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Dr. Zhan Tian now is a Research Associate Professor of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology. He had more than fifteen years working experiences in climate change impacts analysis, and adaptations and mitigations policy designs and implementation. After MSc and PhD studies on Climate change science and policy in Chinese Academy of Sciences (PhD) and China Agriculture Academy of Sciences (MSc), He began his career as a government scientific-official at Shanghai Meteorological Bureau in 2006 and his post was created as a talent-hiring initiative of the Bureau. In the same year, he was awarded the prestigious Global Change Visiting Scientist Fellowship of the START International, and visited the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, a top rank international institution in climate change research. Since 2008, he has published 62 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He has also been a leading contributor to 8 highly influential policy reports and policy briefings. He has been the Principal Investigator (PI) of 1 Ministry Science and Technology of People’s Republic of China,6 National Science Fund of China (NSFC) funded projects, 4 UK government (China Prosperity and Newton funding) projects, 3 climate change special projects of China Meteorological Administration, 2 Energy conservation and emission reduction projects in Shanghai. He was the coordinator of more than 50 scientists in organizing interview activities for drafting the East of China Regional Climate Change Assessment Report. These achievements have made him one of the leading authors in the field of climate change research in China.

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Dr. Zhan Tian now is a Research Associate Professor of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology. He had more than fifteen years working experiences in climate change impacts analysis, and adaptations and mitigations policy designs and implementation. After MSc and PhD studies on Climate change science and policy in Chinese Academy of Sciences (PhD) and China Agriculture Academy of Sciences (MSc), He began his career as a government scientific-official at Shanghai Meteorological Bureau in 2006 and his post was created as a talent-hiring initiative of the Bureau. In the same year, he was awarded the prestigious Global Change Visiting Scientist Fellowship of the START International, and visited the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, a top rank international institution in climate change research. Since 2008, he has published 20 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He has also been a leading contributor to 8 highly influential policy reports and policy briefings. He has been the Principal Investigator (PI) of 5 National Science Fund of China (NSFC) funded projects, 4 UK government (China Prosperity and Newton funding) projects, 3 climate change special projects of China Meteorological Administration, 2 Energy conservation and emission reduction projects in Shanghai. He was the coordinator of more than 50 scientists in organizing interview activities for drafting the East of China Regional Climate Change Assessment Report. These achievements have made him one of the leading authors in the field of climate change research in China. 

EDUCATION 

2003 - 2006                        Ph. D. degree in Global Change and Geographic Information System, The Institute of                                                      Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

2000 - 2003                        M. S. degree in Climate Change and Agricultural Ecology, Shan Xi Agricultural                                                                  University and Chinese Agricultural Academy of Sciences.

1996 - 2000                          B.S. degree in Medicinal botany, Shan Xi Agricultural University.

WORKING EXPERIENCES

Sep. 2018 to present          Research Associate Professor of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at                                                  South University of Science and Technology of China

Aug. 2018 to Aug.2018     Visiting Scientist The School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London                                                  (SOAS)

Dec. 2008 to Aug.2018      Senior Research Scientist and Division Chief, Climate Change Division, East Regional                                                      Center of Chinese Meteorological Administration, Shanghai (CMA).

Feb. 2016 to Apr. 2016      Visiting Scientist The School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London                                                  (SOAS) and UK Met office Hadley Centre.

Jul. 2012 to Aug.2012        Visiting Scientist, Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Austria.

Jul. 2011 to Aug.2011         Visiting Scientist, Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Austria.

Aug .2006 to Nov.2008     Research Scientist, Agro-Meteorological Division, Shanghai Climate Change Research                                                     Center, East Regional Center of Chinese Meteorological Administration (CMA).
Mar. 2007 to Sep.2007      Post-Doc. at Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Austria.

 

EXPERIENCES ON CLIMATE CHANGE ASSESSMENT REPORTS

2017-            2rd East China Climate Change Assessment Report (Coordinating Lead Author)

2015-2017   Shanghai Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Report (Coordinating Lead Author)

2015-2016   China National Strategy for Urban Adaptation to Climate Change (Lead Author)

2013- 2015   Assessment Report on Climate Change of Yangtze River Delta Urban Agglomeration (Coordinating                             Lead Author)

2009-2011   China National Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation (Lead Author)

2008-2012   1st East China Climate Change Assessment Report (Coordinating Lead Author)

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS

2019~2021 Co-Principal Investigator, “Providing predictions of typhoon season characteristics for shipping in the Pearl River Delta” sponsored by the Met Office and Newton Fund of the UK , (GBP 320,000).

