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Availability and Management of Groundwater Resources

NPTEL and IIT (ISM) Dhanbad via Swayam


ABOUT THE COURSE: Water is a fundamental natural resource that influences human health, ecology and economic development. Almost all activities such as domestic, agriculture and industrial demand we use water. Although water in nature is the most important and abundant compound but less than 1% of world water resources is available for our use. Though the world has achieved tremendous progress in all fields of science and technology but adequate and safe drinking water is still a distance dream for many people. This is due to the uneven distribution of water. Hence, there is a need to find out the availability and management of the water resources of our country with natural perspective.INTENDED AUDIENCE: Research, Students, Officials from IndustryPREREQUISITES: B.Tech/BE in Civil or Environmental or Msc in Environmental science.INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Research Institute/ PSUs/ Govt. Institute.


Week 1: Introduction of hydrological cycle, need for conservation of groundwater resources Week 2:Geologic formations as aquifers Week 3:Vadose and saturated zones Week 4:Confined and unconfined aquifers and their parameters Week 5:Porosity, permeability, transmissivity and storage coefficient Week 6:Law of groundwater movement, Darcy’s law and applications Week 7:Estimation of Subsurface runoff, Types of wells, Well Hydraulics Week 8:Measurement of rainfall, Index of wetness, Infiltration rate Week 9:Estimation of Total Annual Replenishable Natural Groundwater Recharge Week 10:Groundwater resources planning and management Week 11:Rainwater Harvesting and Artificial groundwater recharge Week 12:Impact of climate change on water resources

Taught by

Prof. Prasoon Kumar Singh


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