• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Environmental Studies, Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Paul Tregoning
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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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.


Honours Pathway Option

Additional readings of greater conceptual difficulty requiring an advanced scientific understanding will be made available for students enrolled in the Honours pathway option (HPO). 20 per cent of the marks available on the exam will be answers to alternate questions for HPO students. Integration of this material in the independent project will be expected.

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

Not yet determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed or be currently studying 24 units of EMSC, ENVS, MATH, ENGN or CHEM courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GEOL3025 or EMSC6025.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts.


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.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6050 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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