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2019 Laura Montano PhD 1
Congratulations to Laura Montano, who has recently submitted her PhD thesis “An experimental study of free-surface dynamics and internal motions in fully aerated hydraulic jumps”; and will be continuing on...
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Principal Engineer Brett Miller and Dr Bruce Cathers have recently returned to WRL having spent two weeks providing training for a group of fourteen Myanmar government engineers in Yangon. The...
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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WRL Open Day

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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.


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