• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Environmental Studies, Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Paul Tregoning
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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In Sem 2 2022, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.

This course is of interest to students in science, environment, engineering, law and other disciplines because of the importance of water resources to our society. The course will include the study of changes in water in the landscape, traditional methods of observing and modelling hydrological processes, what we can (and cannot) measure and how satellite observations complement and/or replace traditional approaches. Students will learn about a variety of satellite missions designed to measure soil moisture, total water storage and river/dam levels.  Emphasis will be on the quantification of changes in water resources and the way in which remotely sensed observations can transform hydrology modelling.

Laboratory: The practical component will include the analysis of actual observations related to water resources (precipitation, total water storage, depth to groundwater etc) through the development of python software.


Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the different components of water in the landscape and how they interact.
  2. Undertake quantitative analysis and interpretation of actual data related to water in Australia.
  3. Understand a variety of remote sensing satellite missions and how the observations inform water research.
  4. Critically evaluate technical reports and journal articles.
  5. Synthesise key concepts in hydrology and/or remote sensing to understand changes in water resources.

Other Information

Students in this course must be able to access a computer onto which python can be installed. Assistance is provided in class to install python and computers can be provided if any student does not have their own.


Indicative Assessment

  1. Written and oral critiques of literature (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Computing assignments x3 (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Theory Examination (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • The face-to-face component may consist of 2 x 1-hour lectures, 1 x 2-hour practical and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week.
  • Approximately 60 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be active in the Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) or the Master of Science in Earth Sciences. Incompatible with EMSC3025 and GEOL3025.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6175 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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