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Alice Harrison
By Senior Engineer, Alice Harrison , in acknowledgement of International Women in Engineering Day . When I was six, I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew...
Congratulations Libby Freeman
Congratulations to Libby Freeman, who having recently completed her postgraduate studies at WRL, has now been awarded the prestigious PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award for 2022. The PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award...
Ian Turner - Narrabeen Lagoon, explainer video
A video made for Northern Beaches Council and featuring Professor Ian Turner has just been announced a winner at the 28th Annual Communicator Awards . The awards are judged annually...
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Our team includes a blend of professional engineers and scientists undertaking commercial research for industry and government, and an academic team focused on high quality education and pure research. WRL is a breeding ground for Australian experts and industry leaders in water-related sectors. 

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World-class work environments allow for world-class work to thrive, and we are home to some of the best! We are one of the only organisations in the Oceania region with large-scale laboratory spaces and expertise to provide commercial physical modelling services for our clients. 

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Our team successfully bridge the gap between industry and academia. Through our networks, partnerships and collaborations we are engaged with industry, government and the community. We provide an independent, expert position through our representation on industry panels, specialist committees and advisory bodies.

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We are at home in the natural environment. Whether we are working in the catchment, on the water or at the beach, we have the specialist equipment and knowledge to collect real-world data and analyse it to solve real-world problems. 

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We are a specialist fundamental and applied research organisation, focusing on issues related to water. For over 60 years our team has tackled complex challenges in areas of coastal, environmental & eco engineering, hydrology, water resources, hydraulics & groundwater.

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We work at the leading edge of consulting and research, using our expertise, unique facilities and field equipment to provide bespoke solutions to clients across Australia and the Pacific region.