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Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. Ming-Liang Liu

Ming-Liang Liu

Assistant Research Professor




(509) 335-9171


(509) 335-7632

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  • Ph.D. Physical Geography, 2001, Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China.
  • M.S. Physical Geography, 1998, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing, China.
  • B.S. Geosciences, 1995, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Research Professor (04/2012 – present) & Postdoctoral Fellow (09/2011 – 03/2012), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, September 2011 to present
  • Research Fellow II (08/2008 – 08/2011) & Post-doc Fellow (12/2004 – 07/2008), School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, December 2004 – August 2011
  • Associate Professor (10/2003 – 11/2004) & Post-doc Fellow (08/2001 – 09/2003), Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
  • Research Assistant (08/1998 – 07/2001), Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

Research Interests

Dr. Liu’s research interests focus on characterizing effects of climate change and human activities on water resources and terrestrial ecosystems with the goal of improving our understanding of regional earth system and our ability to forecast its variability. His current research interest focus on green house gas emission from terrestrial ecosystems, historical land-use/land-cover change detection by using remotely sensed data, interactions between hydrological and biogeochemical cycles, regional earth system modeling, and land-ocean interactions. The common theme of his research is the development and application of process-based computer model for integrating in situ and remote sensing data to solve scientific and policy-related questions on large-scale regional and global environmental issues.


  • Chen, J., X. Ni, M. Liu, J. Chen, Z. Mao, H. Jin, D. Pan (2014), Monitoring the occurrence of seasonal low-oxygen events off the Changjiang Estuary through integration of remote sensing, buoy observations and modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, DOI: 10.1002/2014JC010333
  • Adam, J.C., J.C. Stephens, S.H. Chung, M.P. Brady, R.D. Evans, C.E. Kruger, B.K. Lamb, M. Liu, C.O. Stöckle, J.K. Vaughan, K. Rajagopalan, J.A. Harrison, C.L. Tague, A. Kalyanaraman, Y. Chen, A. Guenther, F.Y. Leung, L.R. Leung, A.B. Perleberg, J. Yoder, E. Allen, S. Anderson, B. Chandrasekharan, K. Malek, T. Mullis, C. Miller, T. Nergui, J. Poinsatte, J. Reyes, J. Zhu, J.S. Choate, X. Jiang, R. Nelson, J.H. Yoon, G.G. Yorgey, K. Johnson, K.J. Chinnayakanahalli, A.F. Hamlet, B. Nijssen, V. Walden (2014). BioEarth: Envisioning and Developing a New Regional Earth System Model to Inform Natural and Agricultural Resource Management, Climatic Change 10.1007/s10584-014-1115-2
  • Liu, M., Rajagopalan, K., Chung, S. H., Jiang, X., Harrison, J., Nergui, T., Guenther, A., Miller, C., Reyes, J., Tague, C., Choate, J., Salathé, E. P., Stöckle, C. O., and Adam, J. C. (2014) What is the importance of climate model bias when projecting the impacts of climate change on land surface processes?, Biogeosciences 11, 2601-2622.
  • Song, W., M. Liu (2014), Decoupling Expansion of Rural Residential Land from Rural Population Growth in China, Land Use Policy 39, 331-341. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.02.002
  • Liu, M., H. Tian, Q. Yang, J. Yang, X. Song, S. Lohrenz, W. Cai (2013), Long-term Trends in Evapotranspiration and Runoff over the Drainage Basins of the Gulf of Mexico during 1901-2008, Water Resources Research. 49, 1988-2012, doi: 10.1002/wrcr.20180.
  • Liu, M., Adam J. C. and Hamlet A. F. (2013) Spatial-temporal variations of evapotranspiration and runoff/precipitation ratios responding to the changing climate in the Pacific Northwest during 1921-2006, J. Geophys. Res., Atmospheres. doi:10.1029/2012JD018400.
  • Liu, M., H. Tian, C. Lu, X. Xu, G. Chen, W. Ren (2012), Effects of Multiple Environment Stresses on Evapotranspiration and Runoff over Eastern China, Journal of Hydrology, 426-427, 39-54.
  • Lu, C., H. Tian, M. Liu, W. Ren, X. Xu, G. Chen, C. Zhang (2012), Effect of nitrogen deposition on China’s terrestrial carbon uptake in the context of multifactor environmental changes, Ecological Applications, 22(1), 53-75.
  • Tian, H., J.M. Melillo, C. lu, D.W. Kicklighter, M. Liu, W. Ren, X. Xu, G. Chen, C. Zhang, S. Pan, J. Liu, S.W. Running (2011), China’s terrestrial carbon balance: Contributions from multiple global change factors, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 25, GB1007, doi:10.1029/2010GB003838.
  • Liu, M., and H. Tian (2010), China’s land cover and land use change from 1700 to 2005: Estimations from high-resolution satellite data and historical archives, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 24, GB3003, doi:10.1029/2009GB003687.
  • Tian, H., G. Chen, M. Liu, C. Zhang, G. Sun, C. Lu, X. Xu, W. Ren, S. Pan, and A. Chappelka (2010), Model estimates of net primary productivity, evapotranspiration, and water use efficiency in the terrestrial ecosystems of the southern United States during 1895-2007, Forest Ecology and Management 259, 1311-1327
  • Tian, H., M. Liu, C. Zhang, W. Ren, X. Xu, G. Chen, C. Lu, and B. Tao (2010), The Dynamic Land Ecosystem Model (DLEM) for simulating terrestrial processes and interactions in the context of multifactor global change, ACTA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA, 65 (9), 1027-1047. (in Chinese)