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Philip B. Bedient
Professor
Herman Brown Professor of Engineering
 
e-mail:bedient@rice.edu
 
  • B.S. (1969) University of Florida
  • M.S. (1972) University of Florida
  • Ph.D. (1975) University of Florida
 
Primary Department
   Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Websites
 Dr. Bedient Home Page
 Flood Alert System - FAS 3
 Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis, 5th Ed.
 SSPEED Center
 
Research Areas
 Surface and groundwater hydrology, geographical information, flood alert systems, sensor and radar networks, flood control and water quality strategies, hydrologic modeling, floodplain management, contaminant transport mechanisms in groundwater, aquifer remediation strategies and modeling
 

2013 Statement of Research

 

The year 2013 was the sixth year of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice University, with funding exceeding $5.2 million since 2009. A number of major initiatives were accomplished and are detailed below. Bedeint's overall research team consists of 2 senior researchers and 5 graduate students, 4 at the PHD level.

Dr. Bedient along with Mr. Blackburn organized a major new proposal to the Houston Endowment for 3 more years of funding beginning in 2014. A number of new papers were co-authored with graduate students this year (5 in total) on various aspects of the SSPEED Center research including storm surge, Centennial Gate Design, TMC flood warning system and flood mitigation, and low impact development at the Woodlands.

A major AGU  Water Resources conference was held in San Francisco in Dec 2013 where Dr. Bedient  and students had three posters presented at the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Two major initiatives includes the evaluation of a proposed flood surge gate at the mouth of the Houston Ship Channel. One PHD and one MS student worked on the project to evaluate the complex hydrology and hydraulics of such a gate in the presence of a 25 ft max surge from a direct hit hurricane. Meetings were held with industry, the Port of Houston, and state and federal leaders to get their response to the idea, and it was well received. A paper was accepted for publication off this work in 2013.


To augment our surge gate research, a major collaboration with the Dutch at TU Delft has been arranged and a trip/meeting was held in Delft in May 2013. A visit from the Dutch to Rice is planned for Feb 2014. One graduate student plans to study there beginning in 2014.


Advances continue on the flood alert system for the Texas Medical Center as the system was severely tested on a few floods in 2013. The success of the prediction was highlighted by FEMA in their award recognition. The system is one of the best and most accurate in the U.S. and has resulted in over 1.7 million in funding over the last decade.

Dr. Bedient began to move into a new research area on Low Impact Development and green infrastructure as part of the sustainable watershed initiative at the national level, which is being funded by the EPA. Current funding from Rice and the City of Houston is allowing this to take place. A major workshop occurred for February 2013 with national and local experts invited to share research methods and case studies.  This new approach to storm water management could have a major effect on future buildings in Houston and on the Rice campus. Dr. Bedient ended 2013 with being quoted over 200 times in numerous news outlets including the Houston Chronicle, the Huffington Post, and the local ABC and CBS stations.

 

2016 Research Statement

 

The year 2016 was the 7th year of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice University, with funding exceeding $6.7 million since 2009. A number of major initiatives were accomplished and are detailed below. Dr. Bedient's overall research team consists of 2 senior researchers and 5 graduate students, 4 at the PHD level. Two new post docs were added in Fall 2016 to assist in overall modeling efforts. A number of new papers were co-authored with graduate students this year (4 published/2 in review) on various aspects of the SSPEED Center research including storm surge analysis in Galveston Bay, storm surge levee and gate designs, TMC flood warning system and flood mitigation, and the impact of major flooding in Houston.  SSPEED held a major conference in April 2016 at Rice and over 150 attendees were present for the 2-day event.


A number of conferences were attended to present research results. The major AGU Water Resources conference was held in Dec 2016 where Dr. Bedient and students had three posters and one presentation at the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Ca.  Two major initiatives includes the evaluation of a proposed flood surge gate to protect the Houston Ship Channel. One PHD and one MS student worked on the project to evaluate the complex hydrology and hydraulics of such protection in the presence of a 20 to 25 ft maximum surge from a direct hit hurricane. Meetings were held with industry, the Port of Houston, and state and federal leaders to get their response to the idea, and it was well received.


To augment our surge mitigation research, a major collaboration with the Dutch at TU Delft was funded to TAMU Galveston and Rice, and a trip/meeting was held in Delft in May 2016. A visit from the Dutch to Rice occurred in 2016, and a review of our surge mitigation plan was completed. Two graduate students spent part of June 2016 working on projects in the Netherlands as part of an NSF funded PIRE exchange project (through 2020).


