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Yonggang Liu

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08540
NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab
201 Forrestal Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: 609-452-5355
Fax: 609-258-6082
Email: Yonggang@princeton.edu

Research Interests

  • Coupling between ice sheet and climate systems
  • AMOC stability and variability
  • Sea level change
  • Glacial isostatic adjustment
  • Snowball Earth Events (800 Ma – 540 Ma)

Education

  • Ph.D. in Paleoclimate, University of Toronto, Canada, 2011
    Thesis: Climate modeling of the deep (Neoproterozoic) past (supervisor: W. Richard Peltier)
  • M.Sc. in Geophysics, University of Toronto, Canada, 2004
    Report: Geochemical and seismological constraints on mantle convection and numerical model of the process (supervisor: W. Richard Peltier)
  • M.Sc. in Geophysics, Peking University, China, 2003
    Thesis: The structure and the deformation of the lithosphere in North China (supervisor: Shaoxian Zhang)
  • M.Sc. in Geophysics, Peking University, China, 2000
    Thesis: Thermal structure of the lithosphere in North China (supervisor: Shaoxian Zhang)

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2007 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, China Scholarship Council [Given to ~200 Chinese overseas Ph.D. students all over the world each year for their scientific excellence].
  • 2003−2008 U of T Graduate Fellowship, University of Toronto
  • 2003 Beijing Silver Medal in Advancement of Science and Technology (together with S.X. Zhang, J.Y. Ning, Z. Jing et al.), Beijing, China.

Refereed Journal Publications

  1. Liu, Y., R. Hallberg, O., Sergienko, B. Samuels and M. Oppenheimer, Large climate impact from the northern Greenland Ice Streams. Submitted.
  2. Liu, Y., W. R. Peltier, J. Yang, G. Vettorretti, High CO2 threshold for soft snowball Earth formation with low-latitude continental configuration. Submitted.
  3. Liu, Y., W. R. Peltier, J. Yang, G. Vettorretti (2013), The initiation of Neoproterozoic "snowball" climates in CCSM3: the influence of paleocontinental configuration, Clim. Past, 9, 2555-2577, doi:10.5194/cp-9-2555-2013.
  4. Liu, Y., W. R. Peltier (2013), Sea level variations during snowball Earth formation (Part I): A preliminary analysis, Journal of Geophysical Research – solid Earth, 118, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50293.
  5. Liu, Y., W. R. Peltier (2013), Sea level variations during snowball Earth formation and evolution (Part II): The influence of rotational feedback, Journal of Geophysical Research – solid Earth, 118, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50294.
  6. Liu, Y., W. R. Peltier (2011), A Coupled Carbon Cycle – Climate Model of Neoproterozoic Glaciation: Explicit Carbon Cycle with Stochastic Perturbations, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 116, doi:10.1029/2010JD015128.
  7. Liu, Y., W. R. Peltier (2010), A Coupled Carbon Cycle – Climate Model of Neoproterozoic Glaciation: Influence of Continental Configuration on the Formation of a “Soft Snowball”, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 115, D17111, doi:10.1029/2009JD013082.
  8. Peltier, W. R., Y. Liu (2008), reply to Hoffman et al. and Godderis and Donnadieu, Nature, 456, E9-E10, doi:10.1038/nature07656.
  9. Peltier, W. R., Y. Liu, J. W. Crowley (2007), Snowball Earth prevention by dissolved organic carbon remineralization, Nature, 450, 813-818, doi:10.1038/nature06354.
  10. Zang, S.X., R.Q. Wei, Y. Liu (2005), Three-dimensional rheological structure of the lithosphere in the Ordos block and its adjacent area, Geophysical Journal International, 163, 339-356, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2005.02745.x.
  11. Zang, S. X, Y. Liu and J. Y. Ning, (2002), Thermal Structure of Lithosphere in North China, Chinese Journal of Geophsics, 45 (1): 51-62, doi:10.1002/cjg2.216.
  12. Zang, S.X., Q.Y. Chen, J. Y. Ning, Z.K. Shen, Y. Liu (2002), Motion of Philippine Sea plate consistent with NUVEL-1A model, Geophysical Journal International., 150 (3): 809-819, doi:10.1046/j.1365-246X.2002.01744.x.
  13. Zang, S.X., Q.Y. Chen, J. Y. Ning, Z.K. Shen, Y. Liu (2002), Determination of Euler parameters of Philippine Sea plate and the inferences, Science in China (D), 45 (2): 133-142.