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Joannes Westerink

Joannes Jacobus Westerink

Joseph and Nona Ahearn Professor in Computational Science and Engineering and Henry J. Massman Department Chairman

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Concurrent Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Concurrent Professor
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Joseph and Nona Ahearn Professor in Computational Science and Engineering
College of Engineering

Email: jjw@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-6475

Office: 156A Fitzpatrick Hall


Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984

M.S., Civil Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1981

B.S., Civil Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1979



Bud Ahearn (CEEES Class of 1958, NAE) was an engineering leader inspired by Jesuit values to unlock the potential for Olympian achievement in engineers to serve humanity.

Kaneb Teaching Award, Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, University. of Notre Dame, 2000

BP Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2004

Faculty Fellow, John A. Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame, 2005-2006

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force Leadership Award, 2007

Department of the Army, Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, 2007

Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University. of Notre Dame, 2010

Appointed Joseph and Nona Ahearn Endowed Professor in Computational Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2013-present

American Society of Civil Engineers Orville T. Magoon Sustainable Coasts Award, 2014

Faculty Award, University of Notre Dame, 2014


Recent Papers

Joyce, B.R., W.J. Pringle, D. Wirasaet, J.J. Westerink, A. J. Van der Westhuysen, R. Grumbine, J. Feyen, “High Resolution Modeling of Western Alaska Tides and Storm Surge under Varying Sea Ice Conditions,” Ocean Modeling, in press, 2019.

Joyce, B.R., J. Gonzalez-Lopez, A.J. Van der Westhuysen, D. Yang, W.J. Pringle, J.J. Westerink, A.T. Cox, “U.S. IOOS coastal modeling testbed: Hurricane-induced winds, waves and surge for deep-ocean, reef fringed islands in the Caribbean,” Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, 10.1029/2018JC014687, 124, 4, 2876-2907, 2019.

Brus, S.R., D.Wirasaet, E.J. Kubatko, J.J. Westerink, C. Dawson, “High-order discontinuous Galerkin methods for coastal hydrodynamics applications,” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cma.2019.07.003, 355, 860-899, 2019.      

Roberts, K.J., W.J. Pringle, J.J. Westerink, "OceanMesh2D 1.0:MATLAB-based software for two-dimensional unstructured mesh generation in coastal ocean modeling," Geoscientific Model Development, 12, 1847-1868, 2019.

Pringle, W.J., J. Gonzalez-Lopez, B. Joyce, J. Westerink, A. van der Westhuysen, "Baroclinic Coupling Improves Depth-Integrated Modeling of Coastal Sea Level Variations around Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands," Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JC014682, 124, 3, 2196-2217, 2019.

Pringle, W.J., D. Wirasaet, A. Suhardjo, J. Meixner, J.J. Westerink, A.B. Kennedy, S. Nong, "Finite-Element barotropic model for the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans: Tidal model-data comparisons and sensitivities," Ocean Modeling, 129, 13-38, 2018.

Mitsume, N., A.S. Donahue, J.J. Westerink, S. Yoshimura, "Coupling methods between finite element-based Boussinesq-type wave and particle-based free-surface flow models," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, https://doi.org/10.1002/fld.4516, 2018.

Zhang, Y., A.B. Kennedy, T. Tomiczek, W. Yang, W. Liu, J.J. Westerink, "Assessment of hydrodynamic competence in extreme marine events through application of Boussinesq-Green-Naghdi models," Applied Ocean Research, DOI 10.1016/j.apor.2017.06.001, 67, 136-147, 2017.

Resio, D.T., N. Powell, M. Cialone, H.S. Das, J.J. Westerink, "Quantifying Impacts of Forecast Uncertainties on Predicted Storm Surges," Journal of Natural Hazards, DOI 10.1007/s11069-017-2924-1, 88, 3, 1423-1449, 2017.

