The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) was created in 1961. CRREL was a consolidation of two pre-existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers laboratories that focused on engineering in cold regions, the Snow, Ice and Permafrost Research Establishment (SIPRE) and the Arctic Construction and Frost Effects Laboratory (ACFEL). CRREL was based in Hanover, New Hampshire and was initially heavily focused on basic and applied research related to frozen ground, permafrost, snow and ice. In 1999 CRREL was brought into the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) organization. Its current areas of research include biogeochemical sciences, engineering resources, force projection and sustainment in cold regions, military terrestrial science and phenomenology, polar science and engineering, remote sensing and geographical information science (GIS), signature physics, and snow and ice in temperate and mountain regions.

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  • Terrestrial Geospatial Remote Assessment for Ingress Locations (Terrestrial GRAIL) 

    Shoop, Sally A. (Sally Annette); Wieder, Wendy L. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-10)
    The Terrestrial Geospatial Remote Assessment for Ingress Locations (GRAIL) portion of the Army Terrestrial Environmental Modeling and Intelligence System Science and Technology Objective–Research (ARTEMIS STO-R) program ...
  • Comprehensive approach for monitoring and remediating petroleum-derived contaminants in the Arctic : case study of the former NARL site near Utqiaġvik, Alaska (formerly Barrow) 

    Bjella, Kevin L.; Barbato, Robyn A.; Wagner, Anna M.; Barker, Amanda J.; Doherty, Stacey J.; Foley, Karen L.; Jones, Robert M.; Hiemstra, Christopher A.; Gelvin, Arthur.; Saari, Stephanie P. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-10)
    The Arctic region of Alaska has a history of petroleum contamination from repetitive fuel spills and the overuse of petrochemicals. Notably, the presence of the former Naval Arctic Research Laboratory (NARL) outside the ...
  • Snow strategic science plan 

    Vuyovich, Carrie M.; Deeb, Elias J.; Polashenski, Christopher M.; Courville, Zoe R.; Hiemstra, Christopher A.; Wagner, Anna M.; Eylander, John B.; Davis, Robert E. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) requires global terrestrial, atmospheric, and environmental awareness to support civil works and warfighting functions. Snow is a critical component of environmental awareness that can ...
  • Modeling relevant to safe operations of naval vessels in Arctic conditions : numerical modeling of ice loads 

    Song, Arnold J.; Parno, Matthew D.; West, Brendan A.; O'Connor, Devin T. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    The Arctic is undergoing profound and rapid change. Diminishing ice in the Arctic will lead to significant changes in the region’s activity level as sea routes begin to open and ice conditions become less restrictive. The ...
  • Dynamic modeling of Atmospheric Watch Observatory (AWO) transport by Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) 

    Song, Arnold J.; Lever, J. H. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) plans to install a new Atmospheric Watch Observatory (AWO) to upgrade its research facilities at Summit Station, Greenland. The AWO welded-steel lower frame exceeds the size and weight ...
  • Dynamic representation of terrestrial soil predictions of organisms’ response to the environment 

    Barbato, Robyn A.; Waldrop, Lauren E.; Messan, Komi S.; Jones, Robert M.; Doherty, Stacey J.; Foley, Karen L.; Felt, Christopher F.; Morgan, Michael J.; Han, Youl. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    The Dynamic Representation of Terrestrial Soil Predictions of Organisms’ Response to the Environment (DRTSPORE) platform was created to characterize soil activities in barren, vegetated, and complex environments, predict ...
  • Soil strength analysis of Sonoran Desert landforms 

    Shoop, Sally A. (Sally Annette); Beal, Samuel A.; Wieder, Wendy L.; McDonald, Eric V. (Eric Von), 1958- (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    Connecting landforms to soil strength parameters can enable the predic-tion of soil bearing capacity and shear strength—important information for mobility and dust emission modeling. This project aimed to relate soil ...
  • Projections of climate impacts and extremes for sites in the continental United States 

    Weatherly, John W. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    Increasing temperatures and changes in precipitation associated with climate change are expected to have increasing impacts on the contiguous United States in the coming decades, including impacts on military training and ...
  • Depth of Frost Penetration in Non-Uniform Soil 

