Associate Professor School of Environmental Science and Engineering

Zhenzhong Zeng is currently Associate Professor at Southern University of Science and Technology(SUSTech)in Shenzhen,China. He is mainly engaged in research in the fields of ecological hydrology, land-air interaction, global environmental change and earth system simulation. He is committed to understanding the dynamic mechanism of the earth system and realizing the sustainable development of human society.Current research focuses on agricultural expansion, environmental impacts and solutions in the tropics.A total of 54 SCI papers were published, among which 14 papers of the first or corresponding author (including Science, Nature Climate Change, Nature Geoscience, etc.) were cited 3403 times (statistical results of Google Scholar;2020/04/15), some of the research results have been used as supporting materials for the IPCC report, and have been reported by the Science media many times (Princeton university homepage, AAAS, Science Daily, etc.). He was invited as the peer review expert of the sixth assessment report of IPCC, and the peer reviewer of 23 SCI academic journals including Nature Sustainability.

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1. Surface hydrology

2. Global environmental change

3. Earth system science

4. Earth system simulation

5. Climate variation and its attribution

6. Vegetation climate interaction

7. Ecological hydrology, remote sensing of vegetation and land use change

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1. Zeng, Z. *, Ziegler, A. D., Searchinger, T., Yang, L., Chen, A., Ju, K., Piao, S., Li, L., Ciais, P., Chen, D., Liu, J., Azorin-Molina, C., Chappell, A., Medvigy, D. & Wood, E. F. A reversal in global terrestrial stilling and its implications for wind energy production. Nature Climate Change. 2019 (accepted; *, corresponding author).

2. Cai, X., Riley, W., Zhu, Q., Tang, J., Zeng, Z., Bisht, G. & Randerson, J. Improving representation of deforestation effects on evapotranspiration in the E3SM land model. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. doi: 10.1029/2018MS001551, 2019.

3. Peng, L., Zeng, Z., Wei, Z., Chen, A., Wood, E. F., & Sheffield, J. Determinants of the ratio of actual to potential evapotranspiration. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.14577, 2019.

4. Zeng, Z.*, Estes, L., Ziegler, A. D., Chen, A., Searchinger, T., Hua, F., Guan, K., Jintrawet, A. & Wood, E. F. Highland cropland expansion and forest loss in Southeast Asia in the twenty-first century. Nature Geoscience. doi: 10.1038/s41561-018-0166-9, 2018.

5. Li, Y., Zeng, Z.*, Huang, L., Lian, X. & Piao, S. Comment on “Satellites reveal contrasting responses of regional climate to the widespread greening of Earth”. Science. doi: 10.1126/science.aap7950, 2018.

6. Zeng, Z.*, Gower, B. & Wood, E. F. Accelerating forest loss in Southeast Asian Massif in the 21st century: a case study in Nan Province, Thailand. Global Change Biology. doi:, 2018.

7. Zeng, Z., Piao, S., Li, L., Wang, T., Ciais, P., Lian, X., Yang, Y., Mao, J., Shi, X. & Myneni, R. Impact of Earth greening on the terrestrial water cycle. Journal of Climate. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0236.1, 2018.

8. Zeng, Z., Peng, L., & Piao, S. Response of terrestrial evapotranspiration to Earth’s greening. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. doi: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.03.001, 2018.

9. Zeng, Z., Piao, S., Li, L., Ciais, P., Li, Y., Cai, X., Yang, L., Liu, M. & Wood, E. F. Global terrestrial stilling: does Earth’s greening play a role?. Environmental Research Letters. doi:, 2018.

10. Lian, X., Piao, S., Huntingford, C., Li, Y., Zeng, Z., Wang, X., Ciais, P., McVicar, T., Peng, S., Ottle, C., Yang, H., Yang, Y., Zhang, Y. & Wang, T. Partitioning global land evapotranspiration using CMIP5 models constrained by field observations. Nature Climate Change. doi: 10.1038/s41558-018-0207-9, 2018.

11. Zeng, Z., Piao, S., Li, L., Zhou, L., Ciais, P., Wang, T., Li, Y., Lian, X., Wood, E. F., Friedlingstein, P., Mao, J., Estes, L., Myneni, R., Peng, S., Shi, X., Seneviratne, S. & Wang, Y. Climate mitigation from vegetation biophysical feedbacks during the past three decades, Nature Climate Change. doi: 10.1038/nclimate3299, 2017.

12. Zeng., Z., Zhu, Z., Lian, X., Li, L., Chen, A., He, X. & Piao, S. Responses of land evapotranspiration to Earth’s greening in CMIP5 Earth System Models, Environmental Research Letter. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/10/104006, 2016.

13. Zeng, Z., Chen, A., Ciais, P., Li, Y., Li, L., Vautard, R., Yang, H., Zhou, L. & Piao, S. Regional air pollution brightening reverses the greenhouse gases induced warming-elevation relationship. Geophysical Research Letters. doi: 10.1002/2015GL064410, 2015.

14. Zeng, Z., Chen, A., Piao, S., Rabin, S. & Shen, Z. Environmental determinants of tropical forest and savanna distribution: a quantitative model evaluation and its implication. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. doi: 10.1002/2014JG002627, 2014.

15. Zeng, Z., Wang, T., Zhou, F., Ciais, P., Mao, J., Shi, X. & Piao, S. A worldwide analysis of spatiotemporal changes in water balance based evapotranspiration from 1982 to 2009. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. doi: 10.1002/2013JD020941, 2014.

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