Advances continue on the flood alert system for the Texas Medical Center as the system was severely tested on a few floods in 2015 and 2016. The system is one of the best and most accurate in the U.S. and has resulted in over 1.8 million in funding over the last decade. A lot of interest has been expressed from the City of Houston for expanding the system given all the recent floods in Houston.



Dr. Bedient began to move into a new research area on prairie and green infrastructure as part of the sustainable watershed initiative at the national level. This new approach to storm water management could have a major effect on future buildings in Houston and on the Rice campus, and Dr. Bedient will receive a new grant to model the flood impacts for the long term Rice campus plan. Finally, a new proposal for advanced environmental modeling of surge mitigation structures has been submitted to the Houston Endowment for 2017-2019. That work involves cooperation with UT Austin and University of Houston and, if funded, will result in the first major environmental study of Galveston Bay impacts since 1994.


In 2016, SSPEED and/or Dr. Bedient were featured in more than 1,170 national and local media stories, including television, print, radio and online sources. Outlets include: the Houston Chronicle, the Huffington Post, NY Times, Texas Monthly, and the local ABC and CBS stations.

 
Teaching Areas
 Hydrology and watershed analysis, hydrologic design, groundwater contaminant transport, fundamentals of civil and environmental engineering
 
Selected Publications
 Abstracts
 

Fang, Z., Bedient, P.B. "Enhanced NEXRAD Radar-based Flood Warning System with Hydraulic Prediction Feature: Floodplain Map Library (FPML)."  (2007)

 
 Refereed articles
 

Anarde, K.A., Kameschwar, S., Irza, J.N., Nittrouer, J.A., Lorenzo-Trueba, J., Padgett, J.E., Sebastian, A. & Bedient, P.B. "Infrastructure vulnerability to hurricane storm surge evaluated for an evolving coastal landscape." Natural Hazards ReviewSubmitted

 
 

Bass, B., Irza, J.N., Proft, J., Bedient, P., and Dawson, C. "Fidelity of the Integrated Kinetic Energy Factor as an Indicator of Storm Surge Impacts ." Natural Hazards

 
 

Bass, B., Juan, A., Gori, A., Fang, Z., and Bedient, P. "2015 Memorial Day Flood Impacts for Changing Watershed Conditions in Houston, TX." Natural Hazards Review

 
 

Bass, B., Torres, J., Irza, J.N., Proft, J., Sebastian, A., Dawson, C., and Bedient, P. "Surge Dynamics across a Complex Bay Coastline, Galveston Bay, TX." Coastal EngineeringSubmitted

 
 

Juan, A., Hughes, C.M., Fang, Z., and Bedient, P. B. "Hydrologic Performance of Watershed-Scale Low Impact Development (LID) in a Highly Intensity Rainfall Region." Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, ASCE

 
 

McGuire, T., Adamson, D., Burcham, M., Bedient, P., Newell, C. "Evaluation of Long-Term Performance and Sustained Treatment at Enhanced Anaerobic Bioremediation Sites." National Ground Water Association

 
 

Torres, J.M., Bass, B., Irza, J.N., Proft, J., Sebastian, A., Dawson, C., and Bedient, P. "Modeling the Hydrodynamic Performance of a Conceptual Storm Surge Barrier System for the Galveston Bay Region." Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering Submitted

 
 

Brody, S.D., Sebastian, A., Blessing, R., & Bedient, P.B. "Case-study results from southeast Houston, Texas: Identifying the impacts of residential location on flood risk and loss." Journal of Flood Risk Management

 
 

Burleson, D.W., Rifai, H.S., Proft, J.K., Dawson, C.N., Bedient, P.B. "Vulnerability of an Industrial Corridor in Texas to Storm Surge." Natural Hazards, 77(2): 1183-1203.

