Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)

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Improved ice removal patent

Dr. Emily Asenath-Smith displays an ice laminate grown on a surface using her patented invention, “Vertical draw system and method for surface...


New cold weather facilities

Olivier Montmayeur, a research mechanical engineer at U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Cold Regions Research and Engineering...


National OHWM Data Sheet

The National Technical Committee for Ordinary High Watermarks (OHWM), made up of researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development...


Testing new oil cleanup method

Kate Trubac, a Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory research general engineer, oversees an in-situ burn experiment conducted with the...


Mapping at the speed of light

A unique team of experts uses Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) to scan areas to create incredibly detailed maps of them.



The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory is solving challenges in all climates, particularly Earth’s coldest regions.


At ERDC’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), we’re developing innovative solutions for science and engineering challenges in extreme environments. Learn about what we do and how you can join us.

See CRREL in action

Video by Sgt. David Marquis
CRREL, BSEE Conduct In Situ Burn Testing for New Oil Spill Cleaning System: with lower third, bug, outro
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center
Dec. 29, 2022 | 2:07
The Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), in Hanover New Hampshire, facilitated the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement as they performed in situ burn testing for a new system developed by Elastec for improving the efficiency of burning oil spilled in water.
CRREL is one of the only federal facilities which can do controlled burns like this. CRREL’s expertise, equipment, and permitting allows them to safely conduct these experiments in a controlled environment in hopes that CRREL can help improve the efficiency of these systems.


Two ERDC labs team up for one cool project
Two ERDC laboratories, the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL) and Cold Regions Research Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), collaborated to conduct several full-scale placements of JetCon JC400...
DARPA ‘ICE’ program kicks off at ERDC-CRREL
Making ice work “for” and not “against” the U.S. military is the mission behind Ice Control for cold Environments (ICE), a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program that recently...
ERDC research aims to model, combat respiratory infections
A cross-laboratory team of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) researchers has launched a new project that seeks to revolutionize the way military bases prepare for and combat...