Environmental engineering

Climate driversAreas of environmental expertise

  • Climate change adaptation and impacts
  • Outfalls, desalination impacts and pollutant releases
  • Restoration of wetlands and estuaries
  • Boat wake wave impacts and management
  • Study design/location in oceans, estuaries, rivers and lakes

Environmental engineering combines the resources of groups within the Water Research Laboratory to provide an integrated assessment of environmental impacts. Teams comprising engineers, scientists and technicians are formed to best address the needs of each client, resulting in a unique, tailored solution to the assignment.

Emphasis is placed on understanding the processes which dominate the movement and dispersion of pollutants, with each project uniquely designed, managed and executed. Combined with our process oriented approach, the result is a coherent product tailored to meet the individual needs of the client.

WRL personnel are highly experienced in providing innovative answers to complex environmental engineering questions throughout Australia and overseas. Work centres around three major areas of investigation: Identification and quantification of pollutants discharged to the environment; the movement of pollutants through the domain of interest; and their impacts en-route and at their final resting place.

Wonboyn Lake

Recent projects have focussed on:

  • Minimising the impacts of sewage outfalls on the marine environment
  • Complex estuary process studies
  • Tidal/wetland restoration projects

WRL places a high emphasis on the measurement and understanding of the physical processes occurring in the environment, so that the interaction with ecological processes can be best understood. WRL understands the importance of quantifying environmental effects so that decision making and planning can be undertaken.