LIU Junguo
Chair Professor
(中文) 国家杰出青年科学基金获得者、国务院特殊津贴专家
Associate Dean of School of Environmental Science and Engineering

Dr. Junguo Liu’s main research interests include hydrology and water resources management, global environmental change, and ecological restoration. He has earned an excellent international reputation through his contributions to the fields of water resources research and ecological restoration. He has outstanding scientific achievements and extensive services to the hydrological communities worldwide. He has led a pioneering work on advancing water resources assessment in coupled human-natural systems, in particular for global hydrology research and water scarcity assessment by incorporating water resources quantity, quality and environmental flow requirement. He is author of about 150 publications, including articles in Science (1), Nature (1), PNAS (2), Nature Climate Change (1), Nature Communications (1), Nature Sustainability (1) and Science Advances (1). His articles have been cited for over 5000 times. In recognition of his outstanding work, he won the Outstanding Young Scientist Award of the European Geosciences Union in 2009, and he was the first hydrologist in the world to receive this award. He also received The Person of the Year of Scientific Chinese (2011), ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award (2011), the Young Researcher Gold Award by China Science Daily (2012), the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the National Natural Science Foundation in China (2016), the 2017 Communication Award of the International Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), the Young Scientists Award (one out of eight in all fields in China) from the Ministry of Education of China (2018), the Science and Technology Award for Chinese Youth (2019).


Education background

From September 1995 to July 1999, he studied at the Department of Water Resources, North China University of Water Resources and Hydropower, and obtained a bachelor's degree.

From October 2000 to April 2002, he studied at the UNESCO-IHE Department of Water and Environmental Resources Management in the Netherlands.

From March 2003 to February 2007, he studied at the Environmental Engineering Institute of the Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) in Zurich, Switzerland.


Work Experience

2019-Present-----Chair Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China

2016-2019-----Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China

2010-2018-----Visiting research scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria (part time)

2009-2015-----Professor, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China

2013-2015-----Senior Cheney Fellowship Scholar, The University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

2012-2015-----Visiting scientist, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany

2007-2009-----PhD/Research scientist, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland

2005-----Visiting scholar, Blackland Research and Extension Center, Temple, Texas, USA

2002-2003-----Research Assistant, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands

2002-----Associate Expert, Secretariat of the International Network for Capacity Building in Integrated Water Resources Management (CAP-NET), Delft, the Netherlands


Academic Appointments

2017–2022: Member of the Standing Committee of Beijing Science and Technology Association
2017–2019: Expert of the “Haizhi Project” of the China Association for Science and Technology
2017 – Present: Deputy Director, Resource Ecology Research Committee, China Natural Resources Institute
2016 – Present: Chairman of the Bureau of the Beijing Ecological Restoration and Environmental Protection Consortium
2016 – Present: Vice-Chairman of the China Work Committee of the Hydrological Science Association 2013-2022
2015 – present: Head of the Hydrological Program of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences 2013-2022
2014 – present: Chairman of the Beijing Society of Ecological Restoration
2013 – Present: Co-editor of the International SCI Journal Journal of Water and Climate Change
2012 – present: Member of the International Technical Advisory Committee of the United Nations Best Water Practice Award
2008 – present: Editorial Board of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS)
2008 – Present: Member of the International Water Footprint Network Peer Review Expert Committee
2014 –2015: Member of the Academic Committee of the 2015 International Ecological Restoration Conference (UK)
2012 –2013: Member of the Academic Committee of the 2013 International Ecological Restoration Conference (USA)
2012 –2013: Member of the Thirst Technical Advisory Committee of the International Non-Governmental Agency.
2013 –2014: Member of the 2014 Assessment Team for Environmental and Sustainable Scientific Research in the Netherlands
2011 –2012: Chief UNEP International Expert Team on Sustainable Resource Management, Chief Expert
2011 –2012: Member of the 5th International Eco-Services Partnership Annual Meeting Planning Committee
2011 –2012: Member of the Research Institute for International Applied Systems Analysis, Research Planning Coordination Committee
2014 – to present: National Natural Science Foundation of China “Study on the Mechanism of Interaction between Ecosystem and Hydrology in the Loess Plateau” Member of the expert group
2014 – present: Director of the first council of the Zoige Research Alliance
2010 – present: Member of the Water Resources Professional Committee of the China Natural Resources Institute
2011 –2011: Chinese expert on China Environment and Development Outlook of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development
2010 –2011: Member of the Scientific Research Planning Coordination Committee of the Austrian Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
2009 –2009: Natural Science Foundation and Chinese Academy of Sciences 2011-2020 Discipline Development Strategy Research Resources and Environmental Science write group members
2009 –2010: China Ecology and Development International Cooperation Committee “Ecosystem Services and Management” Strategy Group supports experts


Awards and honors

Winner of the Leading Innovative Talent of Science and Technology, by Ministry of Science and Technology of China, 2019

