Research Associate Professor

Basic Introduction:

Dr. Zhan Tian now is a Research Associate Professor of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology. He had more than fifteen years working experiences in climate change impacts analysis, and adaptations and mitigations policy designs and implementation. After MSc and PhD studies on Climate change science and policy in Chinese Academy of Sciences (PhD) and China Agriculture Academy of Sciences (MSc), He began his career as a government scientific-official at Shanghai Meteorological Bureau in 2006 and his post was created as a talent-hiring initiative of the Bureau. In the same year, he was awarded the prestigious Global Change Visiting Scientist Fellowship of the START International, and visited the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, a top rank international institution in climate change research. Since 2008, he has published 30 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He has also been a leading contributor to 8 highly influential policy reports and policy briefings. He has been the Principal Investigator (PI) of 1 Ministry Science and Technology of People’s Republic of China,6 National Science Fund of China (NSFC) funded projects, 4 UK government (China Prosperity and Newton funding) projects, 3 climate change special projects of China Meteorological Administration, 2 Energy conservation and emission reduction projects in Shanghai. He was the coordinator of more than 50 scientists in organizing interview activities for drafting the East of China Regional Climate Change Assessment Report. These achievements have made him one of the leading authors in the field of climate change research in China.



2003 - 2006  Ph. D. degree in Global Change and Geographic Information System, The Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

2000 - 2003  M. S. degree in Climate Change and Agricultural Ecology, Shan Xi Agricultural University and Chinese Agricultural Academy of Sciences.

1996 - 2000  B.S. degree in Medicinal botany, Shan Xi Agricultural University.

Working Experience:

Sep. 2018 to present  Research Associate Professor of   the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at South University of   Science and Technology of China

Aug. 2018 to Aug.2018  Visiting Scientist The School of   Oriental and African Studies of the University of London (SOAS)

Dec. 2008 to Aug.2018  Senior Research Scientist and   Division Chief, Climate Change Division, East Regional Center of Chinese Meteorological Administration, Shanghai   (CMA).

Feb. 2016 to Apr. 2016  Visiting Scientist The School of   Oriental and African Studies of the University of London (SOAS) and UK Met   office Hadley Centre.

Jul. 2012 to Aug.2012  Visiting Scientist, Institute for   Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Austria.

Jul. 2011 to Aug.2011  Visiting Scientist, Institute for   Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Austria.

Aug .2006 to Nov.2008  Research Scientist,   Agro-Meteorological Division, Shanghai Climate Change Research Center, East Regional Center of Chinese Meteorological Administration (CMA).

Mar. 2007 to Sep.2007  Post-Doc. at Institute for Applied Systems Analysis   (IIASA). Austria.

Experiences on climate change assessment reports:

2017-       2rd East China Climate Change Assessment Report (Coordinating Lead Author)

2015-2017   Shanghai Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Report (Coordinating Lead Author)

2015-2016   China National Strategy for Urban Adaptation to Climate Change (Lead Author)

2013- 2015   Assessment Report on Climate Change of Yangtze River Delta Urban Agglomeration (Coordinating Lead Author)

2009-2011   China National Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation (Lead Author)

2008-2012   1st East China Climate Change Assessment Report (Coordinating Lead Author)


2021~2024  Principal Investigator (China side), “Mitigating the Risk of compound extreme Flooding events: a trade-off analysis framework for coastal metropolises and its application” sponsored by MOST(China)and BMBP (Germany) (RMB 4.5 million+ EUR 300,000 )

2019~2021 Co-Principal Investigator, “Providing predictions of typhoon season characteristics for shipping in the Pearl River Delta” sponsored by the Met Office and Newton Fund of the UK (GBP 320,000).

2018~2020 Lead Principal Investigator, “Developing Engineering Options for Mitigating Future Compound Flooding Risks in Shanghai by Transferring the Expertise of UK TE2100” sponsored by UK Royal Academy of Engineering and Newton Fund of the UK (GBP 140,000).

2017~2021  Principal Investigator (China side), ‘Sustainable Solutions for Managing Compound Flood Risks under Future Uncertainties: The Case of Shanghai City and the Yangtze River Delta Region’ sponsored by NWO (The Netherland)-NSFC (China)-EPSRC (UK) (EUR 280,000 + RMB 3 million + GBP 300,000).

