymoides) Seedling Establishment in Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum)-Invaded Habitats

Dr. Paul Dijkstra

Northern Arizona University


Controls Regulating Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) Ecosystems: The Role of Fire and Military Training

Dr. Nina Wurzburger

University of Georgia


Achieving Dryland Restoration Through the Deployment of Enhanced Biocrusts to Improve Soil Stability, Fertility and Native Plant Recruitment

Dr. Nichole Barger

University of Colorado


Soil Microbial Communities:  Critical Roles in Control of Non-Native Invasive Species and Restoration of Ecosystem Functions

Dr. James Bever

Indiana University – Bloomington

Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-13-01: Non-Isocyanate Polymers for Military Topcoats


Replacement of Isocyanate Chemistry for Polyurethane-Like Topcoats

Dr. Yigal Blum

SRI International


Non-Isocyanate Polymer Design and Coating Development

Dr. Ljiljana Maksimovic

PPG Industries, Inc.

WPSON-13-02: Ionic Liquids Technology


Alternative Plating Processes for Metal Electroplating Based on Ionic Liquids

Dr. Sheng Dai

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

WPSON-13-03: Environmentally Advantaged Submunitions


MEMS-Enabled Reliable Submunition (MERS)

Mr. Charles Robinson

U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center

WPSON-13-04: Application of Synthetic Biological Techniques for Energetic Materials


Nitration Enzyme Toolkit for the Biosynthesis of Energetic Materials

Dr. David Graham

Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Applying Synthetic Biology Principles to Increase Biocellulose (BC) Production

Dr. Mark Fuller

Shaw Environmental, Inc.


Generating a Synthetic Biology Toolbox for Nitroorganics

Dr. Jon Magnuson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory