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Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory

U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), Hanover, NH

Mission Statement
CRREL solves interdisciplinary and strategically important problems of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Department of Defense and the Nation by advancing and applying science and engineering to complex environments, materials and processes in all seasons and climates, with unique core competencies related to the Earth’s cold regions.

Researchers work on the "Pegasus Glacial Runway" that supports McMurdo Station, Antarctica
 Researchers with the ERDC Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) use a trencher to prepare an area of the Pegasus White Ice Runway, McMurdo Station, Antarctica, to install temperature probes.

Service and Support
Serving the Corps of Engineers team, CRREL builds innovative products which support the warfighter, water resources, environment, infrastructure and homeland security. CRREL uses a multi-disciplinary research approach that solves the most difficult environmental physics and cold region engineering problems. With recognized international expertise, CRREL fosters partnerships across government agencies, academia and industry to solve complex problems in the following areas of focus:

  • Biogeochemical processes in Earth materials
  • Cold regions infrastructure
  • Environmental fate and transport geochemistry
  • Hydrology and hydraulics
  • Maneuver support and sustainment
  • Signature physics
  • Terrain properties and processes
  • Water resources geospatial applications


Director: Dr. Robert E. Davis

Deputy Director: Dr. Lance Hansen


  • Biogeochemical Sciences Branch
  • Force Protection and Sustainment Branch
  • Remote Sensing/Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources Branch
  • Signature Physics Branch
  • Terrestrial and Cryospheric Sciences Branch

Facilities and Products

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Contact Information

Public Affairs:, 603-646-4852 or 603-646-4292

General Contact, 603-646-4100

U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
72 Lyme Road
Hanover, NH 03755-1290
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