Faculty Profile

Lu Liang

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Geography and the Environment
College
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

    

Education

BS, Beijing Normal University, 2015.
Major: Geographic Information System
MS, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2015.
Major: Cartography & Geographic Information Science
PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2015.
Major: Ecosystem Sciences

Current Scheduled Teaching*

GEOG 5510.001, GIS for Applied Research, Fall 2021
GEOG 3500.001, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Fall 2021
GEOG 5900.701, Special Problems, Fall 2021

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

GEOG 3500.880, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Summer 5W1 2021 Syllabus
GEOG 3500.888, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Summer 5W1 2021 Syllabus
GEOG 4530.001, Digital Image Analysis, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 5530.001, Digital Image Analysis, Spring 2021 SPOT
GEOG 3500.002, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 5950.716, Master's Thesis, Spring 2021
GEOG 5920.713, Research Problems in Lieu of Thesis, Spring 2021
GEOG 5510.001, GIS for Applied Research, Fall 2020 SPOT
GEOG 3500.001, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 3500.002, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Fall 2020
GEOG 3500.880, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Summer 5W1 2020 SPOT
GEOG 5920.708, Research Problems in Lieu of Thesis, Summer 5W1 2020
GEOG 3500.002, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Spring 2020 Syllabus
GEOG 5900.716, Special Problems, Spring 2020
GEOG 4570.001, Special Topics in GIS, Spring 2020 Syllabus
GEOG 5570.001, Special Topics in GIS, Spring 2020 Syllabus
GEOG 5510.001, GIS for Applied Research, Fall 2019 SPOT
GEOG 5550.001, Advanced Geographic Information System, Spring 2019 SPOT
GEOG 4550.001, Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Spring 2019 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 4570.001, Special Topics in GIS, Spring 2019 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 5570.001, Special Topics in GIS, Spring 2019 SPOT
GEOG 5510.001, GIS for Applied Research, Fall 2018 SPOT

