Tijana Jovanovic

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Tijana Jovanović is interested in water resources management, hydrology, and issues related to environmental science, which led her to pursue graduate studies in the fields of civil and environmental engineering with a focus on water resources. Within her research, Tijana has used a lens of complex systems to study urban watersheds. She has looked at various complex system properties (such as long-term memory, complexity, and scaling), while accounting for non-stationarities present in urban watersheds. These interests stem from a desire to understand if and how these properties differ in their behavior between urban and natural watersheds and what drives such behavior. During her time as a postdoctoral research fellow at SESYNC, Tijana studied the spatial optimization of urban green infrastructure (UGI). Her goal was to focus on and maximize the UGI multi-functionality to understand the effect of such scenarios on urban heat island stress. The term “multi-functionality” refers to the multiple ecosystem services that UGI can provide, such as reduction of stormwater volumes, urban heat island stress, and social vulnerability, as well as improving water and air quality, landscape connectivity, etc. Often, the implementation of UGI is done from the perspective of streamflow volume reduction and/or water quality improvement while other ecosystem services are implied but rarely an integral part of the design. Tijana earned her MS with an emphasis on stochastic hydrology from the University of Belgrade and her PhD with an emphasis on urban hydrology from The Pennsylvania State University, along with a minor in computational science. She is currently a Surface/Subsurface Hydrological Modeler at the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, United Kingdom.

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2017 - 2019
Areas of Expertise
urban hydrology
computational science
civil and environmental engineering
Research Interests
water resources management
urban watersheds
sustainable cities
climate change
Methods of Expertise
stochastic modeling
hydrological modeling