2018~2020 Lead Principal Investigator, “Developing Engineering Options for Mitigating Future Compound Flooding Risks in Shanghai by Transferring the Expertise of UK TE2100” sponsored by UK Royal Academy of Engineering and Newton Fund of the UK , (GBP 140,000).

2017~2021 Principal Investigator (China side), ‘Sustainable Solutions for Managing Compound Flood Risks under Future Uncertainties: The Case of Shanghai City and the Yangtze River Delta Region’ sponsored by NWO (The Netherland)-NSFC (China)-EPSRC (UK), (EUR 280,000 + RMB 3 million + GBP 300,000).

2017~2019 Co-Principal Investigator, “Development of an Integrated Urban Framework for Climate Services in the Yangtze River Delta Region” sponsored by the Met Office and Newton Fund of the UK , (GBP 155,000).

2017~2020 Principal Investigator, “Employing Robust-Decision-Making Perspective to Guide the Evaluations of Alternative Options in Mitigating Flooding Risks Posed by Extreme Events under future Climate Change – Taking Shanghai as an Example” Sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (750 thousand RMB).

2016~2017 Principal Investigator, “Climate Risk Assessment for the City Cluster in the Yangtze River Delta Region” Sponsored by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office China Prosperity Strategic Programme Fund (SPF) (110K GBP).

2015~2016 Principal Investigator, ‘A Study of Flood Control Strategies for Shanghai to Respond to Climate Change’ Sponsored by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office China Prosperity Strategic Programme Fund (SPF) (84520 GBP).

2014~2017 Principal Investigator, “Assessing the regional suitability and comparable advantages of growing Oil crop in China under climate change” Sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (750 thousand RMB).

2012~2014 Principal Investigator, “Climate Change Adaptation Policy on Extreme Weather and Risk Management in Shanghai City” Sponsored by Shanghai Special Funding of Climate Change(400 thousand RMB).

2010~2012 Coordinator and Co-Principal Investigator, “Assessing the Impact of Climate Change and Intensive Human Activities on China's Agro-Ecosystem and its Supply Potentials”, Sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China NSFC–IIASA Major International Joint Research Project Foundation (1, 000 thousand RMB).

2009~2011 Principal Investigator, “Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Crop Productivity: Mixed Scale Data Fusion and Cross Scale Model Simulation”, Sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Young Scientist Foundation (190 thousand RMB).

2008~2009 Principal Investigator, “Climate Change Analysis and Forecasting for Shanghai Municipality”, Sponsored by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) (180 thousand RMB).

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND HONORS

2017  Third Class Prize of 2017 Excellent Meteorological Soft Science Research Achievements (rank 2).

2016 The 8th China Technology Market Golden Bridge Award.

2015 National Science and Technology Week and Shanghai Science and Technology Festival Advanced Individual            Award.

2014 Third Class Prize of Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award (rank 3).

2011 Shanghai Municipal Young Excellent Expert Award

2007 Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) Young Scientist Fellowship;

2006 Chinese Academy of Sciences Young Scientist (PhD) Innovative Research Fund;

2005 The first Young Environmental Scientist fellowship provided by the Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University (UNU-EHS);

2005 National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)-International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis             (IIASA) Young Scientist Summer Program fellowship

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Simulation and application of regional climate model
  • Simulation and assessment of urban flood risk
  • Development and application of agricultural ecology system models
  • Climate change impact adaptation decision-making research

