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Yang  Liu

Professor And Chair


Chair, Environmental Health

Dr. Yang Liu is the Chair and Gangarosa Distinguished Professor in the Gangarosa Department of Environment Health at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. His research interests include satellite aerosol retrieval and product design, the application of satellite data in public health research, the potential impacts of global climate change on public health, GIS and spatial statistics. Over the past 13 years, Dr. Liu has led many federally funded projects to apply satellite data in air pollution exposure and health effects modeling and study the health impacts of climate change related to extreme weather, wildfires, pollen, and ambient air pollution.  He was an ORISE faculty fellow at the National Center for Environmental Health at the US CDC and a Co-investigator of USEPA's Southeastern Center for Air Pollution and Epidemiology.  He is a science team member of the NASA EVI-3 MAIA and Terra MISR missions, and a PI member of the NASA AQASTHAQAST and HAQAST2 Team. 

For a complete list of Dr. Liu's publications, visit his ResearchGate page or Google Scholar page. His research group website on Emory ScholarBlogs can be found here.

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Contact Information

Rollins School of Public Health , 1518 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta , GA 30322

Phone: (404) 727-2131

Fax: (404) 727-8744



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Areas of Interest

  • Air Pollution
  • Climate and Health
  • Data Science
  • Remote Sensing
  • Risk Assessment
  • Spatial Analysis/GIS
  • Statistical Modeling


  • Ph.D. 2004, Harvard University
  • M.S. 1999, University of California
  • B.S. 1997, Tsinghua University

Affiliations & Activities

Apr 8, 2020, Emory reported our work on the NASA EVI-3 MAIA investigation.

Nov 13, 2019, our group participated in the Lancet Countdown project in 2018. Our global population weighted wildfire exposure indicator appears in the 2019 Countdown report published in the journal Lancet.

Oct 22, 2017, The Rollins Magazine featured our work on climate change research using high-resolution data.

May 1, 2017, The Rollins Magazine featured our work on the NASA EVI-3 MAIA investigation