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Professor LIU, Zhonghui

Professor LIU, Zhonghui

Interim Head and Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU

  • 3917 7830
  • Room 307, Hui Oi Chow Science Building, The University of Hong Kong

Teaching area

  • Climate change
  • Organic geochemistry


Research Interest

  • Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
  • Cenozoic climatic and environmental changes
  • The evolution of Asian monsoon variability



  • He Y., Zhao C., Wang Z., Wang H., Song M., Liu W. & Liu Z. (2013) Late Holocene coupled moisture and temperature changes on the northern Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary Science Reviews, 80, 47-57.
  • Pagani, M., Liu, Z., LaRiviere, J., & Ravelo, A.C. (2010) High Earth-system climate sensitivity determined from Pliocene carbon dioxide concentrations. Nature Geoscience 3, 27-30.
  • Liu, Z., Pagani, M., Zinniker, D., DeConto, R., Huber, M., Brinkhuis, H., Shah, S.R., Leckie, R.M. & Pearson, A. (2009) Global cooling during the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition. Science 323, 1187-1190.
  • Brierley, C.M., Fedorov, A.V., Liu, Z., Herbert, T.D., Lawrence, K.T. & LaRivere, J.P. (2009) Greatly expanded tropical warm pool and weakened Hadley circulation in the early Pliocene. Science 323, 1714-1718.
  • Liu, Z. & Herbert, T.D. (2004) High-latitude influence on the eastern equatorial Pacific climate in the early Pleistocene epoch. Nature 427, 720-723.


Awards and Honors

  • Liu Tungsheng Prize for Young Earth Scientists, 2013.
  • Outstanding Young Researcher Award, HKU, 2012-2013.