Graham, L.C., T. Butler, S. Walsh, C. Dawson, J.J. Westerink, "A Measure-Theoretic Algorithm for Estimating Bottom Friction in a Coastal Inlet: Case Study of Bay St. Louis during Hurricane Gustav (2008),” Monthly Weather Review145(3), 929-954, 2017. 

Brus, S.R., D. Wirasaet, J. J. Westerink, C. Dawson, “Performance and Scalability Improvements for Discontinuous Galerkin Solutions to Conservation Laws on Unstructured Grids,” Journal of Scientific Computing, DOI 10.1007/s10915-016-0249-y, 70, 210-242, 2017.

Donahue, A.S.; A.B. Kennedy, J.J. Westerink, Y. Zhang and C. Dawson, “Simulation of wave phenomena in the nearshore through application of O(mu(2)) and O(mu(4)) pressure-Poisson Boussinesq type models,” Coastal Engineering114, 61-76, 2016.

Zhang, Y., A.B. Kennedy, T. Tomiczek, A. Donahue, J.J Westerink, "Validation of Boussinesq-Green-Naghdi modeling for surf zone hydrodynamics," Ocean Engineering111, 290-309, 2016.

Michoski, C., C. Dawson, E.J. Kubatko, D. Wirasaet, S. Brus, J.J. Westerink, "A Comparison of Artificial Viscosity, Limiters, and Filters, for High Order Discontinuous Galerkin Solutions in Nonlinear Settings," Journal of Scientific Computing, DOI 10.1007/s10915-015-0027-2, 66, 1, 406-434, 2016.

Wirasaet, D., S.R. Brus, C.E. Michoski, E.J. Kubatko, J.J. Westerink, C. Dawson, "Artificial boundary layers in discontinuous Galerkin solutions to shallow water equations in channels," Journal of Computational Physics299, 579-612, 2015.

Butler, T., L. Graham, D. Estep, C. Dawson, J.J. Westerink, "Definition and solution of a stochastic inverse problem for the Manning's n parameter field in hydrodynamic models," Advances in Water Resources78, 60-79, 2015.

Donahue, A.S., Y. Zhang, A.B. Kennedy, J.J. Westerink, N. Panda, C. Dawson, "A Boussinesq-scaled, Pressure-Poisson water wave model," Ocean Modeling, 86, 36-57, 2015.

Panda, N., C. Dawson, Y. Zhang, A. Kennedy, J. Westerink, A. Donahue, "Discontinuous Galerkin methods for solving Boussinesq-Green-Naghdi equations in resolving non-linear and dispersive surface water waves," Journal of Computational Physics273, 572-588, 2014 

Zhang, Y., A.B. Kennedy, A.S. Donahue, J.J. Westerink, N. Panda, C. Dawson, “Rotational surf zone modeling for O(μ4) Boussinesq–Green–Naghdi systems,” http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocemod.2014.04.001Ocean Modeling79, 43–53, 2014

Butler, T., D. Estep, S. Tavener, C. Dawson, and J.J. Westerink , “A measure-theoretic computational method for inverse sensitivity problems III: Multiple quantities of interest,” SIAM/ASA Journal of Uncertainty Quantification, 2, 174–202, 2014.

Zhang, Y., A.B. Kennedy, A.S. Donahue, J.J. Westerink, N. Panda, C. Dawson, “Rotational surf zone modeling for O(μ4) Boussinesq–Green–Naghdi systems,” http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocemod.2014.04.001, Ocean Modeling, 79, 43–53, 2014. Panda, N., C. Dawson, Y. Zhang, A.B.

Kennedy, J.J. Westerink, A.S. Donahue, ”Discontinuous Galerkin methods for solving Boussinesq–Green–Naghdi equations in resolving non-linear and dispersive surface water waves,” Journal of Computational Physics, 273, 572–588, 2014.

Donahue, A.S., Y. Zhang, A.B. Kennedy, J.J. Westerink, N. Panda and C. Dawson, “A Boussinesq-scaled, Pressure–Poisson water wave model,” Ocean Modeling, In Press, 2014.

