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Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Surface Water Hydrology

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NPTEL via Swayam


Surface water hydrology is one of the core courses in civil engineering that covers a wide range of topics related to different components, at or near earth’s surface of the global hydrological cycle. The spread of knowledge base is wide and relevant topics are multiple in this major field of study. To provide a comprehensive learning strategy, this course is sub-divided into three major modules, namely Hydrological Processes, Hydrological Analysis and Hydrological Design. The first module starts with the fundamental concept of hydrology and hydrologic cycle and its importance on earth. This module ends with an overall discussion on the importance of this subject in the context of climate change as a part of motivation. Next module focuses on different important components of the hydrologic cycle, starting with the most vital one i.e., precipitation and gradually discussing evaporation, evapotranspiration, infiltration, run-off, streamflow, flood etc. All necessary theoretical concepts of each process, their physical modelling and their real-life measuring arrangements are discussed elaborately. Necessary schematics diagrams and practical photographs are used along with illustrative examples to make the theoretical concepts clear. More real-life applications are considered in the last module in which Hydrological design concepts are developed.PRE-REQUISITE: None.INTENDED AUDIENCE:Students belonging to Civil Engineering discipline can take this course.INDUSRTY SUPPORT:DHI Water & Environment.


Week 1:Introduction to Hydrological ProcessesWeek 2:Hydrologic Analysis of PrecipitationWeek 3:Abstraction from PrecipitationWeek 4:Streamflow measurementWeek 5:Hydrologic Analysis of Run-offWeek 6:Analysis of Hydrograph-IWeek 7:Analysis of Hydrograph-IIWeek 8:Floods and Flood ControlWeek 9:Flood RoutingWeek 10:Hydrologic Frequency AnalysisWeek 11:Applications of Frequency AnalysisWeek 12:Hydrologic Design

Taught by

Prof. Rajib Maity

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