Dr. Yang Liu


Emory University
Faculty Profile

Yang Liu is an associate professor in Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Liu’s research interests include the application of satellite remote sensing in air pollution exposure modeling and health effects studies at urban to national scales as well as the potential impacts of global climate change on public health.

Yang’s HAQAST work proposes translate research knowledge to our public health partners in two projects.

  1. First, building on our long-standing collaboration with CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network), we will conduct a national scale epidemiological study to link age-specific county-level daily counts of emergency department (ED) visits with fused air pollution exposure estimates from satellite observations, model simulations and EPA ground measurements to demonstrate an important application of Tracking’s environmental health surveillance data.
  2. Second, partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), we will conduct a multi-year time-series epidemiological study to evaluate the health impact of air pollution levels elevated by wildfires in Colorado.

In addition, he contributes to the following Tiger Teams:

HAQAST Presentations

Using Earth Observations to Support Regional and National Environmental Health Surveillance

Using Earth Observations to Support Regional and National Environmental Health Surveillance

Overcoming Barriers in Applying Satellite-Derived PM2.5 to Health

Integrating Satellite and Ground Data for PM2.5 Exposure and Health Impact Assessment



Spatial Particulate Fields during High Winds in the Imperial Valley, California

Frank R. Freedman, Paul English, Jeff Wagner, Yang Liu, Akula Venkatram, Daniel Q. Tong, Mohammad Z. Al-Hamdan, Meytar Sorek-Hamer, Robert Chatfield, Ana Rivera and Patrick L. Kinney


Satellite-based estimation of hourly PM2.5 levels during heavy winter pollution episodes in the Yangtze River Delta, China

Keyong Huang, Jianzhao Bi, XiaMeng, Guannan Geng, Alexei Lyapustin, Kevin J. Lane, Dongfeng Gu, Patrick L. Kinney, Yang Liu, Chemosphere


Estimating daily PM2.5 concentrations in New York City at the neighborhood-scale: Implications for integrating non-regulatory measurements

Keyong Huang, Jianzhao Bi, Xia Meng, Guannan Geng, Alexei Lyapustin, Kevin J. Lane, Dongfeng Gu, Patrick L. Kinney, Yang Liu


Compilation and spatio-temporal analysis of publicly available total solar and UV irradiance data in the contiguous United States

Ying Zhou, Xia Meng, Jessica Hartmann Belle, Huanxin Zhang, Caitlin Kennedy, Mohammad Z. Al-Hamdan, Jun Wang, Yang LiuEnvionrmental Pollution


Machine Learning-Based Integration of High-Resolution Wildfire Smoke Simulations and Observations for Regional Health Impact Assessment

Yufei Zou, Susan M. O’Neill, Narasimhan K. Larkin, Ernesto C. Alvarado, Robert Solomon, Clifford Mass , Yang LiuM. Talat Odman, and Huizhong Shen, International Journal of Environmental Resources and Public Health


Estimating PM2.5 Concentrations in the Conterminous United States Using the Random Forest Approach

Xuefei Hu, Jessica H. Belle, Xia Meng, Avani Wildani, Lance A. Waller, Matthew J. Strickland, Yang Liu, Environmental Science and Technology



The Potential Impact of Satellite-Retrieved Cloud Parameters on Ground-Level PM2.5 Mass and Composition

Jessica H. BelleHoward H. ChangYujie WangXuefei HuAlexei Lyapustin, Yang Liu, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

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