More than 65 SERDP and ESTCP FY 2012 new start projects have been selected for funding. These projects responded to the following FY 2012 solicitations: SERDP Core, SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED), and ESTCP Environmental Technologies. Topics being addressed by these projects include wastewater treatment for forward operating bases; contaminated groundwater; contaminated sediments; risk assessment; munitions response (land and underwater environments); climate change impacts; natural resource inventory and monitoring; recovery of threatened, endangered, and at-risk plants; green manufacturing and maintenance; green energetics; and waste to energy conversion.  : Projects selected for funding from the ESTCP FY 2012 Installation Energy Solicitation will be announced separately.

The tables below list the FY 2012 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-12-01: Development of Sustainable Wastewater Treatment Processes for Forward Operating Bases


A Self-Sustaining Solar-Bio-Nano-Based Wastewater Treatment System for Forward Operating Bases

Dr. Wei Liao

Michigan State University


Energy Sustainable Wastewater Treatment Systems for Forward Operating Bases Based on Microbial Fuel Cells and Microbial Desalination Cells

Dr. Bruce Logan

The Pennsylvania State University


Robust Membranes for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment by Forward Osmosis in FOBs

Dr. Menachem Elimelech

Yale University


Novel Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment System for Energy Generation at Forward Operating Bases

Dr. Kathryn Guy

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory


A Fully Integrated Membrane Bioreactor System for Wastewater Treatment in Remote Applications

Dr. Amy Childress

University of Southern California


Membrane Bioreactor/Ultra Low Energy Reverse Osmosis Membrane Process for Forward Operating Base Wastewater Reuse

Dr. Hua Wang

GE Global Research


Wastewater Treatment Using Microbial Fuel Cells with Peroxide Production

Dr. Cesar Torres

Arizona State University

ERSON-12-02: Environmental Fate and Impacts of Insensitive Munitions Compounds 


Characterization of Residues from the Detonation of Insensitive Munitions

Dr. Sonia Thiboutot

DRDC Valcartier


Dissolution of NTO, DNAN, and Insensitive Munitions Formulations and Their Fates in Soils

Dr. Katerina Dontsova

University of Arizona


Interaction of Microbial and Abiotic Processes in Soil Leading to the (Bio)Conversion and Ultimate Attenuation of New Insensitive Munitions Compounds

Dr. James Field

University of Arizona


Combined Biological and Chemical Mechanisms for Degradation of Insensitive Munitions in the Presence of Alternate Explosives

Dr. Kevin Finneran

Clemson University


Development of Environmental Health Criteria for Insensitive Munitions (IMX-101-104)

Dr. Mark Johnson

U.S. Army Institute of Public Health

Munitions Response

MRSON-12-01: Advanced Technologies for Detection, Discrimination, and Remediation of Military Munitions on Land


Advanced EMI Models and Classification Algorithms: The Next Level of Sophistication to Improve Discrimination of Challenging Targets

Dr. Fridon Shubitidze

Dartmouth College


Decision Support Tools for Munitions Response Performance Prediction and Risk Assessment

Dr. Laurens Beran

Sky Research, Inc.

MRSON-12-02: Improvements in the Detection and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater 


Simple Parameterized Models for Predicting Mobility, Burial and Re-Exposure of Underwater Munitions

Dr. Carl Friedrichs

Virginia Institute of Marine Science


Underwater Munitions Expert System to Predict Mobility and Burial

Dr. Sarah Rennie

Johns Hopkins University


Development and Testing of an Engineering Prototype of a Marine Version of the Berkeley Unexploded Ordnance Discriminator (BUD).

Dr. Huntly Frank Morrison

Marine Advanced Research, Inc.


Inversion of High Frequency Acoustic Data for Sediment Properties Needed for the Detection and Classification of UXOs.

