Zhong Liu, PhD

Research Professor

College of Science

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Research Theme:

Digital Technologies - Inventing new algorithms, digital techniques, and technologies

Key Interests:

Satellite Remote Sensing, NASA Satellite Data Services, Satellite Precipitation Interdisciplinary Data Services, Hydrology, Geohealth


PhD, Atmospheric sciences, The Ohio State University

Research Focus

I am a member of the NASA GES DISC Data Support Team to provide science and data support for NASA-JAXA TRMM, GPCP-3 and other global precipitation data sets. I have been working on data services and tools for fast and easy access of NASA high volume datasets. I was the lead developer for the NOAA/NESDIS Interactive Multi-sensor Snow and Ice Mapping System (IMS) project. I also initiated the TRMM Online Visualization and Analysis System (TOVAS), the very first instance of the NASA Goddard Giovanni family. I was the lead developer of the Hurricane Data Analysis Tool (HDAT) at the GES DISC Hurricane Portal. I served as a principal investigator or co-investigator for several NASA projects such as “Integrate IPWG Validation Algorithms into TRMM Online Visualization and Analysis System (TOVAS)”, “Integrating NASA Earth Science Enterprise Data into Global Agricultural Decision Support Systems.” I regularly publish articles in BAMS and EOS. I organized a session, “Data and information services for interdisciplinary research and applications in Earth Science”, at the AGU Fall Meeting.

Current Projects

■ Global precipitation climatology project (GPCP V3.1)

■ Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for Global Precipitation Measurement (IMERG)

■ NASA Giovanni

■ Interdisciplinary data and services for Earth science (challenges and solutions)

Select Publications

Z. Liu et al.,, Creating data tool kits that everyone can use. Eos 101, 10.1029/2020eo143953 (2020).

Z. Liu et al., Improving reproducibility in Earth Science research. Eos 101(2), 16-17 (2020).

Z. Liu et al., NASA global satellite and model data products and services for Tropical Cyclone Research. [Working Title] Current Topics in Tropical Cyclone Research 10.5772/intechopen.89720 (2019).

Z. Liu and J. Acker. Giovanni: the bridge between data and science. Eos 98, 10.1029/ 2017eo079299 (2017).



College of Science

Contact Zhong:

Email: zliu@gmu.edu

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