Butlera, T., L. Graham, D. Estep, C. Dawson, J.J. Westerink, “Definition and solution of a stochastic inverse problem for the Manning’s n parameter field in hydrodynamic models,” Advances in Water Resources, In Press, 2014.

McCullough, M.C., A. Kareem, A. S. Donahue, and J.J. Westerink, “Structural damage under multiple hazards in coastal environments,” Journal of Disaster Research, 8, 6, 1042-1051, 2013.

Zhang, Y., A. B. Kennedy, N. Panda, C. Dawson, J.J. Westerink, “Generating–absorbing sponge layers for phase-resolving wave models,” Coastal Engineering, 84, 1-9, DOI 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.10.019, 2014

Kennedy, A.B., J.C. Dietrich, J.J. Westerink, "The surge standard for 'events of Katrina magnitude'," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110, 29, E2665-E2666, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1305960110, July 16, 2013.

Wirasaet, D., E.J. Kubatko, C.E. Michoski, S. Tanaka, J.J. Westerink, C. Dawson, "Discontinuous Galerkin Methods with Nodal and Hybrid Modal/Nodal Triangular, Quadrilateral, and Polygonal Elements for Nonlinear Shallow Water Flow," Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cma.2013.11.006, In Press, 2013.

Michoski, C., C. Dawson, C. Mirabito, E.J. Kubatko, D. Wirasaet, J.J. Westerink, "Fully coupled methods for multiphase morphodynamics," Advances in Water Resources, 59, 95-110, 2013.

Kerr, P.C., R.C. Martyr, A.S. Donahue, M.E. Hope, J.J. Westerink, R.A. Luettich Jr., A.B. Kennedy, J.C. Dietrich, C. Dawson, H.J. Westerink, "U.S. IOOS coastal and ocean modeling testbed: Evaluation of tide, wave, and hurricane surge response sensitivities to mesh resolution and friction in the Gulf of Mexico," Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118, 4633-4661, DOI 10.1002/jgrc.20305, 2013.

Kerr, P.C., A.S. Donahue, J.J. Westerink, R.A. Luettich Jr., L.Y. Zheng, R.H. Weisberg, Y. Huang, H.V. Wang, Y. Teng, D.R. Forrest, A. Roland, A.T. Haase, A.W. Kramer, A.A. Taylor, J.R. Rhome, J.C. Feyen, R.P. Signell, J.L. Hanson, M.E. Hope, R.M. Estes, R.A. Dominguez, R.P. Dunbar, L.N. Semeraro, H.J. Westerink, A.B. Kennedy, J.M. Smith, M.D. Powell, V.J. Cardone, A.T. Cox, "U.S. IOOS coastal and ocean modeling testbed: Inter-model evaluation of tides, waves, and hurricane surge in the Gulf of Mexico," Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118, 5129-5172, DOI 10.1002/jgrc.20376, 2013.

Hope, M.E., J.J. Westerink, A.B. Kennedy, P.C. Kerr, J.C. Dietrich, C. Dawson, C.J. Bender, J.M. Smith, R.E. Jensen, M. Zijlema, L.H. Holthuijsen, R.A. Luettich Jr., M.D. Powell, V.J. Cardone, A.T. Cox, H. Poutaheri, H.J. Roberts, J.H. Atkinson, S. Tanaka, H.J. Westerink, and L.G. Westerink, "Hindcast and validation of Hurricane Ike (2008) waves, forerunner, and storm surge," Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118, 4424-4460, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20314, 2013.

Chen, C., R.C. Beardsley, R.A. Luettich Jr., J.J. Westerink, H. Wang, W. Perrie, Q. Xu, A.S. Donahue, J. Qi, H. Lin, L. Zhao, P.C. Kerr, Y. Meng, B. Toulany, "Extratropical storm inundation testbed: Intermodel comparisons in Scituate, Massachusetts," Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118, 5054-5073, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20397, 2013.