Winner of the 2017 Science and Technology Award for Chinese Youth, by Chinese Government and China Association for Science and Technology, 2018

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, UK, 2018

Winner of the Beijing Science and Technology Award (2nd Prize), by Beijing Municipal Government, 2018

Young Scientists Award (8 winners in 2018 in China), by Ministry of Education of China, 2017

Communication Award (one winner in the world every other year), by Society for Ecological Restoration International (SER), 2017

Outstanding Research Award, by Southern University of Science and Technology, China, 2017

Outstanding Tutor Award, by Southern University of Science and Technology, China, 2017

Distinguished Youth Scholars Awards, by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 2016

Beijing Youth Award, by Beijing Municipal Commission of the China Youth League, 2014

Best Teacher Award, by Beijing Forestry University, 2014

Senior Cheney Fellowship, by University of Leeds, UK, 2013

Young Researcher Gold Award, by China Science Daily, 2012

ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award, winner in the field “Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management”, by Scopus, Elsevier, and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2011

Person of the Year and Outstanding Young Scientist Award, by Scientific Chinese, 2011

Winner, one of the 100 most influential research articles in China, by Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China, 2011

Winner of the Best Research Article, by Beijing Forestry University, 2010

Outstanding Young Scientists Award, by the European Geosciences Union, 2009

Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, by China Scholarship Council, 2006

World Science Forum Sponsorship for the 2005 World Science Forum, Budapest, Hungary, 2005

2004: UNESCO Sponsorship to attend the 1st General Conference of WAYS (World Academy of Young Scientists), Marrakesh, Morocco, 2004

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Sponsorship for Asian Scientists, 2004

2002: Member of Winning Team, International Seminar on Water and Human (In)Security, Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management & Netherlands Water Partnership, the Hague, the Netherlands, 2002


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Research interest

Hydrology and Water Resources

Virtual water and water footprint

Water and environmental research at large scales (watershed, country, and global)

Ecosystem services assessment and management

Ecological restoration


(1) Ecological hydrology
(2) Wetland protection and management
(3) Global frontiers of hydrology and the environment
(4) Watershed ecological restoration
(5) Water resources evaluation and management


Postdoctoral Candidates
Mao Ganquan
Qi Wei
Liao Hehuan
Jiang Chong
Wang Kai


Doctoral Candidates
Chuan Chuanfu
Ma Kun
Zhang Xinxin
Zhao Dandan
Zhang Ruqiang
Li Suxiao
Wangzi Feng
Benjamin Denjean
Prince Feng
Meng Ying
Zhang Zongyong
Chen He


