Max Planck Gesellschaft

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Junzhi Liu

Guest Scientist
room: C1.014
phone: +86 185 0255 3863
email: jliu(at)

Professional background | My work at BGI | Research interests | Publications

Professional and educational background


  • 2013 Ph.D. (Geography), State Key Lab of Resources and Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2009 M.Sc. (Geography), University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, College of Resources and Environment
  • 2006 B.Sc. (Geography), China University of Mining and Technology, Department of Geography


  • 2018/11 to date: Guest scientist, Department Biogeochemical Integration, at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena
  • 2016/09 to date: Associate Professor, School of Geography, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing
  • 2013/11 to 2016/08: Assistant Professor, School of Geography, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing

My work at BGI

Research Interests

Ecohydrology; Data mining; Land surface modeling


  1. Liang-Jun Zhu, Junzhi Liu*, Cheng-Zhi Qin**, A-Xing Zhu. A modular and parallelized watershed modeling framework. Environmental Modelling & Software, 2019, 122, doi:
  2. Meiling Sheng, Junzhi Liu*, A-Xing Zhu, David G. Rossiter, Haoran Liu, Zhangcong Liu, Liming Zhu. Comparison of GLUE and DREAM for the estimation of cultivar parameters in the APSIM-maize model, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, doi:
  3. Junzhi Liu, Zhangcong Liu, A-Xing Zhu, Fang Shen, Qiuliang Lei, Zheng Duan*, 2019. Global sensitivity analysis of the APSIM-Oryza rice growth model under different environmental conditions. Science of The Total Environment, 651, 953-968.
  4. A-Xing Zhu, Yamin Miao, Junzhi Liu*, Shibiao Bai, Canying Zeng, Tianwu Ma, Haoyuan Hong*. A similarity-based approach to sampling absence data for landslide susceptibility mapping using data-driven methods, Catena, 2019, doi:
  5. Haoyuan Hong, Junzhi Liu*, A-Xing Zhu**. Landslide susceptibility evaluating using artifcial intelligence method in the Youfang district (China). Environmental Earth Sciences, 2019, 78, doi:
  6. Jingchao Jiang, A-Xing Zhu, Cheng-Zhi Qin*, Junzhi Liu. A knowledge-based method for the automatic determination of hydrological model structures. Journal of Hydroinformatics, 2019, doi:
  7. Meiling Sheng, A-Xing Zhu*, David G Rossiter, Junzhi Liu. How Much Are Planting Dates for Maize Affected by the Climate Trend? Lessons for Scenario Analysis Using Land Surface Models, Agronomy, 2019, 9(6): 316.
  8. Zheng Duan, Qiuwen Chen*, Cheng Chen, Junzhi Liu, Hongkai Gao, Xianfeng Song, Meng Wei. Spatiotemporal analysis of nonlinear trends in precipitation over Germany during 1951‐2013 from multiple observation-based gridded products, 2019, International Journal of Climatology, 39 (4), 2120-2135.
  9. Liming Zhu, Junzhi Liu*, A-Xing Zhu, Zheng Duan. Spatial evaluation of L-band satellite-based soil moisture products in the upper Huai River basin of China, European Journal of Remote Sensing, 2019, 52(1): 194-205.
  10. Zheng Duan, Ye Tuo, Junzhi Liu*, Hongkai Gao*, Xianfeng Song, Zengxin Zhang, Lei Yang, Dagnenet Fenta Mekonnen. Hydrological evaluation of open-access precipitation and air temperature datasets using SWAT in a poorly gauged basin in Ethiopia, Journal of Hydrology, 2019, 569: 612-626.
  11. Haoyuan Hong, Yamin Miao*, Junzhi Liu*, A-Xing Zhu. Exploring the effects of the design and quantity of absence data on the performance of random forest-based landslide susceptibility mapping. Catena, 2019, 176, 45-64.
  12. Jingchao Jiang, Junzhi Liu*, Changxiu Cheng, Jingzhou Huang, Anke Xue. Automatic Estimation of Urban Waterlogging Depths from Video Images Based on Ubiquitous Reference Objects. Remote Sensing, 2019, 11: 587.
