Integral Presents on Use of Acoustics to Track Munitions and a New Approach to Assessing Coastal Hazards
November 26, 2019

With approximately two-thirds of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) installations facing a significant risk from flooding and coastal hazards such as wave impacts, storm surges, and erosion, innovative approaches are needed to better identify risk and develop resiliency strategies. Craig Jones, Ph.D., and Kaus Raghukumar, Ph.D., will present on Integral’s new tools and approaches to address these issues at the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Symposium on December 3–5, 2019, in Washington, DC. By using acoustics tools to track the movement of munitions and modeling tools to map vulnerable coastal areas, both scientists are contributing to the state of the science in environmental technology and research.

Global climate and regional wave models are used to help assess coastal hazards.

On Tuesday, December 3, Dr. Jones will present a poster titled “Assessment of Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Resilience in Coastal Environments” (Poster #128). During the session, Dr. Jones will describe improved tools for assessing the interactions of sea level rise, storm surge, and flooding. He will demonstrate how hazard metrics can be developed and how dynamically scaled modeling can be used to help map sectors of increased risk for coastal hazards and flooding.

On Wednesday, December 4, Dr. Raghukumar will present “An Offshore Munitions Mobility Study at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California” (Poster #126). The study involved a 3-month field effort to examine the long-term fate and transport of unexploded munitions under the influence of physical forcing such as waves and currents. Dr. Raghukumar will show how acoustic instruments were used effectively to track and identify the movements of surrogate munitions.

The SERDP/ESTCP Symposium is the nation’s largest conference focusing on the DoD’s priority environmental and installation energy issues. The symposium brings together environmental and energy researchers and technology developers with the defense end user and regulatory communities to showcase cutting edge environmental technologies and ideas.

For more information, contact Dr. Jones at or Dr. Raghukumar at