ND Storm Tracker Honored
Since before he joined the University in 1990, Joannes J.
of civil engineering and geological sciences has been studying coastal
oceanography — modeling
circulation and transport in coastal seas and oceans, recording tidal hydrodynamics,
and working to accurately predict hurricane storm surge. In February 2007,
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco appointed him to the Southeast Louisiana Flood
Protection Authority (West Bank).
The seven-member board and its counter
part, the 11-member East Bank board, serve as the local sponsors for the
construction, operation, and maintenance of hurricane, storm damage reduction,
and flood control projects in greater New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana.
the co-developer of the Advanced Circulation Model (ADCIRC), which is the
authoritative computer model for storm surge, had already been leading
the development of more detailed storm surge models of the area to better
understand the physics of storm surge development. He has also been involved
in studies focusing on levee development for the Louisiana Coastal Protection
and Restoration project, the Army’s Interagency Performance and Evaluation
Task Force (IPET), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s
His service as co-leader of the IPET team, which evaluated the Hurricane
Katrina failures and hurricane protection risk, garnered a special citation
from the Army. In April, he received the U.S. Department of the Army Outstanding
Civilian Service Award. The award, which recognized his efforts on behalf
of the IPET, cited Westerink for “his superior level of performance
and tireless devotion which positively impacted IPET project success and
contributed greatly to the reconstruction efforts of the New Orleans Hurricane
For more information about ADCIRC or storm surge
research at Notre Dame, visit www.nd.edu/~coast.