 
 

Torres, J.M., Bass, B., Irza, N., Fang, Z., Proft, J., Dawson, C., Morteza, K., Bedient, P. "Characterizing the Hydraulic Interactions of Hurricane Storm Surge and Rainfall-Runoff for the Houston-Galveston Region." Coastal Engr, 106: 7-19.


http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2015.09.004
 
 

Brody, S.D., Blessing, R., Sebastian, A., Bedient, P. "Examining the impact of land use/land cover characteristics on flood losses." Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

 
 

Christian, J., Fang, Z., Torres, J., Deitz, R., Bedient, P. "Modeling the Hydraulic Effectiveness of a Proposed Storm Surge Barrier System for the Houston Ship Channel during Hurricane Events." ." ASCE Natural Hazards Review

 
 

Fang, Z., Dolan G., Sebastian, A., and Bedient, P. "Case Study of Flood Mitigation and Hazard Management at the Texas Medical Center in the Wake of Tropical Storm Allison in 2001." ASCE Natural Hazards Review

 
 

Sebastian, A., Bedient, P., Proft, J., Dietrich, J., Dawson, C., "Characterizing hurricane storm surge behavior in Galveston Bay using the SWAN+ADCIRC Model." Coastal Engineering

 
 

Brody, S.D., Blessing, R., Sebastian, A., and Bedient, P.B. (2013). “Delineating the Reality of Flood Risk and Loss in Southeast, TX.” ASCE Natural Hazards Review, 14, 89-97.doi: 10.1061/(ASCE) NH.1527-6996.0000091

 
 

Christian, J., Fang, Z., Torres, J., Deitz, R., Bedient, P. (2014). "Modeling the Hydraulic Effectiveness of a Proposed Storm Surge Barrier System for the Houston Ship Channel during Hurricane Events." ASCE Natural Hazards Review, (accepted)

 
 

Doubleday, G., Sebastian, A., Luttenschlager, T., and Bedient, P.B. (2013). “Modeling Hydrologic Benefits of Low Impact Development: A Distributed Hydrologic Model of The Woodlands, TX.” Journal of American Water Resources, 1-13. doi: 10.1111/jawr.12095.

 
 

Sebastian, A., Bedient, P., Proft, J., Dietrich, J., Dawson, C., (2013)  “Characterizing hurricane storm surge behavior in Galveston Bay using the SWAN+ADCIRC Model” Coastal Engineering. (accepted)

 
 

Teague, A., J. Christian, and P. Bedient. (2013) “Use of Radar Rainfall in an Application of Distributed Hydrologic Modeling for Cypress Creek Watershed, Texas”. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE) HE.1943-5584.0000567, American Society of Civil Engineers.

 
 

Bedient, P.B., Holder, A., Thompson, J.F., and Z. Zang "Modeling of Stormwater Pipe System under Severe Tailwater Conditions for the Texas Medical Center." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering

 
 

Capiro, N.L., Stafford, W.G., Rixey, Alvarez, P.J.J., and P.B. Bedient "Fuel-Grade Ethanol Transport at the Water Table Interface in a Pilot-Scale Experimental Tank." Water Research

 
 

Fang, Z., Bedient, P.B., and J.A. Benavides "Advanced Flood Alert System for Houston." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (2006) Submitted

 
 

Safiolea, E. and P.B. Bedient "Distributed Modeling Approach for Spatial Quantification of the Hydrologic Impact of Development in a Rapidly Growing Urban Environment." Journal of HydrologySubmitted

 
 

Bedient, P.B., Horsak, R.D., Schlenk, D., Hovinga, R.M., Pierson, J.D. "Environmental Impact on Fipronil to Louisiana Crawfish Industry." Environmental Forensics (2005) : 289-299.

 
 

Characklis, G.W., Griffin, R.C., P.B. Bedient "Measuring Long-term Benefits of Salinity Reduction." Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 30 (1) (2005) : 69-93.

 
 Articles
 

Brody, S.D., Blessing, R., Sebastian, A., Bedient, P., “Delineating the Reality of Flood Risk and Loss in Southeast, Texas” Natural Hazards Review, accepted

 
 

Christian, J., L. Duenas-Osorio, A. Teague, Z. Fang, and P. Bedient (2012) Uncertainty in floodplain delineation: Expression of flood hazard and risk in a Gulf Coast watershed, Hydrological Processes, doi:10.1002/hyp.9360.

 
 

Doubleday, G., Sebastian, A., Luttenschlager, T., and Bedient, B. (2013) Modeling Hydrologic Benefits of Low Impact Development: A Distributed Hydrologic Model of The Woodlands, Texas, Journal of American Water Resources Association

 
 

Stepinski, E., J. Christian, and P. Bedient "Methods for Modeling Coastal Floodplains Under Hurricane Storm Surge Conditions.” Journal of Hydrological Processes. (Accepted) July 2011." Submitted

 
 

Teague, Aarin; Christian, J.C., Bedient, P.B. "Radar Rainfall Application in a Distributed Hydrologic Model for Cypress Creek Watershed, Texas, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. ." In Press

 
 

Fang, Z., Bedient, P. B., and Buzcu-Guven, B. (2011). . "“Long-Term Performance of a Flood Alert System and Upgrade to FAS3: A Houston Texas Case Study”. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE Vol. 16, No. 10, October 2011, ISSN 1084-0699/2011/10-818-828." 

