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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

(*denotes student supervised or mentored)

Juan, A., Gori, A.*, Sebastian, A. (2020) Comparing floodplain evolution in channelized and unchannelized urban watersheds in Houston, Texas. Journal of Flood Risk Management, doi: 10.1111/jfr3.12604.

Sebastian, A., Gori, A.*, Blessing, R., van der Wiel, K., Bass, B. (2019) Disentangling the relative impacts of human and environmental change on catchment response during Hurricane Harvey. Environmental Research Letters, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab5234.

Mobley, W.+, Sebastian, A.+, Highfield, W.E., Brody, S.D. (2019) Estimating Flood Extent during Hurricane Harvey using Maximum Entropy in a Hazard Distribution Model. Journal of Flood Risk Management, doi: 10.1111/jfr3.12549. +these authors contributed equally to this work

Couasnon, A.A.*, Sebastian,  A., Morales-N´apoles, O. (2018) A copula-based approach for modeling stochastic boundary conditions in a coastal catchment: An application to the Houston Ship Channel, Texas. Water (Special Issue: Copulas in Hydrology), 10(9), 1190-1209. doi: 10.3390/w10091190.

Lendering, K.T.+, Sebastian, A.+, Jonkman, S.N., Kok, M. (2018). Guidelines for assessing the performance of flood adaptation innovations within a risk-based framework. Journal of Flood Risk Management, doi: 10.1111/jfr3.12485. +these authors contributed equally to this work

Paprotny, D., Sebastian, A., Morales-N´apoles, O., Jonkman, S.N. (2018). Trends in European flood losses over the past 150 years. Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04253-1.

Blessing, R., Sebastian, A., Brody, S.D. (2018). Flood Risk Delineation in the U.S.: How much loss are we capturing? ASCE Natural Hazards Review, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000242.

Jonkman, S.N., Godfroy, M.*, Sebastian, A., Kolen, B. (2018). Brief Communication: Post-event analysis of loss of life due to hurricane Harvey. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, doi: 10.5194/nhess-18-1073-2018.

Bass, B., Torres, J.M., Irza, J.N., Proft, J., Sebastian, A., Dawson, C.N., Bedient, P.B. (2018). Surge Dynamics across a Complex Bay Coastline, Galveston Bay, TX. Coastal Engineering, doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2018.04.019.

Van Oldenborgh, G.J., Van der Wiel, K., Sebastian, A., Singh, R., Arrighi, J., Otto, F., Haustein, K., Li, S., Vecchi, G., Cullen, H. (2017). Attribution of the extreme rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, August 2017. Environmental Research Letters, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa9ef2.

Sebastian, A., Dupuits, E.J.C., Morales-Napoles, O. (2017).  Applying a Bayesian Network based on Gaussian Copulas to Model the Hydraulic Boundary Conditions for Hurricane Flood Risk Analysis in a Coastal Watershed, Coastal Engineering, doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.03.008.

Anarde, K.A., Kameschwar, S., Irza, J.N., Nittrouer, J.A., Lorenzo-Trueba, J., Padgett, J.E., Sebastian, A. Bedient, P.B. (2017). Impacts of Hurricane Storm Surge on Infrastructure Vulnerability for an Evolving Coastal Landscape. Natural Hazards Review, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000265.

Torres, J.M., Bass, B., Irza, J.N, Proft, J., Sebastian, A., Dawson, C.N., Bedient, P.B. (2017). Modeling the Hydrodynamic Performance of a Conceptual Storm Surge Barrier System for Galveston Bay. ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WW .1943-5460.0000389.

Brody, S.D., Sebastian, A., Blessing, R., Bedient, P.B. (2015). Case study results from southeast Houston, Texas: Identifying the impacts of residential location on flood risk and loss. Journal of Flood Risk Management, doi: 10.1111/jfr3.12184.

Sebastian, A., Proft, J., Dietrich, C.J., Du, W., Bedient, P.B., Dawson, C.N. (2014).  Characterizing hurricane storm surge behavior in Galveston Bay using the SWAN+ADCIRC model. Coastal Engineering, 88, 171-181. doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2014.03.002.

Brody, S.D., Blessing, R., Sebastian, A., & Bedient, P.B. (2014). Examining the impact of land use/land cover characteristics on flood losses. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 57(8), 1252-1265. doi: 10.1080/09640568.2013.802228.

Fang, N., Dolan G., Sebastian, A., Bedient, P.B. (2014).  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, 15(3). doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000139.

Doubleday, G., Sebastian, A., Luttenschlager, T., Bedient, P.B. (2013). Modeling Hydrologic Benefits of Low Impact Development: A Distributed Hydrologic Model of The Woodlands, TX. Journal of American Water Resources, 49(6), 1444-1455. doi: 10.1111/jawr.12095.

Brody, S.D., Blessing, R., Sebastian, A., Bedient, P.B. (2013).  Delineating the Reality of Flood Risk and Loss in Southeast, TX. ASCE Natural Hazards Review, 14(2), 89-97. doi: 10.1061/ (ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000091.

Ray, T., Stepinski, E., Sebastian, A., & Bedient, P.B. (2011).  Dynamic Modeling of Storm Surge and Inland Flooding in a Texas Coastal FloodplainASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 137(10), 1103-doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000398.


Books & Chapters

Sebastian, A., Gori, A. (2018).  Flood Control Policy and Risk Management in the United States.  In Chapter 12, Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis, 6th ed.  by Philip B. Bedient, Wayne Huber, & Baxter Vieux. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, pp. 675-716.

