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The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) is one of the world’s premier centers for research in the Earth’s cold regions. For over 60 years, we’ve helped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the nation meet the challenges encountered in some of Earth’s harshest and most austere cold region environments. We have a history of success at both the North and South poles, and with our unique cold regions expertise and facilities, we’re charged to ensure the DoD and the nation are prepared to operate in cold, complex, and extreme environments.

Headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire, and with facilities in Alaska, we’re a multidisciplinary team of more than 250 engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel working together to address current and emerging technical challenges related to cold regions. From our one-of-a-kind permafrost tunnel to our cutting-edge LiDAR research to our ice adhesion testing facility, we’re committed to making our nation’s operations in cold regions as safe and efficient as possible.

To accomplish this task, we work with other ERDC laboratories and partners in government, academia, and industry. Find out how to join our team.

Information Sheet

CRREL One-Page Information Sheet



Research and Engineering Division

  • Biogeochemical Sciences
  • Force Protection and Sustainment
  • Signature Physics
  • Terrestrial and Cryospheric Sciences
  • Engineering Resources
  • Remote Sensing/GIS Center of Expertise


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