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Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Yang  Liu

Associate Professor

Faculty, Environmental Health

Dr. Liu is an Associate Professor in EH. He received his Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering from Harvard University in 2004 and completed his postdoctoral training in Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His 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. He has led and participated in multiple projects funded by NASA, EPA, and NIH to apply satellite remote sensing data in air pollution exposure modeling and health effects research. He has also led CDC, EPA and NIH funded projects to explore the population health risks in US due to climate change. He is a member of the NASA Terra MISR science team, the NASA Aura science team, the NASA MAIA science team, and a PI member of the NASA AQAST and HAQAST teams. He is a Co-investigator of USEPA's Southeastern Center for Air Pollution and Epidemiology (SCAPE).

For a complete list of Dr. Liu's publications, visit his ResearchGate page.

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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

  • Disease Surveillance
  • Global Health
  • Risk Assessment
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Air Pollution
  • Climate and Health
  • Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Analysis/GIS


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

Courses Taught

  • EH 587: Intro.toSattelite Remote Sens.
  • EHS 799R: Dissertation Research


  • , , A statistical model to evaluate the effectiveness of PM2.5 emissions control during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Environmental International, , In press
  • , , Estimation and Uncertainty Analysis of Impacts of Future Heat Waves on Mortality in the Eastern United States., Environ Health Perspectives, ,
  • , , Estimating Ground-Level PM2.5 Concentrations in the Southeastern United States Using MAIAC AOD Retrievals and a Two-Stage Model, Remote Sensing of Environment, 140, 220-232
  • , , Estimating Particle Sulfate Concentrations Using MISR Retrieved Aerosol Properties., IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 2, 176-184
  • , , Analysis of the impact of the Forest Fires in August 2007 on air quality of Athens using multi-sensor aerosol remote sensing data, meteorology and surface observations., Atmospheric Environment, 43, 3310-3318
  • , , Estimating The Spatial and Temporal Variability of PM2.5 Concentrations in Massachusetts Using Satellite Data, Meteorological, and Land Use Information., Environmental Health Perspectives, 117 (6), 886-892
  • , , The Effect of Aerosol Vertical Profiles on Satellite-Estimated Surface Particle Sulfate Concentrations., Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 508-513
  • , , Comparison of the Hazard Mapping System (HMS) fire product to ground-based fire records in Georgia, USA., JGR-Atmosphere, 121, 2901–2910
  • , , Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols: a satellite investigation to benefit public health, Public Health Rep, 132, 14-17
  • , , Estimates and 25-year trends of the global burden of disease attributable to ambient air pollution: an analysis of data from the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2015, Lancet, 389, 1907-1918
  • , , Estimating PM2.5 Concentrations in the Conterminous United States Using the Random Forest Approach, Environ Sci Technol, 51, 6936-6944
  • , , Evaluation of a Data Fusion Approach to Estimate Daily PM2.5 Levels in North China, Environ Res, 158, 54-60
  • , , The impact of climate change and emissions control on future ozone levels: implications for human health, Environ Int, 108, 41-50