Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis, Fourth Edition
CEVE 412 Hydrology and Watershed Analysis
CEVE 512: GIS and Hydrologic Design Lab

Instructor Resources

Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis, Fourth Edition, by Philip B. Bedient and Wayne C. Huber, is a textbook and reference book for Engineers and Consultants. This companion website contains material that enhances the usefulness of the book.
About the Authors
  • Dr. Bedient is a professor at Rice University in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.
  • Dr. Bedient uses the book in teaching his courses on surface water hydrology. More resources, including powerpoint lectures, spreadsheet hydrologic applications, a course syllabus, and course project information may be found on the course webpage, and freely used in designing your courses. Please contact Dr. Bedient directly with any questions or suggestions at mailto:bedient@rice.edu.
  • Dr. Huber is a professor at Oregon State University in the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department.
  • Dr. Vieux is a professor at University of Okalahoma in the Civil Engineering and Environmental Science.
  • Book Resources
  • Appendix E of the book contains a number of links to websites containing hydrologic data, models, government information. The Page for Appendix E contains live links for all the URLs in the Appendix, and additional links, and will be updated as links are changed over time.
  • Book Figures and an online syllabus manager are available for download and use in course design, lecture development, and presentations from the Prentice Hall Book website.
  • Downloadable programs and datasets to be used with the book are available here.
  • Flooding Resources
  • Tropical Storm Allison dropped a tremendous amount of Rainfall over the Houston Metropolitan Area and caused over $5 billion in damages to the county. See this Photo Gallery of flooding in the Rice and Texas Medical Center area.
  • Dr. Bedient has developed and administers a Flood Alert System for Rice University and the Texas Medical Center. The system monitors NEXRAD radar data from the National Weather Service over the Brays Bayou watershed, which includes Rice and the TMC.
  • Finally, although we have tried valiantly to produce a book with no errors, we are, after all, human. The errata page contains known errata and a form for submitting any errata you may have noticed in the book.
  • Current Research and Conferences
  • Rice University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, in conjunction with the International Center for Natural Hazards and Disaster Research at the University of Okalahoma, the Texas Medical Center, and the Rice University Energy and Environmental Systems Institute, presented a National Symposium on "Severe Storm Impacts in the Gulf Coast."  (March 15-16, 2006).
  • Rice University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department offered a conference on “Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters” at Rice University. Experts from academic, public, and private sectors discussed technical, social, and economic issues associated with tropical storms and hurricanes in Gulf Coast communities. This conference is a follow up to the March 2006 conference at Rice University on "Severe Storms Impact and Disaster Response" (May 8-9, 2007).
  • Dr. Bedient has organized a research center entitled "Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters" (SSPEED). This center will organize leading universities, researchers, emergency managers, and private and public entities to better address severe storm impacts in the Gulf Coast area. The impact zone stretches from Texas to Louisiana and includes major cities such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houston, and Brownsville. The Center will address (1) severe storm and hurricane research and storm surge prediction, (2) radar-based rainfall and flood warning systems for urban and coastal areas, (3) state-of-the-art educational programs for workforce training and public awareness, (4) infrastructure risks assessment, and (5) evacuation plans linked to the best warning and transportation systems, and societal needs. The keys are to improve lead-time and accuracy of prediction and to deliver the information in real time to emergency managers for improved evacuations or sheltering in place.

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