SCI Papers
1. Palmer M.A.*, Liu J.*, Mattews J.H., Mumba M., D’Odorlco P., 2015. Manage water in a green way. Science 349 (6248): 584-585. (SCI, IF= 41.058)
2. Liu J.*, You L.Z., Amini M., Obersteiner M., Herrero M., Zehnder A.J.B., Yang H. 2010. A high-resolution assessment on global nitrogen flows in cropland. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107(17): 8035-8040. (SCI, IF= 9.504) (ESI Top 1% Highly Cited Paper)
3. Zhao X., Liu J.*, Liu Q., Tillotson M.R., Guan D., Hubacek K., 2015. Physical and virtual water transfers for regional water stress alleviation in China. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(4): 1031-1035. (SCI, IF=9.504) (ESI Top 1% Highly Cited Paper)
4. Liu J.*, Bawa K. S., Seager T. P., Mao G., Ding D., Lee J. S. H., Swim J. K., 2019. On knowledge generation and use for sustainability, Nature Sustainability 2: 80-82.
5. Liu, Z., Guan D., Wei W., Davis S. J., Ciais P., Bai J., Peng S., Zhang Q., Hubacek K., Marland G., Andres R. J., Crawford-Brown D., Lin J., Zhao H., Hong C., Boden T. A., Feng K., Peters G. P., Xi F., Liu J., Li Y., Zhao Y., Zeng N., He K., 2015. Reduced carbon emission estimates from fossil fuel combustion and cement production in China. Nature 524 (7565): 335-338. (SCI, IF= 41.577) (ESI Top 0.1% Hot Article; ESI Top 1% Highly Cited Paper)
6. Veldkamp T.I.E., Wada Y., Aerts J.C.J.H., Döll P., Gosling S.N., Liu J., Masaki Y., Oki T., Ostberg S., Pokhrel Y., Satoh Y., Kim H., Ward P.J., 2017. Water scarcity hotspots travel downstream due to human interventions in the 20th and 21st century. Nature Communications 8:15697. (SCI, IF= 12.353)
7. Park, C. E., Jeong, S.-J., Joshi, M., Osborn, T. J., Ho, C.H., Piao, S., Chen, D., Liu, J., Yang, H., Park, H., Kim, B.M., Feng, S., 2018. Keeping global warming within 1.5ºC restrains emergence of aridification. Nature Climate Change 8, 70–74. (SCI, IF= 19.181) (ESI Top 1% Highly Cited Paper)
8. Xu J., Morris P. J., Liu J., Holden J., 2018. Hotspots of peatland-derived potable water use
identified by global analysis. Nature Sustainability 1, 246-253.
9. Obersteiner M., Walsh B., Frank S., Havlík P., Cantele M., Liu J., Palazzo A., Herrero M., Lu Y., Mosnier A., Valin H., Riahi K., Kraxner F., Fritz S., van Vuuren D., 2016. Assessing the land resource–food price nexus of the Sustainable Development Goals. Science Advances 2: e1501499. (SCI, IF = 11.511)
10. Zhao D.D, Hubacek K, Feng K.S, Sun L.X, Liu J.*. 2019. Explaining the virtual water trade: A spatial-temporal analysis of the comparative advantage of land, labor and water in China. Water Research, 153, 304-314. (SCI, IF=7.051)
11. Qi W., Liu J.*, Leung F., 2019. A framework to quantify impacts of elevated CO2 concentration, global warming and leaf area changes on seasonal variations of water resources on a river basin scale. Journal of Hydrology 570: 508–522 (SCI, IF=3.727)
12. Jiang C., Liu J.*, Zhang H., Zhang Z., Wang D., 2019. China’s progress towards sustainable land degradation control: insights from the northwest arid regions. Ecological Engineering 127: 75-87. (SCI, IF=3.023)
13. Ma L., Bai Z., Ma W., Guo M., Jiang R., Liu J., Oenema O., Velthof G. L., Whitmore A., Crawford J., Dobermann A., Schwoob M., Zhang F., Exploring future food provision scenarios for China. Environmental Science & Technology 53 (3): 1385–1393. (SCI, IF=6.653)
14. Jiang J., Ye B., Liu J., 2019. Research on the peak of CO2 emissions in the developing world: Current progress and future prospect. Applied Energy 235, 186-203. (SCI, IF=7.900)
15. Xu H., Tian Z., He X., Wang J., Sun L., Fischer G., Fan D., Zhong H., Wu W., Pope E., Kent C., Liu J., 2019. Future increases in irrigation water requirement challenge the water-food nexus in the northeast farming region of China. Agricultural Water Management 213: 594–604. (SCI, IF=3.182)
16. Liu W., Antonelli M., Kummu M., Zhao X., Wu P., Liu J., Zhuo L., Yang H., 2019. Savings and losses of global water resources in food‐related virtual water trade. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water 6(1): e1320.(SCI, IF=3.943)
17. Liu J.*, Zhao X.*, Yang H., Liu Q., Xiao H., Cheng G., 2018. Assessing China’s “developing a water-saving society” policy at a river basin level: a structural decomposition analysis approach. Journal of Cleaner Production 190: 799-808. (SCI, IF=5.651)
18. Liu J.*, Mao G., Hoekstra A.J., Wang H., Wang J., Zheng C., van Vliet M.T.H., Wu M., Ruddell B., Yan J., 2018. Managing the energy-water-food nexus for sustainable development. Applied Energy 210: 377-381. (SCI, IF=7.900)
