Ian Turner

Ian Turner
Managing Director and Professor
UNSW Water Research Laboratory
Contact details:
(+61) 2 8071 9829

Ian TurnerIan is the Managing Director of WRL and a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also a Senior Coastal Specialist in WRL’s Coast and Estuary investigations group. Ian’s current research interests include beach groundwater dynamics and sediment transport at the beach face, monitoring of coastal change and impacts of climate variability, coastal erosion control and coastal management, and coastal aquifer hydrogeology.

In 1999 Ian installed the first Australian-funded Argus coastal imaging station, and continues to play an active role in ongoing WRL Coastal Imaging projects. Ian is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and from 2005 – 2015 was a member of the EA ‘National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering’.

During 2020 Ian was named by The Australian as Australian Leader in the field of Ocean & Marine Engineering, with his extensive contribution to coastal engineering being recognised as one of “Australia’s leading researchers in engineering and computer science… with the highest number of citations from papers published in the last five years in the 20 top journals in their field.”

In 2021 Ian will Chair the ‘37th International Conference on Coastal Engineering’ when it returns to Sydney for the first time in 20 years.


Research Interests:

  • Monitoring of shoreline variability and change
  • Beach groundwater dynamics and sediment transport at the beach face
  • Forecasting of coastal change and impacts of climate variability
  • Coastal management