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Cold water pollution - Stratification and mixing processes. Illustration by Anna Blacka UNSW WRL
Cold water pollution is a serious environmental issue affecting the river systems downstream of large storage dams. Dams are often fitted with offtakes that withdraw water from deep parts of...
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Coastal environments are dynamic with many associated risks and hazards, and sadly are also common locations of Australian drowning deaths. Understanding risk and how it changes in response to various...
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Urban greening is a crucial planning and climate change adaptation tool, but it has to be understood within specific local conditions. One size does not fit all. New research by...
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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.