2017~2019  Co-Principal Investigator, “Development of an Integrated Urban Framework for Climate Services in the Yangtze River Delta Region” sponsored by the Met Office and Newton Fund of the UK (GBP 155,000).

2017~2020  Principal Investigator, “Employing Robust-Decision-Making Perspective to Guide the Evaluations of Alternative Options in Mitigating Flooding Risks Posed by Extreme Events under future Climate Change – Taking Shanghai as an Example” Sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (750 thousand RMB).

2016~2017  Principal Investigator, “Climate Risk Assessment for the City Cluster in the Yangtze River Delta Region” Sponsored by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office China Prosperity Strategic Programme Fund (SPF) (110K GBP).

2015~2016  Principal Investigator, ‘A Study of Flood Control Strategies for Shanghai to Respond to Climate Change’ Sponsored by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office China Prosperity Strategic Programme Fund (SPF) (84520 GBP).

2014~2017  Principal Investigator, “Assessing the regional suitability and comparable advantages of growing Oil crop in China under climate change” Sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (750 thousand RMB).

2012~2014  Principal Investigator, “Climate Change Adaptation Policy on Extreme Weather and Risk Management in Shanghai City” Sponsored by Shanghai Special Funding of Climate Change(400 thousand RMB).

2010~2012  Coordinator and Co-Principal Investigator, “Assessing the Impact of Climate Change and Intensive Human Activities on China's Agro-Ecosystem and its Supply Potentials”, Sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China NSFC–IIASA Major International Joint Research Project Foundation (1, 000 thousand RMB).

2009~2011 Principal Investigator, “Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Crop Productivity: Mixed Scale Data Fusion and Cross Scale Model Simulation”, Sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Young Scientist Foundation (190 thousand RMB).

2008~2009  Principal Investigator, “Climate Change Analysis and Forecasting for Shanghai Municipality”, Sponsored by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) (180 thousand RMB).

Major awards and honors:

2019  Newton Prize China Award Shortlisted Project (rank 2)

2017  Third Class Prize of 2017 Excellent Meteorological Soft Science Research Achievements (rank 2).

2016 The 8th China Technology Market Golden Bridge Award.

2015 National Science and Technology Week and Shanghai Science and Technology Festival Advanced Individual Award.

2014 Third Class Prize of Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award (rank 3).

2011 Shanghai Municipal Young Excellent Expert Award

2007 Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) Young Scientist Fellowship;

2006 Chinese Academy of Sciences Young Scientist (PhD) Innovative Research Fund;

2005 The first Young Environmental Scientist fellowship provided by the Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University (UNU-EHS);

2005 National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)-International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Young Scientist Summer Program fellowship

Articles published in International Refereed Journals (* marked as the corresponding author)

【1】  Tian. Z, Fan. Y, Wang. K, Zhong. H, Sun. L, Fan. D, Tubiello. F, Liu J. (2021) Searching for "Win-Win" Solutions for Food-Water-GHG Emissions Tradeoffs across Irrigation Regimes of Paddy Rice in China. Resources, Conservation & Recycling. https://doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105360. (IF=8.086, Q1)

【2】  Tian. Z, Ji. Y, Xu. H, Qiu. H, Sun. L, Zhong. H, Liu J. (2021) Growing rapeseed in winter fallow field across Yangtze River Basin will contribute to bioenergy production and edible oil security in China. Resources, Conservation & Recycling. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105159 (IF=8.086, Q1)

【3】  Ke, Q., Tian, X., Jeremy, B., Tian, Z. *, Guan, G., Huang, X., Yang, H., Liu., J. (2020) Predicting urban pluvial flooding by machine learning approaches – a case study of Shenzhen city, China. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2020.103719 (IF=4.016, Q1)

【4】  Dong, G., Jiang, Z., Tian, Z.*, Erasmo, B., Sun, L.*, Fan, D (2020). A Technical Report on Projected Changes in Extreme Precipitation and Temperature in the Yangtze River Delta Region during the 21st Century. Earth and Space Science. 7,e2019EA001024. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019EA001024 (IF=2.152, Q2)

【5】  Jiang, Z., Tian, Z., Dong, G.*, Zhang, P., Erasmo, B., Fan, D. (2020). High-Resolution Projections of Mean and 2 Extreme Precipitation over China by Two 3 Regional Climate Models. Journal of Meteorological Research. (IF=2.302, Q3) 34(5), 965-985

【6】  Liu, X., Tian, Z.*, Sun, L.*, Liu, J., et al. (2020) Mitigating heat-related mortality risk in Shanghai, China: system dynamics modeling simulations. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. (IF=3.472, Q1) 42: 3171–3184

【7】  Shi, J., Cui, L., Tian, Z., (2020). Spatial and temporal distribution and trend in flood and drought disasters in East China. Environmental Research. (IF= 5.715, Q1), 185, 381-391.