 
 

Teague, A., J. Christian, and P. Bedient. "“Use of Radar Rainfall in an Application of Distributed Hydrologic Modeling for Cypress Creek Watershed, Texas”. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. (Accepted). 2011." Submitted

 
 

Fang, Z, Zimmer, A., Bedient, P. B, Robinson, H., Christian, J., and Vieux, B. E. "“Using a Distributed Hydrologic Model to Evaluate the Location of Urban Development and Flood Control Storage”. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management”." 

 
 

Fang, Z, Zimmer, A., Bedient, P. B, Robinson, H., Christian, J., and Vieux, B. E. (2009). Using a Distributed Hydrologic Model to Evaluate the Location of Urban Development and Flood Control Storage. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE. (Accepted)

 
 

Fang, Z., Bedient, P. B., Benavidas J.A, and Zimmer A. L. "Enhanced Radar-based Flood Alert System and Floodplain Map Library." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 13 (2008)

 
 

Fang, Z., Bedient, P.B. "Modern Urban Flood Control Facilities and Policy for Highly Urbanized Areas." Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management (2007) Submitted

 
 

Gomez D.E., De Blanc P.C., Rixey W., Bedient P.B., Alvarez P.J.J., "Evaluation of Benzene Plume Elongation Machanisms Exerted by Ethanol Using RT3D with a General Substrate Interaction Module." Water Resources Research Journal, 44 (2008)

 
 

Zimmer, A., Fang, Z., Robinson, H., Vieux, B., Bedient, P. "Distributed Hydrologic Model to Evaluate the Location of Urban Development and Flood Control Storage." Water and Resources planning and Management (2008)

 
 

Bedient, P.B., Holder, A., Thompson. J.F., and Fang, Z. "Modeling of Stormwater Response under Large Tailwater Conditions-Case Study for the Texas Medical Center." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 12 (2007)

 
 

Capiro, N. L., Stafford, B. P., Rixey, W. G., Alvarez, P. J. J., and Bedient, P.B., "Fuel-Grade Ethanol Transport of the Water Table Interface in a Pilot-Scale Experimental Tank." Water Research (2007)

 
 

Fang, Z., Bedient, P.B., and J.A. Benavides "Enhanced Radar-Based Flood Alert System and Floodplain Map Library." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (2008)

 
 

Safiolea, E., and Bedient, P.B. "Distributed Modeling Approach for Spatial Quantification of the Hydrologic Impact of Development in a Rapidly Growing Urban Environment." Journal of Hydrologic (2007) Submitted

 
 

Zimmer, A., Fang, Z., Robinson, H., Bedient, P.B. "A Distributed Hydrologic Model to Evaluate the Location of Urban Development and Flood Control Storage." Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management (2008)

 
 

Thompson, J.F. and P.B. Bedient "Urban Storm Water Design and Management." The Engineering Handbook (2004) : 21.

 
 

Vieux, B.E. and P.B. Bedient "Assessing Urban Hydrologic Prediction Accuracy Through Event Reconstruction." Jn. of Hydrology, 299(3-4) (2004) : 217-236.

 
 

Vieux, B.E. and P.B. Bedient "Evaluation of Urban Hydrologic Prediction Accuracy for Real-Time Forecasting Using Radar." Paper- the Amer. Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (2004/Jan.)

 
 Books
 

Bedient, P. B. and J. Blackburn "Lessons learned from Hurricane Ike” Ed. Philip Bedient. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, (in press, 2012)." In Press

 
 

Bedient, P. B., Vieux, B.E., and Huber, W.C. "Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis”, 5th Ed. Prentice-Hall Publishing Co., Upper Saddle River, NJ, February, 2012, 800 page textbook." 

 
 

Bedient, P. B. and W. C. Huber "Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis."  (2008)

 
 

Bedient, P.B. and W.C. Hubert "Hydrology and Flood Plain Analysis." 

 
 

Bedient, P.B., H.S. Rifai, and C.J. Newell "Ground Water Contamination: Transport and Remediation." 2nd edition, Prentice Hall PTR (1999) : 605 pages.

