Westerink to brief congressional committee Thursday on storm surge

by William G. Gilroy

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Joannes Westerink, associate professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and Clint Dawson of theUniversityofTexaswill provide a briefing on the mathematical modeling of hurricane storm surge Thursday (Nov. 3) for members of the U.S House of RepresentativesCommittee on Science.

Their presentation, titledFrom Katrina Forward: How Mathematical Modeling Predicts Storm Surge,is at the request of the American Mathematical Society.

Westerink is one of the developers of the Advanced Circulation Model, or ADCIRC, an authoritative computer model for storm surge prediction. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state ofLouisianause the model to determine water levels due to hurricane surge as well as to design appropriate levee heights and alignments.

For more information on the ADCIRC, see www.nd.edu/~adcirc .

* Contact: * Joannes Westerink, associate professor of civil engineering and geological sciences, 574-631-6475, westerink.1@nd.edu .

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