Dr. Joannes Westerink

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Dr. Joannes Westerink

Professor and Henry J. Massman Department Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
University of Notre Dame

Joannes Westerink is Professor and Henry J. Massman Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Chair in Computational Hydraulics. He studies the hydrodynamics and sediment transport of coastal ocean and estuarine systems.

Westerink develops and applies models for the design and analysis of flood control and environmental impact assessment projects. He is the co-developer of the Advanced Circulation Model (ADCIRC), a computer model for storm surge used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Louisiana. This model determines water levels due to hurricane surge and levee height and placement. Westerink helps to assess ND-GAIN Index indicators of climate impacts on coastal infrastructure and methods reduce the sensitivity of coastal communities.

Westerink serves on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority and helped to evaluate the Hurricane Katrina failures and hurricane protection risk for the New Orleans area and served as commissioner on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority. He has developed tide and storm surge models to assess flooding risk in Hawaii and Puerto Rico . He has also served as an advisor for the UNESCO Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology on Enhancing Forecasting Capabilities for North Indian Ocean Storm Surges. Westerink serves as the co-advisor for Notre Dame’s chapter of Engineers without Borders.