Research

1.Simulation and application of regional climate model

2.Simulation and assessment of urban flood risk

3.Development and application of agricultural ecology system models

4.Climate change impact adaptation decision-making research


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  • Fan, D., Jiang, Z., Tian, Z.*, Dong, G., Sun. L. The effects of climate change on Chinese Medicinal Yam over North China under the high-resolution PRECIS projection. Earth and Space Science. Accepted. (IF=2.900, Q2)
  • Ke, Q., Yin, J., Bricker, J*., Savage, N., Erasmo, B., Ye. Q., Visser, P., Dong, G., Shuai Wang, S., Tian, Z*. Sun, L. Toumi. R., Jonkman, S.N. 2021.Typhoon-induced flood hazard increases under climate change: a case study in Shanghai. Natural Hazards (IF=3.102, Q2) https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-021-04853-z
  • Wang, S., Toumi. R., Ye. Q., Ke, Q., Bricker, J., Tian, Z.*, Sun, L. 2021. Is the tropical cyclone surge in Shanghai more sensitive to landfall location or intensity change? Atmospheric Science Letters (IF=2.415, Q3) https://doi.org/10.1002/asl.1058
  • X, Li. Y, Tian. Z *, Ye. Q, Ke. Q , Fan. D, Mao. G, Chen A, Liu J.*. 2021. Evaluation of short-term streamflow prediction methods using hourly rainfall data in urban river basins. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C. (IF=2.712, Q3) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pce.2021.103027
  • J, Schlünzen. H, Frisius. T, Tian. Z *. 2021. Effects of Urbanization on Precipitation in Beijing. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C. (IF=2.712, Q3) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pce.2021.103005
  • Zhong, H, Feng. K, Sun. L, Z, Fischer. G, Cheng. L, Castillo.R. 2021. “Water-land Tradeoffs to Meet Future Demands for Sugar Crops in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Bio-physical and Socio-economic Nexus Perspective.” Resources, Conservation & Recycling (IF=10.204, Q1).169:105510.
  • Z, Fan. Y, Wang. K, Zhong. H, Sun. L*, Fan. D, Tubiello. F, Liu J*. (2021) Searching for “Win-Win” Solutions for Food-Water-GHG Emissions Tradeoffs across Irrigation Regimes of Paddy Rice in China. Resources, Conservation & Recycling. https://doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105360. (IF=10.204, Q1). 166:105360
  • Z, Ji. Y, Xu. H, Qiu. H*, Sun. L*, Zhong. H, Liu J. (2021) Growing rapeseed in winter fallow field across Yangtze River Basin will contribute to bioenergy production and edible oil security in China. Resources, Conservation & Recycling. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105159 (IF=10.204, Q1). 164:105159
  • Ke, Q., Tian, X., Jeremy, B., Tian, *, Guan, G., Huang, X., Yang, H., Liu., J. (2020) Predicting urban pluvial flooding by machine learning approaches – a case study of Shenzhen city, China. Advances in Water Resources. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2020.103719 (IF=4.510, Q1)
  • Dong, G., Jiang, Z., Tian, Z.*, Erasmo, B., Sun, L.*, Fan, D (2020). A Technical Report on Projected Changes in Extreme Precipitation and Temperature in the Yangtze River Delta Region during the 21st Century. Earth and Space Science. 7, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019EA001024 (IF=2.900, Q3)
  • Jiang, Z., Tian, Z., Dong, G.*, Zhang, P., Erasmo, B., Fan, D. (2020). High-Resolution Projections of Mean and 2 Extreme Precipitation over China by Two 3 Regional Climate Models. Journal of Meteorological Research. (IF=2.178, Q3) 34(5), 965-985
  • Liu, X., Tian, Z.*, Sun, L.*, Liu, J., et al. (2020) Mitigating heat-related mortality risk in Shanghai, China: system dynamics modeling simulations. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. (IF=4.609, Q1) 42: 3171–3184
  • Shi, J., Cui, L., Tian, Z., (2020). Spatial and temporal distribution and trend in flood and drought disasters in East China. Environmental Research. (IF= 6.498, Q1), 185, 381-391.
  • Huang, Y.1, Tian, Z.1, Ke, Q., Liu, J.*, Masoud, I., Fan, D*., Hou, M., Sun, L. (2020). Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Pluvial Flood Risk Management. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Water, e1421. (IF=6.139, Q1). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/wat2.1421
  • Tian, Z., Xu, H., Sun, L.*, Fan, D.*, et al (2020). Using a cross-scale simulation tool to assess future maize production under multiple climate change scenarios: An application to the Northeast Farming Region of China. Climate Service. (IF=, 5.656 Q1), 100150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2020.100150
  • Fan, D.1, Zhong, H.1, Hu, B., Tian, *, Sun, L.*, Fischer, G., Wang, X., Jiang, Z. (2020). Agro-Ecological Suitability Assessment of Chinese Medicinal Yam under Future Climate Change. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. (IF=4.609, Q1), 42:1-14, 987–1000.
  • Chris, K. *, Edward, P., Nick, D., Adam, S., Tian, Z., Robin, C., Zhang, L., Jemma, D. & Kirsty, L. (2019). Maize drought hazard in the Northeast Farming Region of China: unprecedented events in the current climate. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, (IF=2.923, Q3), 58, 2247-2258.
