Jane Liu , Assistant Professor


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

University of Toronto

Honours & Awards:
• Canada Graduate Scholarship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
• Best Student Research Paper Award in the Atmospheric and Space Physics, Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Annual Congress.
• Research Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Contact Information:

Office address:

Room 306, Physical Geography Building, 45 St. George Street
Tel: (416) 978-1672 , Fax: (416) 946-3886
Email:    janejj.liu@utoronto.ca

Mailing address:

100 St. George Street, Room 5047, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario, Canada M5S 3G3

Research Interests:

  • Atmospheric environment (pollution transport and emission from fires, air quality and health implications, satellite monitoring, modeling)
  • Tropospheric and stratospheric ozone
  • Climate change
  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions (carbon, water, and energy cycles, land surface schemes, biogenic emissions)
  • Remote sensing of atmosphere and land
  • Ecological modeling

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR 413H – Watershed Hydroecology

GGR 1215H – Advanced Watershed Hydroecology

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • 2017
  • He, L., Chen, J. M., Liu, J., Mo, G., Joiner, J., Angular normalization of GOME-2 sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence observation as a better proxy of vegetation productivity, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2017GL073708, 2017.
  • He, L., Chen, J. M., Liu, J., Bélair, S., and Luo, X., Assessment of SMAP soil moisture for global simulation of gross primary production, Journal of Geophysical Research, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JG003603, 2017.
  • Zhou, Y., Mao, H., Demerjian, K., Hogrefe, C., and Liu, J., Regional and hemispheric influences on temporal variability in baseline carbon monoxide and ozone over the Northeast US, Atmospheric Environment, 64,309-324,doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.06.017, 2017.
  • Ma, Q., Li, Y., Liu, J., and J. M. Chen, Long temporal analysis of 3-km MODIS aerosol product over East China, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 10, 1939-1404, doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2017.2650144, 2017.
  • 2016
  • He, L., Liu, J., Chen, J. M., Croft, H., Wang, R., Sprintsin, M., Zheng, T., Ryu, Y., Pisek, J., Gonsamo, A., Deng, F., Zhang, Y., Inter- and intra-annual variations of clumping index derived from the MODIS BRDF product, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 44, 53-60, doi:10.1016/j.jag.2015.07.007, 2016.
  • Osman, M. K., Tarasick, D. W., Liu, J., Moeini, O., Thouret, V., Fioletov, V. E., Parrington, M., and Nédélec, P., Carbon monoxide climatology derived from the trajectory mapping of global MOZAIC-IAGOS data, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, 10263-10282, doi:10.5194/acp-16-10263-2016, 2016.
  • Jiang, Z., Miyazaki, K., Worden, J. R., Liu, J., Jones, D. B. A., and Henze, D. K., Impacts of anthropogenic and natural sources on free tropospheric ozone over the Middle East, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, 6537–6546, doi:10.5194/acp-16-6537-2016,2016.
  • 2015
  • Ding, K., Liu, J., Ding, A., Liu, Q., Zhao, T. L., Shi, J., Han, Y., Wang, H., and Jiang, F., Uplifting of carbon monoxide from biomass burning and anthropogenic sources to the free troposphere in East Asia, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 2843-2866, doi:10.5194/acp-15-2843-2015, 2015.
  • Chen, B., Liu, J., Chen, J. M., Croft, H., Gonsamo, A., He, L., Luo, X., Assessment of foliage clumping effects on evapotranspiration estimates in forested ecosystems, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 216, 82-92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.09.017, 2015.
  • Zhuang, B. L., Wang, T. J., Liu, J., Ma, Y., Yin, C. Q., Li, S., Xie, M., Han, Y., Zhu, J. L., Yang, X. Q., Fu, C. B., Absorption coefficient of urban aerosol in Nanjing, west Yangtze River Delta, China, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 13633-13646, doi:10.5194/acp-15-13633-2015, 2015.
  • Jiang, Y. C., Zhao, T. L., Liu, J., Xu, X. D., Tan, C. H., Cheng, X. H., Bi, X. Y., Gan, J. B., You, J. F., and Zhao, S. Z.: Why does surface ozone peak before a typhoon landing in southeast China? Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 13331-13338, doi:10.5194/acp-15-13331-2015, 2015.