19. Lun F., Liu J.*, Ciais P., Nesme T., Chang T., Wang R., Goll D., Sardans J., Peñuelas J., Obersteiner M., 2018. Global and regional phosphorus budgets in agricultural systems and their implications for phosphorus-use efficiency. Earth System Science Data 10: 1–18. (SCI, IF=8.792)
20. Qi W., Liu J.*, Chen D., 2018. Evaluations and improvements of GLDAS 2.0 and 2.1 forcing data's applicability for basin scale hydrological simulations in the Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123. https://doi.org/ 10.1029/2018JD029116 (SCI, IF=3. 380)
21. Zhao C., Yang S., Liu J., Liu C., Hao F., Wang Z., Zhang H., Song J., Mitrovic S. M., Lim R. P., 2018. Linking fish tolerance to water quality criteria for the assessment of environmental flows: A practical method for streamflow regulation and pollution control. Water Research 141: 96-108. (SCI, IF=7.051)
22. Wang Z., Liu J.*, Li J., Zhang D.D., 2018. MuWI: A native 10-m Multi-spectral Water Index for Accurate Water Mapping on Sentinel-2. Remote Sensing 10: 1643. (SCI, IF=3.406)
23. Guan Y., Kang R., Liu J.*, 2018. Evolution of the field of ecological restoration over the last three decades: a bibliometric analysis. Restoration Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.12899 (SCI, IF=2.544)
24. Liu W., Yang H., Liu Y., Kummu M., Hoekstra A. Y., Liu J., Schulini R., 2018. Water resources conservation and nitrogen pollution reduction under global food trade and agricultural intensification. Science of the Total Environment 633: 1591–1601 (SCI, IF=4.610)
25. Zaherpour J., Gosling S. N., Mount N., Schmied H. M., Veldkamp T.I.E., Dankers R., Eisner S., Gerten D., Gudmundsson L., Haddeland I., Hanasaki N., Kim H., Leng G., Liu J., Masaki Y., Oki T., Pokhrel Y., Satoh Y., Schewe J., Wada Y., 2018. Worldwide evaluation of mean and extreme runoff from six global-scale hydrological models that account for human impacts. Environmental Research Letters 13 (6): 065015. (SCI, IF=4.541)
26. Qi W., Liu J.*, Yang H., Sweetapple C., 2018. An ensemble-based dynamic Bayesian averaging approach for discharge simulations using multiple global precipitation products and hydrological models. Journal of Hydrology 558: 405–420 (SCI, IF=3.727)
27. Qi W. *, Liu J., 2018. A non-stationary cost-benefit based bivariate extreme flood estimation approach. Journal of Hydrology 557: 589–599 (SCI, IF=3.727)
28. Xu J., Morris P.J., Liu J., Holden J., 2018. PEATMAP: Refining estimates of global peatland distribution based on a meta-analysis. CATENA. 160: 134-140 (SCI, IF=3.256)
29. Vanham D., Hoekstra A.Y., Wada Y., Bouraoui F., de Roo A., Mekonnen M.M., van de Bund W.J., Batelaan O., Pavelic P., Bastiaanssen W.G.M., Kummu M., Rockström J., Liu J., Bisselink B., Ronco P., Pistocchi A., Bidoglio G., 2018. Physical water scarcity metrics for monitoring progress towards SDG target 6.4: An evaluation of indicator 6.4.2 “Level of water stress”. Science of the Total Environment 613-614: 218-232. (SCI, IF=4.610)
30. Wartenburger R., Seneviratne S., Hirschi M., Chang J., Ciais P., Deryng D., Elliott J., Folberth C., Gosling S., Gudmundsson L., Henrot A., Hickler T., Ito A., Khabarov N., Kim H., Leng G., Liu J., Liu X., Masaki Y., Morfopoulos C., Müller C., Müller S., Hannes N. K., Orth R., Pokhrel Y., Pugh T., Satoh Y., Schaphoff S., Schmid E., Sheffield J.. Stacke T., Steinkamp J., Tang Q., Thiery W., Wada Y., Wang X., Weedon G., Yang H., Zhou T., 2018. Evapotranspiration simulations in ISIMIP2a - Evaluation of spatio-temporal characteristics with a comprehensive ensemble of independent datasets. Environmental Research Letters 13 (7): 075001 (SCI, IF=4.541)
31. Cudennec C. *, Liu J. *, Qi J., Yang H., Zheng C., Gain A. K., Lawford R., de Strasser L., Yillia P. T., 2018. Epistemological dimensions of the water–energy–food nexus approach: reply to discussions of “Challenges in operationalizing the water–energy–food nexus”, Hydrological Sciences Journal. doi: 10.1080/02626667.2018.1545094. (SCI, IF=2.061)
32. Anjum M.N., Ding Y., Shangguan D., Liu J., Ahmad I., Ijaz M. W., Khan M. I., 2018. Quantification of spatial temporal variability of snow cover and hydro-climatic variables based on multi-source remote sensing data in the Swat watershed, Hindukush Mountains, Pakistan. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics In press. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00703-018-0584-7 (SCI, IF=1.356)