Zheng, L., R.H. Weisberg, Y. Huang, R.A. Luettich, J.J. Westerink, P.C. Kerr, A.S. Donahue, G. Crane, L. Akli, "Implications from the comparisons between two- and three-dimensional model simulations of the Hurricane Ike storm surge," Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118, 3350-3369, DOI: 10.1002/jgrc.20248, 2013.

Zachry, B.C., J.L. Schroeder, A.B. Kennedy, J.J. Westerink, C.W. Letchford, and M.E. Hope, "A Case Study of Nearshore Drag Coefficient Behavior during Hurricane Ike (2008)," Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 52, 2139-2146, 2013.

Dietrich, J.C., M. Zijlema, P.-E. Allier, L.H. Holthuijsen, N. Booij, J.D. Meixner, J.K. Proft, C.N. Dawson, C.J. Bender, A. Naimaster, J.M. Smith, J.J. Westerink, "Limiters for spectral propagation velocities in SWAN," Ocean Modeling, 70, 85-102, 2013.

Dawson, C., C. J. Trahan , E.J. Kubatko, J.J. Westerink, “ A Parallel Local Timestepping Runge–Kutta Discontinuous Galerkin Method with Applications to Coastal Ocean Modeling,” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 259, 154-165, 2013

Zhang, Y., A. Kennedy, N. Panda, C. Dawson, J. Westerink, "Boussinesq-Green-Naghdi Rotational Water Wave Theory," Coastal Engineering, 73, 13-27, 2013

Martyr, R., J. Dietrich, J. Westerink, P. Kerr, C. Dawson, J. Smith, H. Pourtaheri, N. Powell, M. Van Ledden, S. Tanaka, H. Roberts, H. Westerink, L. Westerink, "Simulating Hurricane Storm Surge in the Lower Mississippi River under Varying Flow Conditions," Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 139, 5, 492-501, 2013.

Resio, D.T., J.L. Irish, J.J. Westerink, N.J. Powell, "The Effect of Uncertainty on Estimates of Hurricane Surge Hazards," Natural Hazards, 66, 1443-1459, 2013.

Kerr, P., J. Westerink, J. Dietrich, R. Martyr, S. Tanaka, D. Resio, J. Smith, H. Westerink, L. Westerink, T. Wamsley, M. van Ledden, W. DeJong, "Surge Generation Mechanisms in the Lower Mississippi and Discharge Dependency," Journal of  Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)WW.1943-5460.0000185, 139, 326-335, 2013.

Taflanidis, A., A. Kennedy, J. Westerink, J. Smith, K. Cheung, M. Hope, S. Tanaka, "Rapid Assessment of Wave and Surge Risk during Landfalling Hurricanes: a Probabilistic Approach", Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 139, 171-182, 2013.

Dietrich, J.C., S. Tanaka, J.J. Westerink, C.N. Dawson, R.A. Luettich, Jr., M. Zijlema, L.H. Holthuijsen, J.M. Smith, L.G. Westerink, H.J. Westerink, "Performance of the Unstructured-Mesh, SWAN+ADCIRC Model in Computing Hurricane Waves and Surge," Journal of Scientific Computing, 52, 468-497, DOI 10.1007/s10915-011-9555-6, 2012.

Kennedy, A.B., J.J. Westerink, J.M. Smith, M.E. Hope, M. Hartman, A. Taflanidis, S. Tanaka, H. Westerink, K. Cheung, T. Smith, M. Hamann, M. Minamide, A. Ota, C. Dawson, "Tropical cyclone inundation potential on the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu and Kauai," Ocean Modelling, 52-53, 54-68, 2012.

Dietrich, J.C., C.J. Trahan, M.T. Howard, J.G. Fleming, R.J. Weaver, S. Tanaka, L. Yu, R.A. Luettich, C.N. Dawson, J.J. Westerink, G. Wells, A. Lu, K. Vega, A. Kubach, K.M. Dresback, R.L. Kolar, C. Kaiser, R.R. Twilley, "Surface trajectories of oil transport along the northern coastline of the Gulf of Mexico," Continental Shelf Research, 41, 17-47, 2012.