 
 Book chapters
 

Bedient, P.B. "Design of a Houston-Galveston Area Protection System (H-GAPS) ." Delft Delta Design: Houston Galveston Bay Region Texas, USA: 48-49.

 
 

Fang, Z., Sebastian A., and Bedient, P.B. "Modern Flood Prediction and Warning Systems.” ." Handbook of Engineering Hydrology: Fundamentals and Application, 1

 
 

Fang, Z., Sebastian A., and Bedient, P.B. (2014). “Modern Flood Prediction and Warning Systems.” Handbook of Engineering Hydrology: Fundamentals and Applications (Chapter 21), Vol. 1, Taylor & Francis Inc

 
 

Bedient, P. and A. Sebastian "Chapter 2: Hurricane Ike.” Hurricane Ike: Lessons Learned and Steps to the Future. Ed. Philip Bedient. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, (in press, 2012). Print.." In Press

 
 

Bedient, P. and A. Sebastian "Chapter 1: An Introduction to Gulf Coast Severe Storms and Hurricanes.” Hurricane Ike: Lessons Learned and Steps to the Future. Ed. Philip Bedient. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, (in press, 2012). Print." In Press

 
 

Rifai H.S., Borden R.C., Newell C.J. and Bedient P.B. "“ Modeling Remediation of Chlorinated solvent plumes” In Situ Remediation of Chlorinated solvent Plumes." 

 
 

Fang, Z., Safiolea, E., and P.B. Bedient "Enhanced Flood Alert and Control Systems for Houston." Coastal Hydrology and Processes (2006) : 199-210.

 
 

Bedient, P.B., H.S. Rifai, M.P. Suarez, R.M. Hovinga "Houston Water Issues." Water for Texas (2005) : 107-121.

 
 

Cápiro, N.L., P.B. Bedient "Transport of Reactive Solute in Soil and Groundwater." The Water Encyclopedia (2005) : 524-531.

 
 

Horsak, R.D., Bedient, P.B., Thomas, F.B., Hamilton, C. "Pesticides." Environmental Forensics (2005)

 
 Refereed conference papers
 

Fang, Z. and P.B. Bedient "IP2 Houston Flood Alert and Response-2006."  (2006/October 16-17)

 
 

Fang, Z. and P.B. Bedient "Radar-Based Flood Warning System Using Dynamic Floodplain Map Library." Proceedings of World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2007 (2007/May 15-19)

 
 

Fang, Z., Bedient, P.B., and R. Hovinga "Prediction of Severe Storm Flood Levels for Houston Using Hurricane Induced Storm Surge Models in GIS Frame." Proceedings of AWRA GIS Conference (2006/May 8-10)

 
 

Fang, Z., Safiolea, E., and P.B. Bedient "Enhanced Flood Alert and Control Systems for Houston." Proceedings of 25th American Institute of Hydrology Conference (2006/May 21-24)

 
 

Gordon, R. and P.B. Bedient "Rice University Engineers Without Borders: An Exercise in International Service Learning."  (2006/June 18-21)

 
 

Gordon, R., Benavides, J.A., Hovinga, R., Whitko, A.N., and P.B. Bedient "Urban Floodplain Mapping and Flood Damage Reduction Using LIDAR, NEXRAD, and GIS." Proceedings of the 2006 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference: GIS and Water Resources IV (2006/May 8-10)

 
 

Safiolea, E. and P.B. Bedient "Comparative Analysis of the Hydrologic of Land Use Change and Subsidence in an Urban Environment." Proceedings of AWRA GIS Conference (2006/May 8-10)

 
 Conference papers
 

Teague, A. and Bedient. P. "“Visualization of Hydrologic Simulations in Support of Water Quality Applications for Cypress Creek, Houston, Texas”. Conference Proceedings. Annual Water Resources Conference, American Water Resources Association.." 

