Peer-Reviewed Publications



8. Liu, T., L.J. Mickley, S. Singh, M. Jain, R.S. DeFries, and M.E. Marlier. Crop residue burning practices across north India inferred from household survey data: bridging gaps in satellite observations. (in press at Atmos. Environ.)

DOI: 10.31223/

[EarthArXiv, Harvard Dataverse: SAGE-IGP agricultural fire emissions]

7. Liu, T., L.J. Mickley, M.E. Marlier, R.S. DeFries, M.F. Khan, M.T. Latif, and A. Karambelas (2020). Diagnosing spatial biases and uncertainties in global fire emissions inventories: Indonesia as regional case study. Remote Sens. Environ., 237, 111557.

* Special Issue on "Remote Sensing of Land Change Science with Google Earth Engine"

DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.111557

[website, code, FIRECAM Tool, EarthArXiv]


6. Marlier, M.E., T. Liu, K. Yu, J.J. Buonocore, S.N. Koplitz, R.S. DeFries, L.J. Mickley, D.J. Jacob, J. Schwartz, B.S. Wardhana, and S.S. Myers (2019). Fires, Smoke Exposure, and Public Health: An Integrative Framework to Maximize Health Benefits from Peatland Restoration. GeoHealth, 3, 178-189.

DOI: 10.1029/2019GH000191

[website, code, SMOKE Policy Tool, Media Coverage: The Conversation Indonesia, @googleearth Medium, CNN, ... ]

5. Liu, T., M.E. Marlier, A. Karambelas, M. Jain, S. Singh, M.K. Singh, R. Gautam, and R.S. DeFries (2019). Missing emissions from post-monsoon agricultural fires in northwestern India: regional limitations of MODIS burned area and active fire products. Environ. Res. Commun., 1, 011007.

* Highlighted for @LadiesOfLandsat #ManuscriptMonday on Dec. 23, 2019

DOI: 10.1088/2515-7620/ab056c

code, EarthArXiv, corrigendum]


4. Liu, T., R.W. Schmitt, and L. Li (2018). Global search for autumn-lead sea surface salinity predictors of winter precipitation in southwestern United States. Geophys. Res. Lett., 45(16), 8445-8454.

DOI: 10.1029/2018GL079293


3. Cusworth, D.H., L.J. Mickley, M.P. Sulprizio, T. Liu, M.E. Marlier, R.S. DeFries, S.K. Guttikunda, and P. Gupta (2018). Quantifying the influence of agricultural fires in northwest India on urban air pollution in Delhi, India. Environ. Res. Lett., 13(4), 044018.

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aab303

[Media Coverage: IndiaSpend, The Economic Times of India,]

2. Liu, T., M.E. Marlier, R.S. DeFries, D.M. Westervelt, K.R. Xia, A.M. Fiore, L.J. Mickley, D.H. Cusworth, and G. Milly (2018). Seasonal impact of regional outdoor biomass burning on air pollution in three Indian cities: Delhi, Bengaluru, and Pune. Atmos. Environ., 173, 83-92.

DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.10.024

[code, SI animations]


1. Koplitz, S.N., L.J. Mickley, M.E. Marlier, J.J. Buonocore, P.S. Kim, T. Liu, M.P. Sulprizio, R.S. DeFries, D.J. Jacob, J. Schwartz, and S.S. Myers (2016). Public health impacts of the severe haze in Equatorial Asia in September-October 2015: Demonstration of a new framework for informing fire management strategies to reduce downwind smoke exposure. Environ. Res. Lett., 11(9), 094023.

* 2016 ERL Research Highlights

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/9/094023

[Media Coverage: NY Times, The Guardian]

In Review, In Revision

9. Liu, T., L.J. Mickley, R. Gautam, M.K. Singh, R.S. DeFries, and M.E. Marlier. Detection of delay in post-monsoon agricultural burning across Punjab, India: potential drivers and consequences for air quality. (in review at Environ. Res. Lett.)

DOI: 10.31223/


10. Lan, R., S.D. Eastham, T. Liu, L.K. Norford, and S.R.H. Barrett. Spatial and temporal attribution of air quality and health impacts due to crop residue burning in India. (in revision)

11. Gunthe, S.S., P. Liu, U. Panda, S.S. Raj, A. Sharma, E. Derbyshire, E. Reyes-Villegas, J. Allan, Y. Chen, X. Wang, S. Song, M.L. Phker, L. Shi, Y. Wang, S.M. Kommula, T. Liu, R. Ravikrishna, G. McFiggans, L.J. Mickley, S.T. Martin, U. Pöschl, M.O. Andreae, and H Coe. Enhanced aerosol particle growth sustained by high continental chlorine emission in India. (in review)

12. Liu, T., L.J. Mickley, and J.L. McCarty. Human-driven temporal shifts in fire activity: southwest Russia and north Australia as case study regions. (in revision at Environ. Res. Lett.)

Popular Writing

5. Liu, T., illust. by C. Ding. “A Bird's-Eye View of Earth: Petabytes of Satellite Data at Our Fingertips” (April 14, 2020). Science in the News. (article)

4. Liu, T., illust. by E. Fivenson. “Living in a world of extreme droughts, floods, and storms” (September 27, 2019). Science in the News. (article)

3. Liu, T., M.E. Marlier, J.J. Buonocore, L.J. Mickley, and R.S. DeFries. “We Built an App to Detect Areas Most Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Haze” (September 9, 2019). The Conversation Indonesia. (article)

2. Liu, T., illust. by C. Huang. “It’s Time to Value Disappearing Wetlands” (Spring 2016 issue). Columbia Science Review. (issue)

1. Liu, T. “Finding Serenity Through Research” (July 15, 2015). Columbia to the Core, Columbia College, Columbia University. (article)

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