【8】  Huang, Y.1, Tian, Z.1, Ke, Q., Liu, J.*, Masoud, I., Fan, D*., Hou, M., Sun, L. (2020). Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Pluvial Flood Risk Management. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Water, e1421. (IF=4.412, Q1). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/wat2.1421

【9】  Tian, Z., Xu, H., Sun, L.*, Fan, D.*, et al (2020). Using a cross-scale simulation tool to assess future maize production under multiple climate change scenarios: An application to the Northeast Farming Region of China. Climate Service. (IF=4.160, Q1), 100150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2020.100150

【10】  Fan, D.1, Zhong, H.1, Hu, B., Tian, Z.*, Sun, L.*, Fischer, G., Wang, X., Jiang, Z. (2020). Agro-Ecological Suitability Assessment of Chinese Medicinal Yam under Future Climate Change. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. (IF=3.472, Q1), 42:1-14, 987–1000.

【11】  Chris, K. *, Edward, P., Nick, D., Adam, S., Tian, Z., Robin, C., Zhang, L., Jemma, D. & Kirsty, L. (2019). Maize drought hazard in the Northeast Farming Region of China: unprecedented events in the current climate. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, (IF=2.506, Q2), 58, 2247-2258.

【12】  Hu, H.1, Tian, Z.1, Sun, L.*, Wen, J.*, Liang, Z., Dong, G., Liu, J. (2019). Synthesized trade-off analysis of flood control solutions under future deep uncertainty: An application to the central business district of Shanghai. Water Research. (IF=9.130, Q1), 166, 115067.

【13】  Zhong, H.1, Sun, L.*, Fischer, G., Tian, Z., Liang, Z. (2019). Optimizing regional cropping systems with a dynamic adaptation strategy for water sustainable agriculture in the Hebei Plain. Agricultural Systems. (IF=4.212, Q1), 173, 94-106.

【14】  Sun, L.1, Tian, Z.1, Zou, H.*, Shao, L., Sun, L.*, Dong, G., Fan, D., Huang, X., Frost, L., James, L. (2019). An Index-Based Assessment of Perceived Climate Risk and Vulnerability for the Urban Cluster in the Yangtze River Delta Region of China. Sustainability. (IF=2.576, Q2), 11, 2099 1-15.

【15】  Xu, H.1, Tian, Z.1, He, X., Wang, J.*, Sun, L.*, Fischer, G., Fan, D., Zhong, H., Wu, W., Edward, P., Chris, K., Liu, J. (2019). Future increases in irrigation water requirement challenge the water-food nexus in the northeast farming region of China. Agricultural Water Management. (IF=4.021, Q1), 213, 594-604.

【16】  Tian, Z., Ji, Y., Xu, X.*, Fan, D.*, Zhong, H., Liang, Z., Fischer, G. (2018). Changes in production potentials of rapeseed in the Yangtze River Basin of China under climate change: A multi-model ensemble approach. Journal of Geographical Sciences. (IF= 2.851, Q2), 28(11), 1700-1714.

【17】  Shi, J.*, Cui, L., Wen, K., Tian, Z., Wei, P., Zhang, B. (2018). Trends in the consecutive days of temperature and precipitation extremes in China during 1961-2015. Environmental Research. (IF= 5.715, Q1), 161, 381-391.

【18】  Zhong, H., Sun, L.*, Fischer, G., Tian, Z.,van Velthuizen, H., Liang, Z. (2018). “Mission Impossible? Maintaining regional grain production level and recovering local groundwater table by cropping system adaptation across the North China Plain.” Agricultural Water Management. (IF= 4.021, Q1), 193, 1-12.

