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Dr. Liangzhi Chen




Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf



Research interests

My research interests lie in biogeophysical interactions, with a focus on hydrothermal interactions through interfaces between biosphere and atmosphere. With the ongoing postdoc project (EMERGE/2022-2024), I devote to investigate past megadroughts and the response of biosphere. In detail, I am using multiple data streams (e.g., CHELSA) to detect the drought events at high spatial resolution globally. With a speical focus on mountain ecosystems, the response and role of vegetation activities to the droughts will be examined. In addition, I am also interested in creating bio-geo-climate databases using advanced models and methods with a hope to contribute to the science community.



  • 2021-today            Postdoc in WSL (project EMERGE)
  • 2016-2021             Phd in physical geography at University of Helsinki, Finland.

                                  Topic: Recent dynamics of soil thermal regime under changing climate over northern Eurasia

  • 2013-2016             Master in physical geography at Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing/Lanzhou, China
  • 2009-2013             Bachelor in geotechnical engineering at Jilin University, China


Chen, L., Aalto, J., Luoto, M. (2021). Significant shallow–depth soil warming over Russia during the past 40 years. Global and Planetary Change, 197, doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2020.103394

Chen, L., Aalto, J., Luoto, M. (2021). Decadal changes in soil–atmosphere temperature differences linked with environmental shifts over northern Eurasia. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 126, e2020JF005865. doi:10.1029/2020JF005865

Chen, L., Aalto, J., Luoto, M. (2021). Observed decrease in soil and atmosphere temperature coupling in recent decades over northern Eurasia. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL092500. doi:10.1029/2021GL092500.

Zhang, M., Wen, Z., Xue, K., Chen, L., Li, D., (2016). A coupled model for liquid water, water vapor and heat transport of saturated–unsaturated soil in cold regions: model formulation and verification. Environ. Earth Sci. 75 (8). doi:10.1007/s12665-016-5499-3

Wen Z, Yu QH, Zhang MY, Xue K, Chen LZ, Li DS (2016) Stress and deformation characteristics of transmission tower foundations in permafrost regions along the Qinghai-Tibet Power Transmission Line. Cold Reg Sci Technol 121:214–225. doi:10.1016/j.coldregions.2015.06.007