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An urgent call for ecosystem restoration action
In response to the ongoing drought, fires and catchment water quality issues, we call for national leadership to support large-scale ecosystem restoration across Australia. Ecosystem restoration and creation, when applied...
2019 Live oyster clump testing
Researchers at WRL have been working with OceanWatch Australia (Marine NRM) to effectively design oyster reef restoration projects across Australia. Since 2015, Senior Project Engineer Ian Coghlan and A/Professor William...
2019 UN Decade of Ocean Science - Noumea 1
“ The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want ”; is the theme of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development . The UN has proclaimed...

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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.