Staff members with discipline Environmental Sciences
Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.
My experience encompasses energy systems models like power system simulation models, bottom-up technology-oriented models based on linear programming, top-down macro-economic models like computable general equilibrium models, agent based models, and geographical explicit models. With my expertise, I know how to combine (softlink) the strengths of different models, and interpret their results in the light of their weaknesses. Models I am familiar with include Plexos, MARKAL, TIMES, TIMER, WorldScan, and ArcGIS at national, European, and global scale.
I supervise European and national research projects. Topics of recent projects:
wind and solar power integration in the European power system (based on hourly modelling); impact of energy efficieny on electricity and heat demand patterns; identification of optimal placement of photovoltaic systems and wind across Europe; demand response at a large scale steel plant; combining energy efficiency measures, bio-based technologies and CO2 capture and storage (CCS) in the industry.
As supervisor of PhDs and Master Students I can explore new ideas in the energy efficiency and energy systems modelling research.
I am always interested in discussing cooperation and future opportunities.
Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model simulations
Bio-based energy and chemicals
Treatment of waste water
Utilization of solid waste
Land use systems
Integrated Sustainability Assessment
Climate science: Atmospheric processes
Climate change: Impacts and adaptation; Holocene climate
Water quality assessment
Water resource management of Island states
Hydrochemistry / Biogeochemistry of wetlands
Ecological refugia of northern wetlands
My research interests and expertise include:
Monitoring of greenhouse gases and (reactive) organic trace gas species.
The global carbon cycle.
High precision measurements of stable isotopes of CO2 (and CH4).
Atmospheric transport of pollutants and their role in atmospheric chemistry and physics.
- the degree to which plant remains (mainly seeds and pollen) in various natural and anthropogenic features reflect the local and region vegetation
- the translation of palaeoecological data into vegetation
- the integration of archaeological and historical sources
- integrated research and publishing strategies of ‘specialists’ and ‘generalists’
Selection of current research projects and cooperations
Arable farming in salt marsh landscape. In 2015, I was awarded a NWO VENI grant to study early crop cultivation in the coastal salt marshes of the Netherlands and Germany. In this project, I participate with a number of people and institutions, both outside and inside academia. An incomplete list:
Prof Dr Karl-Ernst Behre, Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research: review of crops
Dr Welmoed Out, Moesgaard museum: palaeoecological analysis of tillage levels
Dr Niek Scheepens, University of Tübingen: partner for experimental agriculture
It Fryske gea, Landscape organisation of the province of Friesland: experimental agriculture
Swifterbant project. An ongoing project led by Professor Daan Raemaekers studying the Neolithic settlements in the Dutch Flevoland region
Medieval house Agde. Project in cooperation with Professor Henny Groenendijk, focusing on plant remains from early modern mortar obtained from a house in southern France
The ecological impact of Roman Expansion. A project dealing with a Roman agricultural landscape in the vicinity of Rome (Italy). In cooperation with, amongst others, Dr Tymon de Haas and Dr Gijs Tol
Medieval Groningen. A project in cooperation with historian Jeroen Benders, in which we integrate archaeobotanical and historical sources dealing with the availability of various crop plants in the Groningen area between AD 850 and AD 1600
Advent city. A project led by Dr Frigga Kruse, dealing with an early 20th century mining exploration camp on Svalbard
Palaeoassocia 2.0 A project in cooperation with Dr Otto Brinkkemper and Dr Onno van Tongeren to improve a previously published vegetation reconstruction method
Yuli obtained a PhD in Climate Change Economics from the University of East Anglia (2018), an MSc in Social Development and Public Policy from Fudan University (2014), and a BSc in Statistics from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (2012). He has conducted research at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany), University of California, Irvine (USA), and University of Pannonia (Hungary) as a visiting fellow.
Yuli has won a dozen academic prizes including the Green Talents, which is awarded to 25 researchers in the field of sustainability globally. The jury especially valued the scientific expertise regarding his research on adaption and investigation of sustainable policies in cities. Yuli has been interviewed by internationally renowned media such as Reuters, Financial Times, and Xinhua net to discuss city-level sustainable development.
Yuli has published over 50 papers in high-impact journals, such as Science Advances, Nature Geoscience, and Nature Communications. His paper has been cited over 1700 times (h-index 17, i10-index 24), and 9 of them are ESI hot paper, 11 of them are ESI highly cited papers.
Yuli’s research focuses on emission accounts, climate change economics, and sustainable development. Yuli’s home country China is the world’s leading energy consumer and CO₂ emitter, considering factors such as rapid economic development, lifestyle change, and consumption growth. At the same time, China is playing a major role in global emission reduction and climate change mitigation. Yuli has developed a set of methods for composing CO₂ emissions inventories for China and its regions. His transparent and comparable emission data is uploaded to CEADs and available for free academic use. His study “City-level climate change mitigation in China” differentiates and generates low-carbon roadmaps for each city.
Furthermore, Yuli has engaged in spreading the low-carbon life to students and co-organizes a summer school with lectures and seminars on emission accounts and sustainable development. The summer school has successfully held since 2017 and involved over 200 students totally. He links his knowledge of sustainability to environmental science, economics, and management.
Global mercury emissions
Radioecology and environmental distribution of radionuclides
Spatial analysis (GIS)
Science, Business & Policy