Visiting Scholar
Yongxue Liu
Yongxue Liu


2016 — present, Visiting Scholar, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, USA

2004 — Ph.D. in Cartography and Geo-information System, Nanjing University, Nanjing, P.R. China

2001 — M.S. in Physical Geography, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, P. R. China

1998 — B.S. in Physical Geography, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, P. R. China

University Positions:

2014 — Director, Department of Geographic Information Science, School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences (SGO), Nanjing University (NJU)

2013 - present —Professor, NJU/SGO

2007 - 2012 —Associate Professor, NJU/SGO

2004 - 2006 —Lecturer, NJU/SGO


  • 2015.1-2018.12 Principle Investigator Project: “Remote sensing monitoring on tidal creeks’ migration and their response to human activities: A case study in Jiangsu silty mud coasts” (grant no. 41471068), financial supported by the National Science Foundation of China.
  • 2012.1-2015.12 Principle Investigator Project: “Topographic mapping technology of offshore sandbanks: A case study in Jiangsu silty mud coasts” (grant no. 41171325)”, financial supported by the National Science Foundation of China.
  • 2008.1-2010.12 Principle Investigator Project: “Offshore sandbank geomorphic evolution simulation based on spatio-temporal autocorrelation analysis” (grant no. 40701117), financial supported by the National Science Foundation of China.

Research Interests:

  • Evolution process of tidal flats
  • Coastal wetlands
  • Response to human activities
  • Automated extraction from space-borne images (Lakes, River, Tidal creeks, and offshore platforms…)
  • Environmental effect of offshore oil/gas production (Oil spills, Greenhouse gas emission, and …)


Y Liu*, C Sun, Y Yang, M Zhou, W Zhan, W Cheng. 2016. Automatic extraction of offshore platforms using time-series Landsat-8 Operational Land Imager data. Remote sensing of environment.

Y Liu*, C Sun, J Sun, H Li, W Zhan, H Yang, S Zhang. 2016. Lifting the veil on offshore platforms in the South China Sea: Satellite data reveals all. Scientific Report. 10.1038/srep33623

Y Liu*, X Chen, Y Yang, C Sun, S Zhang. 2016. Automated Extraction and Mapping for Desert River-Wadis from Landsat Imagery in Arid West Asia. Remote Sensing. 8(3), 246; doi:10.3390/rs8030246.

C Sun, Y Liu*, S Zhao, M Zhou, Y Yang, F Li. 2016. Classification mapping and species identification of salt marshes based on a short-time interval NDVI time-series from HJ-1 optical imagery. JAG 45, 27-41

C Sun, Y Liu*. 2016. Replacement process and prospect of saltmarshes in response to human activities on the sedimentary coast revealed by dual-scale time-series strategy. Estuaries and coasts. 10.1007/s12237-016-0157-2

L Wang, Y Liu*, C Sun, Y Liu. 2016. Accessibility Impact of the Present and Future High-Speed Rail Network: A Case Study of Jiangsu Province, China. Journal of Transport Geography. 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2016.05.015

L Wang, Y Liu*. 2016. Use of isochrone maps to assess the impact of high-speed rail network development on journey times: A case study of Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China. Journal of Maps. 10.1080/17445647.2016.1195296.

S Zhang, Y Liu*, Y Yang, C Sun, F Li. 2016. Erosion and deposition within Poyang Lake: Evidence from a decade of satellite data. Journal of great lakes research. 10.1016/j.jglr.2015.12.012

Y Duan, Y Liu*, M Li, et al. Reefs survey of the Nansha Islands based on Landsat 8 OLI images. Acta Oceanologica Sinica. DOI: 10.1007/s13131-016-0898-6. Accepted

Y Liu*, M Zhou, S Zhao, W Zhan, K Yang, M Li. 2015. Automated extraction of tidal creeks from airborne laser altimetry data. Journal of Hydrology 527, 1006-1020

Y Yang, Y Liu*, M Zhou, S Zhang, W Zhan, C Sun, Y Duan. 2015. Landsat 8 OLI image based terrestrial water extraction from heterogeneous backgrounds using a reflectance homogenization approach. Remote Sensing of Environment 171, 14-32

Y Yang, Y Liu*, M Zhou, F Li, C Sun. 2015. Robustness assessment of urban rail transit based on complex network theory: a case study of the Beijing Subway. Safety science 79, 149-162

S Zhao, Y Liu*, M Li. 2015. Analysis of Jiangsu Mudflats Reclamation from 1974 to 2012 using Remote Sensing. China Ocean Engineering 29 (1)

Y Liu*, J Chen, W Cheng, C Sun, S Zhao, Y Pu. 2014. Spatiotemporal dynamics of the urban sprawl in a typical urban agglomeration: a case study on Southern Jiangsu, China (1983–2007). Frontiers of Earth Science 8 (4), 490-504

K Yang, M Li, Y Liu*, L Cheng, Y Duan, M Zhou. 2014. River delineation from remotely sensed imagery using a multi-scale classification approach. IEEE Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.

Y Wang, Y Liu*, M Li, L Tan. 2014. The reconstruction of abnormal segments in HJ-1A/B NDVI time series using MODIS: a statistical method. International Journal of Remote Sensing 35 (23), 7991-8007

J Wang, M Li, Y Liu*, H Zhang, W Zou, L Cheng. 2014. Safety assessment of shipping routes in the South China Sea based on the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process. Safety science 62, 46-57

Y Liu*, M Li, L Mao, L Cheng, K Chen. 2013. Seasonal pattern of tidal-flat topography along the Jiangsu middle coast, China, using HJ-1 optical images. Wetlands 33 (5), 871-886

Y Liu*, M Li, M Zhou, K Yang, L Mao. 2013. Quantitative Analysis of the Waterline Method for Topographical Mapping of Tidal Flats: A Case Study in the Dongsha Sandbank, China. Remote Sensing 5 (11), 6138-6158

Y Liu*, M Li, L Cheng, F Li, K Chen. 2012. Topographic mapping of offshore sandbank tidal flats using the waterline detection method: A case study on the Dongsha Sandbank of Jiangsu Radial Tidal Sand Ridges, China. Marine Geodesy 35 (4), 362-378

Y Liu*, M Li, L Mao, L Cheng, F Li. 2012. Toward a method of constructing tidal flat digital elevation models with MODIS and medium-resolution satellite images. Journal of Coastal Research 29 (2), 438-448

Y Liu*, M Li, L Chen, F Li, Y Su. 2010. A DEM Inversion Method for Inter-tidal Zone Based on MODIS Dataset: A Case Study in the Dongsha Sandbank of Jiangsu Radial Tidal Sand-Ridges, China. China Ocean Engineering 24 (4), 735-748

Y Liu*, M Li, L Mao, F Xu, S Huang. 2006. Review of remotely sensed imagery classification patterns based on object-oriented image analysis. Chinese Geographical Science 16 (3), 282-288.