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image of Prof. Lin LIU
Office: 
Room 315, 3/F, 
Mong Man Wai Building
Phone: 
(852) 3943 9862

Lin LIU 劉琳

Associate Professor
 
Education:
  • Ph.D., Geophysics, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2011
  • B.Sc., Geophysics, Wuhan University, 2005
 
Academic Employments:
  • 2020 – present: Associate Professor, Earth System Science Programme, Faculty of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2014 – 2020: Assistant Professor, Earth System Science Programme, Faculty of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2014 – present: Research Fellow, Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2014 – present: Research Fellow, Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2011 – 2013: George Thompson Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geophysics, Stanford University
  • 2006 – 2011: Research Assistant, Department of Physics and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado
  • 2005 – 2006: Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, University of Colorado
 
Research Fields and Current Research Interests:
  • Cryosphere Geophysics
  • Geodesy and Near Surface Geophysics
  • Radar remote sensing
  • Solid Earth’s interactions with cryosphere, atmosphere, and ocean
  • Deep Learning Applications in Earth System Science
 
Honours and Awards:
  • 2021: AGU John Wahr Early Career Award
  • 2016: Exemplary Teaching Award, Faculty of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2011 – 2013: George Thompson Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University
  • 2008 – 2011: NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
  • 2006 – 2007: CIRES Graduate Research Assistant Fellowship, University of Colorado
  • 2005: First Prize, Outstanding Bachelor Thesis of Hubei Province, China
 
Teaching:
  • ESSC2010 Solid Earth Dynamics
  • ESSC4110 Engineering Geology and Applied Geophysics
  • ESSC4540 Remote Sensing -- Principles and Applications
  • ESSC5001/5002 Research Frontiers in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
 
College Affiliation in CUHK:
  • Chung Chi College (Department Coordinator)
 
