About us

The Water Research Laboratory (WRL) is a world-leading fundamental and applied research organisation tackling the most challenging water engineering problems faced by the world today.

Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and part of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW Sydney, our globally-esteemed laboratory spans four hectares and is home to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and personnel comprising the most experienced and creative problem solvers in their respective areas of research and industry.

Our prestigious record established over 60 years has made us what we are today; a leading team of specialists solving problems related to water and the environment.

Our areas of expertise include:

Coastal, ocean
and estuarine
engineering and
River flow,
management &
Eco engineering,
wetland restoration,
studies & climate
change adaptation
research and
engineering and
environmental fluid


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Research at the Water Research Laboratory is undertaken by a team of highly experienced academic, professional and technical staff... More
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The WRL Projects Team operates a Quality Management System (QMS) in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001: 2015... More
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Collaborative teams within the Water Research Laboratory... More
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A selection of some of our publications... More