Max Planck Gesellschaft
Guohua Liu

Postdoc in the

room: B3.30(IT Paradies)
phone: +49 3641 578903
email: gliu(at)

Professional Background:

  • PostDoc at at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry – Department of Biogeochemical Integration, Jena, Germany.
  • Lecturer at Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing, China.
  • PhD in Physical Geography at Peking University, Beijing, China (Thesis: Climate drivers and process-based modeling of trees' autumn phenology in temperate northern China)
  • Master in Meteorology in Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Beijing, China (Thesis: The responses of spring phenology to temperature changes and the related mechanism in China)

Research Interest:

  • Vegetation phenology modelling
  • Phenology and ecosystem function
  • Terrestrial ecosystems and global change
  • Extreme climate effect on phenology

Current Research:

  • The hybrid modelling of vegetation phenology



Liu, G., Chuine, I., Denéchère, R., Jean, F., Dufrêne, E., Vincent, G., Berveiller, D., Delpierre, N. (2021) Higher sample sizes and observer inter‐calibration are needed for reliable scoring of leaf phenology in trees. Journal of Ecology, 394, 34-43.
Denéchère, R., Delpierre, N., Apostol, E.N., Berveiller, D., Bonne, F., Cole, E., Delzon, S., Dufrêne, E., Gressler, E., Jean, F., Lebourgeois, F., Liu, G., Louvet, J.-M., Parmentier, J., Soudani, K., Vincent, G. (2021) The within-population variability of leaf spring and autumn phenology is influenced by temperature in temperate deciduous trees. International Journal of Biometeorology, 65, 369-379.
Liang, B., Chen, X., Lang, W., Liu, G., Malhi, Y., Rifai, S. (2020) Examining land surface phenology in the tropical moist forest eco-zone of South America. International Journal of Biometeorology, 64, 1911-1922.
Liu, G., Chen, X., Fu, Y., Delpierre, N. (2019) Modelling leaf coloration dates over temperate China by considering effects of leafy season climate. Ecological Modelling, 394, 34-43.
Lang, W., Chen, X., Qian, S., Liu, G., Piao, S. (2019) A new process-based model for predicting autumn phenology: How is leaf senescence controlled by photoperiod and temperature coupling? Agricultural Forest Meteorology, 268, 124-135.
Delpierre, N., Lireux, S., Hartig, F., Camarero, J.J., Cheaib, A., Čufar, K., Cuny, H., Deslauriers, A., Fonti, P., Gričar, J., Huang, J., Krause, C., Liu, G., Luis, M.d., Mäkinen, H., Martinez del Castillo, E., Morin, H., Nöjd, P., Oberhuber, W., Prislan, P., Rossi, S., Saderi, S.M., Treml, V., Vavrick, H., Cyrille, B.K. (2019) Chilling and forcing temperatures interact to predict the onset of wood formation in Northern Hemisphere conifers. Global Change Biology, 25, 1089-1105.
Liu, G., Chen, X., Zhang, Q., Lang, W., Delpierre, N. (2018) Antagonistic effects of growing season and autumn temperatures on the timing of leaf coloration in winter deciduous trees. Global Change Biology, 24, 3537-3545.
Chen, X., Zhang, W., Ren, S., Lang, W., Liang, B., Liu, G. (2017) Temporal coherence of phenological and climatic rhythmicity in Beijing. International Journal of Biometeorology, 61, 1733-1748.
Liu, G., Tang, Q., Liu, X., Dai, J., Zhang, X., Ge, Q., Tang, Y. (2014) Spatiotemporal analysis of ground-based woody plant leafing in response to temperature in temperate eastern China. International Journal of Biometeorology, 58, 1583-1592.
Tang, Y., Tang, Q., Tian, F., Zhang, Z., Liu, G. (2013) Responses of natural runoff to recent climatic variations in the Yellow River basin, China. Hydrology Earth System Sciences, 17, 4471-4480.

Conference Contribution

Delpierre N., Denéchère R., Liu G., Jean F., Lebourgeois F., Cortazard I., 2018. The within-population variability of budburst and leaf senescence is controlled by temperature. Phenology 2018 conference, Melbourne, Australia.
Liu G.. and Chen X., 2016. Climatic drivers of leaf coloring in northern China. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA.
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