 
 

Bedient, P.B., Fang, Z., "Radar-based Flood Warning System Using Dynamic Floodplain Map Library."  (2007)

 
 

Fang, Z., Bedient, P.B. "Floodplain Map Library (FPML): Innovative Method for Flood Warning System for Urban Watershed in Houston, TX."  (2007)

 
 

Fang, Z., Bedient, P.B. "Real-time Hydraulic Prediction Tool-Floodplain Map Library (FPML)."  (2007)

 
 

Fang, Z., Bedient, P.B. "The Future of Flood Prediction in Coastal Areas."  (2007)

 
 

Rifai, H.S., Borden, R.C., Newell, C. J., Bedient. P.B. "Modeling Dissolved Chlorinated Solvents in Groundwater and their Remediation."  (2007) Submitted

 
 

Bedient,, P.B., Fang, Z., Hovinga, R. "Prediction for Severe Storm Flood Levels for Houston Using Hurricane Induced Storm Surge Models in GIS Frame."  (May 8-10, 2006)

 
 

Safiola, E., Bedient, P.B. "Comparative Analysis of the Hydrologic Impact of Land Use Change and Subsidence in an Urban Environment."  (September 2005)

 
 

Safiola, E., Bedient, P.B., Vieux, B.E. "Assessment of the Relative Hydrologic Effects of Land Use Change and Subsidence Using Distributed Modeling."  (July 2005)

 
 

Vieux, B.E., P.B. Bedient "Evaluation of Urban Hydrologic Prediction Accuracy for Real-Time Forecasting Using Radar."  (Jan 2004)

 
Presentations
 Conference Committee Member
 

2013 SSPEED Center Conference, “Hurricane Ike: Five Years Later”, Hosted over 150 attendees in 2 day Conference on Hurricane Ike, Houston, Texas, September 24-25. 

 
 Conference abstracts
 

EWRI World Environment & Water Resources Congress 2014, Portland, Oregon, June 2-6, 2014. 

 
 

“Houston-Galveston Area Protection System (HGAPS)” Workshop, Houston and Galveston, Texas, October 15-16, 2014.

 
 

“Low Impact Development (LID) in Houston” LID Workshop, Houston, Texas. April 3, 2014, (hosted and coordinated)

 
 

“Low Impact Development Modeling in Houston” (LID) Conference. Dallas, Texas, May 1-4,2014.

 
 

“Overview of SSPEED Center,” TU Delft Netherlands, March 12-15, 2014 (International exchange with SSPEED Center). 

 
 

“White Oak Bayou Study in Houston with VFLO”  Southwest Stream Restoration Conference, San Antonio, Texas, May 27-28, 2014.

 
 Invited Papers
 

"Enhanced NEXRAD Radar-based Flood Warning System with Hydraulic Prediction Feature: Floodplain Map Library (FPML)." American Geophysical Union 2007 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.. (December 10-14 2007) With Fang, Z., Bedient, P.B.

 
 

"FAS2 Flood Warning System." Rice University, Houston Texas. (January 2008)

 
 

"Overview and Update of the SSPEED Center." SSPEED, Rice University Houston Texas. (November 16 2007) With Fang, Z., Hovinga, R.M.,

 
 

"Radar-based Flood Warning System Using Dynamic Floodplain Map Library." World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2007, Tampa Florida. (May 15-19 2007) With Fang, Z., Bedient, P.B.

 
 

"Real-time Hydraulic Prediction Tool - FloodPlain Map Library (FPML)." America Water Resources Association 2007 Annual Conference, Albuqurque, New Mexico. (November 12-15 2007) With Fang, Z., Bedient, P.B.

 
 

"SSPEED Center." SSPEED Conference at Rice University, houston Texas. (May 12-12)

 
 

"The Future of Flood Prediction in Coastal Areas." SSPEED Conference at Rice University, Houston Texas. (May 8-10 2007) With Fang, Z., Bedient, P.B.

 
 Invited Talks
 

Bedient, P.B., Penland, C. (2015). Next Generation Storm Surge Barriers: Flood Risk Reduction and Design of Storm Surge Mitigation Alternatives for the Houston-Galveston Area, Delft Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative, Delft Technical University, April 10, 2015.

 
 

Bedient, P.B. (2015). Presentation to the Texas Medical Center, TMC Security and Emergency Prepardness Council, October 28, 2015.

 
 

Bedient, P.B., Blackburn, J.B. (2014). SSPEED Center H-GAPS Presentation, Texas Legislative Committee on Coastal Protection, August 2014

 
 

Meeting in Amsterdam, Netherlands on SSPEED Center research on Flood Gates and Gate Design May 2013

 
 

"Impacts on the Houston Ship Channel.." US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston, TX. (March 2, 2012)

 
 

"Low Impact Developments in Houston.." City of Houston, Houston, TX. (February 27, 2012)

 
 

"Storm surge modeling in the Houston area.." American Meterological Society, New Orleans, LA. (January 24, 2012)

 
 