33. Ahmad I., Zhang F., Muhammad Tayyab M., Anjumd M. N., Zamane M., Liu J., Faridh H. U., Saddiquei Q., 2018. Spatiotemporal analysis of precipitation variability in annual, seasonal and extreme values over upper Indus River basin. Atmospheric Research 213: 346-360. (SCI, IF=3.817)
34. Anjum M. N., Zaman M., Tayyab M., Waseem M., Farid H. U., 2018. A linear bi-level multi-objective program for optimal allocation of water resources. PLoS ONE, 13(2): e0192294 (SCI, IF=2.766)
35. Zhang R., Liu J.*, Gao H., Mao G., 2018. Can multi-objective calibration of streamflow guarantee better hydrological model accuracy? Journal of Hydroinformatics 20 (3): 687-698. (SCI, IF=1.797)
36. Li S., Yang H., Liu J., Lei G., 2018. Towards Ecological-Economic Integrity in the Jing-Jin-Ji Regional Development in China. Water 10 (11), 1653. (SCI, IF=2.069)
37. Li S., Yang H., Lacayo M., Liu J., Lei G., 2018. Impacts of land-use and land-cover changes on water yield: a case study in Jing-Jin-Ji, China. Sustainability 10 (4): 960. (SCI, IF=2.075)
38. Liu J.*, Yang H., Gosling, S. N., Kummu, M., Flörke, M., Pfister, M., Hanasaki, N., Wada, Y., Zhang, X., Zheng, Y., Alcamo, J., Oki, T., 2017. Water scarcity assessments in the past, present, and future. Earth’s Future 5: 545-559. (SCI, IF=4.594) (Cover Article) (ESI Top 1% Highly Cited Paper)
39. Liu J.*, Calmon M., Clewell A., Liu J., Denjean B., Engel V.L., Aronson J., 2017. South-south cooperation for large-scale ecological restoration. Restoration Ecology 25 (1): 27-32. (SCI, IF=2.544)
40. Liu J.*, Yang H., Cudennec C., Gain A.K., Hoff H., Lawford R., Qi J., de Strasser L., Yillia P.T., Zheng C., 2017. Panta Rhei Opinions: Challenges in operationalizing the water-energy-food nexus. Hydrological Sciences Journal 62 (11): 1714-1720 (SCI, IF=2.061)
41. Mao G., Xia J., He X., Tang Y.*, Liu J.*, 2017. Hydrology in a coupled human-natural system – Research innovation and practices. BAMS. ES295-298. (SCI, IF=7.804)
42. Gosling S. N., Hondula D. M., Bunker A., Ibarreta D., Liu J., Zhang X., Sauerborn R., 2017. Adaptation to climate change: a comparative analysis of modeling methods for 2 heat-related mortality. Environmental Health Perspectives 125 (8): 087008. (SCI, IF=8.440)
43. Chen Y., Zhang S., Huang D., Li B., Liu J., Liu W., Ma J., Wang F., Wang Y., Wu S., Wu Y., Yan J., Guo C., Xin W., Wang H., 2017. The development of China’s Yangtze River Economic Belt: how to make it in a green way? Science Bulletin 62 (9): 648–651 (SCI, IF=4.136)
44. Zhang X., Liu J.*, Tang Y*, Zhao X., Yang H., Gerbens-Leenes P.W., van Vliet M.T.H., Yan J., 2017. China's coal-fired power plants impose pressure on water resources. Journal of Cleaner Production 161: 1171-1179. (SCI, IF=5.651)
45. Campana P.E., Leduc S., Kim M., Olsson A., Zhang J., Liu J., Kraxner F., McCallum I., Li H., Yan J., 2017. Suitable and optimal locations for implementing photovoltaic water pumping systems for grassland irrigation in China. Applied Energy 185 (2): 1879-1889 (SCI, IF=7.900)
46. Gosling, S. N., Zaherpour, J. J., Mount, N. J., Hattermann, F. F., Dankers, R., Arheimer, B., Breuer L., Ding J., Haddeland I., Kumar R., Kundu D., Liu J., van Griensven A., Veldkamp T.I.E., Vetter T., Wang X., Zhang X., 2017. A comparison of changes in river runoff from multiple global and catchment-scale hydrological models under global warming scenarios of 1°C, 2°C and 3°C. Climatic Change 141 (3): 597–598 (SCI, IF=3.537) (ESI Top 1% Highly Cited Paper)
47. Kreibich H., Krueger T., Van Loon A., Mejia A., Liu J., McMillan H., Castellarin A., 2017. Scientific debate of Panta Rhei research – how to advance our knowledge of changes in hydrology and society? Hydrological Sciences Journal 62 (3): 331-333. (SCI, IF=2.061)
48. Wada Y., Bierkens M. F. P., de Roo A., Dirmeyer, P. A., Famiglietti J. S., Hanasaki N., Konar M., Liu J., Schmied H. M., Oki T., Pokhrel Y., Sivapalan M., Troy T. J., van Dijk A. I. J. M., van Emmerik T., van Huijgevoort M. H. J., van Lanen H. A. J., Vörösmarty C. J., Wanders N., Wheater H., 2017. Human-water interface in hydrological modeling: Current status and future directions. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 21: 4169-4193. (SCI, IF=4.256)
49. Zhao D., Tang Y.*, Liu J.*, Tillotson M.R., 2017. Water footprint of Jing-Jin-Ji urban agglomeration in China. Journal of Cleaner Production 167: 919-928. (SCI, IF=5.651)
50. Liu J.*, Ma K., Ciais P., Polasky S., 2016. Reducing human nitrogen use for food production. Scientific Reports 6: 30104. (SCI, IF=4.122)
51. Liu J.*, Liu Q., Yang H., 2016. Assessing water scarcity by simultaneously considering environmental flow requirements, water quantity, and water quality. Ecological Indicator 60: 434-441. (SCI, IF=3.983)
