Research

Pioneering research of global significance

 

WRL is at the frontier of water engineering research. We pride ourselves on paving the way to discover and deliver new ideas, leading conversations and delivering solutions that have a global positive impact, be it new technologies to monitor and quantify changing coastlines, or restoring wetlands to preserve wildlife and ecological communities.

We’ve been providing academic research leadership and expert advice to the global community for over 50 years. Here’s a selection of some of our projects:

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A strategic international collaboration between university, industry, and government to address the considerable and growing pressure for solutions to observe and forecast accelerating shoreline erosion... More
Big Swamp
Winner of the 2015 Green Globe Award for Natural Environment Sustainability, this ongoing project has determined priority areas for wetland creation at Big Swamp, detailed innovative on-ground methods, modelled flooding impacts and undertaken large scale on-ground works to restore/create new wetlands... More
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Eurobodalla Shire Council engaged WRL in partnership with Aurecon to prepare the design for the Caseys Beach seawall upgrade; an 80 m length of the southern part of the seawall to ensure the stability of the foreshore and prevent undermining of the sewage pumping station... More
Water
WRL recently supported a Hunter Water Corporation preliminary planning exercise looking at the sustainable effluent management and potential re-use of wastewater in the lower Hunter River catchment... More
Manly
Manly beaches are susceptible to significant erosion during extreme storm events and have a long history of failure of their protection works. WRL was commissioned to undertake a comprehensive investigation to identify and quantify coastal risks... More
oceanlinx
The Oceanlinx system converts the flow of air above an oscillating water column into electrical energy via a mechanical turbine. Wave flume tests were undertaken independently on two different types of designs in the 3 m wave flume at WRL... More
WatermarkCoal
Shenhua Australian Holdings submitted an Environmental Impact Statement to NSW regulators for the Watermark Coal Project. The proposal was for an open cut coal mine adjacent to the Mooki River. WRL was commissioned to provide independent review of the conceptual and numerical groundwater modelling... More
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Bounty Bay is the primary landing point for access onto Pitcairn Island, with the coastline being extremely rugged for most parts. WRL was commissioned to undertake a physical modelling investigation of the proposed breakwater and Bounty Bay harbour... More
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WRL undertook a detailed sea level rise and coastal hazard assessment for Moyne Shire Council, Victoria. This project is part of the Future Coasts Program, the purpose of which is to assist in better understanding and planning for the risks associated with sea level rise and storm surge... More
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Winner of multiple environmental awards, this project has transformed the Tomago Wetland site from a large acidic landscape into a restored productive tidal wetland. The wetland has being created to compensate for migratory wading bird habitat destroyed elsewhere in the lower Hunter River estuary. .. More
Wave testing of oyster bags
A new technique has been proposed to reduce intertidal riverbank erosion and encourage oyster reef restoration across Australia. This technique involves the use of seeded oyster shells in coir bags. Utilising organic materials, the method is being trialed at a number of waterway sites in Sydney... More