  • Tan, C., Zhao, T., Xu, X., Liu, J., Zhang, L., Tang, L., Climatic analysis of satellite aerosol data on variations of submicron aerosols over East China, Atmospheric Environment, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.03.054, 2015.
  • Wang, T. J., Zhuang, B. L., Li, S., Liu, J., Xie, M., Yin, C. Q., Zhang, Y., Yuan, C., Zhu, J. L., Ji, L. Q., Han,Y., The interactions between anthropogenic aerosols and the East Asian summer monsoon using RegCCMS, Journal of Geophysical Research, 120, doi:10.1002/2014JD022877, 2015.
  • 2014
  • Liu, J. and Cui, S. Meteorological influences on seasonal variation of fine particulate matter in cities over Ontario, Advances in Meteorology, doi:10.1155/2014/169476, 2014.
  • He, L., Chen, J. M., Liu, J., Mo, G., Bélair, S., Zheng, T., Wang, R., Chen, B., Croft, H., Arain, M. A., Barr, A. G., Optimization of water uptake and photosynthetic parameters in an ecosystem model using tower flux data, Ecological Modelling, 294,94-104, doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.09.019 0304-3800, 2014.
  • Zhuang, B. L., Wang, T. J., Liu, J., Li, S., Mie, M., Yang, X. Q., Fu, C. B., Yin, C. Q., Liao, J. B., Zhu, J. L., and Zhang, Y., Continuous measurement of black carbon aerosol in urban Nanjing of Yangtze River Delta, China, Atmospheric Environment, 89, 415-424, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.10.052, 2014.
  • Zhuang, B. L., Wang, T. J., Li, S., Liu, J., Talbot, R., Mao, H. T., Yang, X. Q., Fu, C. B., Yin, C. Q., Zhu, J. L., Che, H. Z., Zhang, X. Y., Optical properties and radiative forcing of urban aerosols in Nanjing, China, Atmospheric Environment, 83, 43-52, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.10.052, 2014.
  • 2013
  • Liu, J., Tarasick, D. W., Fioletov, V. E., McLinden, C., Zhao, T., Gong, S., Sioris, C., Jin, J. J., Liu, G., and Moeini, O., A global ozone climatology from ozone soundings via trajectory mapping: a stratospheric perspective, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13, 11441-11464, doi:10.5194/acp-13-11441-2013, 2013.
  • Liu, G., Liu, J., Tarasick, D. W., Fioletov, V. E., Jin, J. J., Moeini, O., Liu, X., Sioris, C. E., and Osman, M., A global tropospheric ozone climatology from trajectory-mapped ozone soundings, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics , 13, 10659-10675, doi:10.5194/acp-13-10659-2013, 2013.
  • Gonsamo, A., Chen, J. M., Kurz, W. A. , Price, D. T. , Liu, J., Boisvenue, C., Hember, R. A., Wu, C., and Chang, K., New assessment of net primary productivity of Canada’s landmass, Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 1-15, doi:10.1002/2013JG002388, 2013.
  • Zhou, D., Ding, A., Mao, H., Fu, C., Wang, T., Chan, L.Y., Ding, K., Zhang, Y., Liu, J., Lu, A., and Hao, N., Impacts of the East Asian monsoon on lower tropospheric ozone over coastal South China, Environmental Research Letters, 8, 044011, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/044011, 2013.
  • 2012 and before
  • Chen, J., Mo, G., Pisek, J., Liu, J., Deng, F., Maayar, M. E., Ishizawa, M., and Chan, D. 2012. Foliage clumping index as an important vegetation structural parameter for estimating global terrestrial gross primary productivity, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 26, GB1019, doi:10.1029/2010GB003996.
  • Liu, J., Jones, D. B., Zhang, S., and Kar, J. 2011. Influence of interannual variations in transport on summertime abundances of ozone over the Middle East, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D20310, doi:10.1029/2011JD016188.
  • Jiang, Z., Jones, D. B. A., Kopacz, M., Liu, J., Henze, D. K.,and Heald, C. 2011. Quantifying the impact of model errors on top-down estimates of carbon monoxide emissions using satellite observations, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D15306, doi:10.1029/2010JD015282.
  • Liu, C., Beirle, S., Butler, T., Liu, J., Hoor, P., Jockel, P., Penning de Vries, M., Pozzer, A., Frankenberg, C., Lawrence, M. G., Lelieveld, J., Platt, U., Wagner, T. 2011. Application of SCIAMACHY and MOPITT CO total column measurements to evaluate model results over biomass burning regions and Eastern China, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 6083-6114.
  • Tarasick, D.W.,  Jin, J. J., Fioletov, V. E., Liu, G., Thompson, A. M., Oltmans, S. J., Liu, J., Sioris, C. E., Liu, X., Cooper, O. R., and Dann, T. 2010. High-resolution tropospheric ozone fields for INTEX and ARCTAS from IONS ozonesondes, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, D20301, doi:10.1029/2009JD012918, 2010.