52. Zhao X., Liu J.*, Yang H., Liu Y., Duarte R., Hubacek K., 2016. Burden-shifting of water quantity and quality stress from mega-city Shanghai. Water Resources Research 52 (9): 6916-6927 (Featured in Water Resources Research) (SCI, IF=4.361)
53. McMillan H., Montanari A., Cudennec C., Savenije H., Kreibich H., Krueger T., Liu J., Mejia A., Van Loon A., Aksoy H., Di Baldassarre G., Huang Y., Mazvimavi D., Rogger M., Sivakumar B., Bibikova T., Castellarin A., Chen Y., Finger D., Gelfan A., Hannah D. M., Hoekstra A. Y., Li H., Maskey S., Mathevet T., Mijic A., Acuña A. P., Polo M. J., Rosales V., Smith P., Viglione A., Srinivasan V., Toth E., van Nooyen R., Xia J., 2016. Panta Rhei 2013–2015: global perspectives on hydrology, society and change. Hydrological Sciences Journal 61 (7): 1174-1191. (SCI, IF=2.061)
54. Xie J., Chen J., Sun G., Zha T., Yang B., Chu H., Liu J., Wan S., Zhou C., Ma H., Bourque C.P.A., Shao C., John R., Ouyang Z., 2016. Ten-year variability in ecosystem water use efficiency in an oak-dominated temperate forest under a warming climate. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 218-219: 209-217. (SCI, IF=4.039)
55. Ma K., Liu J.*, Balkovic J., Skalsky R., Azevedo L., Kraxner F., 2016. Changes in soil organic carbon stocks of wetlands on China’s Zoige plateau from 1980 to 2010. Ecological Modelling 327: 18-28. (SCI, IF=2.507)
56. Ma K., Zhang Y., Tang S., Liu J.*, 2016. Spatial distribution of soil organic carbon in the Zoige alpine wetland, northeastern Qinghai–Tibet Plateau, Catena 144: 102-108. (SCI, IF=3.256)
57. Qi W., Zhang C., Fu G., Zhou H., Liu J., 2016. Quantifying uncertainties in extreme flood predictions under climate change for a medium-sized basin in Northeastern China. Journal of Hydrometeorology 17 (12): 3099-3112. (SCI, IF=3.790)
58. Liu W., Yang H., Liu J., Azevedo L.B., Wang X., Xu Z., Abbaspour K. C., Schulin R., 2016. Global assessment of nitrogen losses and trade-offs with yields from major crop cultivations. Science of the Total Environment 572: 526-537. (SCI, IF=4.610)
59. Tian, S., Youssef, M. A., Richards, R. P., Liu, J., Baker, D. B., & Liu, Y., 2016. Different seasonality of nitrate export from an agricultural watershed and an urbanized watershed in midwestern USA. Journal of Hydrology, 541, 1375-1384. (SCI, IF=3.727)
60. Kraxner F., Aoki K., Kindermann G., Leduc S., Albrecht F., Liu J., Yamagata Y., 2016. Bioenergy and the city – What can urban forests contribute? Applied Energy 165: 990–1003 (SCI, IF=7.900)
61. Lun F., Liu M., Zhang D., Li W., Liu J.*, 2016. Life cycle analysis of carbon flow and carbon footprint of harvested wood products of Larix principis-rupprechtii in China. Sustainability 8: 247. (SCI, IF=2.075)
62. Lun F., Canadell J.G., HE L., Yang B., Liu M.C., Yuan Z., Tian M., Liu J., Li W.H., 2016. Estimating cropland carbon mitigation potentials in China affected by three improved cropland practices. Journal of Mountain Science 13 (10): 1840-1854. (SCI, IF=1.135)
63. Zhao, X., Tillotson, M.R., Yang, Z., Yang, H., Liu, J. 2016 Reduction and reallocation of water use of products in Beijing. Ecological Indicators 61: 893-898 (SCI, IF=3.983)
64. Deng X., Singh R.B., Liu J., Güneralp B., 2016. Water productivity and integrated water resources management. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 96: 1-1. (SCI, IF=1.923)
65. Liu J.*, Zhao D., Gerbens-Leenes P.W., Guan D., 2015. China’s rising hydropower demand challenges water sector. Scientific Reports 5: 11446. (SCI, IF=4.122)
66. Liu J.*, Kattel G., Arp H.P.H., Yang H., 2015. Towards threshold-based management of freshwater ecosystems in the context of climate change. Ecological Modelling 318: 265–274 (SCI, IF=2.507)
67. Ma K., Liu J.*, Zhang Y., Parry L. E., Holden J., Ciais P., 2015. Refining soil organic carbon stock estimates for China’s palustrine wetlands. Environmental Research Letters 10: 124016. (SCI, IF=4.541)
68. Zhang Y., Bleeker A., Liu J., 2015. Nutrient Discharge from China’s Aquaculture Industry and Associated Environmental Impacts. Environmental Research Letters 10: 045002. (SCI, IF=4.541)
69. Chen M., Liu J.*, 2015. Historical trends of wetland areas in the agriculture and pasture interlaced zone: a case study of the Huangqihai Lake Basin in northern China. Ecological Modelling 318: 168–176 (SCI, IF=2.507)
