University of California, Riverside

Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences



Wei Liu


Wei Liu

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012

Specialty: Physical Oceanography and Climate Dynamics

Email: wei.liu@ucr.edu
Phone: (951) 827-4508
Fax: (951) 827-4324
Office: Geology 420
Website: wliu5.weebly.com

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the dynamics controlling the evolution and variability of the climate system and associated climate adaptation.

Recent Projects:
  1. The role of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) in past and future climates
  2. Arctic sea ice and AMOC interaction
  3. Southern Ocean heat and carbon uptake
  4. Ocean-atmosphere interaction
  1. Sévellec, F., A. V. Fedorov and W. Liu, 2017, Arctic sea-ice decline weakens the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Nat. Clim. Change, 7, 604-610, doi: 10.1038/nclimate3353.
  2. Liu, W., S.-P. Xie, Z. Liu and J. Zhu, 2017, Overlooked possibility of a collapsed Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation in warming climate. Science Advances, 3, e1601666, doi:10.1126/sciadv.1601666.
  3. Liu, W., S.-P. Xie and J. Lu, 2016, Tracking ocean heat uptake during the surface-warming hiatus. Nature Comm., 7, 10926, doi: 10.1038/ncomms10926.
  4. Cheng J., Z. Liu, S. Zhang, W. Liu, L. Dong, P. Liu and H. Li, 2016, Reduced Interdecadal Variability of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation in Global Warming. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 113, 3175-3178.
  5. Huang, B., V. F. Banzon, E. Freeman, J. Lawrimore, W. Liu, T. C. Peterson, T. M. Smith, P. W. Thorne, S. D. Woodruff, and H-M Zhang, 2015, Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature version 4 (ERSST.v4). Part I: Upgrades and Intercomparsions. J. Climate, 28, 911-930.
  6. Liu, W., B. Huang, P. W. Thorne, V. F. Banzon, H-M Zhang, E. Freeman, J. Lawrimore, T. C. Peterson, T. M. Smith, and S. D. Woodruff, 2015, Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature version 4 (ERSST.v4). Part II: Parametric and Structural Uncertainty Estimations. J. Climate, 28, 931-951.
  7. Liu, W., Z. Liu, and E. C. Brady, 2014, Why is the AMOC mono-stable in Coupled General Circulation Models? J. Climate, 27, 2427–2443.
  8. Liu Z., X. Wen, E.C. Brady, B. Otto-Bliesner, G. Yu, H. Lu, H. Cheng, Y. Wang, W. Zheng, T. Ding, R. L. Edwards, J. Cheng, W. Liu, and H. Yang, 2014, Chinese cave records and the East Asia Summer Monsoon. Quat. Sci. Rev., 83, 115-128.
  9. Liu, W., and Z. Liu, 2013, A diagnostic indicator of the stability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation in CCSM3. J. Climate, 26, 1926-1938.
  10. Liu, W., F. Bretherton, Z. Liu, L. Smith, H. Lu, and C. Rutland, 2010, Breaking of progressive internal waves: convective instability and shear instability. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40, 2243-2263.

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