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2020 Maryam picking mushrooms
Did you know that something unusual is growing at the UNSW Water Research Laboratory in Sydney? As part of the UNSW Green Impact 2020 initiative, our WRL Green Team recently...
Professor Ian Turner
Congratulations to WRL’s Managing Director Professor Ian Turner , who has been named as one of the top 250 researchers by The Australian . Ian has been named as Australian...
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Over the past 2 years Senior Coastal Engineer Chris Drummond has been busy working on BeachStat , a system to automatically track beach users and shoreline positions using low-cost remote...

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Our hydraulics laboratories are the largest and most comprehensive in Australia; containing a variety of standard facilities in addition to open space, which is used for project specific construction of large scale physical models.

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WRL is at the cutting edge of the science and engineering of wetland restoration and rehabilitation. We have undertaken on-ground projects to rehabilitate, repair and restore large wetlands across Australia.

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About us

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Director of the Water Research Laboratory.

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The largest and most sophisticated 2D wave flume facility in the Australia/Pacific region.


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