70. Zhao D., Liu J.*, 2015. A new approach to assessing the water footprint of hydroelectric power based on allocation of water footprints among reservoir ecosystem services. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. 79-82: 40–46 (SCI, IF=1.923)
71. Zhang X., Ermolieva T., Juraj B., Mosnier A., Kraxner F., Liu J.*, 2015. Recursive cross-entropy downscaling model for spatially explicit future land uses: a case study of the Heihe River Basin. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 89-90: 56-64. (SCI, IF=1.923)
72. Deng X., Singh R. B., Liu J., Guneralp B., 2015. Water use efficiency and integrated water resource management for river basin. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 80-90: 1-2. (SCI, IF=1.923)
73. Zang C., Liu J.*, Gerten D., Jiang L., 2015 Influence of human activities and climate variability on green and blue water provision in the Heihe River Basin, NW China. Journal of Water and Climate Change 6 (4): 800-815. (SCI, IF=0.809).
74. Chen C., Hagemann S., Liu J., 2015. Assessment of impact of climate change on the blue and green water resources in large river basins in China. Environmental Earth Sciences 74 (8): 6381-6394 (SCI, IF=1.435)
75. Deng X., Singh R.B., Liu J., Güneralp B., 2015. Physical and economic processes of water scarcity and water allocation for integrated river basin management. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. 79: 1-1. (SCI, IF=1.923)
76. Shi J., Liu J.*, Pinter L., 2014. Recent evolution of China’s virtual water trade: analysis of selected crops and consideration for policy. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 18: 1349-1357. (SCI, IF=4.256)
77. Tillotson M.R., Liu J.*, Guan D., Wu P., Zhao X., Zhang G., Pfister S., Pahlow M., 2014. Water footprint symposium: where next for water footprint and water assessment methodology? International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 19: 1561-1565. (SCI, IF=4.195)
78. Zhao Q., Liu J.*, Khabarov N., Obersteiner M., Westphal: M., 2014. Impacts of climate change on virtual water content of crops in China. Ecological Informatics 19: 26-34. (SCI, IF=1.820)
79. Folberth C., Yang H, Gaiser T., Liu J., Wang X., Williams J., Schulin R., 2014. Effects of ecological and conventional agricultural intensification practices on maize yields in sub-Saharan Africa under potential climate change. Environmental Research Letters 9: 044004. (SCI, IF=4.541)
80. Xie J., Sun G., Chu H.-S., Liu J., McNulty S. G., Noormets A., John R., Ouyang Z., Zha T., Li H., Guan W. and Chen J., 2014, Long-term variability in the water budget and its controls in an oak-dominated temperate forest. Hydrological Processes 28 (25): 6054-6066. (SCI, IF=3.181)
81. Wang X., Yen H., Liu Q., Liu J., 2014. An auto-calibration tool for the agricultural policy environmental extender model. Transactions of the Asabe 57 (4): 1087-1098. (SCI, IF=1.118)
82. Liu J.*, Zang C., Tian S., Liu J., Yang H., Jia S., You L., Liu B., Zhang M., 2013. Water conservancy projects in China: achievements, challenges and way forward. Global Environmental Change 23(3): 633-643. (SCI, IF=6.371) (ESI Top 1% Highly Cited Paper)
83. Liu J.*, Lundqvist J., Weinberg J., Gustafsson J., 2013. Food losses and waste in China and their implication for water and land. Environmental Science & Technology 47(18): 10137-10144. (SCI, IF=6.653)
84. Liu J.*, Folberth C., Yang H., Röckström J., Abbaspour K., et al., 2013. A global and spatially explicit assessment of climate change impacts on crop production and consumptive water use. PLoS ONE 8(2): e57750. (SCI, IF=2.766)
85. Dominguez-Faus R., Folberth C., Liu J., Jaffe A.M., Alvarez J.J., 2013. Climate change would increase the water intensity of irrigated corn ethanol. Environmental Science & Technology 47: 6030-6037. (SCI, IF=6.653)
86. Zeng Z, Liu J.*, Savenije H.H.G., 2013. A simple approach to assess water scarcity integrating water quantity and quality. Ecological Indicators 34: 441-449. (SCI, IF=3.983)
87. Zang C., Liu J.*, 2013. Trend analysis for the flows of green and blue water in the Heihe River Basin, northwestern China. Journal of Hydrology 502: 27-36. (SCI, IF=3.727)
88. Wang H., Liu J., 2013. Reservoir operation incorporating hedging rules and operational inflow forecasts. Water Resources Management 27: 1427-1438. (SCI, IF=2.644)
89. Ma K., You L., Liu J.*, Zhang M., 2012. A hybrid wetland map for China: a synergistic approach using census and spatially explicit datasets. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47814. (SCI, IF=2.766)
90. Wang L., Liu J., Sun G., Wei X., Liu S., Dong Q., 2012. Water, climate, and vegetation: ecohydrology in a changing world. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16: 4633-4636. (SCIE) (SCI, IF=4.256)