【19】  Tian, Z., Niu, Y., Fan, D.*, Sun, L.*, Fischer, G., Zhong, H., Deng, J., Tubiello, F. N. (2018). Maintaining Rice Production While Mitigating Methane and Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Paddy Fields in China: Evaluating Tradeoffs by Using Coupled Agricultural Systems Models. Agricultural Systems. (IF=4.212, Q1), 159, 175-186.

【20】  Yang, X., Tian, Z.*, Sun,L.*, Chen, B., Tubiello, F. N. Xu, Y. (2017). The Impacts of Increased Heat Stress Events on Wheat Yield under Climate Change in China. Climatic Change. (IF=4.134, Q1), 140(3-4), 605-620.

【21】  Fan, D., Ding, Q., Tian, Z*., Sun, L., Fischer, G. (2017). A Cross-scale Model Coupling Approach to Simulate the Risk-reduction Effect of Natural Adaptation on Soybean Production under Climate Change. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. (IF=2.30, Q3), 23(3), 426-440.

【22】  Liang, Z., Tian, Z*., Sun, L*., Feng, K., Zhong, H., Gu, T., Liu, X. (2016). Heat wave, electricity rationing, and trade-offs between environmental gains and economic losses: The example of Shanghai. Applied Energy. (IF=8.848, Q1), 184, 951-959.

【23】  Liang, Z., Gu, T., Tian, Z.*, Zhong, H. (2015). Agro-climatic Adaptation of Cropping System under Climate Change in Shanghai. Frontiers of Earth Science. (IF=1.620, Q3), 9(3), 487–496.

【24】  Tian, Z., Liang, Z.*, Sun, L.*, Zhong, H., Qiu, H., Fischer, G., Zhao, S. (2015). Agriculture under Climate Change in China: Mitigate the Risks by Grasping the Emerging Opportunities. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. (IF=2.30, Q3), D21, 1259–1276.

【25】  Tian, Z., Zhong, H.*, Sun, L., Fischer, G., van Velthuizen, H., Liang, Z. (2014). Improving Performance of Agro-ecological Zone (AEZ) Modeling by Cross-scale Model Coupling: An Application to Japonica Rice Production in Northeast China, Ecological Modelling. (IF=2.497, Q2), 290, 155–164.

【26】  Tian, Z., Yang, X.*, Sun, L., Fischer, G., Liang, Z., Pan, J. (2014). Agroclimatic Conditions in China under Climate Change Scenarios Projected from Regional Climate Models. International Journal of Climatology. (IF=3.928, Q1), 34, 2988–3000.

【27】  Yang, X*., Tian, Z., Chen, B. (2013). Thermal growing season trends in east China, with an emphasis on urbanization effect. International Journal of Climatology. (IF=3.928, Q1), 33, 2402-2412.

【28】  Tian, Z. *, Zhong, H., Shi, J., Sun, L., Fischer, G., Liang, Z. (2012). Estimating potential yield of wheat production in China based on cross-scale data-model fusion. Frontiers of Earth Science. (IF=1.620, Q3), 6(4), 364-372.

【29】  Tian, Z., Cao, G., Shi, J*., Ian, M., Cui, L., Fan, D., Li, X. (2012). Urban Transformation of a Metropolis and its Environmental Impacts: A Case Study in Shanghai. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. (IF=3.056, Q2), 19, 1364–1374.

【30】  Zhao, H., Gao, G.*, Yan, X., Zhang, Q., Hou, M., Zhu, Y., Tian, Z. (2011). Risk Assessment of Agricultural Drought using the CERES-Wheat Model: a Case Study of Henan Plain, China. Climate Research. (IF=2.023, Q3), 50(2-3), 247-256.

Books and book chapters:

1. Zhan T.(Chapter Author). Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change in China Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture: Research and Practices. Springer Nature. Singapore, 2019: 111-122. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-9235-1_8

2. Zhan T. (Lead Author), etal. 2018. Assessment report on climate change of Yangtze River Delta (10 thousand words) China Social Science Press.

3. Zhan T. (Coordinating Lead Author), etal. 2012. 1st East China Regional Climate Change Assessment Report (15 thousand words) China Meteorological Press.

4. Zhan T. (Lead Author), etal. 2011. National Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation (5 thousand words) China Science Press.