  13. Desheng Wang, Junzhi Liu*, A-Xing Zhu*, Shu Wang, Canying Zeng, Tianwu Ma. Automatic extraction and structuration of soil-environment relationship information from soil survey reports. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 2019, 18 (2), 328-339.
  14. Liang-Jun Zhu, Cheng-Zhi Qin*, A-Xing Zhu, Junzhi Liu, Hui Wu. Effects of Different Spatial Configuration Units for the Spatial Optimization of Watershed Best Management Practice Scenarios. Water, 2019, 11(2), 262.
  15. Liming Zhu, Junzhi Liu*, A-Xing Zhu, Meiling Sheng, Zheng Duan, 2018. Spatial Distribution of Diurnal Rainfall Variation in Summer over China, Journal of Hydrometeorology,
  16. Meiling Sheng, Junzhi Liu*, A-Xing Zhu, David G.Rossiter, Liming Zhu, Guoqiang Peng, 2018. Evaluation of CLM-Crop for maize growth simulation over Northeast China, Ecological Modelling, 377: 26-34.
  17. Jingchao Jiang, Junzhi Liu*, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Dongliang Wang, 2018. Extraction of Urban Waterlogging Depth from Video Images Using Transfer Learning. Water, 10, 1485.
  18. A-Xing Zhu, Yamin Miao, Lin Yang, Shibiao Bai, Junzhi Liu*, Haoyuan Hong**, 2018. Comparison of the presence-only method and presence-absence method in landslide susceptibility mapping. Catena, 171, 222-233.
  19. A-Xing Zhu, Yamin Miao, Rongxun Wang, Tongxin Zhu, Yongcui Deng, Junzhi Liu*, Lin Yang, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Haoyuan Hong**, 2018. A comparative study of an expert knowledge-based model and two data-driven models for landslide susceptibility mapping, Catena,
  20. Haoyuan Hong, Paraskevas Tsangaratos*, Ioanna Ilia, Junzhi Liu*, A-Xing Zhu, Wei Chen, 2018. Application of fuzzy weight of evidence and data mining techniques in construction of flood susceptibility map of Poyang County, China. Science of The Total Environment, 625:575-588.
  21. Hui Wu, A-Xing Zhu, Junzhi Liu*, Yongbo Liu, Jingchao Jiang, 2018. Best Management Practices Optimization at Watershed Scale: Incorporating Spatial Topology among Fields. Water Resour Manage, 32(1):155-177.
  22. Ting Song, Shaoqi Gong, Junzhi Liu*, Zhengfan Gu, Junzhe Gu, 2018. Assessment of Atmospheric Correction for Multispectral Data of GF-4 on Inland Case Ⅱ Turbid Water. Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis, 4:1191-1197 (in Chinese).
  23. Haoyuan Hong, Junzhi Liu, Dieu Tien Bui, Biswajeet Pradhan, Tri Dev Acharya,Binh Thai Pham, A-Xing Zhu*, Wei Chen, Baharin Bin Ahmad, 2018. Landslide susceptibility mapping using J48 Decision Tree with AdaBoost,Bagging and Rotation Forest ensembles in the Guangchang area (China), Catena, 163: 399-413.
  24. Liangjun Zhu, A-Xing Zhu, Cheng-Zhi Qin*, Junzhi Liu, 2018. Automatic approach to deriving fuzzy slope positions. Geomorphology, 304: 173-183.
  25. Cheng-Zhi Qin, Huiran Gao, Liangjun Zhu*, A-Xing Zhu, Junzhi Liu, Hui Wu, 2018. Spatial optimization of watershed best management practices based on slope position units. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 43(5): 504-517.
  26. Wei Chen, Jianbing Peng, Haoyuan Hong, Himan Shahabi, Biswajeet Pradhan, Junzhi Liu, A-Xing Zhu, Xiangjun Pei, Zhao Duan, 2018. Landslide susceptibility modelling using GIS-based machine learning techniques for Chongren County, Jiangxi Province, China. Science of The Total Environment, 626: 1121-1135.
  27. Yufeng Li, Hongyu Liu, Junzhi Liu, Cairong Luo, Juan Wang, 2018. Effect of Different Multi-pond Network Landscape Structures on Nitrogen Retention Over Agricultural Watersheds. Environmental Science, 39(11): 4999-5006 (in Chinese).