91. Zeng Z., Liu J.*, Koeneman P.H., Zarate E., Hoekstra A.Y., 2012. Assessing water footprint at river basin level: a case study for the Heihe River Basin in northwest China. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16(8): 2771-2781. (SCIE) (SCI, IF=4.256)
92. Zang C., Liu J.*, van der Velde M., Fraxner F., 2012. Assessment of spatial and temporal patterns of green and blue water flows under natural conditions in inland river basins in northwest China. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16(8): 2859-2870. (SCI, IF=4.256)
93. Fritz S., You L., Bun A., See L., McCallum I., Schill C., Perger C., Liu J., Hansen M., and Obersteiner M., 2011. Cropland for sub-Saharan Africa: a synergistic approach using five land cover data sets. Geophysical Research Letters 38: L04404. (SCI) (SCI, IF=4.339)
94. Liu J.*, and Yang H., 2010. Spatially explicit assessment of global consumptive water uses in cropland: green and blue water. Journal of Hydrology 384(3-4): 187-197. (SCI, IF=3.727)
95. Srivastava G., Panda S.N., Mondal P., Liu J., 2010. Forecasting of rainfall using ocean-atmospheric indices with a fuzzy neural technique. Journal of Hydrology 395: 190-198. (SCI, IF=3.727)
96. Liu J.*, Yang H., 2009. China fights against statistical corruption. Science 325: 675-676. (SCI, Correspondance Letter)
97. Liu, J.*, Zehnder A.J.B., Yang H., 2009. Global consumptive water use for crop production: the importance of green water and virtual water, Water Resources Research 45(5): W05428. (SCI, IF=4.361)
98. Liu J.*, Williams J.R., Wang X., Yang H., 2009. Using MODAWEC to generate daily weather data for the EPIC model. Environmental Modelling & Software 24(5): 655-664. (SCI, IF=4.177)
99. Liu J.*, 2009. A GIS-based tool for modelling large-scale crop-water relations. Environmental Modelling & Software 24(3): 411-422. (SCI, IF=4.177)
100. Liu J.*, 2009. Consumptive water use in cropland and its partitioning: a high-resolution assessment. Science in China Series E: Technological Sciences 52(11): 3309-3314. (SCI, IF=1.019)
101. Yang H., Zhou Y., Liu J., 2009. Land and water requirements of biofuel and implications for food supply and the environment in China. Energy Policy 37: 1876-1885. (SCIE) (SCI, IF=4.039)
102. Liu J.*, Savenije H.H.G., 2008. Time to break the silence around virtual-water imports. Nature 453 (7195) : 587. (SCI, Correspondance Letter)
103. Liu J.*, Yang H., Savenije H.H.G., 2008. China’s move to higher-meat diet hits water security. Nature 454 (7203): 397. (SCI, Correspondance Letter)
104. Liu J.*, Fritz S., van Wesenbeeck C.F.A., Fuchs M., Obersteiner M., Yang H., 2008. A spatially explicit assessment of current and future hotspots of hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa in the context of global change. Global and Planetary Change 64(3-4): 222-235. (SCI, IF=3.982)
105. Liu J.*, Savenije H.H.G., 2008. Food consumption patterns and their effect on water requirement in China. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 12(3): 887-898. (SCIE) (SCI, IF=4.256)
106. Liu J.*, Zehnder A.J.B., Yang H., 2008. Drops for crops: modelling crop water productivity on a global scale. Global NEST Journal 10(3): 295-300. (SCIE) (SCI, IF=0.744)
107. Wang X., Zhong X., Liu S., Liu J., Wang Z., Li M., 2008. Regional assessment of environmental vulnerability in the Tibetan Plateau: development and application of a new method. Journal of Arid Environments 72(10): 1929-1939. (SCI, IF=1.989)
108. Liu J.*, Williams J.R., Zehnder A.J.B., Yang H., 2007. GEPIC–modelling wheat yield and crop water productivity with high resolution on a global scale. Agricultural Systems 94(2): 478-493. (SCI, IF=3.004)
109. Liu J.*, Wiberg D., Zehnder A.J.B., Yang H., 2007. Modelling the role of irrigation in winter wheat yield and crop water productivity in China. Irrigation Science 26(1): 21-33. (SCI, IF=1.653)
110. Liu J.*, Zehnder A.J.B., Yang H., 2007. Historical trends in China’s virtual water trade. Water International 32(1): 78-90. (SCIE) (SCI, IF=1.956)
111. Liu J.*, Savenije H.H.G., Xu J., 2003. Water as an economic good and water tariff design—comparison between IBT-con and IRT-cap. Physics and Chemistry of The Earth 28(4-5): 209-217. (SCIE) (SCI, IF=1.923)
112. Liu J.*, Savenije H.H.G., Xu J., 2003. Forecast of water demand in Weinan City in China using WDF-ANN. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 28(4-5): 219-224. (SCIE) (SCI, IF=1.923)