US Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research and Development Center

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)

HANOVER, N.H. (July 16, 2019) – The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Physical Scientist Jeremy Kellett (red) leads the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Standing Committee on Water Quality past the Geophysical Research Facility during a tour of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory Director Dr. Joe Corriveau joins 33 students for pizza in the CRREL Base Camp Café, July 10, 2019. The students were participating in the annual CRREL Student and Post-Graduate Program. The initiative links students with mentors to deliver a hands-on research experience.
HANOVER, N.H. - Dr. John Fegyveresi, a U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center research glaciologist, shares information about the analysis and interpretation of ice cores and polar ice sheets with attendees from Finland, Norway and Sweden during the three-day Multilateral Cold Regions Science and Engineering Workshop hosted by the ERDC-Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, May 7-9, 2019.
BOSTON - Research physical scientist Caitlin Haedrich operates a channel sounding system to characterize frequency-selective fading from surface and volume scattering in urban environments. Haedrich's discovery efforts contribute to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers R&D Center work on its Wideband Radio-frequency Propagation in Urban Terrain project. The multi-year, basic research effort supports the development of radiofrequency propagation models which can accurately predict the range and data rate of urban radio communication systems.
The elevated station at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station has room for 140 people. This is the third station at the South Pole in the past 60 years. The first station, completed in 1957, was allowed to be buried under the accumulating snow. The second station, built in the 1970s, housed buildings under a geodesic dome. The current station was completed in 2018 and is elevated above the snow surface. (National Science Foundation photo)


Corps Water Quality Committee visits Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
HANOVER, N.H. (July 18, 2019) – “It’s the first time the Corps’ Water Quality Committee has met at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering...
Corps researcher invents non-metallic improvised explosive device detector
 VICKSBURG, Miss. -- A simple scientific question by a fellow laboratory researcher led Research Physicist Dr. Benjamin Barrowes to invent the High Frequency Electromagnetic Induction instrument, now...
Corps features world-leading researchers during Women’s History Month
HANOVER, N.H. (March 25, 2019) — Dr. Susan Taylor, a micrometeorite expert and civil engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering...

Research Areas

CRREL solves interdisciplinary, strategically important problems for 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. Polar science and engineering continues to be a core research area as we foster partnerships across government agencies, academia and industry to solve complex problems in the following areas of focus:


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Addressing public needs and military readiness under all of Earth's environmental and terrain state conditions by understanding the impact of biochemical interactions of natural and anthropogenic substances.

ERB delivers engineering solutions to our Warfighters and the Nation involving systems design and development, pavements and materials RDTE, and the use of environmentally controlled facilities to test, evaluate, and improve infrastructure and equipment for use in cold regions.
To provide solutions toward sustaining operations at remote installations by understanding the impacts of extreme and austere environmental conditions on maneuver support, materiel, tactics, and military procedures in polar regions.
Efforts providing a quick capability for research and development to meet joint operational needs of combatant commanders
Efforts focused on designing and proving concepts for, and unique engineering solutions to, operational problems in the Polar Regions
Expertise providing research and development support to the USACE for flood risk communication, levee inspection, floodplain management and risk assessment

Signature Physics provides the warfighter with solutions to understand complex operational environments and the role of terrain and weather on signals across the electromagnetic and mechanical spectrum. 

We're focused on: Signature Integration; Sub-surface Wave; and Near-surface Signatures

Core Competencies: Seismic/Acoustic sensing in complex environments; Sensor performance modeling, decision making and uncertainty analyses; Sensor based security; Unexploded ordnance discrimination and assessment; All-Season near surface phenomenology

Research Tools: Ground penetrating radar; Electromagnetic induction techniques; Seismic and acoustic real-time data collection; Intrusion detection systems; High-performance computing capability; Stochastic modeling of nonlinear effects


Work assessing the state of snowpacks in major snow-impacted watersheds to support combatant commands


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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research & Development Center
Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab
72 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH 03755-1290