Dr Jiren Xu

  • Research Associate (Interdisciplinary Studies)

telephone: 01387702091
email: Jiren.Xu@glasgow.ac.uk

Rutherford/McCowan Building, Crichton University Campus, DG1 4ZL

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2949-5353

Biography

Dr Jiren Xu joined the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies as Research Associate in August 2019. Currently, He is mainly working on two UKRI funded projects titled "River basins as 'living laboratories' for achieving sustainable development goals across national and sub-national scales" and "Social and environmental impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in Vietnamese provinces bordering China and Laos following border closure".

Jiren has completed PhD (2019) in Physical Geography from the University of Leeds where he specialised in global peatland and water resources. Also, he has achieved the MSc (2015) and BEng (2012) in Land Resources Management from China University of Mining and Technology.

As an interdisciplinary background physical geographer specialising in understanding the impact of land management, climate change and socio-economic policy on landscape transitions, environmental risk, and ecosystem services by combining GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis, system dynamics model and participatory approaches. Particularly, Jiren has produced the high-quality global peatland map - PEATMAP, which has become the most popular global peatland map and been cited as the only GIS shapefile dataset of the global peatland distribution map by Wikipedia. The open-access PEATMAP has been widely used in the research of climate change, fire risk, flooding resilience, and water security. He also undertook the first study to understand the importance of peatlands in global and regional drinking water supply, and how the land management on peatlands impact the global and regional water resilience based on the global scale spatial analysis of peatland cover, reservoirs and dams, hydro-geomorphology, and the population. The research published in Nature Sustainability has been widely reported in the media (e.g. The Times, Yorkshire Post, PhysOrg.com, EurekAlert!).

Research interests

  • Empirical: Environmental Change, Biogeochemical and Hydrological Modelling, Hydro-meteorological Hazards, Land/water Contamination and Remediation, Land Use Change and Management, Water Security, Peatland (Carbon-rich Wetland), Carbon Cycle, Climate Change (Impacts and Adaptation), Ecosystem Service, Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Methodology: GIS, Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, Geo-visualizations, Machine Learning, Advanced Statistics, Process-based Biogeochemical and Hydrological Modelling, Participatory Approaches (Stakeholders Interview, Focus Group Discussion, Questionnaires).
  • Geographical Focus: United Kingdom, China, Vietnam, Mongolia

Publications

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Number of items: 17.

2021

Zhao, J., Chen, H., Liang, Q., Xia, X., Xu, J. , Hoey, T. , Barrett, B. , Renaud, F. G. , Bosher, L. and Zhou, X. (2021) Large-scale flood risk assessment under different development strategies: the Luanhe River Basin in China. Sustainability Science, (Accepted for Publication)

Xu, J. , Renaud, F. G. and Barrett, B. (2021) Modelling land system evolution and dynamics of terrestrial carbon stocks in the Luanhe River Basin, China: a scenario analysis of trade-offs and synergies between Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability Science, (doi: 10.1007/s11625-021-01004-y) (Early Online Publication)

Xu, J. , Barrett, B. and Renaud, F. (2021) Modelling Dynamics of Land Use and Ecosystem Services Changes in the Luanhe River Basin in China. EGU General Assembly 2021, 19-30 Apr 2021. (doi:10.5194/egusphere-egu21-1258)

Scheelbeek, P. F.D. et al. (2021) The effects on public health of climate change adaptation responses: a systematic review of evidence from low- and middle-income countries. Environmental Research Letters, 16(7), 073001. (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac092c) (PMCID:PMC8276060)

2020

Xu, J. , Morris, P.J., Liu, J., Ledesma, J.L.J. and Holden, J. (2020) Increased dissolved organic carbon concentrations in peat‐fed UK water supplies under future climate and sulfate deposition scenarios. Water Resources Research, 56(1), e2019WR025. (doi: 10.1029/2019WR025592)

2019

Xu, J. , Morris, P., Liu, J., Ledesma, J. and Holden, J. (2019) Future Dissolved Organic Carbon Export Dynamics in Peatland-derived Potable Water Supply Catchments in the UK. EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 07-12 Apr 2019.

2018

Xu, J. (2018) Study on spectral analysis and migration characteristics of heavy metals in reclaimed soil. In: Dong, J.-h. (ed.) Spectral Analysis and Migration Characteristics of Heavy Metals in Reclaimed Soils in Mining Areas. China University of Mining and Technology Press. ISBN 9787564639723

Xu, J. , Morris, P. J., Liu, J. and Holden, J. (2018) Hotspots of peatland-derived potable water use identified by global analysis. Nature Sustainability, 1(5), pp. 246-253. (doi: 10.1038/s41893-018-0064-6)

Xu, J. , Morris, P. J., Liu, J. and Holden, J. (2018) PEATMAP: refining estimates of global peatland distribution based on a meta-analysis. CATENA, 160, pp. 134-140. (doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2017.09.010)

2017

Dai, W., Dong, J., Yan, W. and Xu, J. (2017) Study on each phase characteristics of the whole coal life cycle and their ecological risk assessment—a case of coal in China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24(2), pp. 1296-1305. (doi: 10.1007/s11356-016-7808-5)

Xu, J. , Morris, P. and Holden, J. (2017) How Important are Peatlands Globally in Providing Drinking Water Resources? EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria, 24-28 Apr 2017.

