Getting to Know Groundwater

An introductory-level course designed to provide a foundation of knowledge in groundwater and surface water, and their interactions.

Change my region
Change my timezone


No sessions found.




The Getting to Know Groundwater course is a two-day introductory-level course designed to provide a foundation of knowledge in the complex areas of groundwater.

Day one of the course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the science, processes, behaviour and management of groundwater and surface water resources. This information provides a foundation for day two, which focusses on local groundwater/surface water issues through the presentation and discussion of local case studies.

Minimal experience in groundwater science is assumed.


This course is designed for non-specialists looking to gain a basic understanding of groundwater resources and how they interact. It is ideal for technicians, environmental officers, managers, planners, policy staff and individuals from a diversity of natural resources backgrounds hoping to gain foundational knowledge of these important resources. 


  • How important is Groundwater?
  • Field Techniques
  • Surface water and groundwater interaction
  • Chemistry and Water Quality
  • Managed aquifer recharge
  • Intro to Coal Seam Gas
  • Water Resource Management 


Professor Peter Cook (Flinders University)

Peter Cook is Professor of Hydrogeology at Flinders University. Between 2009 and 2014 he was Deputy Director of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT), and the Program Leader for the Surface Water - Groundwater Interaction program within the NCGRT. One of Australia's foremost groundwater scientists, Professor Cook has more than 20 years experience in groundwater research, spanning the fields of groundwater hydrology, ecohydrology, isotope hydrology, unsaturated zone flow process, and surface water – groundwater interaction. He has co-written books on environmental tracers and ecohydrology. He was the National Ground Water Association’s Henry Darcy Dinstinguished Lecturer in Ground Water Science in 2009, the only time this honour has been awarded to a scientist from outside North America.

Supported by ICEWaRM