Michoski, C., C. Mirabito, C. Dawson, D. Wirasaet, E.J. Kubatko, J.J. Westerink, "Dynamic p-enrichment schemes for multicomponent reactive flows," Advances in Water Resources, 34, 1666-1680, 2011.

Michoski, C., C. Mirabito, C. Dawson, D. Wirasaet, E.J. Kubatko, J.J. Westerink, "Adaptive Hierarchic Transformations for Dynamically p-enriched Slope-limiting over Discontinuous Galerkin Systems of Generalized Equations," Journal of Computational Physics, 230, 22, 8028-8056, 2011.

Kennedy, A.B., U. Gravois, B.C. Zachry, J.J. Westerink, M.E. Hope, J.C. Dietrich, M.D. Powell, A.T. Cox, R.A. Luettich, R.G. Dean, "Origin of the Hurricane Ike Forerunner Surge," Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L08608, DOI 10.1029/2011GL047090, 2011j, 2011.

Dawson, C., E.J. Kubatko, J. J. Westerink, C. Trahan, C. Mirabito, C. Michoski, N. Panda, "Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Modeling Hurricane Storm Surge," Advances in Water Resources, DOI  10.1016/j.advwatres.2010.11.004, 34, 1165-1176, 2011.

Tanaka, S., S. Bunya, J.J. Westerink, C. Dawson, R.A. Luettich, "Scalability of an Unstructured Grid Continuous Galerkin Based Hurricane Storm Surge Model," Journal of Scientific Computing, 46, 329-358, 2011.

Dietrich, J.C., J.J. Westerink, A.B. Kennedy, J.M. Smith, R. Jensen, M. Zijlema, L.H. Holthuijsen, C. Dawson, R.A. Luettich, Jr., M.D. Powell, V.J. Cardone, A.T. Cox, G.W. Stone, H. Pourtaheri, M.E. Hope, S. Tanaka, L.G. Westerink, H.J. Westerink, Z. Cobell, "Hurricane Gustav (2008) Waves and Storm Surge:  Hindcast, Synoptic Analysis and Validation in Southern Louisiana,"Monthly Weather Review, 139, 2488-2522, DOI 10.1175/2011MWR3611.1, 2011.

Mirabito, C., C. Dawson, E.J. Kubatko, J.J. Westerink, S. Bunya," Implementation of a Discontinuous Galerkin Morphological Model on Two-Dimensional Unstructured Meshes," Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 200, 189-207, 2011.

Dietrich. J.C., M. Zijlema, J.J. Westerink, L.H. Holthuijsen, C. Dawson, R.A. Luettich, R. Jensen, J.M. Smith, G.S. Stelling, G.W. Stone, “Modeling Hurricane  Waves and Storm Surge using Integrally-Coupled, Scalable Computations,” Coastal Engineering, 58, 45-65, 2011.

Forbes, C., R. A. Luettich, C.A. Mattocks, J.J. Westerink, "A Retrospective Evaluation of the Storm Surge Produced by Hurricane Gustav (2008): Forecast and Hindcast Results," Weather and Forecasting, 25, No. 6, 1577-1602, 2010.

Wirasaet, D., S. Tanaka, E.J. Kubatko, J.J. Westerink, C. Dawson, "A Performance Comparison of Nodal Discontinuous Galerkin Methods on Triangles and Quadrilaterals," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 64, 1336-1362, 2010.

Ebersole, B.A., J.J. Westerink, S. Bunya, J.C. Dietrich, M.A. Cialone, "Development of Storm Surge Which Led to Flooding in St. Bernard Polder during Hurricane Katrina," Ocean Engineering, 37, 91-103, 2010.