2016

Dong, J., Dai, W., Xu, J. and Li, S. (2016) Spectral estimation model construction of heavy metals in mining reclamation areas. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(7), 640. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph13070640) (PMID:27367708) (PMCID:PMC4962181)

2015

Dong, J., Dai, W., Shao, G. and Xu, J. (2015) Ecological network construction based on minimum cumulative resistance for the City of Nanjing, China. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 4(4), pp. 2045-2060. (doi: 10.3390/ijgi4042045)

Xu, J. , Dong, J., Wu, L., Shao, G. and Yang, H. (2015) Land Use/Cover Change and its Impact on Net Primary Productivity in Huangfuchuan Watershed Temperate Grassland, China. In: 2nd International Conference on Geo-Informatics in Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystem (GRMSE 2014), Ypsilanti, MI, USA, 03-05 Oct 2014, pp. 664-683. ISBN 9783662457368 (doi:10.1007/978-3-662-45737-5_65)

2014

Xu, J.-R. , Dong, J.-H., Yang, Y.-X., Tan, K. and Cheng, W. (2014) Support vector machine model for predicting the cadmium concentration of soil-wheat system in mine reclamation farmland using hyperspectral data. Guangzi Xuebao, 43(5), 0530001. (doi: 10.3788/gzxb20144305.0530001)

2013

Xu, J.-R. and Dong, J.-H. (2013) Landscape pattern change and its driving force of Nansihu Wetlands during 1987-2010. Wetland Science, 11(4), pp. 438-445.

Xu, J.-R. and Dong, J.-H. (2013) Response of ecosystem in service value to changes in landscape pattern of the Nansi Lake Wetland. Journal of Ecology and Rural Environment, 29(4), pp. 471-477.

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Number of items: 17.

Articles

Zhao, J., Chen, H., Liang, Q., Xia, X., Xu, J. , Hoey, T. , Barrett, B. , Renaud, F. G. , Bosher, L. and Zhou, X. (2021) Large-scale flood risk assessment under different development strategies: the Luanhe River Basin in China. Sustainability Science, (Accepted for Publication)

Xu, J. , Renaud, F. G. and Barrett, B. (2021) Modelling land system evolution and dynamics of terrestrial carbon stocks in the Luanhe River Basin, China: a scenario analysis of trade-offs and synergies between Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability Science, (doi: 10.1007/s11625-021-01004-y) (Early Online Publication)

Scheelbeek, P. F.D. et al. (2021) The effects on public health of climate change adaptation responses: a systematic review of evidence from low- and middle-income countries. Environmental Research Letters, 16(7), 073001. (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac092c) (PMCID:PMC8276060)

Xu, J. , Morris, P.J., Liu, J., Ledesma, J.L.J. and Holden, J. (2020) Increased dissolved organic carbon concentrations in peat‐fed UK water supplies under future climate and sulfate deposition scenarios. Water Resources Research, 56(1), e2019WR025. (doi: 10.1029/2019WR025592)

Xu, J. , Morris, P. J., Liu, J. and Holden, J. (2018) Hotspots of peatland-derived potable water use identified by global analysis. Nature Sustainability, 1(5), pp. 246-253. (doi: 10.1038/s41893-018-0064-6)

Xu, J. , Morris, P. J., Liu, J. and Holden, J. (2018) PEATMAP: refining estimates of global peatland distribution based on a meta-analysis. CATENA, 160, pp. 134-140. (doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2017.09.010)

Dai, W., Dong, J., Yan, W. and Xu, J. (2017) Study on each phase characteristics of the whole coal life cycle and their ecological risk assessment—a case of coal in China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24(2), pp. 1296-1305. (doi: 10.1007/s11356-016-7808-5)

Dong, J., Dai, W., Xu, J. and Li, S. (2016) Spectral estimation model construction of heavy metals in mining reclamation areas. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(7), 640. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph13070640) (PMID:27367708) (PMCID:PMC4962181)

Dong, J., Dai, W., Shao, G. and Xu, J. (2015) Ecological network construction based on minimum cumulative resistance for the City of Nanjing, China. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 4(4), pp. 2045-2060. (doi: 10.3390/ijgi4042045)

Xu, J.-R. , Dong, J.-H., Yang, Y.-X., Tan, K. and Cheng, W. (2014) Support vector machine model for predicting the cadmium concentration of soil-wheat system in mine reclamation farmland using hyperspectral data. Guangzi Xuebao, 43(5), 0530001. (doi: 10.3788/gzxb20144305.0530001)

Xu, J.-R. and Dong, J.-H. (2013) Landscape pattern change and its driving force of Nansihu Wetlands during 1987-2010. Wetland Science, 11(4), pp. 438-445.

