US Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research and Development Center

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)

HANOVER, N.H. (April 10, 2019) – Human Capital Specialist Michele Hammond accepts the U.S. Army Research and Development Center-CRREL Chili Cook-Off plaque from 2018 champ and security specialist Bill Loven. Hammond’s chili, “Cumin Get It” (aka #5) proved to be the favorite as judged by more than 50 attendees. Eleven ERDC-CRREL chili chefs competed this year and used names including, “Mad Cow Chili,” “Promethean Harvest,” “Catch me if you Cayenne” and “CRREL con Fuego.”
HANOVER, N.H. (April 8, 2019) – Writer-editor Emily Moynihan, second from left, speaks with Marissa Torres, research general engineer; Amelia Menke, civil engineer; and Michelle Michaels, physical scientist — as well as with Dartmouth University intern, Isabel Boettcher. The topic of discussion is the Greenland Inland Traverse, an effort that Boettcher has been involved with. Funded by the National Science Foundation, GrIT is a two-month-long, 1,400-mile, round-trip traverse operation to transport thousands of pounds of equipment, fuel and supplies to resupply science stations on the Greenland Ice Sheet. The conversation is taking place at the Bring-Your-Own-Mug kickoff event for National Library Week at the ERDC-CRREL library. The ERDC library features 300,000+ items in the collection - 28,000+ online journals - 34,000+ online books & reports. | 601.501.7632 - text | search > ERDC Library
HANOVER, N.H. (April 3, 2019) – Major General Helen Pratt, Director of Logistics and Engineering, Headquarters, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, speaks with Danielle Kennedy and Christopher DeCarlo, research civil engineers at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. Kennedy and DeCarlo describe the ERDC Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory’s cold regions pavement infrastructure technologies. “This is my first visit to ERDC’s Cold Regions Laboratory,” Maj. Gen. Pratt said. “You always hear that CRREL delivers excellent solutions for all things cold — it’s good to finally see it up close and reassuring to know that NORAD and NORTHCOM have such great R&D partners as we continue to maintain homeland defense as our number one priority.”
HANOVER, N.H. (April 2, 2019) – Research geographers Carl Green and Emeline Schindler, joined management program analyst Linda Castro (purple) and human capital specialist Michele Hammond (not pictured) as they represented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center at Dartmouth College’s Employer Connection Fair. | search > ERDC or USACE Careers
Researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) are developing a way to optimize energy efficiency at McMurdo Station, Antarctica through an innovative application of existing technology. Harness the Power of ERDC at ERDCINFO@USACE.ARMY.MIL.


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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