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Yaling Liu

Integrated Human-Earth SS Team
Post Doctorate RA C


Dr. Yaling Liu obtained her bachelor's degree in Geography from Hubei University, China, and then a Master's degree in Meteorology from China Agricultural University. She then worked as a Geography teacher in a high school and a research assistant in a technology company, before starting a PhD program in Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University. Her PhD research seeks to enhance the understanding of the biogeochemical interactions between ecosystems and climate change, land use/cover change and human activities, with a focus on water cycle. She uses a combination of modeling, remote sensing, in-situ measurements, data assimilation and statistical analysis to address the research questions. She is in particular interested in understanding the hydrological impacts of climate change, land cover/land use change and their feedbacks to the climate, as well as disentangling the interactions within the water-energy nexus. Currently, she work as a postdoctoral research associate at PNNL, and her research involves water-energy nexus, energy-driven emissions, desalination, and enhancement of water module in an integrated global land use-energy-economy model.

For further information and a full list of publications, please see her profile at Google Scholar.

Research Interests

  • Hydrological impacts
  • Water-Energy nexus
  • Water and Carbon Cycling
  • Land-atmosphere interactions
  • Land Surface Modeling

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University, 01/2011- 12/2014
  • M.S., Meteorology, China Agricultural University, 09/2002 - 07/2005
  • B.S., Geography, Hubei University, 09/1998 - 07/2002

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Ecological Society of America

Awards and Recognitions

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) student Travel grant, 2013
  • Travel grant for Women in Science of Purdue University, 2013& 2014

PNNL Publications


  • Liu Y, MI Hejazi, GP Kyle, SH Kim, E Davies, D Miralles, A Teuling, Y He, and D Niyogi. 2016. "Global and regional evaluation of energy for water." Environmental Science & Technology 50(17):9736-9745.  doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b01065


  • Liu Y, Z Pan, Q Zhuang, D Miralles, A Teuling, T Zhang, P An, Z Dong, J Zhang, D He, L Wang, X Pan, W Bai, and D Niyogi. 2015. "Agriculture intensifies soil moisture decline in Northern China." Scientific Reports 5:Article No. 11261.  doi:10.1038/srep11261

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