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Book Chapter
Liang, L. (2020). Metrics and Evaluation Tools for Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases.
Dronova, I., Liang, L. (2018). Phenological Inference from Times Series Remote Sensing Data. Remote Sensing Time Series Image Processing. 91--110. CRC Press.
Conference Proceeding
Hu, T., Huang, X., Li, X., Liang, L., Xue, F. (2019). Toward a better understanding of urban sprawl: linking spatial metrics and landscape networks dynamics.
Liang, L., Gong, P. (2010). An assessment of MODIS Collection 5 global land cover product for biological conservation studies. Geoinformatics, 2010 18th International Conference on. 1--6.
Guo, J., Gong, P., Liang, L., others, (2007). Removing shadows from google earth satellite images-art. no. 675202.
Journal Article
Liang, L. (2021). Calibrating low-cost sensors for ambient air monitoring: techniques, trends, and challenges. Environmental Research. 111163.
Sapkota, B., Liang, L. (2020). High-resolution mapping of ash (Fraxinus spp.) in bottomland hardwoods to slow Emerald Ash Borer infestation.
Hart, R., Liang, L., Dong, P. (2020). Monitoring, Mapping, and Modeling Spatial-Temporal Patterns of PM(2.5)for Improved Understanding of Air Pollution Dynamics Using Portable Sensing Technologies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17(14), .
Huang, H., Wang, J., Liu, C., Liang, L., Li, C., Gong, P. (2020). The migration of training samples towards dynamic global land cover mapping. Other. 161, 27-36.
Liang, L., Gong, P. (2020). Urban and air pollution: a multi-city study of long-term effects of urban landscape patterns on air quality trends. Scientific Reports. 10(1), .
Liang, L., Gong, P., Cong, N., Li, Z., Zhao, Y., Chen, Y. (2019). Assessment of personal exposure to particulate air pollution: the first result of City Health Outlook (CHO) project.
Liang, L., Runkle, B., Sapkota, B., Reba, M. (2019). Automated mapping of rice fields using multi-year training sample normalization. International Journal of Remote Sensing.
Jia, P., Liang, L., Tan, X., Chen, J., Chen, X. (2019). Potential Effects of Heat Waves on the Population Dynamics of the Dengue Mosquito Aedes Albopictus. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. No distinction between first and second authors.
Wang, B., Liang, L., Hui, F., Cheng, X., Gong, P., Chen, Z., Huang, H. (2019). Spatiotemporal changes of the Chinese coastlines: Landsat imagery from 1975 to 2015.
Sapkota, B. B., Liang, L. (2018). A multistep approach to classify full canopy and leafless trees in bottomland hardwoods using very high-resolution imagery. Other. 37(4), 339-356.
Sapkota, B. B., Liang, L. (2018). A multistep approach to classify full canopy and leafless trees in bottomland hardwoods using very high-resolution imagery. Other. 37(4), 339--356. Taylor \& Francis.
Li, X., Zhou, Y., Zhu, Z., Liang, L., Yu, B., Cao, W. (2018). Mapping annual urban dynamics (1985-2015) using time series of Landsat data. Other. 216, 674-683.
Li, X., Zhou, Y., Zhu, Z., Liang, L., Yu, B., Cao, W. (2018). Mapping annual urban dynamics (1985-2015) using time series of Landsat data. Other. 216, 674--683. Elsevier.
Watts, N., Others,, Liang, L., Others, (2018). The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping the health of nations for centuries to come. The Lancet.
Yang, J., Siri, J., Remais, J. V., Cheng, Q., Zhang, H., Chan, K. K., Sun, Z., Zhao, Y., Cong, N., Li, X., others,, Liang, L. (2018). The Tsinghua--Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities in China: unlocking the power of cities for a healthy China. The Lancet. Elsevier.
Liang, L., Gong, P. (2017). Climate change and human infectious diseases: a synthesis of research findings from global and spatio-temporal perspectives. Environment International. 103, 99--108. Pergamon.
Runkle, B. R., Rigby, J. R., Reba, M. L., Anapalli, S. S., Bhattacharjee, J., Krauss, K. W., Liang, L., Locke, M. A., Novick, K. A., Sui, R., others, (2017). Delta-Flux: An eddy covariance network for a climate-smart lower Mississippi basin. Other. 2(1), . The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, Inc..
