By Prof. Pitambar Pati   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 1047
Geomorphology deals with the activities of different natural surface and subsurface agents engaged in removal of old and formation of new landforms on the earth’s surface. In modern days geomorphic evaluation of each and every area is utmost important for sustainable development. It helps in many fields such as ground water exploration and storage, flood control, waste disposal, smart city development, oil and natural gas exploration, infrastructure development etc.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Civil Engineering
PREREQUISITES : Engineering Geology (preferable)Engineering Mechanics (Compulsory)
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : All companies that deals with the Civil infrastructure development
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  : Introduction to Geomorphology, timescale and processes of landform development, role of structure, time and processes, palimpsest nature of present major landforms, equilibrium and evolution, energy flow in
geomorphic systems, role of uniformitarianism vs catastrophism in landscape development
Week 2  : Weathering- mechanical, chemical and biological weathering, weathering of silicate minerals; soils- horizonation, factors affecting pedogenesis, use of
Week 3  : Paloesols in climatic interpretation and dating of geomorphic surfaces and events, Mass wasting processes – classification and hillslope evolution
Week 4  : Fluvial Geomorphology: Stream and river processes, processes of transport, channel geometry, concept of grade; depositional features- floodplain, fans, deltas, drainage patterns; morphometric analysis of drainage basins
Week 5  : Desert Geomorphology- Deserts and global wind patterns, environments of wind action, erosion, transportation and depositional processes of wind. Use of desert
geomorphology to study paleoclimate and paleogeography
Week 6  : Glacial Geomorphology- Formation glacier ice from snow, morphological and thermal classification of glaciers, glacial landforms. Glaciation and isostasy. Quaternary glaciations and their significance
Week 7  : Coastal geomorphology - Ocean waves, currents and tides, wave reflection and refraction, longshore and rip currents, littoral drift, typical landscapes, effects of base level changes on coastal and fluvial geomorphology: emergence, submergence progradation and erosion level
Week 8  : Tectonic Geomorphology - Geomorphic indicators of tectonic activity and paleoseismicity- geomorphic indices, process -response models, use of geomorphic
elements such as drainage patterns, terminal fans, fluvial and marine terraces, paleosols and alluvial fans in neotectonic interpretation. Geomorphic processes effect on Isostatic adjustment. Mountain front and foreland geomorphology
Week 9  : Seismic Geomorphology: Seismic Geomorphology an over view, Seismic geomorphology in fluvial environment, in paleogeographic reconstruction, seismic geomorphology on sea bed.
Week 10: Exploration geomorphology: Geomorphology in mineral exploration, in ground water exploration, in hydrocarbon exploration
Week 11: Engineering geomorphology: Geomorphology in constructing engineering structures such as dam, tunnel, flood control structures and urban planning such as waste disposal sites, water storage sites
Week 12: Geomorphological mapping: Methods of preparation of geomorphological map, map elements in different environments. preparation of geomorphological map from satellite images. Study of geomorphic features from toposheets. Use of geomorphological map in developmental projects

Books and references

1. Applied Geomorphology. Allision, R.J.,2002. John Wiley and Sons Ltd. England
2. Martian Geomorphology. Balme, M. R.; Bargery, A. S; Gallagher, C. J. and Gupta, S.,2011. The Geological Society, London
3. Geomorphology and Global Environmental Change. Slaymaker, O.; Spencer, T. andHamann, C.E., 2009. Cambridge University Press, New York
4. FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOMORPHOLOGY. Huggett, R. J., 2007. Routledge, Taylor& Francis Group, New York
5. Seismic Geomorphology: Application to hydrocarbon exploration and production. Davies, R.J.; Posamentier, H.W.; Wood, L. J. and Cartwright J.A, 2007. The GeologicalSociety of London.
6. Geoinformatics in Applied Geomorphology. Anbazhagan, S.; Subramanian, S. K. and Yang X., 2011. CRC Press,Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York

Instructor bio

Prof. Pitambar Pati

IIT Roorkee
The Instructor completed his Ph.D in 2008 from IIT Roorkee and working as a geologist in Geological Survey on India up to 2012. He has five years of industrial work experience in Geological Survey of India and more than six years of teaching experience as assistant professor of this institute since 2013. The instructor is working as Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences in IIT Roorkee at present. The instructor was shortlisted among the outstanding teachers list of the institute in 2018 in PG level.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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