Dietrich, J.C., S. Bunya, J.J. Westerink, B.A. Ebersole, J.M. Smith,  J.H. Atkinson, R. Jensen, D.T. Resio, R.A. Luettich, C. Dawson, V.J. Cardone, A.T. Cox, M.D. Powell, H.J. Westerink, H.J. Roberts, “A High Resolution Coupled Riverine Flow, Tide, Wind, Wind Wave and Storm Surge Model for Southern Louisiana and Mississippi: Part II - Synoptic Description and Analyses of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,” Monthly Weather Review, 138, 378-404, 2010.

Bunya, S., J.C. Dietrich, J.J. Westerink, B.A. Ebersole, J.M. Smith,  J.H. Atkinson, R. Jensen, D.T. Resio, R.A. Luettich, C. Dawson, V.J. Cardone, A.T. Cox, M.D. Powell, H.J. Westerink, H.J. Roberts, “A High Resolution Coupled Riverine Flow, Tide, Wind, Wind Wave and Storm Surge Model for Southern Louisiana and Mississippi: Part I - Model Development and Validation,” Monthly Weather Review, 138, 345-377, 2010.

Kubatko, E.J., S. Bunya, C. Dawson, J.J. Westerink, C. Mirabito, “A Performance Comparison of Continuous and Discontinuous Finite Element Shallow Water Models,” Journal of  Scientific Computing, 40, 315-339, 2009.

Kubatko, E.J., S. Bunya, C. Dawson, J.J. Westerink, “Dynamic p-adaptive Runge-Kutta Discontinuous  Galerkin Methods for the Shallow Water Equations,” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 198, 1766-1774 ,  2009.

Bunya, S., E.J. Kubatko, J.J. Westerink, C. Dawson, “A Wetting  and Drying Treatment for the Runge-Kutta Discontinuous Galerkin Solution to the Shallow Water Equations,” Computer  Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 198, 1548-1562, 2009.

Bunya, S. and J.J. Westerink, “Hurricane Katrina Storm Surge  Hindcast Using a Coupled Storm Surge, Wind Wave, and Tidal Current Model on an Unstructured Grid,” (in Japanese), Annual Journal of Coastal  Engineering, Japan Society of Civil Engineers55, 316-320, 2008.

Kubatko, E.J., C. Dawson, J.J. Westerink, “Time Step Restrictions  for Runge-Kutta Discontinuous Galerkin Methods on Triangular Grids,” Journal of Computational Physics, 227, 9697-9710,  2008.

 Resio, D.T. and J.J. Westerink, “Hurricanes and the Physics of  Surges,” Physics Today, 61, 9, 33-38,  2008.

Westerink, J.J., R.A. Luettich , J.C. Feyen, J.H. Atkinson, , C.  Dawson, H.J. Roberts, M.D. Powell, J.P. Dunion, E.J. Kubatko, H. Pourtaheri, “A  Basin to Channel Scale Unstructured Grid Hurricane Storm Surge Model Applied to  Southern Louisiana,” Monthly Weather Review, 136, 3, 833-864, 2008.

Kubatko, E.J., J.J. Westerink and C. Dawson, “Semi-discrete  Discontinuous Galerkin Methods and Stage Exceeding Order Strong Stability Preserving Runge-Kutta Time Discretizations,” Journal of Computational  Physics, 222, 832-848, 2007.

Kubatko, E.J. and J.J. Westerink, “Exact Discontinuous Solutions  of Exner’s Bed Evolution Model: Simple Theory for Sediment Bores,” Journal  of Hydraulic Engineering, 133,  305-311, 2007.

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Summary of Activities/Interests

