Bo Liu

Department Climate Variability
Group Ocean Biogeochemistry
Position Postdoc
phone +494041173150
Room B207

Research interest

I am a postdoc researcher interested in understanding the interaction between ocean biogeochemistry and the climate and ocean physical states. Currently, my focus is on improving the representation of the global ocean biogeochemical processes to better simulate the oceanic CO2 outgassing during the last deglaciation (21ka – present) using an Earth System Model (MPI-ESM). My research also encompasses model evaluation against sediment core records, such as carbon isotopic ratios. These paleo simulations and model-data comparisons help us to constrain model uncertainties better and improve projections of the future carbon cycle and climate. 

Research experience

2017.05 -- present: Postdoc at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany. Project PalMod: “From the Last Interglacial to the Anthropocene – Modeling a Complete Glacial Cycle”

2012.01-2012.06: Research assistant, Tianjin University, China.


2012.10 -- 2017.04: PhD in Coastal and Shelf Sea Dynamics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, Supervisor: Prof. dr. Huib E. de Swart, thesis: Modelling phytoplankton dynamics in estuaries.

2009.09 -- 2011.12: Master in Computational Fluid Dynamics, 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

Extier, T., Six, K. D., Liu, B., Paulsen, H., and Ilyina, T., 2022. Local oceanic CO2 outgassing triggered by terrestrial carbon fluxes during deglacial flooding. Clim. Past, 18, 273-292,

Lhardy, F., Bouttes, N., Roche, D. M., Abe-Ouchi, A., Chase, Z., Crichton, K. A., Ilyina, T., Ivanovic, R., Jochum, M., Kageyama, M., Kobayashi, H., Liu, B., Menviel, L., Muglia, J., Nuterman, R., Oka, A., Vettoretti, G., Yamamoto, A., 2021. A First intercomparison of the simulated LGM carbon results within PMIP-carbon: role of the ocean boundary conditions. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 36, e2021PA004302,

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, 2018. 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 management. Journal of Hydro-Environment Research. Journal of Hydro-environment Research 13, 66-75,