"Surge warning systems for Houston Ship Channel.." Port of Houston, (January 19, 2012)

 
 

"Assessment of the Relative Hydrologic Effect of Land Use Change and Subsidence Using Distributed Modeling." EWRI Watershed Management Confrence, Williamsburg, VA. (July 9-22, 2005) With Eleftheria Safiola, Philip B. Bedient

 
 

"Changes in Micobial Diversity Resulting from a Fuel-Grade Ethanol Spill." Eighth International Symposium on In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation, Baltimore, MD. (June 2005) With Capiro, N.L., M.L.B. Da Silva, B.P. Stafford, P.J.J. Alvarez, P.B. Bedient

 
 

"Enhanced Flood Alert System for Houston." 2005 National Hydrologic Council Conference: Flood Warning Systems, Technologies and Preparedness, Sacramento, California. (May 16-20) With Fang, Z., Safiolea, E., Vieux, B.E.

 
 

"Impacts of Climate Change on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure." Gulf Coast Study, Lafayette, LA. (May 2005) With Bedient, P.B.

 
 

"A Large-Scale Experimental Investigation of Ethanol Impacts on Groundwater Contamination." Fourth International Confrence on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, CA. (May 2004) With Capiro, N.L., B Stafford, X. He, W.G. Riley, P.B. Bedient

 
 

"Analysis of Altered Drainage Patterns and Subsidence Impact Using a Distributed Hydrologic Model." AWRA Annual Water Resources Confrence, Orlando, Florida. (November 2004) With Eleftheria Safiolea, P.B. Bedient

 
 

"Flooding in Houston." Env. Science & Tech. Council of Houston, HCFCD, Houston. (Sept, 2004)

 
 

"Use of QPE and QPF for Flood Alert (FAS2) in the Houston, TX Test Bed.." CASA NSF ERC, Estes Park, CO. (October, 2004) With Bedient, P.B., J.A. Benavides

 
 

Presenter.  "Flood Alert Systems in Houston." NSF CASA, University of Massachusetts. (March 2003)

 
 

Conference Host.  "Flood Alert Systems: An Update.." Tropical Storm Allison: Two Years Later, Rice University, Houston, TX. (May 2003)

 
 

Presenter.  "Flood Warning in Houston." TAMU, Civil Engineering Department, Houston, TX. (April 16, 2003)

 
 Keynote Speaker
 

"Flood Warning Systems for NASA.." NASA, Webster, TX. (March 6-7, 2012)

 
 

Director.  "Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Mitigation And Response Conference.." SSPEED Center, Rice University, Houston, TX. (April 10-11, 2012)

 
 

Conference Speaker.  "Advamced Flood Alert Systems in Texas." International Disaster Responce Conference, Daves, Switzerland. (August 28, 2006)

 
 

Keynote Speaker.  "Flood Alert in the Gulf Coast." Water Envi Fed & AEESP, Dallas, TX. (October 23, 2006)

 
 

Conference Speaker.  "IP2 Flood Alert System for Houston." CASA Meeting NSF Review, UMASS. (April, 2006)

 
 

Conference Organizer.  "Severe Storm Impacts in the Gulf Coast." Severe Storm Impacts and Disaster Response in Gulf Coast, Houston, Rice University. (March 15-16, 2006)

 
 Lectures
 

"Living with Severe Storms in the Gulf Coast- Scientia Lecture." Rice University, Houston, TX. (September 2005) With Bedient, P.B.

 
 Other
 

Amer Plannig Assoc., “SSPEED Center Update: Surge and Flood Modeling” Galveston Texas October, 2013.

 
 Posters
 

Bedient, P. B., Brody, S. and Sebastian, A., (2013). “Evaluating the 100 year floodplain as an indicator of flood risk in low-lying coastal watersheds”, American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2013 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 8-11.

 
 

Bedient, P. B., Juan, A., (2013). “Rice University Flood Improvement and LID Modeling Using XP-SWMM”, American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2013 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 8-11

 
 Session Chair
 

Organized 4 posters in a session.  "2012 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting.." AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 2-6, 2012)

 
 

Organized 12 papers in 3 sessions.  "2012 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress.." ASCE EWRI, Albuquerque, NM. (May 20-23, 2012)

 
 Workshops
 

FAS3 Texas Medical Center Training (2013), Houston Texas August 16 and 22.