Westerink develops  unstructured mesh, multi-scale, multi-physics hydrodynamic codes and models for the coastal ocean and transitions these to practitioners for a wide range of applications including the analysis and design of major flood control projects and coastal ocean water level forecasting systems. His laboratory has pioneered the use of global to channel scale coastal ocean models with mesh resolution varying by up to four orders of magnitude. Their work encompasses the optimization of algorithms; development of high performance codes in vector and parallel computing environments; the linkages of circulation models to weather and short wind wave models; model verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification; and the application of these codes to oceans, continental shelf regions, estuaries, rivers, and coastal flood plains. Westerink is the co-developer, with Rick Luettich of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Clint Dawson of the University of Texas at Austin, of the widely used ADCIRC finite element based shallow water equation code. ADCIRC has evolved into a community based coastal hydrodynamics code with wide ranging applications within academia, government, and the private sector worldwide. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration all use ADCIRC in support of coastal water level and flooding analyses and forecasts. Notably ADCIRC was used to design the 15 billion dollar flood risk mitigation system recently completed in Southern Louisiana by the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) applies ADCIRC to evaluate hurricane flood risk along the U.S. East, Gulf and Great Lakes coasts in support of the National Flood Insurance Program. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses ADCIRC in support of forecasting tides, extra-tropical storms, and tropical storms for U.S. coasts and estuaries. Industrial users include Michael Baker Corporation, ARCADIS, AECOM, URS, Dewberry, IBM, FMGlobal, and Taylor Engineering.

Westerink was a team co-lead in the U.S. Army’s Interagency Performance Evaluation Taskforce (IPET) investigation of the Hurricane Katrina (2005) flooding failures in Louisiana. He led ADCIRC storm surge model development for the USACE’s New Orleans and vicinity Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS). He also led the ADCIRC model development for the FEMA Flood Insurance Studies (FIS) in coastal Louisiana and Texas.  He has developed tide and storm surge models to assess flooding risk in Hawaii and Puerto Rico for the local and federal entities. He served as a commissioner on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority appointed by Governors Kathleen Blanco and Bobby Jindal. 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.  He serves as an International Advisory Board Member for CIGIDEN, the Chilean National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management.

Westerink’s current research includes: the development of high order adaptive Discontinuous Galerkin based circulation codes designed to be orders of magnitude more efficient and flexible than current generation codes; incorporating phase resolving wave processes including run-up directly into circulation codes; understanding resonant basin and shelf modes and shelf dissipation processes; incorporating local rainfall and small scale channel routing capabilities into shallow water based codes; and efficiently coupling to baroclinic global models. Current applications regions include Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; New York; Alaska; the South China Sea, and global domains.

Westerink’s Computational Hydraulics Laboratory is also focused on teaching and mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students, with lab members having been awarded 19 outstanding teacher and teaching assistant awards. He co-organizes the Challenges and Innovation Lecture Series in Civil and Environmental Engineering which exposes students to and encourages interaction with world leaders from industry, government and academia. He also co-leads a department junior class field trip each year to New York, New Orleans, or Texas that immerses the undergraduates in the most significant infrastructure design and construction efforts in the United States. His former graduate students and post-doctoral associates are in academia, government, and industry and work in leading positions in coastal and hurricane related studies.


Junior Civil & Environmental Engineering Students Take Behind-the-Scenes Tour of New York City

January 16, 2018

In November 2017, junior civil and environmental engineering students traveled to New York City for a behind-the-scenes infrastructure tour.

All eyes on Hurricane Irma: Using models for risk assessment and storm surge predictions

September 13, 2017

CEEES students utilize storm prediction models to track wave and surge conditions from Hurricane Irma.

Data-driven Research Group Crosses Traditional Boundaries to Advance Computational and Data Science Engineering

February 23, 2017

Utilizing the University’s state-of-the-art facilities, combined with multidisciplinary expertise, Notre Dame researchers in the areas of computational and data science and engineering are taking on the grand challenges that require massive amounts of data and computation in order to foster innovation and find solutions.

New Minor in Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems

February 7, 2017

Notre Dame’s newest minor will prepare engineering students from all disciplines to see the impact of their design decisions on built and natural systems and train them to work towards a sustainable and resilient global development.

Computational Hydraulics Laboratory Acquires New Computer Cluster

November 11, 2015

The Computational Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) devotes their time to developing high-performance codes and coastal circulation models to advance hurricane hazard modeling. Recently, the team celebrated the acquisition of a new computer cluster, quadrupling their computational power.