The Water Research Laboratory (WRL) is a world-leading research and consulting laboratory that tackles the most challenging and pressing 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 comprised of the most experienced and creative problem solvers in their respective areas of research and industry. We are specialists in solving problems related to water and the environment.

Estuaries are important conservation areas that play a pivotal role in the food chain. As one of the most productive ecosystems on earth, they maintain water quality through natural filtration and also help to support healthy ocean environments. At the same time, urban areas developed alongside estuaries are often low lying and prone to flooding. Our team of specialists have crucial knowledge and practical experience regarding:

  • Estuarine and river processes
  • Tidal and wetland restoration
  • Broad-based multidisciplinary research to identify, preserve and enhance the resilience of species and habitats in urban rivers, estuaries and harbours that have high ecosystem and conservation value
  • Enhancing the capacity of relevant government departments to make key management decisions