Research and Development

Since 2005, Cadmus has been a leading provider of scientific, technical, research, engineering, and modeling support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD). Our environmental research program now includes support for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well. Much of our work concerns the effects of global climate change on both the natural and the built environments.

  • We conduct statistical analyses, geographic information systems-based (GIS-based) analyses, and other assessments to evaluate the vulnerability of locations throughout the United States and of government projects and programs to changes in land use and population and to the impacts of climate change.
  • We also study the resilience of ecosystems and urban environments to climate change’s impacts, and we analyze adaptation options. For example, we look at how prepared drinking water and wastewater systems are to withstand the effects of large amounts of precipitation predicted under alternative future scenarios. We also analyze communities’ capabilities to conduct rapid evacuations and their readiness to deal with electrical outages.

Not all environmental threats are related to climate change; we also study the effects of other environmental stressors. The movement of nutrients from the land into natural waters can cause significant environmental issues, for example, and we have used GIS-based analyses to model nutrient movement and its effects on wetlands and bird habitat.

Information dissemination is a big part of what we do. We have updated EPA manuals on managing waterborne nutrients such as phosphate and nitrate. We have also prepared white papers on nanotechnology risk assessments.

Working with subcontractors, we have assessed the condition of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. This work has included determining how best to gauge the condition of infrastructure, for example, by placing innovative camera-based technologies inside drinking water and wastewater pipes. We also looked at newer techniques that employ other technology to assess the condition of infrastructure.

Along with one of our subcontractors, we’ve been involved in projects related to alternative asbestos mitigation methods. We helped EPA test cost-effective methods for keeping asbestos down during the demolition of abandoned and dilapidated buildings, which are common in many American cities.