Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)

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Tip of the Iceberg, May 2022

Read all about what's happening at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in this month's edition of Tip of the Iceberg.


Making parts on demand

When ERDC team members need a custom part, engineering technician Chris Donnelly gets to work. His machine shop brings complex projects to life.


Building on thawing permafrost

Climate change is heating up Alaska and making permafrost unstable. We're working on ways to build on thawing permafrost.


Detecting airborne targets

Regaining dominance in the Arctic is an important part of the Army's strategy. We've developed a technology to detect airborne targets there.


Working and dancing on ice

Marin Blaisdell's passion for STEM made her a materials engineer at ERDC. Her passion for figure skating lets her compete at the national level.


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.

CRREL, EPA, U.S. Coast Guard Test New Ways to Measure Smoke Density


The Engineer Research and Development Center's Cold Regions Research and Engineer Laboratory partner with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard to test an aerial drone to determine how effective the device is for measuring air quality and environmental impact of burning oil on water.

The aerial drone is a new means of capturing these measurements, and CRREL is one of the few federal agencies with the knowledge, permissions, licenses, and facilities to accommodate an in situ burn.


Cold Regions Laboratory opens new avenues of communication
5/11/2022 UPDATED
A CRREL team seeking to optimize internal communications developed a new program they're calling the "CRREL Exchange."The long-term vision for the CRREL Exchange is a well-connected workforce that has...
Making it up with CRREL's machine shop
5/10/2022 UPDATED
Whether you’re a hobbyist at home or a researcher at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), not having one special...
RD22 workshop addresses R&D challenges, emphasizes strategic collaboration
Scientists and engineers from across the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) participated in the organization’s Research and Development 2022 (RD22) workshop and symposium, April...