Groundwater hydrology and management

By Prof. Pennan Chinnasamy   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 1359
Groundwater is the most important water resource that aids during climate change extremes (floods and droughts). Groundwater has also been the key factor for increase in cropped area, rotation and profit for farmers. However, the groundwater science is not well understood and hence it is depleted at alarming rates. India is the highest extractor of groundwater in the world and it is necessary to understand groundwater hydrology to better work in water resources management activities.


INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students in Civil Engineering, Rural Development, Earth Science, Geology and Rural development departments. Development, Earth Science, Geology and Rural development departments.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environment
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
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 Groundwater.
Week 2: International importance of groundwater and focus groundwater use in India.
Week 3: Physics and hydrology of Groundwater.
Week 4: Groundwater governing equations 1 (unconfined aquifer).
Week 5: Groundwater governing equations 2 (confined aquifer).
Week 6: Groundwater recharge and discharge.
Week 7: Types of groundwater wells and pumping sources.
Week 8: Groundwater well types and energy sources.
Week 9: Aquifer stratification and groundwater data.
Week 10: Groundwater data access in India.
Week 11: Groundwater databases and Conceptual model.
Week 12: Groundwater Models.

Books and references

1) Freeze P.A., Cherry J. 1979 Groundwater. Prentice-Hall
2) Ward, R.C and Robinson. M. 1967. Principles of Hydrology. Tata McGraw Hill  
3) Dingman, S.L. and Dingman, S.L. 2015. Physical hydrology (Vol. 575). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
4) Viessman, W., Lewis, G.L. and Knapp, J.W. 2003. Introduction to hydrology (No. GB 661.2. V53 1972.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
5) Fetter, C.W. 2018. Applied hydrogeology. Waveland Press.
6) Field notes from instructor
7) Raghunath H.M. 2006. Hydrology: principles, analysis and design

Instructor bio

Prof. Pennan Chinnasamy

IIT Bombay
Pennan Chinnasamy obtained his Masters degree in Physics from Wesleyan University, Connecticut - US, followed by a doctoral degree, with focus on hydrology, from University of Missouri, US. After his Research fellow position with Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), he joined the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) as a Researcher (Geohydrology and Remote Sensing), and was stationed in Nepal and Indian offices, where he focused on climate change impacts on under developed and developing nations. He then joined Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, as a Senior Researcher developing real time flood predicting models for Singapore. He is currently an Assistant Professor with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay - India, under the Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA) department, where his work primarily focuses on natural resources assessment, monitoring and management in rural regions. He is the founding director of the Rural Data Research and Analysis (RuDRA) lab, which is the first Big data lab for rural regions, housed in an academic institution in India. He is also an associate faculty with the Interdisciplinary Climate Program and Policy Study Centre in IITB. Pennan is also a visiting professor with University of Oulu, Finland. Over the past decade, Pennan has experience working in NGOs, national and regional government agencies and academic institutions, focusing on sustainable surface and groundwater management plans, climate change impacts, large data analysis and hydrological simulation models. His work has been recognized in many internationally peer reviewed journals, policy briefs and government reports (e.g. EPA, NEA- Nepal, World Bank, Asian Development Bank) and are being used to formulate scientifically validated best management plans.

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.
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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

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