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Name: LIU Yansui

Profession: Land Use and Rural Geography Specialist

Current Appointment: Professor

Prof. Yansui Liu, born in 1965 in Suide County, Shaanxi Province, is professor and PhD supervisor, and director of the Research Centre for Regional Agriculture and Rural Development (RARD), Executive Vice director of the Research Centre for Land Use Planning (CLUP) at the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).


Prof. Yansui Liu graduated from the Geography Department of Shaanxi Normal University with a BSc in 1989, an MSc in 1995, and received his PhD degree from the Nanjing Normal University in 1998. He completed his postdoctoral research at IGSNRR in 2000. He also carried out research at Montana State University and the University of Auckland as a visiting scholar in 2001 and 2003, respectively.

Areas of Specialization:

Prof. Yansui Liu is a geographer and his major areas of research are Land Use, Regional Agriculture and Rural Development, New Countryside Construction, Land resources and their optimal allocation. So far he as the principal investigator has undertaken 25 research projects sponsored by NSFC, CAS, MLR, MAC and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Academic Awards

He has received eight awards, including one first and one second prize of Sciences and Technology Advancement Award of Shaanxi Province in 2005 and 2004. He was a recipient of the Young Agronomic Technology Award of CAASS in 2004, the Young Science and Technology Researcher Award of CSNR in 2003, the Young Geographical Sciences Technology Award of GSC, the Best PhD Dissertation Award of Jiangsu Province in 1999.

Society Appointments:

He currently serves as the chair of the Subcommission on Land Resources Research, Chinese Society for Natural Resources (CSNR), and an adjunct professor in the Land Use Key Laboratory of Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR), Graduate School of CAS, and Shaanxi Normal University. He is one of the associate chief editors of the journal Areal Research and Development, and a member of the editorial board of Journal of Mountain Sciences, Resources Science, Progress in Geography, and Human Geography.

Major Research Projects:

[1] The Key Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China:Research on the New Countryside Construction Patterns and Approach to Sustainable Developoment in Eastern Coastal Areas in China (No.40635029) [2007-2010]

[2] The National Basic Research Program of China: The Aridification in Northern China and its Impacting on Water, Land and Food Security (No.2006CB400505) [2006-2009]

[3] The Knowledge Innovation Project of Chinese Academic of Sciences: A Study of Land-Water Resources Utilization and Agro-Rural Development in Middle Region of China (No. KZCX3-SW-353-02) [2006-2007]

[4] The Key Knowledge Innovation Project of Chinese Academic of Sciences: Agricultural Land-Water Resources Optimal Allocation in Northeastern China (No. KZCX1-SW-19-01) [2002-2006]

[5] The key Project of Ministry of Land and Resources: The Mechanism of Land Use Changes and Its Scenario Analysis in China (No.20010102) [2002-2005]

[6] The Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China: Studies on the Types Conversion and Optimal Allocation of Land Resources in the Southeast Coastal Developed Regions (No.40171007) [2002-2004]

[7] The Specialized Research of Planning Updating of Ministry of Land and Resources: A Study on the Land Use Strategies of China. [2006-2007]

[8] People's Government of Hainan Province: Land Use General Planning of Hainan Province (2006-2020) [2005-2007]

Representative Publications:

Prof. Yansui Liu has published 120 scientific papers, fifteen of which have appeared in SCI, SSCI and EI journals like International Journal of Remote Sensing, Environmental Management, and Pedosphere. His other publications include nine books. The selected publications since 2000 are as follows.

[1] Yansui Liu, Wang Jieyong and Guo Liying. GIS-Based assessment of land suitability for optimal allocation in the Qinling Mountains, China. Pedosphere. 2006,16(5): 579-586.

[2] Yansui Liu, Dawei Wang, Jay Gao. Land Use/Cover Changes, the Environment and Water Resources in Northeast China. Environmental Management. 2005, 36 (5): 691-701.

[3] Yansui Liu, Hu YecuiPeng Liuying. Accurate Quantification of Grassland Cover Density in the Alpine Meadow Soil Based on Remote Sensing and GPS. Pedosphere, 2005,15(6): 778-783.

[4] Yansui Liu, Y. Zha, J. Gao, S. Ni. Assessment of grassland degradation near Lake Qinghai, Western China using Landsat TM and ‘in situ’ reflectance spectra data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 2004,2520:4177-4189.

[5] Yansui Liu, Jay GaoYanfeng Yang. A Holistic Approach Towards Assessment of Severity of Land Degradation Along the Great Wall in Northern Shaanxi Province, China. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2003,82 (2): 187-202.