Li, X., Lu, H., Zhou, Y., Hu, T., Liang, L., Liu, X., Hu, G., Yu, L. (2017). Exploring the performance of spatio-temporal assimilation in an urban cellular automata model. Other. 31(11), 2195--2215. Taylor \& Francis.
Liang, L., Li, X., Huang, Y., Qin, Y., Huang, H. (2017). Integrating remote sensing, GIS and dynamic models for landscape-level simulation of forest insect disturbance. Other. 354, 1--10.
Reynolds, R., Liang, L., Li, X., Dennis, J. (2017). Monitoring Annual Urban Changes in a Rapidly Growing Portion of Northwest Arkansas with a 20-Year Landsat Record. Other. 9(1), 71. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.
Watts, N., Adger, W. N., Ayeb-Karlsson, S., Bai, Y., Byass, P., Campbell-Lendrum, D., Colbourn, T., Cox, P., Davies, M., Depledge, M., others, (2017). The Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change. The Lancet. 389(10074), 1151--1164. Elsevier.
Gong, P., Yu, L., Li, C., Wang, J., Liang, L., Li, X., Ji, L., Bai, Y., Cheng, Y., Zhu, Z. (2016). A new research paradigm for global land cover mapping. Annals of GIS. 22(2), 87--102. Taylor \& Francis.
Liang, L., Hawbaker, T. J., Zhu, Z., Li, X., Gong, P. (2016). Forest disturbance interactions and successional pathways in the Southern Rocky Mountains. Forest Ecology and Management. 375, 35--45.
Li, X., Gong, P., Liang, L. (2015). A 30-year (1984--2013) record of annual urban dynamics of Beijing City derived from Landsat data. Other. 166, 78--90. Elsevier.
Liang, L., Gong, P. (2015). Evaluation of global land cover maps for cropland area estimation in the conterminous United States. Other. 8(2), 102--117. Taylor \& Francis.
Watts, N., Adger, W. N., Agnolucci, P., Blackstock, J., Byass, P., Cai, W., Chaytor, S., Colbourn, T., Collins, M., Cooper, A., others, (2015). Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health. The Lancet. 386(10006), 1861--1914. Elsevier.
Li, X., Clinton, N., Si, Y., Liao, J., Liang, L., Gong, P. (2015). Projected impacts of climate change on protected birds and nature reserves in China. Other. 60(19), 1644--1653. Science China Press.
Fang, L., Goeijenbier, M., Zuo, S., Wang, L., Liang, S., Klein, S. L., Li, X., Liu, K., Liang, L., Gong, P., others, (2015). The association between hantavirus infection and selenium deficiency in mainland China. Other. 7(1), 333--351. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.
Liang, L., Hawbaker, T. J., Chen, Y., Zhu, Z., Gong, P. (2014). Characterizing recent and projecting future potential patterns of mountain pine beetle outbreaks in the Southern Rocky Mountains. Applied Geography. 55, 165--175. Pergamon.
Liang, L., Chen, Y., Hawbaker, T. J., Zhu, Z., Gong, P. (2014). Mapping mountain pine beetle mortality through growth trend analysis of time-series Landsat data. Other. 6(6), 5696--5716. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.
Yu, L., Liang, L., Wang, J., Zhao, Y., Cheng, Q., Hu, L., Liu, S., Yu, L., Wang, X., Zhu, P., others, (2014). Meta-discoveries from a synthesis of satellite-based land-cover mapping research. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 35(13), 4573--4588. Taylor \& Francis.
Shangguan, W., Gong, P., Liang, L., Dai, Y., Zhang, K. (2014). Soil Diversity as affected by land use in China: Consequences for Soil Protection. The Scientific World Journal. 2014, . Hindawi.
Liang, L., Liu, Y., Liao, J., Gong, P. (2014). Wetlands explain most in the genetic divergence pattern of Oncomelania hupensis. Other. 27, 436--444. Elsevier.
Shangguan, W., Dai, Y., Liu, B., Zhu, A., Duan, Q., Wu, L., Ji, D., Ye, A., Yuan, H., Zhang, Q., others, (2013). A China data set of soil properties for land surface modeling. Other. 5(2), 212--224.
Li, X., Liang, L., Gong, P., Liu, Y., Liang, F. (2013). Bird watching in China reveals bird distribution changes. Other. 58(6), 649--656. SP Science China Press.
Gong, P., Wang, J., Yu, L., Zhao, Y., Zhao, Y., Liang, L., Niu, Z., Huang, X., Fu, H., Liu, S., others, (2013). Finer resolution observation and monitoring of global land cover: First mapping results with Landsat TM and ETM+ data. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 34(7), 2607--2654. Taylor \& Francis.