Dr. Brian Hefner

University of Washington


Data and Processing Tools for Sonar Classification of Underwater UXO

Dr. Raymond Lim

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)


Acoustic Response of Underwater Munitions Near a Sediment Interface: Measurement-Model Comparisons and Classification Schemes

Dr. Steven Kargl

University of Washington

MRSEED-12-01: Advanced Technologies for Detection, Discrimination, and Remediation of Military Munitions on Land and Underwater


Detection of Underwater Unexploded Ordnance in Mud

Dr. Robbert van Vossen

TNO Defence


Classification Study Using a Handheld, Three-Element EMI Sensor

Dr. Tom Bell


Resource Conservation and Climate Change

RCSON-12-01: Assessment and Monitoring of Biological Diversity: Method Development


Methods for Assessment of Species Richness and Occupancy across Space, Time, Taxonomic Groups, and Ecoregions

Dr. Erica Fleishman

University of California, Davis


Predicting, Measuring, and Monitoring Aquatic Invertebrate Biodiversity on Dryland Military Bases

Dr. David Lytle

Oregon State University


Development of an Environmental Metagentics Approach for Monitoring Aquatic Biodiversity

Dr. David Lodge

University of Notre Dame


Patterns and Processes: Monitoring and Understanding Plant Diversity in Frequently Burned Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) Landscapes

Dr. Joseph O'Brien

USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station

RCSON-12-02: Climate Change Impacts to Department of Defense Installations


Decision Scaling: A Decision Framework for DoD Climate Risk Assessment and Adaptation Planning

Dr. Casey Brown

University of Massachusetts


Assessing Climate Change Impacts for DoD Installations in the Southwest United States during the Warm Season

Dr. Christopher Castro

University of Arizona


Understanding Data Needs for Vulnerability Assessment and Decision Making to Manage Vulnerability of DoD Installations to Climate Change

Dr. Richard Moss

Battelle, Pacific Northwest Division, Joint Global Change Research Institute


Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation on Southwestern DoD Facilities

Dr. Raphael Sagarin

University of Arizona


Climate Change Impacts to Department of Defense Installations

Dr. Veerabhadra Kotamarthi

Argonne National Laboratory

Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-12-01: Chemical Agent Resistant Powder Topcoats


Novel Coatings Systems for Use as High Performance Chemical Agent Resistant Powder Topcoats

Mr. Mark Wytiaz


WPSON-12-02: Scale-Up and Formulation of Green Insensitive Secondary Explosives 


GrIMEx (Green IM Explosive): Development of Novel IM Comp B Replacements Based on Green TNT and RDX Replacements

Dr. David Price

BAE Systems


Melt-Castable Formulations Containing DAAF as Replacements for Comp B

Ms. Elizabeth Francois

Los Alamos National Laboratory

WPSON-12-03: Waste to Energy Converters for Overseas Contingency Operations 


Thermal Catalytic Syngas Cleanup for High-Efficiency Waste-to-Energy Converters

Dr. Christopher Martin

University of North Dakota


Rotary Kiln Gasification of Solid Wastes for Base Camps

Mr. Stephen Cosper

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory


Shredded Waste Downdraft Gasifier for Overseas Contingency Operations Waste-to-Energy Conversion

Mr. Michael Cushman

Infoscitex Corporation


Investigating Efficient Tar Management for Deployable Waste-to-Energy Systems

Mr. Patrick Scott

Lockheed Martin

PSON-12-04: Reliability of Tin-Whisker-Mitigating Conformal Coatings


Tin Whiskers Inorganic Coatings Evaluation (TWICE)

Mr. David Hillman

Rockwell Collins, Inc.


Novel Whisker Mitigating Composite Conformal Coat Assessment

Dr. Stephen Meschter

BAE Systems

Environmental Restoration


Bioaugmentation for Aerobic Bioremediation of RDX-Contaminated Groundwater

Dr. Mandy Michalsen

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District


Validation of Stable Isotope Ratio Analysis to Document the Biodegradation and Natural Attenuation of RDX

Dr. Paul Hatzinger

Shaw Environmental, Inc.


Methods for Minimization and Management of Variability in Long-Term Groundwater Monitoring Results

Dr. Thomas McHugh

GSI Environmental Inc.


Designing, Assessing, and Demonstrating Sustainable Bioaugmentation for Treatment of DNAPL Sources in Fractured Bedrock

Dr. Charles Schaefer

Shaw Environmental, Inc.


Frequently Asked Questions about Monitored Natural Attenuation in the 21st Century

Dr. Charles Newell

GSI Environmental Inc.


Cost-Effective and High-Resolution Subsurface Characterization Using Hydraulic Tomography

Dr. Chin Man Mok

AMEC Geomatrix, Inc.


