LIU, De Li

De Li Liu

Research interests

  • Applied agricultural meteorology
  • Modelling climate change impacts in agro-ecosystems
  • Climate change risk assessment in primary industries
  • Developing adaptation strategies for mitigating climate change impacts
  • Statistical modelling and spatial modelling
  • Developing decision support systems
  • Modelling soil carbon sequestration
  • Modelling crop phenology
  • Climate data analysis
  • Carbon and nutrient cycling in agro-ecosystems
  • Crop-soil-climate process modelling


Dr De Li Liu obtained his Bachelor (1982) at Southwest Agricultural University (now Southwest University) and received his PhD at University of New England, Australia. He is a computer modeller with 26 years research experience in developing crop growth models, computer simulation and decision support systems, and modelling climate variability and climate change impacts in agricultural system. He joined NSW Agriculture* in 1997 after working with Bureau of Sugar Experimental Stations (BSES) for 7 years as Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Officer, where he developed a physiological-based sugarcane simulation model (QCANE). Recently, he developed a standalone GIS based Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Tool (CCAST), weather generator-based statistical downscaling model (WG_SDSM). He has published over 80 refereed journal papers in a wide range of research areas.

*NSW Department of Primary Industries was formed on July 1, 2004 through an amalgamation of NSW Agriculture, NSW Fisheries, State Forests of NSW and the NSW Department of Mineral Resources.


  • B.Sc. Southwest Agricultural University 1982
  • PhD. University of New England 1991

Current projects

  • Development of Weather Generator based Statistical Downscaling Model (WG_SDSM) for downscaling Global Climate Model data for impact and adaptation research
  • Development of a standalone GIS based Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Tool (CCAST)
  • Modelling impact of climate change and variability in NSW cropping systems
  • Modelling impact of climate projections on water availability and adaptation

Recent publications

Wang B, Liu DL, Macadam I, Alexanderd LV, Abramowitzd G, Yu Q (2016) Multi-model ensemble projections of future extreme temperature change with statistical downscaling method in eastern Australia. Climatic Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-016-1726-x

Li GD, Conyers M, Schwenke G, Hayes R, Liu DL, Lowrie A, Poile G, Oates A, Lowrie R (2016) Tillage does not increase nitrous oxide emissions under dryland canola (Brassica napus L.) in a semiarid environment of south-eastern Australia. Soil Research,

Touch V, Martin RJ, Scott F, Cowie A, Liu DL (2016) Climate change impacts on rainfed cropping production systems in the tropics and: the case of smallholder farms in North-West Cambodia. Environment, Development and Sustainability, DOI: 10.1007/s10668-016-9818-3

Yang XH, Yu BF, Zhu Q, Liu DL (2016) Predicting changes of rainfall erosivity and hillslope erosion across New South Wales, Australia. Journal of Earth Science & Climatic Change 7(3): 340,

Macadam I, Arg├╝eso D, Evans JP, Liu DL, Pitman AJ (2016) The effect of bias correction and climate model resolution on wheat simulations forced with a Regional Climate Model ensemble. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4653

Zou GH, Li Y, Wang Y, Liu DL, Liu XL, Li YY, Wu JS (2016) Pedo-transfer functions for estimating the hydraulic properties of paddy soils in subtropical central China. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science,

Luo Z, Wang E, Shao Q, Conyers, MK, Liu DL (2016) Confidence in soil carbon predictions undermined by uncertainties in observations and model parameterisation. Environmental modelling and software 80: 26-32,

Du YG, Guo XW, Cao GM, Wang B, Pan GY, Liu DL (2016) Simulation and prediction of nitrous oxide emission by the water and nitrogen management model on the Tibetan plateau. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 65, 49-56.

Yang YM, Liu DL, Anwar MR, O’Leary G, Macadam I, Yang YH (2016) Water use efficiency and crop water balance of rainfed wheat in a semi-arid environment: sensitivity of future changes to projected climate changes and soil type. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 123, 565-579. http://doi:10.1007/s00704-015-1376-3

Guo Y, Li S, Liu DL, Chen D, Williams G, Tong S (2016) Projecting future temperature-related mortality in three largest Australian cities. Environmental Pollution 208, 66-73 DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.09.041

Liu DL, O’Leary G, Ma Y, Cowie A, Li F, McCaskill M, Conyers M, Dalal R, Robertson F, Dougherty W (2016) Modelling soil organic carbon 2. Changes under a range of cropping and grazing farming systems in South Eastern Australia. Geoderma 265, 164-175.

