About the GroundwaterU Video Library

The GroundwaterU Video Library is a unique public catalogue of educational videos related to all things groundwater – from science and engineering to law and policy – and for all interest and learning levels. It bridges the knowledge gap between groundwater experts and the millions of people who need to sustain access to clean water.

Fortunately, there are many experienced groundwater practitioners, teachers, and organizations that have created high-quality educational videos containing multimedia and that are available to the public for free via YouTube, Vimeo, or on organization-specific websites. Links to the videos and summaries are submitted for review to GroundwaterU using a simple form, which helps simplify participation. In addition, individuals can transform PowerPoint presentations into new videos for submittal to GroundwaterU.

One of the unique aspects of the GroundwaterU Video Library is the inclusion of written summaries of the video content, including key conceptual and technical elements, and identification of specific and education-rich multimedia content included in the videos, such as animations, illustrations, and lectures on specific topics that are embedded in much longer videos. These summaries serve to create an extensive database of keywords, thereby enabling visitors to unearth specific content that is otherwise invisible to internet search engines. Also, the summaries on GroundwaterU are instantly translated into 100+ languages with the aid of a dropdown menu.

A goal of GroundwaterU is to build a catalogue consisting of hundreds of high-quality videos related to groundwater, including videos produced in multiple languages and from around the globe.

Watch the GroundwaterU Overview video

GroundwaterU Overview Video
A very basic well in the savannah of southeast Niger serves as a source of water. Increased understanding of groundwater exploration can lead to poverty reduction and improved access to water. It enables communities to drill wells that provide clean water, develop and irrigate cropland, and to free women to attend schools. Photo by Focx Photography, Public Domain.
Inland flooding can occur as groundwater is lifted above the ground surface due to sea level rise. Image from https://youtu.be/UnPKsgTKQx8.
Groundwater in a karst aquifer. Photo from IYCK.org

GroundwaterU is a not-for-profit, non-governmental project located in Westfield, New Jersey, USA. It was launched in January 2022.

About the Founder

Andrew J.B. Cohen is a hydrogeologist located in New Jersey, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in Water Resources from the Department of Earth Sciences, State University of New York at Oneonta. His focus is hydrogeologic investigations, migration of contaminants in groundwater, and conceptual model illustration and animation. Prior to his current roles as a contaminant hydrogeologist in the environmental consulting industry and Adjunct Professor of Contaminant Hydrogeology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, he was a Research Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he focused on hydrogeologic characterization and modeling of groundwater in fractured and faulted bedrock. Contact: ajbcohen@groundwateru.org.

He is co-author (with John A. Cherry) of “Conceptual and Visual Understanding of Hydraulic Head and Groundwater Flow”, which is available for free download at gw-project.org/books. The book has been downloaded 8,800 times as of April 2023. It is available in English, Farsi, and Portuguese, and it is currently being translated into French, Spanish, Bengali, Vietnamese, Italian, and Turkish. Link



Lisa Axe, Ph.D., Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Paul Bauman, Principal Geophysicist, Paul Bauman Geophysics, Canada

John Cherry, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Canada; Founder, The Groundwater Project

J.F. Devlin, Ph.D., Professor of Hydrogeology, Geology Department, University of Kansas, Kansas, USA; Editor-in-Chief, Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation

Gabriel Eckstein, Professor of Law and Director of the Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resource Systems Law Program, Texas A&M University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

David Kreamer, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA; President, International Association of Hydrogeologists

Arthur N. Palmer, Ph.D., Professor Emertis, State University of New York at Oneonta, USA

Eileen Poeter, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Colorado School of Mines, USA; Board Member, The Groundwater Project

Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D., President, High Atlas Foundation, Morocco

Help build the GroundwaterU Library