Coastal Engineering

The Water Research Laboratory has a highly regarded international reputation in coastal and ocean engineering. The ‘Lab’ is considered the birth place of coastal engineering in Australia, comprising a great history of experience and current knowledge. WRL is the largest coastal hydraulics laboratory in Australia.

Investigations utilising state-of-the-art technologies in both numerical (spectral and phase resolving wave) and physical (2D flume and 3D basin) model studies include wave generation and propagation, wave run-up and overtopping, wave forces and stability of coastal structures, littoral sediment transport, tidal hydrodynamics and entrance stability, coastal and estuarine morphology, beach and shoreline erosion and estuarine sedimentation. Automated coastal imaging techniques are utilised for both pre- during and post- assessment of the full range of coastal engineering and management activities.

Particular areas of expertise include coastal and process understanding, coastal hazard definition and inundation studies, foreshore revetment design and testing, coastal zone management, dredging and beach nourishment, design optimisation of coastal structures, harbours, ports and marinas, ‘real time’ coastal monitoring and measurement utilising leading-edge coastal imaging techniques, impact assessment of nearshore coastal structures on beach planform, peer review, and forensic coastal engineering.