H. J. Westerink

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[1] This paper investigates model response sensitivities to mesh resolution, topographical details, bottom friction formulations, the interaction of wind waves and circulation, and nonlinear advection on tidal and hurricane surge and wave processes at the basin, shelf, wetland, and coastal channel scales within the Gulf of Mexico. Tides in the Gulf of(More)
Coupling wave and circulation models is vital in order to define shelf, nearshore and inland hydrodynamics during a hurricane. The intricacies of the inland floodplain domain, level of required mesh resolution and physics make these complex computations very cycle-intensive. Nonetheless, fast wall-clock times are important, especially when forecasting an(More)
[1] Hurricane Ike (2008) made landfall near Galveston, Texas, as a moderate intensity storm. Its large wind field in conjunction with the Louisiana-Texas coastline’s broad shelf and large scale concave geometry generated waves and surge that impacted over 1000 km of coastline. Ike’s complex and varied wave and surge response physics included: the capture of(More)
The lack of a continental shelf in steep volcanic islands leads to significant changes in tropical cyclone inundation potential, with wave setup and runup increasing in importance and wind driven surge decreasing when compared to more gently-sloped mainland regions. This is illustrated through high resolution modeling of waves, surge, and runup on the(More)
P. C. Kerr, 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.(More)
The Lower Mississippi River protrudes into the Gulf of Mexico, and manmade levees line only the west bank for 55 km of the Lower Plaquemines section. Historically, sustained easterly winds from hurricanes have directed surge across Breton Sound, into the Mississippi River and against its west bank levee, allowing for surge to build and then propagate(More)
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