Ioana Popescu Dr.

Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics
Deputy Head of the IWSG Department


Ioana Popescu is currently Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics at UNESCO-IHE 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, like the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research(IAHR), the European Geophysical Union (EGU) and of the SENSE research school. Currently she is the Chair of the IAHR Committee on Education and Professional Development.

Prior to joining UNESCO-IHE 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.

A detailed  Curriculum Vitae is available here.

A full list of publications is available here.


Journal publications  selection ( see complete list of publications)

Irvine, K, Weigelhofer G, Popescu, I, Pfeiffer, E, Paun, A, Drobot, R, Gettel, G, Staska, B, Stanica, A., Hein, T, Habersack, H, (2015), Educating for action: Aligning skills with policies for sustainable development in the Danube river basin, Science of the Total Environment,  (Online version available),  DOI:

Pan, Q, Jonoski, A., Castro Gama, M., Popescu, I., (2015), Application of a web-based decision support system for water supply networks, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Management, SI ICT for Water, 14(9), 2087-2094

Abdullah, A.D., Masih, I., van der Zaag, P., Karim, U.F.A., Popescu, I., Al Suhail, Q. (2015), Shatt al Arab River system under escalating pressure: a preliminary exploration of the issues and options for mitigation, International J. of River Basin Management, 13 (2), 215-227.( DOI:10.1080/15715124.2015.1007870)

Musa, Z. N., Popescu, I., and Mynett, A., (2015), Uncertainty in Hydrodynamic Modelling of Flooding in the Lower Niger River with Downstream Sea Level Rise, in Springer Water, Philippe Gourbesville et al. (Eds): Advances in Hydroinformatics,189-202, DOI: 978-981-287-614-0

Musa, Z. N., Popescu, I., and Mynett, A., (2015), A review of applications of satellite SAR, optical, altimetry and DEM data for surface water modelling, mapping and parameter estimation, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19 (9), 3755-3769, doi:10.5194/hessd-12-4857-2015

Akter, J., Sarker, M.H., Popescu, I., Roelvink, D. (2015), Evolution of the Bengal Delta and Its Prevailing Processes, Journal of Coastal Research, DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-14-00232.1 (Available OnLine)

Popescu, I., Brandimarte, L., Peviani, M. (2014), Effects of climate change over energy production in La Plata Basin, Int. J. River Basin Management, 12(4), 319-327, (doi: 10.1080/15715124.2014.917317)

Brandimarte, L., Popescu, I., Neamah, N.K.(2014)  Analysis of fresh-saline water interface at the Shatt Al-Arab estuary,  Int. J. River Basin Management, 13(1), 17-25, (doi: 10.1080/15715124.2014.945092)

Popescu, I., Cioaca, E., Pan, Q., Jonoski, A., Hanganu, J.(2014), Use of hydrodynamic models for the management of the Danube Delta wetlands: The case study of Sontea-Fortuna ecosystem, Env. Sci. and Policy, 46, 48-56, (doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2014.01.012)

Castro-Gama, M.E., Popescu, I., Li, S., Mynett, A., van Dam, A. (2014), Flood inference simulation using surrogate modelling for the Yellow River multiple reservoir system, Env. Modelling & Software, 55 (5), 250-265, (doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.02.02)

Fu, C., Popescu, I., Wang, C., Mynett, A.E., Zhang, F. (2014), Challenges in modelling river flow and ice regime on the Ningxia-Inner Mongolia reach of the Yellow River, China, Hydr. & Earth Syst. Sci., 18 (3), 1225-1237, (doi:10.5194/hess-18-225-2014)

Balica, S, Dinh, Q, Popescu, I.,Vo, T.Q., Pham, D.Q., (2014), Flood impact in the Mekong Delta, J. of Maps, 10 (2), 257-268, (doi:10.1080/17445647.2013.859636)

Jonoski, A, Almoradie A, Khan K, Popescu I, Andel S.J., (2013), Google Android Mobile Phone Applications for Water Quality Information Management, J. of Hydroinformatics, 15(4), 1137 – 1149 (doi: 10.2166/hydro.2012.147)

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

Links to

           Personal website 


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