A Flexible Permeable Reactive Barrier for Protection of Wetland Sediments from Heavy Metals in Runoff Water

Dr. Steven Larson

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Environmental Laboratory


Demonstration of Fluorescent Magnetic Particles for Linking Sources to Sediments at DoD sites

Dr. Jim Leather

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command


Evaluating the Efficacy of Bioaugmentation for In-Situ Treatment of PCB Impacted Sediments

Dr. Kevin Sowers

University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Sediment Bioavailability Initiative: Development of Standard Methods and Approaches for the Use of Passive Samplers in Assessing and Managing Contaminated Sediments

Dr. Charles Menzie

Exponent, Inc.

Munitions Response


Detection and Discrimination in One-Pass Using the OPTEMA Towed-Array

Dr. Stephen Billings

Sky Research, Inc.


Dipole Discrimination Techniques Applied to Live Sites

Dr. Leonard Pasion

Sky Research, Inc.


Continued Discrimination Demonstration Using Advanced EMI Models at Live UXO Sites: Data Quality Assessment and Residual Risk Mitigation in Real Time

Dr. Fridon Shubitidze

Sky Research, Inc.


UXO Characterization in Challenging Survey Environments Using the MPV

Dr. Nicolas Lhomme

Sky Research, Inc.


The Effect of Noise on EM61-MK2 and MetalMapper Classification Strategies

Mr. Stephen Stacy

ARCADIS / Malcolm Pirnie


Comprehensive MMRP Live Site Technology Demonstration of Advanced Geophysics and Advanced Classification Methods

Ms. Victoria Kantsios

URS Group, Inc.


Quality Control Methodologies for Advanced EMI Sensor Data Acquisition and Anomaly Classification

Mr. Ryan Steigerwalt

Weston Solutions, Inc.


Perform MetalMapper Classification Treatability Investigations as Part of Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Studies

Mr. Craig Murray

Parsons, Inc.


Demonstration of ROV-Based Underwater Electromagnetic Array Technology

Dr. Gregory Schultz

Sky Research, Inc.


Vortex Lattice UXO Mobility Model Integration

Dr. Gerald D'Spain

Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Capturing Lessons Learned as Revealed by Large Scale Classification Demonstration Data

Dr. Dean Keiswetter



Real-Time Quality Control Methods for Cued EMI Data Collection

Mr. Jonathan Miller

Sky Research, Inc.

Resource Conservation and Climate Change 


Operational-Scale Demonstration of Propagation Protocols and Comparative Demographic Monitoring for (Re-)Introducing Five Southeastern Endangered and At-Risk Plants

Mr. Matthew Hohmann

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory


Assessing and Monitoring DoD Coral Reef Communities Using Advanced Fluorescence Techniques

Mr. William Wild

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command


Remote Sensing Technology for Threatened and Endangered Plant Species Recovery

Dr. Erin Questad

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Environmental DNA as a Tool for Inventory and Monitoring of Aquatic Vertebrates

Dr. Alexander Fremier

University of Idaho


Monitoring Species of Concern Using Noninvasive Genetic Sampling and Capture-Recapture Methods

Dr. Lisette Waits

University of Idaho

Weapons Systems and Platforms


Lightweight and Compostable Packaging for the Military

Dr. Jo Ann Ratto

U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center


In-Situ Shipboard Heat Exchanger Cleaning and Maintenance Using Innovative i2 Bubble Infusion (i2BI) Technology

Dr. Richard Lee

Naval Facilities Engineering Command – Engineering Service Center


Chrome Replacement for Gun Barrels

Mr. Brad Buening

Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren Division


Vinyzene-Max: An Environmentally-Friendly Replacement for Tri-Butyl-Tin-Based Biocides in USN Surface Ship Bow SONAR Domes

Dr. Thomas Ramotowski

Naval Undersea Warfare Center


Biodegradable Sonobuoy Decelerators

Mr. Warren Ingram

Naval Air Warfare Center – Weapons Division


Scale-Up and Formulation of Green Insensitive DEMN Based Secondary Explosives

Ms. Erika Rivera

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


Demonstration of a Polypropylene Packed Material for the Treatment of Solids in Shipboard Bilgewater

Mr. Momar Seck

Naval Surface Warfare Center – Carderock Division