  28. Huiran Gao, Chengzhi Qin, Liangjun Zhu, A-Xing Zhu, Junzhi Liu, Hui Wu, 2018. Using Slope Positions as Spatial Units for Optimizing Spatial Configuration of Watershed Management Practices. Journal of Geo-information Science, 20(6): 781-790 (in Chinese).
  29. Jingchao Jiang, Junzhi Liu, 2018. Change-Point Analysis for the Precipitation-Runoff Relationship of the Yellow River Based on Likelihood Function. Yellow River, 40(2): 10-13 (in Chinese).
  30. Haoyuan Hong, Junzhi Liu, A-Xing Zhu*, Himan Shahabi, Binh Thai Pham, Wei Chen, 2017. A novel hybrid integration model using support vector machines and random subspace for weather-triggered landslide susceptibility assessment in the Wuning area (China), Environmental Earth Sciences,76: 652.
  31. Haoyuan Hong, Mahdi Panahi, Ataollah Shirzadi, Tianwu Ma, Junzhi Liu, A-Xing Zhu*, 2017. Flood susceptibility assessment in Hengfeng area coupling adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system with genetic algorithm and differential evolution, Science of The Total Environment, 621:1124-1141.
  32. Cheng-Zhi Qin*, Beibei Ai, A-Xing Zhu, Junzhi Liu, 2017. An efficient method for applying a differential equation to deriving the spatial distribution of specific catchment area from gridded digital elevation models. Computers & Geosciences, 100: 94-102.
  33. Canying Zeng, A-Xing Zhu*, Feng Liu, Lin Yang, David G. Rossiter, Junzhi Liu, Desheng Wang, 2017. The impact of rainfall magnitude on the performance of digital soil mapping over low-relief areas using a land surface dynamic feedback method. Ecological Indicators,72: 297-309.
  34. Huiran Gao, Lin Shen, Junzhi Liu*, A-Xing Zhu, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Liangjun Zhu, 2017. Review on the Simulation of Non-Point Source Pollution in the Hilly Region of Southern China. Journal of Geo-Information Science, 19(8):1080-1088 (in Chinese).
  35. Jingchao Jiang, Jie Yu, Chengzhi Qin, Junzhi Liu*, Runkui Li, Liangjun Zhu, A-Xing Zhu, 2017. A Knowledge-driven Method for Intelligent Setting of Parameters in Hydrological Modeling. Geomatics and Information Science of Wuhan University, 42(4): 525-530 (in Chinese).
  36. Lei Zhang, A-Xing Zhu, Lin Yang*, Chengzhi Qin, Junzhi Liu, Xueqi Liu, 2017. A Sample Differentiation and Fusion Strategy for Designing of Soil Sampling. Acta Pedologica Sinica, 54(5): 1079-1090 (in Chinese).
  37. Ting Song, Wenlin Zhou, Junzhi Liu*, Shaoqi Gong, Junzhe Shi, Wei Wu, 2017. Evaluation on distribution of chlorophyll-a content in surface water of Taihu Lake by hyperspectral inversion models. Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae, 37(3):888-889 (in Chinese).
  38. Junzhi Liu, A-Xing Zhu*, Chengzhi Qin, Hui Wu, Jingchao Jiang, 2016. A two-level parallelization method for distributed hydrological models. Environment Modelling & Software, 80:175-184.
  39. Canying Zeng, Lin Yang*, A-Xing Zhu, David G. Rossiter, Jing Liu, Junzhi Liu, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Desheng Wang, 2016. Mapping soil organic matter concentration at different scales using a mixed geographically weighted regression method. Geoderma, 281: 69-82.
  40. Jingchao Jiang, A-Xing Zhu*, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Tongxin Zhu, Junzhi Liu, Fei Du, Jing Liu, Guiming Zhang, Yiming An, 2016. CyberSoLIM: A cyber platform for digital soil mapping. Geoderma, 263:234-243.
  41. Jingchao Jiang, Junzhi Liu*, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Yamin Miao, A-Xing Zhu, 2016. Near-surface air temperature lapse rates and seasonal and type differences in China. Progress in Geography, 35(12):1538-1548 (in Chinese).
  42. Ting Song, Junzhi Liu*, Zhengfan Gu, Chao Xu, Lan Jiang, 2016. Early warning of submerged vegetation and alage-bloom based on multi-source remote sensing data in Taihu Lake. Environmental Pollution and Control, 38(4):12-17 (in Chinese).
