UNSW Water Research Centre (WRC)

The Water Research Centre (WRC) is an international leading University Centre that provides multidisciplinary research in water resources, engineering, management and the development of tools for environmental management and sustainability for improving the aquatic and atmospheric environments.

The Water Research Centre consists of two research nodes at the Kensington campus and the Water Research Laboratory at Manly Vale. The Centre operates as an externally funded UNSW Australia research centre within the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

WRC Kensington Campus

WRC Kensington

The Kensington water quality laboratories consist of a complex of seven laboratories which include advanced instrumental analyses capabilities used in environmental research. These seven labs are:

  • Water quality and analysis laboratory
  • Microbiology laboratory (PC2)
  • Water chemistry laboratory
  • Particle characterisation laboratory
  • Radiation laboratory
  • Odour laboratory
  • Pilot hall facility
  • Pilot Rigs

WRC staff have access and expertise in equipment held and managed by the UNSW Analytical Centre including the DOC Labor Liquid Chromatography – Trace Organic Carbon Detector (LC-OCD).

Water Research Laboratory (WRL) Manly Vale Campus

WRL Manly Vale

WRL is a leading international consulting and research laboratory and is a major group within UNSW Australia School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the UNSW Water Research Centre. WRL is unique in housing academic staff alongside a commercial Projects Team. The Projects Team offer commercial services of expert advice to industry and government, while the academic staff carry out research programs and supervise postgraduate students.

WRL can best be described as an expert problem solver in engineering relating to water, the coast, the environment and groundwater. WRL undertakes commercial projects to address complicated water engineering problems relating to groundwater, hydrology, river flow and flood plain management, estuarine and ocean hydraulics, sediment transport, stratified flow, pipe flow, major pump installations, hydraulic structures, water distribution, wave and surge predictions, foreshore protection, breakwater design, sea level rise and climate change adaptation, coastal zone management and environmental studies.

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The Water Research Centre (WRC)

Co-director: Professor Richard Stuetz

Co-director: Professor Ian Turner

WRC Kensignton Centre Manager: Mr Robert Steel

WRL Manly Vale Centre Manager: Mr Grantly Smith