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Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)

Embark on the largest polar expedition in history: in September 2019, the German research icebreaker Polarstern will set sail from Tromsø, Norway, to spend a year drifting through the Arctic Ocean - trapped in ice. The goal of the MOSAiC expedition is to take the closest look ever at the Arctic as the epicenter of global warming and to gain fundamental insights that are key to better understand global climate change. Hundreds of researchers from 19 countries take part in this exceptional endeavour.
Lester Holt, anchor of "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt," toured the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility in Fox, Alaska, Sept. 14, 2019. The veteran journalist talked to ERDC's Dr. Tom Douglas about key tunnel features and the science of climate change. Douglas is an Alaska-based research chemist assigned to our Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, based in Hanover, New Hampshire. Tune in to NBC Nightly News TONIGHT to see Holt's report that features the tunnel and other Alaska climate change experts and locales. Check your local listings for the broadcast time in your area.
A tour group puts on safety equipment before entering the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permafrost Tunnel on Sept. 12. Robert Tanner, a safety specialist with the U.S. Army Garrison Alaska, Fort Wainwright Safety Office, conducted an annual courtesy safety inspection during the tour to ensure all safety processes and procedures provide guests with a safe and healthy visit to the one-of-a-kind tunnel. (Photo by Daniel Nelson, USAG Alaska, Fort Wainwright Public Affairs)
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.


CRREL Site Visit
Students from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program at Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, visited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center’s Cold...
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...

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