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2020 The mystery of Thirlmere_Lakes_header
During the past decade, water levels in the Thirlmere Lakes have varied from full in 2016 to completely dry between October 2018 and February 2020. These variations have raised concerns...
2020 Ron Cox PIANC seminar
Honorary Associate Professor Ron Cox recently presented an online seminar on climate change adaptation for the WA division of PIANC Australia & New Zealand. Ron is an expert in coastal...
Under the supervision of Dr Stefan Felder and Dr Kristen Splinter , Rui Li has been undertaking her PhD at WRL since August 2018. Rui is researching the application of...

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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. Over the past 15 years 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.


Professional UAV monitoring for a wide range of engineering and scientific applications.