Cold Regions Research Centre

About Us

The Cold Region Research Centre

The Cold Regions Research Centre was established in 1987, evolving from a large multidisciplinary, research & training, project on snow & ice hydrology in the Karakoram Himalaya of Pakistan that was based in WLU’s geography department. While the Centre’s initial focus was on arctic & mountain glaciology & hydrology, since 1990 the scope & role of the Centre within the geography department & the university has broadened. Today the CRRC is a focus of cold regions (mountain & northern) research consulting on topics such as hydrology,  climatology, glaciology, resource management, parks planning & biogeochemistry.

The Goals & Mandate of the CRRC

Research and Teaching

To facilitate interdisciplinary research and teaching about cold regions.

Field Training

To facilitate academic and field training of students in a range of cold regions disciplines and locations.


To provide a locus for interaction among faculty  and students interested in cold regions research.


To encourage cooperation and links with other cold regions research and training centres and organizations.

The CRRC Provides


Research space & facilities for affiliated graduate students.


Maintains contacts with northern & other research institutes interested in cold regions.

Awards & Support

Student travel and scholarship awards


Provide public & educational talks on cold regions topics.

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Latest Articles

2020-2021 Cold Regions Seminar Series

2020-2021 Cold Regions Seminar Series

We are planning an exciting lineup of speakers for the 2020/2021 Academic Year. Stay tuned! We have set the following dates for the seminar series, so please reserve the dates and we’ll post more details soon. DateSpeaker/TopicSept 24, 2020CRRC PhD Research...

Call for Abstracts – CRRC Days 2021

Call for Abstracts – CRRC Days 2021

Call for Abstracts 34th Annual Cold Regions Research Centre Days What? Cold Regions Research Centre Days (CRRC Days) is an early-career researcher conference highlighting the latest in cold regions research from northern researchers at any stage of their studies. We...



 Are you an undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoc doing cold regions research? Do you love when the temperature dips below zero? Do you go north any chance you get? This is the first early call for participation in the 34th Annual CRRC Days Conference. We will...

NSTP is Open

The NSTP call is out now, and open until November 10th, find detailed information here


Latest Event By CRRC

CRRC Seminar Series – Stephen Howell

Climate change has driven reductions in sea ice and this in turn has facilitated increased ship traffic across the Arctic. The latest-state-of-the-art climate models project profound shifts in ship-accessible season length, with 100% navigation probability for part of the year, regardless of vessel type, above 2 °C of global warming for many regions within the Canadian Arctic, including the Northwest Passage. However, climate models do not capture local-scale ice dynamic processes that pose hazardous conditions to ships transiting through the Canadian Arctic. One such process is the collapse of the ice arches in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and Nares Strait that allows thick multi-year ice from Arctic Ocean to flow southward into shipping lanes. Satellite derived sea ice motion from RADARSAT-1, RADARSAT-2, Sentinel-1, and the RADARSAT Constellation Mission was used to document the sea ice area (and volume) flux through these regions since 1997. Results indicate that these regions are becoming even larger outlets for Arctic Ocean ice area loss because of climate change. Continuation of this process will be problematic for the maritime industry.

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CRRC Trivia Night # 3

A fun-filled event to test out your cold regions knowledge and have fun with your CRRC Early Career Researcher Team

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