    Aldrich, Harl P.; Paynter, Henry M.; Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.) (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S), 1966-10)
    Authority for the investigation reported herein is contained in FY 1953 Instructions and Outline, Military Construction Investigations, Engineering Criteria and Investigations and Studies, Studies of Construction in Areas ...
  • A comparison of simulated dust produced by three dust-emission schemes in WRF-Chem : case-study assessment 

    Letcher, Theodore W.; LeGrand, Sandra L. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    Airborne mineral dust is one of the main forms of atmospheric aerosols, influencing, among other things, global weather patterns, biogeochemical processes, air quality, sensor performance, and visibility conditions on the ...
  • Ice Forces along the Missouri River Shoreline of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Lands 

    Giovando, Jeremy J.; Haehnel, Robert B.; Baldwin, Timothy B.; Daly, Steven F. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.), 2018-07)
    Significant erosion along Lake Sharpe reservoir has occurred since the reservoir was formed in the 1960s. A major contributor to the shoreline erosion is ice shove, which is most severe when thick ice cover on the reservoir ...
  • Infrastructure Impact for Human Safety and Resilience : A Case Study 

    Affleck, Rosa T. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.), 2018-07)
    Constructing the Afghan National Police (ANP) facilities was among the U.S. Government’s (USG) infrastructure development efforts for the stability operation mission in Afghanistan. Therefore, this study selected two ...
  • The upstream extent of a river network : a review of scientific knowledge of channel heads 

    Wohl, Ellen E., 1962- (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-06)
    A river channel is a linear feature with definable bed and banks created by erosion of water concentrated into persistent flow paths. A river starts at the channel head, which is the upstream-most point of concentrated ...
  • Building envelope and infrastructure assessment using an integrated thermal imaging and lidar scanning system : Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica 

    LeWinter, Adam L.; Finnegan, David C.; Deeb, Elias J.; Gadomski, Peter J. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-06)
    We conducted a combined lidar and Thermal Infrared (TIR) survey at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica, in January 2017 to assess the building thermal envelope and infrastructure of the Elevated Station. These ...
  • Building envelope assessment using thermal infrared and lidar scanning : Palmer Station, Antarctica 

    Deeb, Elias J.; LeWinter, Adam L. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-06)
    Through the use of an integrated lidar and thermal infrared (TIR) ground-based sensor, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) conducted a survey at Palmer Station, Antarctica, in October 2015 to assess thermal ...
  • Geotechnical and foundation review for the McMurdo master plan 

    Bjella, Kevin L.; Affleck, Rosa T.; Blaisdell, George L. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-06)
    Construction of large buildings is currently part of the major infrastructure development plan at McMurdo Station. Therefore, the overall goal of this study is to provide recommendations for selecting better-suited foundation ...
  • Utility of machine learning algorithms for natural background photo classification 

    Waldrop, Lauren E.; Hart, Carl R.; Parker, Nancy E.; Pettit, Chris L.; McIntosh, Scotlund. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-06)
    In support of the Terrain Characterization for Rendering and Field Evaluation effort, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory ...
  • Using GRAIL Tools to remotely assess terrain conditions for austere entry 

    Shoop, Sally A. (Sally Annette); Wieder, Wendy L.; Ochs, Elke S.; Sinclair, Samantha N. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-04)
    The Geospatial Remote Assessment for Ingress Locations (GRAIL) efforts under the Army Terrestrial-Environmental Modeling and Intelligence Sys-tem (ARTEMIS) program have made significant advances in the remote assessment ...
  • Structure and stability of the McMurdo Ice Shelf Transition Zone and glaciated hillside near Scott Base, Antarctica 

    Campbell, Seth.; Lamie, Nathan J.; Schild, Kristin. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-04)
    We used ground-penetrating radar and Global Positioning System surveys in November 2015 and January 2016 to determine ice depth and ice flow velocities of a glacier-covered hillside neighboring the Transition Zone (TZ) on ...
  • Use of heat and fire-risk indices to project local climate impacts on selected Army installations : climate models, scenarios, climate data, and indices 

    Weatherly, John W.; Rosenbaum, Mattson A. (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2017-11)
    Climate change is expected to produce increasing impacts on training and infrastructure on Army installations in the coming decades. Planning to enable Army installations to adapt to the changing climate can be support-ed ...

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