Antonia Sebastian


Antonia Sebastian is an assistant professor of Flood Resilience in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 2016 for her dissertation work on compound flooding. Her current research focuses on the influence of urban development and climate change on the evolution of flood hazard and risk in urban and coastal systems.

Previously, Antonia has held postdoctoral positions at the Center for Texas Beaches & Shores at Texas A&M University at Galveston (2018-2019), Center for Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) at Rice University (2017-2018) and within the EU H2020 Project BRIGAID at TU Delft (2016-2017). She also held a Netherlands-America Foundation (NAF)/Fulbright Fellowship in Flood Management at TU Delft (2014-2015).


Primary Research Interests:

  • Urban hydrology
  •   Compound flooding in estuaries and delta
  •  Non-stationary flood hazards
  • Probabilistic flood risk
  •  Climate change adaptation

Educational Activities

Previous involvement in BSc and MSc projects at TU Delft:

  • Bader, D. (exp. 2019). Probabilistic Meteorological Forcing for modelling Compound Flooding due to Tropical Cyclones. Masters Thesis.
  • Sanchez Gomez, P. (2018). Risk-based design of Reservoir Releases. Masters Thesis.
  • Torres DueƱas, L.T. (2018). Modeling Compound Flood Risk using SFINCS. Masters Thesis.
  •  Liu, F. (2017). Analyzing the Influence of a Proposed Storm Surge Barrier on Flood Frequencies in the Houston Ship Channel. Masters Thesis.
  • Brussee, A., van der Doef, L., Jansen, L., Oostrum, N. (2017). Addicks and Barker Dams: An optimization to minimize damage due to flooding. Multidisciplinary Project.
  • Couasnon, A. (2017). Characterizing Flood Hazard at Two Spatial Scales using Stochastic Models: An Application to the Contiguous United States and the Houston Ship Channel. Masters Thesis.
  •  Schlepers, M.H. (2015). A Conceptual Design for the Houston Ship Channel Barrier. Masters Thesis.

Finalized theses and reports can be found on the TU Delft repository.

Students who are interested in a project or pursuing a related research topic, can send an email to or visit her personal webpage.

Key Publications

A full list of publications can be found via Google Scholar.

Antonia Sebastian

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