Highfield, W.E., Sebastian, A., Vieux, B. (2018). GIS Applications in Hydrology. In Chapter 10, Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis, 6th ed. by Philip B. Bedient, Wayne Huber, & Baxter Vieux. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, pp. 617-644.

Kothuis, B.L.M., Jonkman, S.N., Sebastian, A. (2016). Delta Planning and Design in the Houston Galveston Bay Region, Texas.  In Delta Interventions:  Design and Engineering in Urban Water Landscapes. Nillesen, A.L., Kothuis, B.L.M., Meyer, H., Palmboom, F. (Eds.).  TU Delft Delta Infrastructures and Mobility Initiative. Delft, the Netherlands: Delft University Publishers, pp. 82-85.

Sebastian, A. (2015).  Flood Mitigation in Multi-hazard Coastal Environments.  In Delft Delta Design: Houston Galveston Bay Region, Texas, USA. Kothuis, B.L.M., Brand, A.D., Sebastian, A., Nillesen, A.L., & Jonkman, S.N. (Eds.). Delft, the Netherlands: Delft University Publishers, pp. 69-71.

Sebastian, A. (2012). Case Studies in Hydrologic Engineering: Water Resources Projects. In Chapter 13, Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis, 5th ed. by Philip B. Bedient, Wayne Huber, & Baxter Vieux. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, pp. 720-750.

Fang, Z., Sebastian A., Bedient, P.B. (2012). Modern Flood Prediction and Warning Systems. In Chapter 21, Handbook of Engineering Hydrology Vol. 1: Fundamentals and Applications. Eslamian, S. (Ed.), Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 455-470.

Bedient, P.B. & Sebastian, A. (2012). An Introduction to Gulf Coast Severe Storms and Hurricanes. In Chapter 1, Hurricane Ike: Lessons Learned and Steps to the Future, P.B. Bedient (Ed.). College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, pp. 1-15.

Bedient, P.B. & Sebastian, A. (2012). Hurricane Ike. In Chapter 2, Hurricane Ike: Lessons Learned and Steps to the Future, P.B. Bedient (Ed.). College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, pp. 16-27.


Short Communications

Van Oldenborgh, G.J., Van der Wiel, K., Sjoukje, P., Kew, S., Sebastian, A., Otto, K., Haustein, K., Singh, R., Arrighi, J., Vecchi, G. (2019, September). Rapid attribution of the extreme rainfall in Texas from Tropical Storm Imelda. World Weather Attribution.

Blessing, R., Sebastian, A. (2018, September). Out of Bounds: Rethinking U.S. Flood Risk Delineation. EARTH Magazine.

Brand, N., Sebastian, A., Kothuis, B. (2017, October). A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Texas’ Flood Risk Challenge. DeltaLinks Magazine. Jonkman, S.N.J., Van Veelen, P., Rijcken, T. (Eds.), Delta Links Magazine.

Van Oldenborgh, G.J., Van der Wiel, K., Sebastian, A. (2017, September). Harvey: een meter neerslag in Houston, Klimaatverandering? Bintanja, R. (Ed.), Meteorologica Magazine.


Technical Reports & White Papers

Sharp, J. (2018). Eye of the Storm: Report of the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Sebastian, A., Lendering, K.T., Kothuis, B.L.M., Brand, A.D., Jonkman, S.N.. Van Gelder, P.H.A.J.M., Kolen, B., Comes, M., Lhermitte, S.L.M., Meesters, K.J.M.G., Van de Walle, B.A., Ebrahimi-Fard, A., Cunningham, S., Khakzad-Rostami, N., Nespeca, V. (2017). Hurricane Harvey Report: A fact-finding effort in the direct aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in the Greater Houston Region. Delft, the Netherlands: Delft University Publishers.

Sebastian, A., Lendering, K.T., van Loon-Steensma, J.M., Paprotny, D., Bellamy, R., Willems, P., van Loenhout, J., Colaço, M.C., Dias, S., Nunes, L., Rego, F., Koundouri, P., Xepapadeas, P., Vassilopoulos, A., Wiktor, P., Wysocka-Golec, J. (2017). A Testing and Implementation Framework (TIF) for Climate Adaptation Innovations. BRIGAID Horizon2020 Programme, European Union.

Winsemius, H.C., Ward, P.J., Salamon, P., Weiland, F.S., Budimir, M., Duncan, M., Van den Hurk, B.J.J.M., Sebastian, A. (2016).  The Domino Effect:  the Future of Quantifying Compound Events in Deltas.  In Proceedings from the 2016 Understanding Risk (UR) Forum:  Building Evidence for Action. Himmelfab, A. (Ed.). Washington, D.C: The World Bank, pp. 127-130.

Bedient, P.B., Dunbar, L., Blackburn, J.B., Sebastian, A., Torres, J., Bass, B., Irza, N. (2015). Houston-Galveston Area Protection System (H-GAPS). SSPEED Center 2015 Annual Report. Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Sebastian, A., Irza, J.N., Christian, J., Bedient, P.B. (2014). Galveston County Residential Surge Damage Model. Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Blackburn, J.B., Bedient, P.B., Sebastian, A. (2011). The Lone Star National Recreation Area: Economic Prosperity, Recreation and Flood Mitigation Based on Natural Assets:  A Concept for the Upper Texas Coast. Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Bedient, P.B., Blackburn, J.B., Sebastian, A. (2011). Learning the Lessons of Hurricane Ike: Preparing for the Next Big One. SSPEED Center Phase I Report. Rice University, Houston, Texas.