 
 

"FAS 3 Flood Alert System for the Texas Medical Center.." Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX. (March 21, 2012)

 
 

"FAS3 Flood Alert System for the Texas Medical Center.." Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX. (March 29, 2012)

 
Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Stephanie Glenn, Doctoral Ground Water Modeling using NEXRAD-Generated Data and MODFLOW: Evaluating the Parameters of Rainfall and Recharge in a GIS Framework. (2002) (Thesis Director)

 Natalie Capiro, Masters Evaluating the Effects of Electron Donor Delivery for the Treatment of a Chlorinated DNAPL Source Zone. (2002) (Thesis Director)

 Eric Stewart, MS Development of a Distributed Bydrologic Model with Application to a Flood Alert System. (2003) (Thesis Director)

 Erin Williford, Masters Model development for a highly sloped watershed with attention to aquifer recharge to be used in a radar-based flood alert system. (2004) (Thesis Director)

 Jude Benavides, PhD Advanced methods for improving the lead-time and accuracy of a flood alert system in an urban watershed. (2004) (Thesis Director)

 Carlo Quinonez, Masters Development of HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS models for urban floodplain mapping and flood damage reduction in Brownsville, Texas. (2004) (Thesis Director)

 Annemarie Whitko, Masters Advanced floodplain mapping of a Rio Grande Valley rescasa using LIDAR and a distributed hydrologic model. (2004) (Thesis Director)

 Natalie L. Capiro, Ph.D. Evaluation of Fuel Ethanol Releases in a Pilot-Scale Aquifer Tank: Source Dynamics, NAPL Migration and Microbial Community Response. (2006) (Thesis Director)

 Eleftheria Safiolea, Ph.D. Advanced Techniques for Distributed Hydrologic Modeling of an Urban Environment. (2006) (Thesis Director)

 Jason K Christian, Ph.D. Assessing Coastal Vulnerability: Advanced Modeling Methods and Dynamic Hydraulic Characteristics of Gulf Coastal Systems. (2012) (Thesis Director)

 Heather Michelle Winter, Master's Analysis and Prediction of Rainfall and Storm Surge Interactions in the Clear Creek Watershed using Unsteady-State HEC-RAS Hydraulic Modeling. (2012) (Thesis Director)

 George M Doubleday, Master's A Distributed Hydrologic Model of The Woodlands, Texas: Modeling Hydrologic Effects of Low Impact Development. (2012) (Thesis Director)

 Roni Meryl Deitz, Master's Distributed Hydrologic Modeling of Large Storm Events in the Houston-Galveston Region. (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Michael Burchman, Maester's Long Term Performance of Enhanced Anaerobic Bioremediation and the Occurrence of Sustained Treatment at Chlorinated Solvent Site. (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Antonia Sebastian, Doctor of Philosophy Quantifying Flood Hazard & Risk in Highly Urbanized Coastal Watersheds. (2016) (Thesis Director)

 Mikaela Mahoney, Future Water for Texas: Evaluating the efficacy of groundwater availability model in south central Texas by using actual pumping data from 2000-2014. (2016) (Thesis Director)

 Andrew Juan, Doctor of Philosophy Evaluating the Hydrodynamic Performance of Green and Gray Infrastructure in Urban Watersheds for the Greater Houston Region. (2016) (Thesis Director)

 Jacob Torres, Doctor of Philosophy Novel Computational and Probabilistic Methods for Characterizing Joint Flood Hazards under Extreme Cyclone Events. (2016) (Thesis Director)

 John Nick Irza, Master of Science Addressing Uncertainty in Residential Damage Estimates from Tropical Cyclone Storm Surge, with a Focus on Variability in Structure Elevations. (2017) (Thesis Director)

 Benjamin Bass, Doctor of Philosophy Improvements to the Characterization of Tropical Cyclone Flood Risks with Advanced Statistical and Numerical Modeling Methods. (2017) (Thesis Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, (2008)

 Center for Civic Engagement, (2008)

 NSF ERC, (Amherst, Mass 2008)

 Clinton Scholarship, (Fall 2008)

 C.V. Theis, American Institute of Hydrology (2007)

 Fellow, ASCE (April, 2006)

Positions Held
 Member, Association of Environmental Engineering Professors. (2012 - 2012)

 Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers. (2012 - 2012)

 Member, American Institute of Hydrology. (2012 - 2012)

 Member, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. (2012 - 2012)

 Member, American Geophysical Union. (2012 - 2012)

 Member, American Water Resources Association. (2012 - 2012)

 Member, National Ground Water Association. (2012 - 2012)