  • Liu, J., Jones, D. B., Worden, J. R., Noone, D., Parrington,  M., Kar,  J. 2009. Analysis of the summertime buildup of tropospheric ozone abundances over the Middle East and North Africa as observed by the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer instrument, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, D05304, doi:10.1029/2008JD010993.
  • Jones, D. B. A, Bowman, K. W.,  Logan, J. A., Heald, C. L., Liu, J. , Luo, M., Worden, J., and Drummond, J. 2009. The zonal structure of tropical O3 and CO as observed by the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer in November 2004 – Part 1: Inverse modeling of CO emissions, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 9, 3547–3562.
  • Worden, J., Jones, D., Liu, J., Parrington, M., Bowman, K., Stajner, I., Beer, R., Jiang, J., Thouret, V., Kulawik, S., Li, J. F., Verma, S., and Worden, H. 2009. Observed vertical distribution of tropospheric ozone during the Asian summertime monsoon, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, D13304, doi:10.1029/2008JD010560.
  • Kar, J., Jones, D. B., Drummond, J. R., Attie, J. L., Liu, J., Zou, J.,  Nichitiu, F. Seymour, M. D., Edwards, D. P., Deeter, M. N., Gille, J. C. Richter, A. 2008. Measurement of low altitude CO over the Indian subcontinent by MOPITT, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, D16307, doi:10.1029/2007JD009362.
  • Feng , X, Liu G, Chen, J. M., Chen, M., Liu, J., Ju, W., Sun, R., and Zhou, W. 2007. Simulating net primary productivity of terrestrial ecosystems in China using a process model driven by remote sensing, Journal of Environmental Management, 85, 563-573.
  • Zhou, Y, Zhu, Q., Chen, J. M., Wang, Y. Q., Liu, J., Sun., R., and Tang, S. 2007. Observation and simulation of net primary productivity in Qilian mountain, Western China, Journal of Environmental Management 85, 574-584, 2007.
  • Kar, J., Drummond, J. R., Jones, D. B. A., Liu, J., Nichitiu, F., Zou, J., Gille, J. C. Edwards, D. P., Deeter, M. N. 2006. Carbon monoxide (CO) maximum over the Zagros mountains in the Middle East: signature of mountain venting? Geophysical Research Letters 33, L15819, doi:10.1029/2006GL026231.
  • Chen, J. M., Chen, B., Higuchi, K., Liu, J., Chan, D., Worthy, D., Tans, P., and Black, A. 2006. Boreal ecosystems sequestered more carbon in warmer years, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L10803, doi:10.1029/2006GL025919.
  • Ju, W., Chen, J. M., Black, T.A., Barr, A., Liu, J. and Chen, B. 2006. Modelling multi-year coupled carbon and water fluxes in a boreal aspen forest, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 140, 136-151.
  • Liu, J., Drummond, J. R., Jones, D., Cao, Z., Bremer, H., Kar, J., Zou, J., Nichitiu, F., and Gille, J. 2006. Large horizontal gradients in atmospheric CO at the synoptic scale as seen by spaceborne Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere, Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, D02306, doi:10.1029/2005JD006076.
  • Liu, J., Drummond, J. R., Li, Q., Gille, J. C., and Ziskin, D. C. 2005. Satellite mapping of CO emission from forest fires in northwest America using MOPITT measurements, Remote Sensing of Environment 95, 502-516.
  • Higuchi, K., Shashkov, A., Chan, D., Saigusa, N., Murayama, S. Yamamoto, S., Kondo, H., Chen, J. M., Liu, J., and Chen, B. 2005. Simulations of seasonal and inter-annual variability of gross primary productivity at Takayama with BEPS ecosystem model, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 134,143-150.
  • Kar, J., Bremer, H., Drummond, J. R., Rochon, Y. J., Jones, D. B. A., Nichitiu, F., Zou, J., Liu, J., Gille, J. C., Edwards, D. P., Deeter, M. N., Francis, G., Ziskin, D., and Warner, J. 2004. Evidence of vertical transport of carbon monoxide from measurements of pollution in the troposphere (MOPITT), Geophysical Research Letters, 31, 23, L2310510.1029/2004GL021128.
  • Bremer, H., Kar, J., Drummond, J. R., Nichitiu, F., Zou, J., Liu, J., Gille, J. C., Deeter, M. N., Francis, G., Ziskin, D., and Warner, J. 2004.  The spatial and temporal variation of MOPITT CO in Africa and South America: A comparison with SHADOZ ozone and MODIS aerosol, Journal of Geophysical Research, 109, D12304, dio:10.1029/2003JD004224.