[6] Yansui Liu, Md Anisul Islam and Jay Gao. Quantification of shallow water quality parameters by means of remote sensing. Progress in Physical Geography,2003,27 (1):24-43.

[7] Jay Gao, Yansui Liu, Yufu Chen. Land cover changes during agrarian restructuring in Northeast China. Applied Geography, 2006,26(4): 312-322.

[8] Liu Yansui, Gan Hong, Jay Gao. The causes and environmental effects of land use conversion during agricultural restructuring in Northeast China. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2004, 14 (4): 488-494.

[9] Liu Yansui, Zhang Xiaoping, Li Xianwen. Mechanism and regulation of land use change in Yulin District. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2003,13(2): 139-146.

[10] Liu Yansui, Deng Xiangzheng. Structural patterns of land types and optimal allocation of land use in Qingling Mountains. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2001,11(1): 99-109.

[11] Liu Yansui. Rural transformation development and new countryside construction in eastern coastal region of China. Acta Geographical Sinica, 2007,62(6): 563-570. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[12] Liu Yansui, Lu Yanxia. Optimal Land Use Strategies to Guarantee Urban-Rural Harmonious Development in Eastern Coastal Region of China. Journal of Chongqing Jianzhu University, 2007,29(3):4-7. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[13] Liu Yansui. Strategies to Guarantee Land Resources Safety in China. Bulletin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2006,21(5):379-384. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[14] Liu Yansui, Jin Xiaoyan, Hu Yecui. Study on the pattern of rural distinctive eco-economy based on land resources:a case study of Suide county in Loess hilly areas. Journal of Natural Resources, 2006,21(5): 7438-7450.(in Chinese with English abstract)

[15] Liu Yansui, Gan Hong, Zhang Fugang. Analysis of the matching patterns of land and water resources in Northeast China. Acta Geographical Sinica, 2006,618:847-854. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[16] Liu Yansui, Peng Liuying, Chen Yufu. Conversion of land use types and ecological effect in Northeast China. Transactions of the CSAE, 2005,21 (10):175-178. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[17] Liu Yansui, Peng Liuying, Wang Dawei. Analysis of the situation and mechanism of land use conversion in the southeast coastal area. Journal of Natural Resources, 2005,20(3)333-339. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[18] Liu Yansui, Deng Xusheng, Gan Hong. The State and Optimization Countermeasures of Urban Land use in China. Journal of Chongqing Jianzhu University, 2005,27(3): 1-4. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[19] Liu Yansui, Hu Yecui, Zheng Yu. Modeling optimal allocation of arable land in relatively developed areas: a case study in Wuxi city, Jiangsu province. Progress in Geography, 2004,235:25-32. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[20] Liu Yansui, Lu dadao. The Basic Trend and Regional Effect of Agricultural Structure Adjustment in China. Acta Geographical Sinica, 2003,58(3): 381-389. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[21] Liu Yansui, Wu Chuanjun. Situation of land-water resources and analysis of sustainable food security in China. Journal of Natural Resources, 2002, 17 (3) :270-275. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[22] Liu Yansui, Wu Chuanjun, Lu Qi. Orientation and tactics for 21st century sustainable agriculture and rural development in China. Scientia Geographica Sinica, 2002,22(4): 385-389. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[23] Liu Yansui, Chen Baiming. The study framework of land use/cover change based on sustainable development in China. Geographical Research, 2002,21(3):324-341. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[24] Liu Yansui, Jay Gao. Trend analysis of land degradation in the zone along the Great Wall in northern Shaanxi. Acta Geographical Sinica, 2002, 574:443-450. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[25] Liu Yansui. Structural analysis and optimal use of land types in mountainous regions. Acta Geographical Sinica, 2001, 56(4): 426-436. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[26] Liu Yansui, Wu Chuanjun, Zhang Jianping. The framework of land science-technology innovation system in China. Geographical Research,2001,22(4):416-422. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[27] Liu Yansui. A study on regional forced land use conversion and optimal allocation. Journal of Natural Resources, 2001,16(4):334-340. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[28] Liu Yansui, Feng Dexian. Sustainable potential and models of land use in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area. Geographical Research, 2001,20(2):139-145. (in Chinese with English abstract)

[29] Liu Yansui, Fanjie. Resesrch on land use changes for supporting of national decision-making in China. China Land Scicence, 2001,(4):12-17. (in Chinese)

[30] Liu Yansui. Distributional laws and optimal models used of agricultural resources in mountainous region. Resources Science, 2000,225:27-31. (in Chinese with English abstract)

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