  • Hu, H.1, Tian, Z.1, Sun, L.*, Wen, J.*, Liang, Z., Dong, G., Liu, J. (2019). Synthesized trade-off analysis of flood control solutions under future deep uncertainty: An application to the central business district of Shanghai. Water Research. (IF=11.236, Q1), 166, 115067.
  • Zhong, H.1, Sun, L.*, Fischer, G., Tian, Z., Liang, Z. (2019). Optimizing regional cropping systems with a dynamic adaptation strategy for water sustainable agriculture in the Hebei Plain. Agricultural Systems. (IF=5.370, Q1), 173, 94-106.
  • Sun, L.1, Tian, Z.1, Zou, H.*, Shao, L., Sun, L.*, Dong, G., Fan, D., Huang, X., Frost, L., James, L. (2019). An Index-Based Assessment of Perceived Climate Risk and Vulnerability for the Urban Cluster in the Yangtze River Delta Region of China. Sustainability. (IF=3.251, Q2), 11, 2099 1-15.
  • Xu, H.1, Tian, Z.1, He, X., Wang, J.*, Sun, L.*, Fischer, G., Fan, D., Zhong, H., Wu, W., Edward, P., Chris, K., Liu, J. (2019). Future increases in irrigation water requirement challenge the water-food nexus in the northeast farming region of China. Agricultural Water Management. (IF=4.516, Q1), 213, 594-604.
  • Tian, Z., Ji, Y., Sun, L., Xu, X.*, Fan, D.*, Zhong, H., Liang, Z., Fischer, G. (2018). Changes in production potentials of rapeseed in the Yangtze River Basin of China under climate change: A multi-model ensemble approach. Journal of Geographical Sciences. (IF= 3.534, Q2), 28(11), 1700-1714.
  • Shi, J.*, Cui, L., Wen, K., Tian, Z., Wei, P., Zhang, B. (2018). Trends in the consecutive days of temperature and precipitation extremes in China during 1961-2015. Environmental Research. (IF= 6.498, Q1), 161, 381-391.
  • Zhong, H., Sun, L.*, Fischer, G., Tian, Z.,van Velthuizen, H., Liang, Z. (2018). “Mission Impossible? Maintaining regional grain production level and recovering local groundwater table by cropping system adaptation across the North China Plain.” Agricultural Water Management. (IF= 4.516, Q1), 193, 1-12.
  • Tian, Z., Niu, Y., Fan, D.*, Sun, L.*, Fischer, G., Zhong, H., Deng, J., Tubiello, F. N. (2018). Maintaining Rice Production While Mitigating Methane and Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Paddy Fields in China: Evaluating Tradeoffs by Using Coupled Agricultural Systems Models. Agricultural Systems. (IF=5.370, Q1), 159, 175-186.
  • Yang, X., Tian, Z.*, Sun,L.*, Chen, B., Tubiello, F. N. Xu, Y. (2017). The Impacts of Increased Heat Stress Events on Wheat Yield under Climate Change in China. Climatic Change. (IF=4.743, Q1), 140(3-4), 605-620.
  • Fan, D., Ding, Q., Tian, Z*., Sun, L., Fischer, G. (2017). A Cross-scale Model Coupling Approach to Simulate the Risk-reduction Effect of Natural Adaptation on Soybean Production under Climate Change. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. (IF=5.190, Q1), 23(3), 426-440.
  • Liang, Z., Tian, Z*., Sun, L*., Feng, K., Zhong, H., Gu, T., Liu, X. (2016). Heat wave, electricity rationing, and trade-offs between environmental gains and economic losses: The example of Shanghai. Applied Energy. (IF=9.746, Q1), 184, 951-959.
  • Liang, Z., Gu, T., Tian, Z.*, Zhong, H. (2015). Agro-climatic Adaptation of Cropping System under Climate Change in Shanghai. Frontiers of Earth Science. (IF=2.031, Q3), 9(3), 487–496.
  • Tian, Z., Liang, Z.*, Sun, L.*, Zhong, H., Qiu, H., Fischer, G., Zhao, S. (2015). Agriculture under Climate Change in China: Mitigate the Risks by Grasping the Emerging Opportunities. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. (IF=5.190, Q1), D21, 1259–1276.
  • Tian, Z., Zhong, H.*, Sun, L., Fischer, G., van Velthuizen, H., Liang, Z. (2014). Improving Performance of Agro-ecological Zone (AEZ) Modeling by Cross-scale Model Coupling: An Application to Japonica Rice Production in Northeast China, Ecological Modelling. (IF=2.974, Q2), 290, 155–164.
  • Tian, Z., Yang, X.*, Sun, L., Fischer, G., Liang, Z., Pan, J. (2014). Agroclimatic Conditions in China under Climate Change Scenarios Projected from Regional Climate Models. International Journal of Climatology. (IF=4.069, Q2), 34, 2988–3000.
  • Yang, X*., Tian, Z., Chen, B. (2013). Thermal growing season trends in east China, with an emphasis on urbanization effect. International Journal of Climatology. (IF=4.069, Q2), 33, 2402-2412.
  • Tian, Z. *, Zhong, H., Shi, J., Sun, L., Fischer, G., Liang, Z. (2012). Estimating potential yield of wheat production in China based on cross-scale data-model fusion. Frontiers of Earth Science. (IF=2.031, Q3), 6(4), 364-372.
  • Tian, Z., Cao, G., Shi, J*., Ian, M., Cui, L., Fan, D., Li, X. (2012). Urban Transformation of a Metropolis and its Environmental Impacts: A Case Study in Shanghai. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. (IF=4.223, Q2), 19, 1364–1374.
  • Zhao, H., Gao, G.*, Yan, X., Zhang, Q., Hou, M., Zhu, Y., Tian, Z. (2011). Risk Assessment of Agricultural Drought using the CERES-Wheat Model: a Case Study of Henan Plain, China. Climate Research. (IF=1.972, Q4), 50(2-3), 247-256.

