Our Capabilities and Expertise

Researchers working across DRI have a wide-range of unique capabilities and depth of knowledge in several areas of expertise of interest related to military operations in extreme environments.

  • DEGRADED VISUAL ENVIRONMENTS (BROWNOUTS)
    • Development of technology and methods to predict location of Go/No Go landing zones
    • Science-based assessment of dust and dust-producing terrains for development, test and evaluation of aircraft technology to avoid brownouts
  • PERFORMANCE OF RADIO FREQUENCY PROPAGATION FOR C-IED/C-MINE
    • Research on how soils and ground cover limit propagation of radio waves in tropical, cold region, temperate and desert environments
    • Instrumentation and characterization of test sites used to monitor and evaluate technology using RF and electromagnetic, and optical processes
    • Continued operation of Master Environmental Reference Sites (MERS) to monitor key energy and mass balance processes for tropical, cold-region, temperate and desert environments
  • CHARACTERIZATION OF GLOBAL MILITARY OPERATING ENVIRONMENTS (TERRAIN AND ENVIRONMENTAL VARIABLES)
    • Work with ERDC CRREL to complete revision of AR-70-38: Research, Development, Test and Evaluation of Material for Extreme Climatic Conditions (latest version dates from 1979)
    • Improve incorporation of soil and terrain, physics-based processes into more realistic simulation and scenario modeling
    • Develop global database of critical soil and terrain characteristics of all global military operating environments for access by all RDT&E activities
    • Rapidly characterize and assess terrain conditions using UAV/UAS based sensor data
  • MODELING AND SIMULATION OF GROUND-BASED MOBILITY OF VEHICLES AND ROBOTICS
    • Apply and develop new methods to characterize soil and terrain attributes that impact mobility of ground-based vehicles and robotics
    • Work with ERDC GSL to update and improve NATO Reference Mobility Model (circa 1970)
    • Advance new modeling techniques for rapid assessment and application of LiDAR remote sensing data for characterization of terrain roughness

 

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