Dr. Liang received the Ph.D. degree in remote sensing and GIS from Boston University, Boston, MA. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Boston University from 1992 to 1993, a Validation Scientist with the NOAA/NASA Pathfinder AVHRR Land Project from 1993 to 1994, and a tenure-track faculty member in the University of Maryland (UMD) from 1995-2022. He is an Emeritus Professor in the UMD and a Chair Professor in the University of Hong Kong. His main research interests focus on estimation of environmental variables from satellite observations, Earth’s energy balance, and global environmental change and sustainable development.  He published over 440 peer-reviewed journal papers, and authored/edited eight books, and five of which were translated in Chinese. His H-index=91, I10-index= 403, and the citation is over 43,000  in Google Scholar as of Nov. 2022. He has led to develop the multiple satellite products, including the Global Land Surface Satellite (GLASS) products suite that is freely available (www.glass.umd.edu and www.geodata.cn) and has been widely used Worldwide.  He was the Editor-in-Chief of the nine-volume books entitled “Comprehensive Remote Sensing” (Elsevier, 2017). He is currently an Editor-in-Chief of Science of Remote Sensing, and the Editor-in-Chief of the 2nd edition of Comprehensive Remote Sensing. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.


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