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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research & Development Center
Construction Engineering Research Lab
P.O. Box 9005
2902 Newmark Dr.
Champaign, IL 61826-9005

CERL Research Areas

Geomagnetic storms have the potential to disrupt and damage electrical infrastructure, leading to serious consequences for installations and surrounding communities. For this reason, the U.S. Army Installation Management Command asked ERDC to assess Army energy systems’ vulnerability to these events.
CERL is participating in studies to identify potential impacts among different species within their ecosystems to revise environmental management strategies if necessary. Dr. Jinelle Sperry holds a ratsnake captured at Fort Hood, Texas, and implanted with temperature sensitive radio transmitters to collect data on their thermoregulation patterns.

Research Areas

CERL researchers work in collaboration with other ERDC labs and with partners in government, industry and academia. This helps CERL develop technologies for the U.S. Army’s current and future force as well as the private and public sectors where no similar applications and capabilities exist. While the CERL program centers on military installations, contingency bases, and sustainable ranges and lands, additional focus areas include enhancing socio-cultural understanding in theater operations and improving civil works facilities and infrastructure. The laboratory also conducts research on Resilient Facilities and Infrastructure; Smart Sustainable Materials; Installation Decision Support; and Urban and Stability Operations.