About us

The Water Research Centre (WRC) undertakes multidisciplinary research in water and environmental engineering. Our researchers develop tools to improve the management and sustainability of aquatic and atmospheric environments.

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WRC had its beginnings over 60 years ago and in that time the scope of our research and activities has broadened substantially. Today we are one of the largest centres at UNSW and we have two locations serving more than 50 staff and supporting more than 70 PhD students.

Our history as a leading Australian water research organisation forms the base on which we have grown – now we're able to apply our experience and critical thinking across more than just water, into a diverse range of related fields.

  • Atmospheric emissions and odour
  • Hydroclimatology
  • Climate change impact assessments
  • Water quality and treatment processes
  • Lifecycle assessment and sustainability
  • Carbon and water footprinting
  • Risk assessment
  • Hydrogeology
  • Civil and environmental hydraulics
  • Coastal engineering
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