Engineering Hydrology

By Prof. Sreeja Pekkat   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 277
This course on engineering hydrology aims to impart knowledge on the processes that secure the most valuable natural resource: WATER. It deals with the complex interaction and pathways of water connecting atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere. This course will give an idea on how the hydrological science is mathematically quantified for engineering applications to manage water resources. The knowledge acquired in this course will be pre-requisite for different advanced level courses in post-graduate. The course starts with the explanation of hydrological processes related to atmosphere, surface and subsurface regime. This is followed by the explanation on hydrological analysis, which is mandatory for the design of hydraulic structures. The course ends with basic discussion on hydrological statistics important for dealing significant amount of data and its uncertainties, which forms the backbone of hydrological analysis.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Undergraduate students in Civil Engineering
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Basic civil engineering infrastructural companies.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week1: Course contents, Hydrologic cycle, Global water budget, Catchment, System concept, Reynolds transport theorem, Conservation laws
Week 2: Atmospheric water, Water vapor dynamics, Precipitable water, Precipitation, Types of precipitation
Week 3: Terminal velocity, Thunder storm cell model, Forms of precipitation, Measurement of Rainfall, Rain gauge network, Representation and analysis of rainfall, Average rainfall
Week 4: Evaporation, Measurement and estimation, Evapotranspiration, estimation and measurement
Week 5: Subsurface water, Unsaturated flow, Infiltration, Measurement of infiltration, Estimation of abstractions
Week 6: Surface water, Catchment storage concept, Runoff generation and factors affecting runoff, Measurement streamflow, Rainfall-Runoff relationships, Streamflow hydrograph and Direct runoff hydrograph
Week 7: Hydrograph analysis, Response functions of linear systems, Unit hydrograph theory
Week 8: S hydrograph, Instantaneous unit hydrograph, Synthetic unit hydrograph
Week 9: Flood routing, Reservoir routing, Channel routing
Week10: Probabilistic and statistical methods for of hydrologic data, Fitting probability distribution
Week 11: Probability distributions for hydrologic variables, Frequency analysis, Extreme value distributions
Week 12: Estimation of design floods, Frequency Analysis

Books and references

  1. Srivastava, R., and, Jain, A. (2017). Engineering Hydrology, McGraw Hill Education.
  2. Subramanya, K. (2013). Engineering Hydrology, 4th Edition, Tata McGraw Hill Education (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India
  3. Singh V., P. (1992). Elementary Hydrology, Prentice Hall.
  4. Chow, V., T., Maidment, D. R., and, May, L., W. (1988). Applied hydrology, McGraw Hill, Singapor
  5. Goyal, M., K. (2016). Engineering Hydrology, PHI Learning Private Limited.
  6. Maity, R. (2018). Statistical Methods in Hydrology and Hydroclimatology, Springer.
  7. Patra, K. C. (2008). Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, Narosa Publishing House.
  8. Bedient, P. B., Huber, W., C., and, Vieux, B., E. (2003). Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis. Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  9. Veissman, W., Jr., and, Lewis, G., L. (2003). Introduction to hydrology, Prentice Hall.

Instructor bio

Prof. Sreeja Pekkat

IIT Guwahati
The SME is an Associate Professor in the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. Since then she has taught the course on Engineering Hydrology multiple times till date. She received her Ph.D. degree from IIT Bombay. Her research interests include Urban Flood Modeling, Infiltration and Artificial Recharge, Climate Change, Transient Flow Analysis and River Mechanics. She has published around 30 peer reviewed journals and several conference/seminar proceedings. She was a recipient of the Prof. R. J. Garde Research Award-2017 by the Indian Society for Hydraulics (ISH) for outstanding research in the field of Water Resources. She is a member of ASCE and Indian Society for Hydraulics. She is a reviewer for several national and international journals.

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: 
29 April 2023 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 Guwahati .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.

- NPTEL team

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