What We Do

What We Do

Our Mission

At ERDC's Environmental Laboratory (EL), our mission is to provide innovative solutions for tomorrow's environmental challenges.

What We Do

We conduct research in the following areas:

  • Ecosystem science and technology
  • Environmental resiliency
  • Environmental sensing
  • Ecological modeling and forecasting
  • Risk and decision science
  • Environmentally sustainable material
  • Systems biology
  • Climate change
  • Environmental security

We provide solutions to environmental challenges worldwide, including:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Aquatic and wetland ecosystems
  • Chemistry, cleanup, and remediation
  • Dredging and dredged material management
  • Fate and effects
  • Geospatial analysis and mapping
  • Hazardous/toxic waste assessment and cleanup
  • Invasive and threatened/endangered species
  • Molecular ecology
  • Modeling and ecosystem restoration
  • Risk assessment, sensing, and monitoring
  • Stewardship/recreation and benefits analysis
  • Unexploded ordnance detection and ordnance management
  • Wetlands technology


The USACE Installations, Energy and Environment (IE&E) vision is to help transform Army installations into a secure, integrated network of highly effective and efficient platforms that deliver Warfighting readiness for conflict deterrence and a decisive winning advantage. The IE&E Technology Innovation Strategy was developed to support the Army in meeting its Force Management objectives across broad competencies informing a suite of impacts for proactive management of installations.

This strategy’s primary aim is to support the Army in achieving capacity overmatch and battlefield dominance by focusing on innovation and advancement of critical capabilities, infrastructure modernization, and the application of next generation design concepts and solutions to strategic support area needs and requirements. 

View the strategy here.