Jie Liu


Dr. Jie LIU holds a doctorate in Remote Sensing and Geography Information System. Her research interest is digital environmental archaeology and using remote sensing and GIS for monitoring World Heritage and she has published over 20 papers and three books. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated excellent competence in research, management and international relations. Dr. Liu has tremendous aptitude for international cooperation and has facilitated CAS’ efforts in promoting and implementing international collaborations with organizations in both developed and developing countries. She is an important member of CAS delegations for international cooperation, more prominently for collaborations between the CAS and US’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the European commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) towards data sharing and joint research on climate change, land cover mapping, human settlements analysis and agricultural monitoring, etc., through space and in-situ observations. She passionately supports open science and open data concept, and has worked to improve strong private and public partnerships to realize rapid progress towards adoption of digital technologies for addressing sustainability challenges. As Deputy Director of the International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals, Dr. Liu has played an instrumental role in promoting CAS’ efforts towards facilitating science, technology and innovation for UN Sustainable Development Goals and has also played an important role in coordinating engagements and collaborations with various UN entities including but not limited to UNDESA, UNEP, FAO, UNESCO, UN Habitat, UN Water and UNCCD, which provided essential data resources and innovative method to reduce technological barriers and fill in data gaps for SDG monitoring globally. In addition, she has led the publication of a series of reports titled “Big Earth Data in support of the Sustainable Development Goals”, which have been submitted to UN as part of official documents of the Chinese Government during UN General Assembly sessions in 2019 and 2020. She has served on several international centers and programs on science and technology, including as Secretary General of the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage under the Auspices of UNESCO, Secretary General of the Digital Belt and Road Program. Through these engagements she has expressed strong dedication towards capacity building in the developing countries. Her prominent efforts, among many others, include the monitoring of the surrounding environment of Angkor World Heritage site in Cambodia, the emergency assessment of cyclone impact on East Rennell World Heritage Site in the Solomon Islands, and Big Earth Data capacity development in Thailand.