Zhu Liu
Tsinghua University
Beijing, China
Member ID 3487
Member since Jan 23, 2023
Status Active


Zhu Liu is Principle Investigator at Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University. Zhu initiated and led the Carbon Monitor project (https://carbonmonitor.org/).


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 100 academic publications (See Google citation page). Zhu’s research has also been covered by 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.

Research Interests

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 developed the measurement and framework for estimating global anthropogenic carbon emissions in near-real-time basis, he has also 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.