Zhengyu Liu

Zhengyu Liu

Zhengyu Liu

Max Thomas Professor of Climate Dynamics



1106 Derby Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate Dynamics
  • Climate Change
  • Earth Systems Modeling
  • Paleoclimate


  • 1991, Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, MIT
  • 1995, M.S., Dynamic Meteorology, Chinese Academy of Science
  • 1982, B.S., Applied Mathematics, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, China

Currrent CV: Zhengyu_Liu_CV.pdf

Interests: Climatology, Hydroclimatology, Synoptic Climatology, Climate Data Analytics

Current Research:  My research interest is the modeling and understanding of the global climate system and ocean-atmosphere-land interaction, with application to climate change and climate variability of the past, present and future. My research projects consist of two parts. The first is the modeling of climate variability of seasonal to interdecadal time scales, and the second is the modeling of climate changes of the last glacial/interglacial cycles and future global warming. I am also interested in the dynamics of the general oceanic circulation and, more generally, the geophysical fluid.

Courses Taught:
GEOG 5952: Dynamic Meteorology II
GEOG 8902: Data Assimilation: Combining Data with Model

Select Publications:
Liu, W., S.-P Xie, Z. Liu and J. Zhu, 2017:  Overlooked possibility of AMOC collapse in warming climate. Science Advance, 3, e1601666.

Lu, F., Z, Liu, S. Zhang and R. Jacob, 2017: Assessing Extratropical Impact on Tropical Bias in Climate Model using Regional Coupled Data Assimilation. GRL, 44, 3384-3392, doi:10.1002/2017GL072890.

Cheng, J., Z. Liu, S. Zhang, W. Liu, L. Dong, P. Liu and H. Li, 2016: Interdecadal variability of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation in global warming. PNAS,  doi/10.1073/pnas.1519827113

Guan, J. Z. Liu, X. Wen, E. Brady, D. Noone, J. Zhu and J. Han, 2016: Understanding temporal slope of temperature-water isotope relation in isoCAM3: the slope equation.  J. Geophys. Res.., 121, 10.1002/2016JD024955.

Liu, Z., H. Yang, C. He and Y. Zhao, 2016: A theory for Bjerknes compensation: the role of climate feedback. J. Clim., 29, 191-208, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0227.1