Selected Recent Publications: (please refer to my lab website or my Google Scholar profile for full publication list)
  1. Zhang, J., Liu, L., Su, L., and Che, T. (2021), Three in one: GPS-IR measurements of ground surface elevation changes, soil moisture, and snow depth at a permafrost site in the northeastern Qinghai–Tibet Plateau, The Cryosphere, 15, 3021–3033, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-3021-2021.
  2. Zhang, E., Liu, L., Huang, L., and Ng, K. S.(2021), An automated, generalized, deep-learning-based method for delineating the calving fronts of Greenland glaciers from multi-sensor remote sensing imagery, Remote Sensing of Environment, 254, 112265, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2020.112265.
  3. Khan, S. A., Bjørk, A.A., Bamber, J.L., Morlighem, M., Bevis, M., Kjær, K.H., Mouginot, J., Løkkegaard, A., Holland, D.M., Aschwanden, A. and Zhang, B., Helm, V., Korsgaard, N., Colgan, W., Larsen, N., Liu, L., Hansen, K., Barletta, V., Dahl-Jensen, T., Søndergaard, A. S., Csatho, B., Sasgen, I., Box, J., and Schenk, T. (2020), Centennial response of Greenland’s three largest outlet glaciers, Nature Communications, 11, 5718, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-19580-5.
  4. Huang, L., J. Luo, Z. Lin, F. Niu, and L. Liu (2020), Using Deep Learning to Map Retrogressive Thaw Slumps in the Beiluhe Region (Tibetan Plateau) from CubeSat Images, Remote Sensing of Environment, 237, 111534, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2019.111534.
  5. Jiang, G. , X. Qiao, X. Wang, R. Lu, L. Liu, H. Yang, Y. Su, L. Song, B. Wang, T-f. Wong (2020), GPS observed horizontal ground extension at the Hutubi (China) underground gas storage facility and its application to geomechanical modeling for induced seismicity, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2019.115943.
  6. Zhang, E., L. Liu, L. Huang (2019), Automatically delineating the calving front of Jakobshavn Isbræ from multitemporal TerraSAR-X images: a deep learning approach, The Cryosphere, 13, 1729-1741, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-1729-2019.
  7. Chen, X., L. Liu, A. Bartsch (2019), Detecting soil freeze/thaw onsets in Alaska using SMAP and ASCAT data, Remote Sensing of Environment, 220, 59–70, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.10.010.
  8. Zhang, B., E. Zhang, L. Liu, S. A. Khan, T. van Dam, Y. Yao, M. Bevis, V. Helm (2018), Geodetic measurements characterize the short-term changes of glacial mass near Jakobshavn Isbræ (Greenland) from 2007 to 2017, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 503, 216–226, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2018.09.029.
  9. Chen, J., L. Liu, T. Zhang, B. Cao, H. Lin (2018), Using Persistent Scatterer Interferometry to map and quantify permafrost thaw subsidence: a case study of Eboling Mountain on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 123, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JF004618.
  10. Hu, Y., Liu, L., Larson, K. M., Schaefer, K. M., Zhang, J., & Yao, Y. (2018). GPS interferometric reflectometry reveals cyclic elevation changes in thaw and freezing seasons in a permafrost area (Barrow, Alaska). Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 5581–5589, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL077960.
  11. Liu, L. and K. M. Larson (2018), Decadal changes of surface elevation over permafrost area estimated using reflected GPS signals, The Cryosphere, 12, 477-489, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-477-2018.
  12. Schuster, P. F., et al., including Liu, L. (2018). Permafrost stores a globally significant amount of mercury, Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 1463-1471, https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL075571.
  13. Liu, L., S. A. Khan, T. van Dam, J. H. Y. Ma, and M. Bevis (2017), Annual variations in GPS-measured vertical displacements near Upernavik Isstrøm (Greenland) and contributions from surface mass loading, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122, 677-691, https://doi.org/10.1002/2016JB013494.
  14. Wang, X., L. Liu, L. Zhao, T. Wu, Z. Li, and G. Liu (2017), Mapping and inventorying active rock glaciers in the northern Tien Shan of China using satellite SAR interferometry, The Cryosphere, 11, 997-1014, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-997-2017.
  15. Liu, L., K. M. Schaefer, A. C. Chen, A. Gusmeroli, H. A. Zebker, and T. Zhang (2015), Remote sensing measurements of thermokarst subsidence using InSAR, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 120, 1935-1948, https://doi.org/10.1002/2015JF003599.
  16. Liu, L., E. Jafarov, K. Schaefer, B. M. Jones, H. Zebker, C. Williams, J. Rogan, and T. Zhang (2014), InSAR detects increase in surface subsidence caused by an Arctic tundra fire, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 3906-3913, https://doi.org/10.1002/2014GL060533.
  17. Khan, S. A., K. H. Kjær, M. Bevis, J. L. Bamber, J. Wahr, K. K. Kjeldsen, A. A. Bjørk, N.J. Korsgaard, L. A. Stearns, M. R. Broeke, L. Liu, N. K. Larsen, I. S. Muresan (2014), Sustained mass loss of the Northeast Greenland ice sheet triggered by regional warming, Nature Climate Change, 4, 292-299, https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2161.
 
Selected Research Grants:
Active
  • 2022 – present: Deep-learning-based mapping of rock glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) General Research Grant
  • 2022 – present: Thermokarst Landforms on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau: Spatio-temporal evolution and future changes, Hong Kong Research Grants Council NSFC/RGC Joint Research Scheme
  • 2020 – present:  DeepThaw: Deep-learning-based mapping of thermokarst landforms on the Tibetan Plateau, Hong Kong RGC General Research Grant
  • 2019 – present: GNSS-RECIPE: Global Navigation Satellite System Reflectometry Studies of Elevation Changes in Permafrost Areas, Hong Kong RGC General Research Grant
Past
  • 2018 – 2021: Kinematics and dynamics of active rock glaciers in western China, Hong Kong RGC General Research Grant
  • 2016 – 2019: Investigation of characteristics and mechanism of earthquakes associated with the Hutubi gas reservoir, Hong Kong Research Grants Council NSFC/RGC Joint Research Scheme, Co-investigator
  • 2016 – 2019: Radar remote sensing investigations on thermokarst dynamics on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China, Hong Kong RGC General Research Grant
  • 2015 – 2018: Mass Balance of Greenland Outlet Glaciers: Non-secular Variations From Space Geodetic Measurements, Hong Kong RGC Early Career Scheme Grant