Wang, L., Li, C., Ying, Q., Cheng, X., Wang, X., Li, X., Hu, L., Liang, L., Yu, L., Huang, H., others, (2012). China’s urban expansion from 1990 to 2010 determined with satellite remote sensing. Other. 57(22), 2802--2812. SP Science China Press.
Gong, P., Liang, L., Zhang, Q. (2011). China must reduce fertilizer use too. Nature. 473(7347), 284. Nature Publishing Group.
Gong, P., Zhao, Y., Yu, L., Liang, L. (2011). Development of an integrated software platform for global mapping and analysis. Other. 2, 34--37.
Gong, P., Zhang, H., Zhang, H., Liang, L., WANG, L. (2011). Mapping tsunami damaged area caused by the magnitude 9.0 Japan earthquake using China’s HJ-1 satellite imagery. Other. 15(4), 863--865.
Gong, P., Niu, Z., Cheng, X., Zhao, K., Zhou, D., Guo, J., Liang, L., Wang, X., Li, D., Huang, H., others, (2010). China’s wetland change (1990--2000) determined by remote sensing. Other. 53(7), 1036--1042. SP Science China Press.
Liang, L., Xu, B., Chen, Y., Liu, Y., Cao, W., Fang, L., Feng, L., Goodchild, M. F., Gong, P. (2010). Combining spatial-temporal and phylogenetic analysis approaches for improved understanding on global H5N1 transmission. PLOS One. 5(10), e13575. Public Library of Science.
Guo, J., Liang, L., Gong, P. (2010). Removing shadows from Google Earth images. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 31(6), 1379--1389. Taylor \& Francis.
Niu, Z., Gong, P., Cheng, X., Guo, J., Wang, L., Huang, H., Shen, S., Wu, Y., Wang, X., Wang, X., others, (2009). Geographical characteristics of China’s wetlands derived from remotely sensed data. Other. 52(6), 723--738. SP Science in China Press.
Hui, F., Xu, B., Chen, Z., Cheng, X., Liang, L., Huang, H., Fang, L., Yang, H., Zhou, H., Yang, H., others, (2009). Spatio-temporal distribution of malaria in Yunnan Province, China. Other. 81(3), 503--509. The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
SUN, R., Liang, L., YANG, L. (2007). Estimation of daily solar radiation in China based on weather station data. Other. 1, 004.
Review
Watts, N., Amann, M., Arnell, N., Ayeb-Karlsson, S., Belesova, K., Berry, H., Bouley, T., Boykoff, M., Byass, P., Cai, W., Campbell-Lendrum, D., Chambers, J., Daly, M., Dasandi, N., Davies, M., Depoux, A., Dominguez-Salas, P., Drummond, P., Ebi, K. L., Ekins, P., Montoya, L. F., Fischer, H., Georgeson, L., Grace, D., Graham, H., Hamilton, I., Hartinger, S., Hess, J., Kelman, I., Kiesewetter, G., Kjellstrom, T., Kniveton, D., Lemke, B., Liang, L., Lott, M., Lowe, R., Sewe, M. O., Martinez-Urtaza, J., Maslin, M., McAllister, L., Mikhaylov, S. J., Milner, J., Moradi-Lakeh, M., Morrissey, K., Murray, K., Nilsson, M., Neville, T., Oreszczyn, T., Owfi, F., Pearman, O., Pencheon, D., Pye, S., Rabbaniha, M., Robinson, E., Rocklov, J., Saxer, O., Schutte, S., Semenza, J. C., Shumake-Guillemot, J., Steinbach, R., Tabatabaei, M., Tomei, J., Trinanes, J., Wheeler, N., Wilkinson, P., Gong, P., Montgomery, H., Costello, A. (2018). The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping the health of nations for centuries to come. Other. 392(10163), 2479-2514.
Watts, N., Amann, M., Ayeb-Karlsson, S., Belesova, K., Bouley, T., Boykoff, M., Byass, P., Cai, W., Campbell-Lendrum, D., Chambers, J., Cox, P. M., Daly, M., Dasandi, N., Davies, M., Depledge, M., Depoux, A., Dominguez-Salas, P., Drummond, P., Ekins, P., Flahault, A., Frumkin, H., Georgeson, L., Ghanei, M., Grace, D., Graham, H., Grojsman, R., Haines, A., Hamilton, I., Hartinger, S., Johnson, A., Kelman, I., Kiesewetter, G., Kniveton, D., Liang, L., Lott, M., Lowe, R., Mace, G., Sewe, M. O., Maslin, M., Mikhaylov, S., Milner, J., Latifi, A. M., Moradi-Lakeh, M., Morrissey, K., Murray, K., Neville, T., Nilsson, M., Oreszczyn, T., Owfi, F., Pencheon, D., Pye, S., Rabbaniha, M., Robinson, E., Rocklov, J., Schutte, S., Shumake-Guillemot, J., Steinbach, R., Tabatabaei, M., Wheeler, N., Wilkinson, P., Gong, P., Montgomery, H., Costello, A. (2018). The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health. Other. 391(10120), 581-630.

