Sonia Liu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Research Interests

  • Groundwater-surface water interaction
  • Climate change
  • Large-scale water resource system optimization
  • Water resources planning and management
  • Hydrological modeling
  • Water resource economics and policy


2018 Ph.D. Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong
2011 M.Phil, Hydrology and Water Resources,Lanzhou University
2010 visiting students, Hydrology and Hydraulics, National Taiwan University
2008 B.S., Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, Lanzhou University

Work Experience

2021 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IBS Center for Climate Physics


  1. Liu, S.N., Shi, H.Y. *, Sivakumar, B., 2020. Socioeconomic drought under growing population and changing climate: A new index considering the resilience of a regional water resources system. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 125(15), e2020JD033005.
    DOI: 10.1029/2020JD033005.
  2. Liu,N., Shi, H.Y. *, Niu, J., Chen, J., Kuang, X.X., 2020. Assessing future socioeconomic drought events under a changingclimate over the Pearl River basin in South China. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 30, 100700. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejrh.2020.100700.
  3. Liu, S.N., Chui, T.F.M. *, 2020. Optimal in-stream structure design through considering nitrogen removal in hyporheic zone. Water, 12(5), 1399. DOI: 10.3390/w12051399.
  4. Liu, S.N., Chui, T.F.M. *, 2019. Numerical modelling for evaluation of the nitrogen removal rate in hyporheic zone and its implication to stream management. Hydrological Processes, 33, 3084-3097.
    DOI: 10.1002/hyp.13548.
  5. Liu,N., Shi, H.Y. *, 2019. A recursive approach to long-term prediction of monthly precipitation using genetic programming. Water Resources Management, 33(3), 1103-1121.
    DOI: 10.1007/s11269-018-2169-0.
  6. Liu, S., Chui, T.F.M. *, 2018. Impacts of different rainfall patterns on hyporheic zone under transient conditions. Journal of Hydrology, 561, 598-608. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.04.019.
  7. Liu, S., Chui, T.F.M. *, 2018. Impacts of streambed heterogeneity and anisotropy on residence time of hyporheic zone. Groundwater, 56(3), 425-436. DOI: 10.1111/gwat.12589.
  8. Liu, S. *, Gan, H., Wei, G.X., 2010. Application of Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm to Calibrate the Xin’anjiang Hydrologic Model. Journal of Hydraulic engineering, 41(5), 537-544. (EI, in Chinese)
  9. Zhou, Z.Q., Shi, H.Y.*, Fu, Q., Ding, Y.B., Li, T.X., Wang, Y., Liu, S.N., 2021. Characteristics of propagation from meteorological drought to hydrological drought in the Pearl River Basin. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, DOI: 10.1029/2020JD033959.
  10. Shi,Y. *, Du, E.H., Liu, S.N., Chau, K.W., 2020. Advances in Flood Early Warning: Ensemble Forecast, Information Dissemination and Decision-Support Systems. Hydrology, 7(3), 56.
    DOI: 10.3390/hydrology7030056.
  11. Zhou, Z.Q., Ding, Y.B., Shi, H.Y. *, Cai, H.J. *, Fu, Q., Liu, S.N., Li, T.X., 2020. Analysis and prediction of vegetation dynamic changes in China: past, present and future. Ecological Indicators, 117, 106642. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106642.
  12. Zhou, Z.Q., Shi, H.Y. *, Fu, Q., Li, T.X., Gan, T.Y., Liu, S.N., 2020. Assessing spatiotemporal characteristics of drought and its effects on climate-induced yield of maize in Northeast China. Journal of Hydrology, 588, 125097. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125097.
  13. Zhou,Q., Shi, H.Y. *, Fu, Q., Li, T.X., Gan, T.Y., Liu, S.N., Liu, K., 2020. Is the cold region in Northeast China still getting warmer under climate change impact? Atmospheric Research, 237, 104864. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2020.104864.
  14. Shi,Y. *, Chen, J. *, Liu, S.N., Sivakumar, B., 2019. The role of large dams in promoting economic development under the pressure of population growth. Sustainability, 11(10), 2965.
    DOI: 10.3390/su11102965.
  15. Li,Y., Li, T.J., Liu, S.N., Shi, H.Y. *, 2018. An efficient method for mapping high-resolution global river discharge based on the algorithms of drainage network extraction. Water, 10(4), 533.
    DOI: 10.3390/w10040533.
  16. Liu,N., Shi, H.Y. *, Sivakumar, B., River discharge estimation with multi-source grid-based global datasets. Journal of Hydrology, under review.
  17. Liu, S.N., Yao, Y.Y. *, Kuang, X.X. *, Zheng, C.M., Characteristics of the river discharge in the upper region of the Yarlung Zangbo River basin. Journal of Hydrology, under review.
  18. Jiang, Z.P., Shi, H.Y. *, Liu, S.N., Zhou, Z.Q., Wang, Y., Evolution characteristics of potential evaporation over the Three-River Headwaters Region. Hydrological Sciences Journal, under review.