About us

The Water Research Laboratory (WRL) is a world-leading research and consulting laboratory that tackles the most challenging and pressing water engineering problems faced by the world today.

Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and part of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW Sydney, our globally-esteemed laboratory spans four hectares and is home to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and personnel comprised of the most experienced and creative problem solvers in their respective areas of research and industry. We are specialists in solving problems related to water and the environment.

Our prestigious record built over more than 50 years has made us what we are today, a leading global think tank. We are a band of pioneers and experts driven by a passion to finding grand breakthroughs for a better tomorrow.

Our areas of expertise include:

             
Coastal, ocean
and estuarine
engineering and
management
River flow
and floodplain
management
Groundwater
research and
management
Civil
engineering
hydraulics
Catchment
hydrology
Environmental
studies and
climate
adaptation
Wetland
restoration

 

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Research at the Water Research Laboratory is undertaken by a team of highly experienced academic, professional and technical staff... More
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The WRL Projects Team operates a Quality Management System (QMS) in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001: 2015... More