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Dr. Yan Liu

Scientific employee / Postdoc

Chair of Hydrology
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
Friedrichstraße 39
D-79098 Freiburg

Fon: +49 (0)761 - 203 97833
E-Mail: liu-hydmod.gif
Branch office "Blue Container", Stefan-Meier-Straße 31a

Yan Liu







Also see ongoing PhD and research projects at the Chair of Hydrological Modeling and Water resources

Large-scale karst simulations

A database with hundreds of time series of observed karst spring discharge and karst catchment discharge has been established, and the forcing data for the large-scale karst modelling is readily available. This enables to develop and apply a global karst simulation model to estimate the water stress under climate and land use change projections. Research focuses are on the determination of the optimal model structures for the large-scale modelling and upscaling the catchment-scale models to global-scale studies.

Transport of sediments and pollutants in rivers

In industrialized countries, water quality concerns of a river have shifted from nutrients and industrial contaminants to micropollutants in recent years, e.g., hydrophobic compounds (such as PAH and PCB) and pharmaceuticals. The transport of hydrophobic pollutants is facilitated by sediment transport. The transient storage influences the fate of dissolved contaminants in streams. Understanding the long-term fate of sediment-bound micropollutants (e.g. PAH) and the transport and transformation dynamics of dissolved micropollutants (e.g. pharmaceuticals) is useful to develop appropriate river management strategies and provides insights to evaluate their environmental exposure to river systems.



from Nov 2018

Postdoc at the Chair of Chair of Hydrological Modeling and Water Resources, Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany

Aug 2015 - Oct 2018

Doctoral researcher and PhD student at the Center for Applied Geoscience, Faculty of Science, University of Tübingen, Germany



Sep 2015 - Oct 2018

PhD, Center for Applied Geoscience, Faculty of Science, University of Tübingen, Germany
Thesis: “Modelling the Fate of Sediments and Micropollutants in Rivers”, University of Tübingen, Germany

Jan 2017 - Mar 2017

Research Exchange, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Canada

Sep 2012 - Jul 2015

Master of Science, Environmental Science, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, China

Aug 2008 - Jun 2012

Bachelor of Engineering, Water Supply and Sewerage Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University, China


Honours and Awards


Travel Award of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)


Outstanding Graduate Award, Southeast University, China


the President Scholarship, Southeast University, China


Memberships and Commissions


Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)


Member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)


Academic Service

Journal Reviewing for Environmental Earth Sciences


Sep 2015 - Oct 2018

Participant in the Research Training Group - "Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling", University of Tübingen, Germany, funded by German Research Foundation (DFG)

Sep 2012 - May 2014

Participant in the water pollution treatment and eutrophication control of Dianchi watershed, Peking University, China, funded by the National Water Pollution Control and Treatment Science and Technology Major Project

Oct 2012 - Nov 2013

Participant in the project of impacts of storm runoff on the coastal water eutrophication in Shenzhen, China, Peking University, funded by Shenzhen Renju Environment Committee

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