  • Sun R., Chen, J. M., Zhu, Q., Zhou, Y., Liu, J., Li, J., Liu, S., Yan, G., Tang, S. 2004. Spatial distribution of net primary productivity and evapotranspiration in Changbaishan natural reserve, China using Landsat ETM+ data, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 30 (5), 731-742, 2004.
  • Simic, A., Chen, J. M., Liu, J., and Csillag, F., Spatial scaling of net primary productivity using subpixel information, Remote Sensing of Environment, 93, 246-258.
  • Chen, B., Chen, J., Liu, J., Chan, D., Higuchi, K., and Shashkow, A. 2004. A vertical diffusion scheme to estimate the atmospheric rectifier effect, Journal of Geophysical Research, 109, D04306, dio:10.1029/2003JD003925.
  • Chan, D., Yuen, C. W., Higuchi, K., Shashkov, A., Liu, J., Chen, J., and Worthy, D. 2004. On the CO2 exchange between the atmosphere and the biosphere: The role of synoptic and mesoscale processes, Tellues, 56B, 194-212.
  • Liu, J., Chen, J., and Cihlar, J. 2003. Mapping evapotranspiration based on remote sensing: an application to Canada’s landmass, Water Resources Research, 39, 1189, doi:10.1029/2002WR001680.
  • Chen, J., Liu, J., Leblanc, S. G., Lacaze, R, and Roujean, J. 2003. Multi-angular optical remote sensing for assessing vegetation structure and carbon absorption, Remote Sensing of Environment, 84,516-525.
  • Amiro, B. D., MacPherson, J. I., Desjardins, R. L., Chen, J., and Liu, J. 2003. Post-fire carbon fluxes in the western Canadian boreal forest: evidence from towers, aircraft and remote sensing, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 115, 91-107.
  • Chen, J. M., Ju, W., Cihlar, J., Price, D., Liu, J., Chen, W., Pan, J., Black, T. A., and Barr, A. 2003.  Spatial distribution of carbon sources and sinks in Canada’s forests based on remote sensing, Tellus B. 55, 622-642.
  • Liu, J., Chen, J., Cihlar, J., and Chen, W. 2002. Net primary productivity mapped for Canada at 1-km resolution, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 11, 115-129.
  • Potter, C., Wang, S., Nikolov, N. T., McGuire, A. D., Liu, J., King, A. W., Kimball, J. S., Grant, R. F., Frolking, S, E., Clein, J. S., Chen, J. M., and Amthor, J. S. 2001. Comparison of boreal ecosystem model sensitivity to variability in climate and forest site parameters. Journal of Geophysical Research, 106, 33 671-33 688.
  • Amiro, B. D., Chen, J., and Liu, J. 2000. Net primary productivity following forest fire for Canadian ecoregions. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 30, 939-947, 2000.
  • Chen, J., Chen, W., Liu, J, Cihlar, J. 2000.  Carbon budget of boreal forests estimated from the changes in disturbances, climate, nitrogen and CO2: results for Canada in 1895-1996. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 14, 827-838.
  • Chen, W., Chen, J., Liu, J., and Cihlar, J. 2000. Approaches for reducing uncertainties in regional forest carbon balance, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 14, 839-850.
  • Chen, W., Chen, J., Price, D., Cihlar, J., and Liu, J. 2000. Carbon offset potentials of four alternative forest management strategies in Canada: a simulation study, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies For Global Change, 5, 143-169.
  • Liu, J., Chen, J., Cihlar, J., and Chen, W. 1999. Net primary productivity distribution in the BOREAS region from a process model using satellite and surface data, Journal of Geophysical Research 104, 27,735-27-754.
  • Chen, J., Liu, J., Cihlar, J., and Goulden, M. L., Daily canopy photosynthesis model through temporal and spatial scaling for remote sensing applications, Ecological Modelling 124, 99-119, 1999.
  • Liu, J., Chen, J., Cihlar, J., and Park, W. M. 1997.  A process-based boreal ecosystem productivity simulator using remote sensing inputs, Environment of Remote Sensing 62, 158-175.
  • Liu, J., Chen, J. M., Black, T. A., and Novak, M. D. 1996.  E-e  modelling of turbulent air flow downwind of a forest edge, Boundary-Layer Meteorology 77, 21-44.

Book Chapters

  • Cihlar, J, Fernandes, R, Fraser, R, Chen, J., Chen, W., Latifovic, R, Liu, J., and Li, Z. 2003. National scale forest information extraction from coarse resolution satellite data. Part 2: Forest biophysical parameters and carbon. In Remote Sensing of Forest Environments: Concepts and Case Studies. Edited by M. A. Wulder and S. E. Franklin, Kluwer Academic Publisher, Boston / Dordrecht / London, pp. 359-388.

Research Clusters:
Biogeochemistry and Contaminants, Climate Processes and Climate and Carbon Cycle Modelling, Earth-Surface Processes and Hydrology