Prof. Liang received his Ph.D degree from Boston University in 1993. He workedin the University of Maryland from 1993 to 2022, and currently is a Chair Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Hong Kong. His research interests are mainly in three areas:
1) developing various satellite inversion methods and algorithms (The details here) 2) producing the global high-level satellite products, such as ♦ the Global LAnd Surface Satellite (GLASS) product suite (The details here) ; ♦ MODIS surface incident shortwave radiation and PAR products (MCD18A1 and MCD18A2); ♦ NOAA global land surface albedo product from VIIRS; ♦ GOES-R surface reflectance and albedo products. 3) applying satellite data products to assess the environmental changes (The details here) .
Prof. Liang has published over 420 SCI indexed peer-reviewed papers in various journals, such as Science, Nature-Climate Change, Nature-Communications, Scientific Reports, Climatic Change, Journal of Climate, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Global Change Biology, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Journal of Geophysical Research, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Journal of Hydrology, Environmental Research Letters, Remote Sensing of Environment, IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, and ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Dr. Liang authored or edited seven books in English, five of which have been translated into Chinese, and one book in Chinese. In particular, he recently served as the Editor-in-Chief to complete the nine-volume Comprehensive Remote Sensing with Elsevier. He also published 42 book chapters. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (2001-2013) and a guest editor of several remote sensing journals. He is currently an Editor-in-Chief of Science of Remote Sensing.
His H-index is 87,i10-index=381, with over 31,000 citations in Google Scholar.
Prof. Liang has organized multiple international conferences on quantitative remote sensing.
Prof. Liang is an IEEE Fellow
Prof. Liang is ranked as the 145th among the world top scientists of environmental sciences in 2022 by Research.com