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Prof. Zhu Liu is an Associate Professor and Principle Investigator at Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University and the Associate at California Institute of Technolofy and Harvard University.

Zhu Liu takes integrated approach to assess the human impacts on the earth system in terms of greenhouse gas emissions (Nature 2015, Nature 2019). Zhu has pioneered the study on anthropogenic carbon sink, the phenomenon and measurement that artifacts can uptake CO2 from atmosphere (Nature Geoscience 2016). Zhu’s broad research interests also crosses the Life-environment interrelationship in Early-life evolution (Chinese Science Bulletin,2007), astrobiology and the science and policy toward advancing the human sustainability.

Zhu hold Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Industrial Ecology 2013) with joint training by University of Cambridge (2012). Zhu conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University (Sustainability Science, 2013-2015) and California Institute of Technology (Applied Physics, 2015-2017).

Zhu authored about 60 academic publications (See Google citation page). Zhu’s research has also been covered by 300+ international media outlets including by Nature, Science, New York Times, BBC, and CNN, and has been cited by policy stakeholders as scientific basis for environmental policies. Zhu is the global highly citied researcher (ranking in the top 1% by citations). Zhu is the awardee of the highly citied researcher by Web of Science, the National Qiushi Scholarship and the 35 Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review.

Some publications:

Regional Impacts of COVID-19 on Carbon Dioxide Detected Worldwide from Space(Science Advances, 2021)

Societal shifts due to COVID-19 reveal large-scale complexities and feedbacks between atmospheric chemistry and climate change(PNAS, 2021)

Near-real-time global gridded daily CO2 emissions (The Innovation, 2021)

Population ageing and deaths attributable to ambient PM2· 5 pollution: a global analysis of economic cost (The Lancet Planetary Health, 2021)

Near-real-time monitoring of global CO 2 emissions reveals the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic (Nature Communications, 2020)

Exploring the trade-offs between electric heating policy and carbon mitigation in China (Nature Communications, 2020)

Economic development and converging household carbon footprints in China(Nature Sustainability, 2020)

Buildings as a Global Carbon Sink(Nature Sustainability, 2020)

Physical and virtual carbon metabolism of global cities(Nature Communications, 2020)

Global urban expansion offsets climate-driven increases in terrestrial net primary productivity(Nature Communications, 2019)

Inequality of household consumption and air pollution-related deaths in China(Nature Communications, 2019)

The cascade of global trade to large climate forcing over the Tibetan Plateau glaciers (Nature Communications, 2019)

Five decades of northern land carbon uptake revealed by the interhemispheric CO2 gradient (Nature, 2019)

Impacts of climate change on future air quality and human health in China (PNAS, 2019)

Structural decline in China’s CO2 emissions through transitions in industry and energy systems(Nature Geoscience, 2018)

City-level climate change mitigation in China (Science Advances, 2018)

The rise of South–South trade and its effect on global CO 2 emissions (Nature Communications, 2018)

Chinese CO2 emission flows have reversed since the global financial crisis (Nature Communications, 2017)

Carbon footprint of China's belt and road (Science, 2017)

Unequal household carbon footprints in China (Nature Climate Change, 2017)

Trans-boundary health impacts of transported global air pollution and international trade (Nature, 2017)

Substantial global carbon uptake by cement carbonation (Nature Geoscience, 2016)

Global climate forcing of aerosols embodied in international trade (Nature Geoscience, 2016)

Reduced CO2 emission estimates for China (Nature, 2015)

Steps to China's carbon peak (Nature, 2015)

A low carbon road-map for China (Nature, 2013)

Tie carbon emissions to consumers (Nature, 2013)

Emissions estimates: Make raw emissions data public in China (Nature, 2013)

Targeted opportunities to address the climate–trade dilemma in China (Nature Climate Change, 2015)

Determinants of stagnating carbon intensity in China (Nature Climate Change, 2014)

The gigatonne gap in China’s carbon dioxide inventories (Nature Climate Change, 2012)

Outsourcing CO2 within China (PNAS, 2012)



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