Xu, J.-R. and Dong, J.-H. (2013) Response of ecosystem in service value to changes in landscape pattern of the Nansi Lake Wetland. Journal of Ecology and Rural Environment, 29(4), pp. 471-477.

Book Sections

Xu, J. (2018) Study on spectral analysis and migration characteristics of heavy metals in reclaimed soil. In: Dong, J.-h. (ed.) Spectral Analysis and Migration Characteristics of Heavy Metals in Reclaimed Soils in Mining Areas. China University of Mining and Technology Press. ISBN 9787564639723

Conference or Workshop Item

Xu, J. , Barrett, B. and Renaud, F. (2021) Modelling Dynamics of Land Use and Ecosystem Services Changes in the Luanhe River Basin in China. EGU General Assembly 2021, 19-30 Apr 2021. (doi:10.5194/egusphere-egu21-1258)

Xu, J. , Morris, P., Liu, J., Ledesma, J. and Holden, J. (2019) Future Dissolved Organic Carbon Export Dynamics in Peatland-derived Potable Water Supply Catchments in the UK. EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 07-12 Apr 2019.

Xu, J. , Morris, P. and Holden, J. (2017) How Important are Peatlands Globally in Providing Drinking Water Resources? EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria, 24-28 Apr 2017.

Conference Proceedings

Xu, J. , Dong, J., Wu, L., Shao, G. and Yang, H. (2015) Land Use/Cover Change and its Impact on Net Primary Productivity in Huangfuchuan Watershed Temperate Grassland, China. In: 2nd International Conference on Geo-Informatics in Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystem (GRMSE 2014), Ypsilanti, MI, USA, 03-05 Oct 2014, pp. 664-683. ISBN 9783662457368 (doi:10.1007/978-3-662-45737-5_65)

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Grants

Listed here are grants I have participated in since joining the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in 2019.

Ongoing projects (chronologically by end date):

  • Nature-based Solutions for reducing flood risk and achieving net zero in the River Nith Catchment (2021). I am the PI on this project. Funding by College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow. 
  • Social and environmental impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in Vietnamese provinces bordering China and Laos following border closure (2020-2022). I am the researcher Co-I on this project which includes the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow, Vietnam National University - CRES, and the Vietnam National University of Agriculture. This project is funded by UK Research and Innovation through the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Newton Fund (EP/V043218/1).
  • A blueprint for the equitable, resilient and ecologically sustainable development of Asia’s deltas (2020). I am the Co-I on this project. Funding by the University of Sydney - University of Glasgow Partnership Collaboration Awards.

Teaching

  • Introduction to Environmental Science (DUMF1007), University of Glasgow, Guest Lecture (2021)
  • Environmental Policy and Management (DUMF4040), University of Glasgow, Guest Lectures and Practicals (2020)
  • Understanding Environmental Change (DUMF5116), University of Glasgow, Guest Lecture (2020)
  • Introduction to Environmental Science (DUMF1007), University of Glasgow, Guest Lecture (2020)
  • Energy: Options for Sustainability (DUMF2019), University of Glasgow, Field class (2020)
  • Introduction to Global Environmental Issues (DUMF1008), University of Glasgow, Guest Lecture (2019)
  • Environmental Policy and Management (DUMF4040), University of Glasgow, Field class (2019)

Research datasets

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Number of items: 1.

2021

Xu, J. , Barrett, B. and Renaud, F. (2021) Ecosystem types and their respective ecosystem services (ES) and disservices (EDS) in the Luanhe River Basin, China. [Data Collection]

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Additional information

Professional societies and initiative

  • 2021: member, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
  • 2020: member, FAO Peatlands and Climate Change Mitigation Group
  • 2020: member, British Society for Geomorphology
  • 2020: member, British Ecological Society Peatlands Research Group
  • 2020: member, Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative (GAMI)
  • 2019: member, American Geophysical Union
  • 2017: European Geosciences Union 

Journal reviewer for selected journals

  • Computers and Electronics in Agriculture (Outstanding Reviewer)
  • Climate Risk Management
  • Land Use Policy
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Water
  • Sustainability
  • Acta Ecologica Sinica

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