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Who We Are

The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL, est. February 1, 1961) solves interdisciplinary, strategically important problems of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), 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. CRREL maintains unique expertise related to the Earth’s cold regions. CRREL is part of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), which has received the award for the Army’s top research and development laboratory for five of the last eight years and for the last three consecutive years – a feat unmatched by any Army laboratory. CRREL provides innovative products and solutions in support of the warfighter, homeland security, environment, infrastructure and civil works water resource management. CRREL is a national resource ready to focus its unique capabilities to solve specific customer-driven problems and conduct innovative, state-of-the-art research.


CRREL research and development spans basic research that extends our fundamental knowledge base, applied engineering and development, and integration of customer specific technologies. The CRREL staff uses a multi-disciplinary approach to solve the most difficult environmental physics and cold regions engineering problems through execution of diverse and well-leveraged research efforts. The technical staff is internationally recognized for its expertise. Research areas range across seismic, acoustic, and electromagnetic propagation, terrestrial and cryospheric sciences, force projection and sustainment, biogeochemical sciences, geospatial information systems, and water resources. With recognized international expertise, CRREL fosters partnerships across government agencies (federal, state and local), academia and industry with far-reaching national and international impacts. CRREL is also home to the Corps of Engineers’ Remote Sensing/Geographic Information Systems Center of Expertise and the Department of Defense's Cold Regions Science and Technology Information Analysis Center (CRSTIAC).

Specialized Facilities

  • Hanover, New Hampshire
    • Cold Room Complex - 26 laboratory-grade rooms capable of -30°C
    • Frost Effects Research Facility - 27,000 square feet
    • Ice Engineering Facility - 73,000 square feet
    • variety of special-purpose ice test facilities and low temperature materials laboratories
  • Fairbanks, Alaska (Project Office)
    • Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility
    • Permafrost Experiment Station - 133-acres 

Facts, Figures & Economic Impact (FY2017)

  • 220 employees (194 federal, 15 contractors, 10 students, 1 Active Duty Military)
  • $16.4 million total payroll
  • 115 Engineers and Scientists (E&S)
    • 35 Doctorates, 44 Masters' and 28 Bachelors' degrees (E&S)
  • $8 million in New Hampshire/Vermont contracts
  • $100K in local area purchases
  • 8 employees deployed in response to hurricane relief
  • Many CRREL families, and retirees live in the greater Hanover, N.H. (Grafton County) and Upper Connecticut River Valley areas in both New Hampshire and Vermont and make routine, community contributions via economic, educational, charitable, social and professional interaction
  • Source: Management Integration Office


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