  43. Ting Song, Junzhi Liu*, Tingting Hu, Shijie Sheng, Fei Yan, Mei Dong, Wenlin Zhou, 2016. Application of Atmospheric Particles Monitoring based on MODIS Aerosol Optical Thickness Products and Laser Radar. Remote Sensing Technology and Application, 31(2):397-404 (in Chinese).
  44. Lin Wang, Liangjun Zhu*, A-Xing Zhu, Junzhi Liu, Lin Shen, 2016. Effect of spatial unit delineation on simulation non-point source pollution by SWAT model. Journal of Shenyang Agricultural University, 47(4): 460-466 (in Chinese).
  45. Hui Wu, Yongbo Liu, Chengzhi Qin, Junzhi Liu, Jingchao Jiang, A-Xing Zhu*, 2016. Parallelization of an optimization algorithm for beneficial watershed management practices. Geomatics and Information Science of Wuhan University, 41(2): 202-207 (in Chinese).
  46. Yamin Miao, A-Xing Zhu*, Lin Yang, Shibiao Bai, Junzhi Liu, Yongcui Deng, 2016. The sensitivity of BCS for sampling landslide absence data in landslide susceptibility mapping. Journal of Mountain Science, 34(4):432-441 (in Chinese).
  47. Yamin Miao, A-Xing Zhu*, Lin Yang, Shibiao Bai, Junzhi Liu, 2016. A method of quantifying the reliability of landslide pseudo-absence samples based on geographic environmental similarity. Progress in Geography, 35(7): 860-869 (in Chinese).
  48. Zheng Duan, Junzhi Liu*, Ye Tuo, Chiogna Gabriele, Disse Markus, 2016. Evaluation of eight high spatial resolution gridded precipitation products in Adige Basin (Italy) at multiple temporal and spatial scales. Science of the Total Environment, 573:1536–1553.
  49. Runkui Li, Xiaoping Rui, A-Xing Zhu, Junzhi Liu, Lawrence E. Band, Xianfeng Song*, 2015. Increasing detail of distributed runoff modeling by using fuzzy logic in curve number. Environmental Earth Sciences, 73(7):3197-3205.
  50. Junzhi Liu, Zheng Duan, Jingchao Jiang, A-Xing Zhu, 2015. Evaluation of three satellite precipitation products TRMM 3B42, CMORPH and PERSIANN over a subtropical watershed in China. Advances in Meteorology, 20:2731-2738.
  51. Di Hu, Shaosong Ma, Fei Guo, Guonian Lu, Junzhi Liu, 2015. Describing data formats of geographical models. Environmental Earth Sciences, 74(10):7101-7115.
  52. Ting Song, Zheng Duan, Junzhi Liu*, Fei Yan, Shijie Sheng, Jun Huang, Wei Wu, 2015. Comparison of four algorithms to retrieve land surface temperature using Landsat 8 satellite. Journal of Remote Sensing, 19(3):451-464 (in Chinese).
  53. Junzhi Liu, A-Xing Zhu, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Jingchao Jiang, Liangjun Zhu, Lin Shen, 2015. Parallel Computing of Watershed Process Simulation Guided by Geographical Laws. Journal of Geo-Information Science, 17(6):1-9 (in Chinese).
  54. Junzhi Liu, Yongcui Deng, Yi Long, 2015. Practices of Mountain Climate Teaching Based on Physical Mechanism: A Case Study in Lushan. China Educational Technology & Equipment, 374:156-157 (in Chinese).
  55. Jun Xie, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Guirong Xiao, Lin Yang, Qiuliang Lei, Junzhi Liu, A-Xing Zhu, 2015. Soil property mapping using fuzzy clustering method in small watershed of the red soil region in southern China: A case study of Zhuxi watershed. Science of Soil and Water Conservation, 13(5): 132-139 (in Chinese).
  56. Junzhi Liu, A-Xing Zhu*, Yongbo Liu, Tongxin Zhu, Cheng-Zhi Qin, 2014. A layered approach to parallel computing for spatially distributed hydrological modeling. Environmental Modelling & Software, 51:221-227.
  57. Hui Wu, Yongbo Liu*, Junzhi Liu, A-Xing. Zhu, 2014. Representation of agricultural best management practices in a fully distributed hydrologic model: A case study in the Luoyugou watershed. Journal of Resources and Ecology, 5(2):179-184.
