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Mailing Address

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Bundesstrasse 53
20146 Hamburg, Germany


  The Ocean in the Earth System

Research Group

  Ocean Biogeochemistry Group


Research Interest

Currently I am interested in understanding how ocean biogeochemical processes controlled the ocean carbon sink and thereby the atmospheric CO2 during the last glacial cycle. I use the comprehensive Max Planck Institute’s Earth System Model to quantify the feedbacks between ocean biogeochemistry and climate in the past. 


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2017.05: Postdoc in ocean biogeochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany. Research project: PalMod.

2012.10 - 2017.04: PhD candidate in coastal and shelf sea dynamics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. dr. Huib E. de Swart. Thesis: Modelling phytoplankton dynamics in estuaries. 

2012.01 - 2012.06: Research assistant, Tianjin University, China. PI: Prof. Jianhua Tao etc., project: Pollutant control on typical artificial coast. 

2009.09 - 2011.12: Master in Fluid Mechanics, Tianjin University, China. Supervisor: Prof. dr. Dekui Yuan. Thesis: Modelling coastal environment using random walk method and its application in Bohai Bay. 

2005.09 - 2009.07: Bachelor in Engineering Mechanics, Tianjin University, China. Thesis: Mathematical model of heavy metal transport in multilayered sediment and its analytical solutions.


Peer-reviewed Publications

Liu, B., Six, K. D., and Ilyina, T., 2021. Incorporating the stable carbon isotope 13C in the ocean biogeochemical component of the Max Planck Institute Earth System Model. Biogeosciences, 18, 4389-4429,

Liu, B., de Swart, H. E. and de Jonge, V. N, 2018. Phytoplankton bloom dynamics in turbid, well-mixed estuaries: a model study. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 211, 137-151. 

Liu, B. and de Swart, H. E, 2017. Quantifying the effect of salinity stratification on phytoplankton density patterns in estuaries. Estuaries and Coasts 41, 453-470.

Liu, B. and de Swart, H. E., 2015. Impact of river discharge on phytoplankton bloom dynamics in eutrophic estuaries: A model study. Journal of Marine Systems 152, 64-74.

Lv, X., Liu, B., Yuan, D., Feng, H. and Teo, F. Y., 2015. Random walk method for modelling water exchange: An application to coastal zone environmental man- agement. Journal of Hydro-Environment Research. Journal of Hydro-environment Research 13, 66-75.