Systems Modeller

Net Zero and Resilient Farming


Lianhai's research interests are in the areas of the interaction of plants with their physical environment, climate change and systems modelling. He is a Microsoft and SUN certified programmer in C++ and Java. He has skills in designing and developing various levels of dynamic simulation models, with expertise in the impact of climate change on agriculture, water and nutrient use efficiency, and functional assessment of agro-ecosystems. He is applying SPACSYS, a process-based model he developed, to integrate the interactions among below- and above-ground plant growth with development stages, nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon cycling, water and heat movements in the plant-atmosphere-soil continuum to various arable and grassland ecosystems. He is leading an NERC project to simulate the relationships between soil, water and ecosystem processes in the critical zone across the Loess Plateau.




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      North Wyke, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2SB


        Strategic programme

        • Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST)
        • Soil 2 Nutrition (S2N)

        Science project

        • Modelling and managing critical zone relationships between soil, water and ecosystem processes across the Loess Plateau
        • UK-China Virtual Joint Centre for Improved Nitrogen Agronomy CINAG (NEWTON FUND)
        • Diverse forage mixtures to optimise ruminant animal production, nutrient use efficiency, environmental impact, biodiversity and resilience
        • Developing metrics and use of long term datasets in grassland systems

        PhD project

        • Statistical analysis of extremes in the measured and simulated fine-resolution temporal data sets from the North Wyke Farm Platform
        • Soil biodiversity and resilience in arable cropping system


        • 1989 - PhD in Soil Science, China Agricultural University, China
        • 1986 - MSc in Agricultural Meteorology, China Agricultural University, China
        • 1983 - BSc in Agricultural Meteorology, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, China


        • 2016 - keynote speaker on the 5th International workshop on C sequestration and climate change adaptation in agriculture, 31st July- 5th August, Beijing
        • 2016 - Implementation group member of South West Biosciences (SWBio) Doctoral Training Partnership
        • 2015 - editorial member of Horticultural Plant Journal
        • 2013 - associate editor of Forest Ecosystems