Basic Groundwater Flows

This course delves deeper into the first basic groundwater principles with a practical perspective
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (40 ratings)
1,851 students
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Basic Groundwater Flows
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (40 ratings)
1,851 students
At the end of this course you should have a deeper understanding of basic groundwater concepts such as water infiltration into the subsurface below us and how that becomes groundwater recharge. We will also discuss groundwater flow through aquifers as well as groundwater residence times, before finishing with groundwater discharge from aquifers back onto the land surface.


  • You should be able to use a computer and do general internet searches.


The course has been designed to discuss the basic science and definitions for the flow and movement of groundwater in the earth and to be more specific about concepts such as water infiltration into the ground, groundwater recharge, groundwater flows and residence times, aquifer definitions and finally groundwater discharge.  We will also look at the movement of water in the land based part of the Water Cycle.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wants to understand basic groundwater flows

Course content

1 section • 5 lectures • 42m total length
  • Review of 'Land Based Groundwater Flows' as part of the Water Cycle
  • Water Infiltration below the Land Surface
  • Groundwater Flows and Residence TImes
  • Groundwater Discharge
  • Review Questions and Conclusion


Enthusiastic Water Science Professional
Ian Hunt
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 199 Reviews
  • 3,751 Students
  • 2 Courses

Ian Hunt is a Hydrogeologist with 25 years’ experience and he has a sound background in groundwater processes combined with practical experience in operational water management. Ian has the ability to grasp the overall picture and to transfer this knowledge in clear and practical discussions to people around him.

He is enthusiastic about water science and would like to share his knowledge and experience with you.He has experience as an associated lecturer for more than seven years at a reputable University.

Qualifications, B.Sc. (Hons) Geology, G.D.E. Geostatistics, M.Sc Geohydrology