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Professor Laibao LIU 劉來保 助理教授

Assistant Professor

Room 10.20

391 03253

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Dr. Laibao Liu is an tenure-track assistant professort at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), affiliated with both Department of Geography and Institute for Climate and Carbon Neutrality. His research interests are land and climate systems, land-atmosphere interaction, land carbon cycle, and renewable energy.


He was born in 1993 in Xuzhou, Jiangsu (China). He studied at Lanzhou University (Geography, 2011-2015), Peking Univesity (Physical Geography, 2015-2018) and ETH Zurich (Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, 2018-2020). During his Ph.D., he was a visiting researcher at ETH Zurich with Prof. Sonia Seneviratne. He recieved his Ph.D. degree from Peking University in 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Dahe Qin (秦大河) and Prof. Shuangcheng Li (李双成). After his Ph.D., he returned to ETH Zurich as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist with Prof. Sonia Seneviratne. From 2024, he was appointed as Assistant Professor at HKU.


He has published about 30 peer-reviewed articles. His leading research outcomes are published in high-impact journals, such as Nature (Climate impacts on Land carbon sink), Nature Energy (Climate impacts on Renewable energy systems) and Nature Communications (Process of Climate-Carbon coupling), and received several awards for his research, including 2023 Best Paper Award by International Association of Chinese Youth in Water Sciences, 2022 Best Paper Award in Resources, Recycling & Reservation, Top 50 Nature Communications Earth and planetary sciences articles published in 2020, and two Highly Cited Papers by Clarivate since 2021 and 2023, respectively.

Research Interests

  • Climate Change and Carbon Neutrality

  • Land Carbon Cycle

  • Land-Climate Interaction

  • Renewable Energy

  • Net-zero Energy System Transition

  • Carbon-Climate-Energy Nexus


Selected Publications


  • Laibao Liu*, Philippe Ciais, Mengxi Wu, Ryan S. Padrón, Pierre Friedlingstein, Jonas Schwaab, Lukas Gudmundsson, and Sonia I. Seneviratne. 2023. Increasingly negative tropical water–interannual CO2 growth rate coupling. Nature 618 (7966):755-760. doi: 10.1038/s41586-023-06056-x

  • Laibao Liu*, Lukas Gudmundsson, Mathias Hauser, Dahe Qin, Shuangcheng Li, and Sonia I. Seneviratne*. 2020. Soil moisture dominates dryness stress on ecosystem production globally. Nature Communications 11 (1):4892. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-18631-1

  • Laibao Liu*, Rosie A. Fisher, Hervé Douville, Ryan S. Padrón, Alexis Berg, Jiafu Mao, Andrea Alessandri, Hyungjun Kim, and Sonia I. Seneviratne. 2024. No constraint on long-term tropical land carbon-climate feedback uncertainties from interannual variability. Communications Earth & Environment 5 (1):348. doi: 10.1038/s43247-024-01504-6.


  • Laibao Liu*, Gang He, Mengxi Wu*, Gang Liu, Haoran Zhang, Ying Chen, Jiashu Shen, and Shuangcheng Li. 2023. Climate Change Impacts on Planned Supply–Demand Match in Global Wind and Solar Energy Systems. Nature Energy 8(8): 870–880. doi: 10.1038/s41560-023-01304-w

  • Laibao Liu*#, Yang Wang*#, Zheng Wang, Shuangcheng Li*, Jiangtao Li, Gang He, Yan Li, Yanxu Liu, Shilong Piao, Ziqi Gao, Rui Chang, Wenjun Tang, Kejun Jiang, Shijin Wang, Jun Wang, Lin Zhao, and Qingchen Chao. 2022. Potential Contributions of Wind and Solar Power to China’s Carbon Neutrality. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 180: 106155. doi: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2022.106155 (#, contribute equally)

  • Laibao Liu, Zheng Wang, Yang Wang*, Jun Wang, Rui Chang, Gang He, Wenjun Tang, Ziqi Gao, Jiangtao Li, Changyi Liu, Lin Zhao, Dahe Qin, Shuangcheng Li*. 2020. Optimizing Wind/Solar Combinations at Finer Scales to Mitigate Renewable Energy Variability in China. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 132: 110151. doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2020.110151

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