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Invitation of Applications for SUSTech-Birmingham Program for Doctoral Candidates

 

The  School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham and The Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) with its School of Environmental Science and Engineering in Shenzhen, China jointly invite doctoral candidates (Chinese) in the field of coastal city flooding for applying scholarship from SUSTech- Birmingham join Program and for a duration of four years.

https://gs.SUSTech.edu.cn/boshijiangwailianpei202/1988

 

The doctoral candidate will participate in a transdisciplinary research project entitled “Development and applications of key technologies for risk assessment and management associated with climate change catastrophes in Shenzhen”, which is funded by Shenzhen Science and Technological Committee.

 

The overarching goal of the project is to develop resilient adaptation measures to address future increasing flood risk under climate change and rapid socioeconomic development in Shenzhen for the purpose of effectively mitigating the potential devastating consequences of compound events. This comprises event-based urban-scale atmospheric modeling, quantitative risk and uncertainty assessment of compound floods, social-economic evaluation of different mitigation and adaptation strategies, and identification of a sustainable solution.

 

Requirements

  • Both undergraduate and master's GPAs must be 3.0/4 or above for students starting at the master's level, and at least 3.0/4 for students starting at the undergraduate level.  A 3.4/4 GPA is required for students applying to Hong Kong Baptist University from the undergraduate level. 85/100 or equivalent is recommended for students applying to all partner universities from the undergraduate level.
  • Student must meet the English language requirements of the partner university. All English test score reports should be issued within the past two years. If the English language requirement in any particular subject of any partner university is higher than the general requirement, applicants must meet the higher requirement. For detailed English language requirement, please consult SUSTech Graduate School. Above average university degree in natural-science (MSc), preferably in meteorology, hydrology, physical geography, as well as an excellent scientific record
  • previous research experiences in hydrodynamic model construction, storm surge simulation and programming, machine learning, robust decision-making modeling experience (one or more);
  • Competent with FORTRAN and either Python or R; good knowledge of UNIX/Linux including scripting; ability to work with high-performance computing systems
  • Self-reliant and responsible working style, flexibility and the capacity of team work
  • Pleasure and commitment to an international orientation of research (China)

Applications

Applications (please only in English) including the usual attachments (CV, BSc, MSc and other certificates, motivation letter, publication list, 2 recommendation letters one of from master  superviso retc.) should be submitted as a single pdf-file until 22 Otc 2021 to Prof. Gregor C. Leckebusch  (G.C.Leckebusch@bham.ac.uk) and Prof. Zhan Tian (tianz@SUSTech.edu.cn)

 

Additional Information:

  • The PhD candidate will jointly trained by University of Birmingham, and SUSTech and will get PhD degree from University of Birmingham after successful defense.
  • The PhD candidate will conduct the research firs 1 and last 0.5 year at University of Birmingham UK. Research stays at SUSTech China are in the middle 2.5 years within the project.
  • The living cost will be covered by SUSTech for 4 years and the research related cost will be covered by the project.
  • The introduction to the research group at University of Birmingham is given by the links of https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/gees/people/profile.aspx?ReferenceId=20916
  • The introduction to the research group at SUSTech is given by the link of https://faculty.SUSTech.edu.cn/tianz/en
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