Ioana Popescu

Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics


Ioana Popescu is currently Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands. Her research focuses on computational methods, aspects of flood modeling and vulnerability related to floods, lake and reservoir modeling and water supply systems modeling and optimisation. She is particularly interested in integrating mathematical models into decision support systems. She is a member of several engineering associations and research schools, such as the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research(IAHR), the European Geophysical Union (EGU) and of the SENSE research school. 

Prior to joining IHE Delft in 2001, she worked in 2000, as a postdoc researcher at the Institute for Research in Construction of the National Research Council of Canada in the area of rehabilitation of urban infrastructure, where she was involved in the development of a finite element based prediction tool for flexible pavement structures subjected to both environmental and traffic-induced loading.

From 1990 to 1999 she worked as an Associate Professor at Faculty of Hydrotechnics, Timisoara, in Romania, in the area of river systems modeling and computational hydraulics. In particular she has been involved in the development of a finite element code for testing the influence of hydrodynamic pressures on dams, and in projects and teaching related to hydropower and dams.

Main Discipline / Specialisation

Physically based modelling, Flood modelling, River Systems Modelling, Decision Support Systems, Hydroinformatics.

Detailed Curriculum Vitae is available here.

Full list of publications is available here.


Latest publications:

de Sherbinin, A., Bowser, A., Chuang T.R., Cooper, C., Danielsen, F., Edmunds, R., Elias, P., Faustman, E., Hultquist, C., Mondardini, R., Popescu, I., Shonowo, A., Sivakumar, K. (2021), The Critical Importance of Citizen Science Data, Frontiers in Climate, 3, 20, doi: 10.3389/fclim.2021.650760

Jonoski, A.; Popescu, I.; Zhe, S.; Mu, Y.; He, Y. (2019)  Analysis of Flood Storage Area Operations in Huai River Using 1D and 2D River Simulation Models Coupled with Global Optimization Algorithms. MDPI Geosciences Journal, 9, 509-530. doi: 10.3390/geosciences9120509

Assumpcao, T.H., Popescu, I, Jonoski,A., Solomatine, D.P. (2020), Exploring contributions of citizens’ data to improvements in modelling of an urbanized catchment: A case study in Kifissos catchment, in River Flow 2020 (edited by Uijttewaal, W, Franca, M.J., Valero, D., Chavarrias, V, Ylla Arbos, C, Schielen, R., Crosato, A) doi: 10.1201/b22619-193

Books and Chapter in books

Popescu, I. (2014). Computational Hydraulics: Numerical Methods and Modelling, IWA Publishing, London, UK, ISBN: 9781780400440

Popescu, I. (2012). Unsteady Flow, in Floods in a Changing Climate: Inundation Modelling (G Di Baldassarre), International Hydrological Series, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, ISBN 978-1-107-01875-4

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