O’Leary G, Liu DL, Ma Y, Li F, McCaskill M, Conyers M, Dalal R, Reeves R, Page K, Dang Y, Robertson F. (2016) Modelling soil organic carbon 1. Performance of APSIM crop and pasture modules against long-term experimental data. Geoderma 264, 227-237.

Rabbi SMF, Tighe M, Baquerizo MD, Cowie A, Robertson F, Dalal R, Page K, Crawford D, Wilson BR, Schwenke G, Mcleod M, Badgery W, Dang Y, Bell M, O'Leary G, Liu DL, Baldock J (2015) Land use and management practices have little influence on agricultural soil organic carbon stocks in Eastern Australia. Scientific Reports 5, 17866. DOI: 10.1038/srep17866

Yang X, Xie X, Liu DL, Ji F, Wang L (2015) Spatial interpolation of daily rainfall data for local climate impact assessment over Greater Sydney Region. Advances in Meteorology 2015, Article ID 563629, 12 pages,

Wang B, Liu DL, Asseng S, Macadam I, Yu Q (2015) Impact of climate change on wheat flowering time in eastern Australia. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 209, 11-21. http://doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.04.028

Wang B, Chen C, Liu DL, Asseng S, Yu Q, Yang X (2015) Effects of climate trends and variability on wheat yield variability in eastern Australia. Climate Research 64, 173-186, http://doi:10.3354/cr01307

Zhang J, Feng L, Zou H, Liu DL (2015) Using ORYZA2000 to model cold rice yield response to climate change in the Heilongjiang province, China. The Crop Journal 3, 317-327, http://doi:10.1016/j.cj.2014.09.005

Conyers MK, Liu DL, Kirkegaard J, Orgill S, Oates A, Li G, Poile G, Kirkby C (2015) A review of organic carbon accumulation in soils within the agricultural context of southern New South Wales, Australia. Field Crops Research 184, 177-182 http://doi:10.1016/j.fcr.2014.07.013

Anwar MR, Liu DL, Farquharson R, Macadam I, Abadi A, Finlayson J, Wang B, Ramilan T (2015) Climate change impacts on phenology and yields of five broadacre crops at four climatologically distinct locations in Australia. Agricultural Systems 132, 133-144.

Macadam I, Pitman AJ, Whetton PH, Liu DL, Evans JP (2014) The use of uncorrected regional climate model output to force impact models: A case study for wheat simulations. Climate Research 61, 215-229. http://doi:10.3354/cr01258.

Yang YM, Yang YH, Han SM, Macadam I, Liu DL (2014) Prediction of cotton yield and water demand under climate change and future adaptation measures. Agricultural Water Management 144, 42-53. doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2014.06.001.

Zeleke KT, Anwar M, Liu DL (2014) Managing crop stubble during fallow period for soil water conservation: field experiment and modelling. Environmental Earth Sciences 72, 3317-3327. DOI.10.1007/s12665-014-3235-4. doi:10.1007/s12665-014-3235-4.

Zhang J, An M, Wu H, Liu DL, Stanton R  (2014) Phytotoxic activity and chemical composition of aqueous volatile fractions from Eucalyptus species. PLoS ONE 9(3): e93189 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093189.

Yang YM, Yang YH, Liu DL, Nordblom T, Wu BF, Yan NN (2014) Regional water balance based on remotely sensed evapotranspiration and irrigation: an assessment of the Haihe Plain, China. Remote Sensing 6, 2514-2533 doi:10.3390/rs6032514

Liu DL, Anwar MR, O’Leary G, Conyers MK (2014) Managing wheat stubble as an effective approach to sequester soil carbon in semi-arid environment: Spatial modelling. Geoderm, 214-215, 50-61.

Yang YM, Liu DL, Anwar MR, Zuo H, Yang YH (2014) Impact of future climate change on wheat production in relation to plant-available water capacity in a semiarid environment. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 115, 391-410. doi:10.1007/s00704-013-0895-z

Professional associations and activities

  • Adjunct Professor – Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • Adjunct Professor – University of New England, Australia (2013-2016)
  • Member, Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation (an alliance between NSW DPI and Charles Sturt University)
  • Member, Australian Society of Agronomy
  • Member, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australian and New Zealand

Fields of research

  • 300205 Agronomy
  • 300302 Plant growth and development
  • 300303 Plant protection
  • 239901 Biological mathematics

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Modelling
  • Climate variability
  • Climate change
  • Statistical downscaling
  • Bias correction
  • Model evaluation
  • Crop phenology
  • Soil organic carbon

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