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grant - Research
Liang, L. (Principal), "UNT CLASS Small Grant," Sponsored by UNT CLASS, University of North Texas, $1000 Funded. (2021 – Present).
Liang, L. (Co-Principal), "A network of evapotranspiration observation sites to constrain ET estimation methods and water availability models in the Mississippi Alluvial Plain," Sponsored by USGS, Federal, $29749 Funded. (December 2020December 2021).
Kelly, A., Liang, L., Champlin, S., "Particulate Matter and Participation Study (PMAPS) for Texas," Sponsored by National Texas Fund for Geography Education Grant Program, National, $58397 Funded. (November 2020December 2021).
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G. (Principal), Liang, L. (Co-Principal), "Atmospheric footprint of US wildfires," Sponsored by University of North Texas, Local, $8000 Funded. (20202021).
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G. (Principal), Fry, M. (Co-Principal), Ferring, D. (Co-Principal), Doherty, D. (Co-Principal), Liang, L. (Other), Nagaoka, L. (Other), "Hazy views over U.S. public lands," Sponsored by University of North Texas, Local, $4340 Funded. (20202021).
Champlin, S., Fischer, L., Liang, L., "Empowering and Mobilizing Communities: Examining the Intersection of Public Perceptions, the Built Environment, and Air Quality Levels to Foster Environmental Health Literacy," Sponsored by Office of Research and Innovation, University of North Texas, $5500 Funded. (December 1, 2020June 30, 2021).
Liang, L. (Co-Principal), "Evaluation of wetland easements and their management needs to achieve Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) goals," Sponsored by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, State, $119642 Funded. (January 2018December 2020).
Liang, L., "Investigating the patterns and determinants of PM2.5 dynamics using geospatial and portable sensing technologies," Sponsored by TexasView, State, $1250 Funded. (March 2020October 2020).
Liang, L., Kelly, A., Champlin, S., "Build localized air pollution monitoring capacity using low-cost sensors and develop an air quality education program," Sponsored by University of North Texas, University of North Texas, $10685 Funded. (May 2020August 2020).
Liang, L. (Principal), "Geospatial air quality research on UNT campus," Sponsored by University of North Texas, University of North Texas, $8000 Funded. (October 2018October 2019).
Liang, L., "Build deep learning capacity for sustainable land management," Sponsored by EPSCoR - Arkansas Space Grant Consortium, State, $7500 Funded. (July 2017July 2018).
Liang, L. (Principal), "Develop cloud computing capacity for remote sensing-based landscape characterization," Sponsored by NASA EPSCoR - Arkansas Space Grant Consortium, State, $5110 Funded. (January 2017January 2018).
Liang, L., "Fly a new era of geospatial science," Sponsored by MidAmerica GIS Grant, Other, $4822 Funded. (January 2017January 2018).
Liang, L., "Quantifying landscape-level distribution of ash trees – the hosts of invasive emerald ash borer at fine spatial resolution.," Sponsored by UAM Faculty Research Grant, Other, $1442 Funded. (January 2017January 2018).
Liang, L. (Principal), "Building spectral libraries and effective indices for emerald ash borer early detection," Sponsored by NASA EPSCoR - Arkansas Space Grant Consortium, State, $6330 Funded. (January 2016January 2017).
Grant - Service
Andrew, S. A. (Principal), Fischer, L. (Principal), Kelly, A. (Principal), Jang, H. S., Lund, A. (Principal), Champlin, S. (Co-Principal), Liang, L. (Principal), "PARSci Faculty Network Mentoring," Sponsored by UNT Office of Faculty Success, University of North Texas, $4300 Funded. (January 1, 2021January 1, 2022).
Grant - Teaching
Liang, L. (Principal), "Monitoring Annual Urban Growth in Northwest Arkansas with A 20-year Landsat Record," Sponsored by UAM Centennial Opportunity Fund for student presentations, Local, $500 Funded. (January 1, 2015December 31, 2015).
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  • Overall Summative Rating (median):
    This rating represents the combined responses of students to the four global summative items and is presented to provide an overall index of the class’s quality. Overall summative statements include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 5 = Excellent, 3 = Good, and 1= Very poor):
    • The course as a whole was
    • The course content was
    • The instructor’s contribution to the course was
    • The instructor’s effectiveness in teaching the subject matter was
  • Challenge and Engagement Index:
    This rating combines student responses to several SPOT items relating to how academically challenging students found the course to be and how engaged they were. Challenge and Engagement Index items include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 7 = Much higher, 4 = Average, and 1 = Much lower):
    • Do you expect your grade in this course to be
    • The intellectual challenge presented was
    • The amount of effort you put into this course was
    • The amount of effort to succeed in this course was
    • Your involvement in course (doing assignments, attending classes, etc.) was
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