  58. Hui Wu, Yongbo Liu, A-Xing Zhu, Junzhi Liu, Lin Yang, 2014. Representation of agricultural management practices for soil and water conservation in a fully distributed hydrologic model. International Journal of Applied Environmental Sciences, 9(3): 933-941.
  59. Jingchao Jiang, A-Xing Zhu, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Junzhi Liu, Lajiao Chen, Hui Wu, 2014. Review on distributed hydrological modelling software systems. Progress in Geography, 33(8): 1090-1100 (in Chinese).
  60. Junzhi Liu, A-Xing Zhu, Cheng-Zhi Qin, 2013. Estimation of theoretical maximum speedup ratio for parallel computing of grid-based distributed hydrological models. Computers & Geosciences, 60(10):58-62.
  61. Junzhi Liu, A-Xing Zhu*, Yongbo Liu, Chengzhi Qin, Lajiao Chen, Hui Wu, Lin Yang, 2013. Parallelization of a grid-to-grid routing algorithm based on grids layering. Journal of National University of Defense Technology, 35(1): 123-129 (in Chinese).
  62. Junzhi Liu, A-Xing Zhu*, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Lajiao Chen, Hui Wu, Jingchao Jiang, 2013. Review on parallel computing of distributed hydrological models. Process in Geography, 32(4): 538-547 (in Chinese).
  63. Runkui Li, A-Xing Zhu, Lajiao Chen, Junzhi Liu, Xianfeng Song*, 2013. Effects of Soil Parameters in SCS-CN Runoff Model. Journal of Natural Resources, 28(10):1778-1787 (in Chinese).
  64. Hui Wu*, Yongbo Liu, A-Xing Zhu, Junzhi Liu, 2013. Review of spatial optimization algorithms in BMPs placement at watershed scale. Process in Geography, 32(4): 570-579 (in Chinese).
  65. Lajiao Chen, A-Xing Zhu*, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Junzhi Liu, 2012. Effectiveness assessment of soil erosion critical source areas for soil and water conservation. Journal of Resources and Ecology, 3(2):138-143.
  66. Junzhi Liu, A-Xing Zhu, Zheng Duan, 2012. Evaluation of TRMM 3B42 precipitation product using rain gauge data in meichuan watershed, Poyang Lake Basin, China. Journal of Resources and Ecology, 3(4):359-366.
  67. Yongbo Liu, Hui Wu, Junzhi Liu, 2012. A Review of the Canadian Watershed Evaluation of Beneficial Management Practices Project. Journal of Ecology and Rural Environment, 28(4):337-342 (in Chinese).
  68. A-Xing Zhu, Lajiao Chen*, Chengzhi Qin, Ping Wang, Junzhi Liu, Runkui Li, Qiangguo Cai, 2012. A new paradigm for soil-water conservation assessment: a framework based on watershed modeling and scenario analysis. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, 23(7):1883-1890 (in Chinese).
  69. Runkui Li*, A-Xing Zhu, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Lajiao Chen, Junzhi Liu, 2011. Effects of Spatial Detail of Soil Data on Distributed Watershed Modeling. Advances in Water Science, 22(2): 168-174 (in Chinese).
  70. Lajiao Chen*, A-Xing Zhu, Cheng-Zhi Qin, Runkui Li, Jing Liu, Junzhi Liu, 2011. Integration of Hydrological and Ecological Processes at Watershed Scale. Progress in Geographic Science, 30(5): 535-544 (in Chinese).
  71. Xianfentg Song, Junzhi Liu, 2010. Optimization of GIS Web Service Chaining Based on QoS. Journal of University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, 39(2): 298-301 (in Chinese).
  72. Junzhi Liu, Xianfeng Song, Chaoliang Wang, Yong Hu, 2008. A Distributed Retrieval System for Remote Sensing Images Based on OGC WPS. Geography and Geo-Information Science, 24(4):1-5 (in Chinese).
  73. Xianfeng Song, Junzhi Liu, Jianguo Wu, Haiqiao Tan, 2006. Free/Libre and Open Source Solutions on Flash Mapping - A Case Study of Web Mapping with MapServer plus Ming. Geo-information Science, 8(4):101-105 (in Chinese).
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