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2018 Women at WRL
Women@WRL was formed in February this year with a group of 9 women from differing career paths; that all have one thing in common - working at the Water Research...
2018 Laura Montano hydraulic jump
WRL PhD student Laura Montano has won a Student Participation Award that will be presented at the 21st Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference held in Adelaide this coming December. The prestigious...
On Monday, community volunteers from the Estuary Care Foundation installed their first 'living shorelines' in Port Adelaide. The trial structures, composed of oyster shells in hessian bags, have been installed...

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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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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.