Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Fei Liu

(Research scientist)

Org Code: 614

Mail Code: 614
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

Research Interests

Satellite observations of tropospheric composition and Greenhouse gases; Emission inventory; Air quality; Climate Change

Earth Science: Atmospheric Chemistry

  • Quantify emissions using both satellite observations and bottom-up method
  • Simulate air quality
  • Understand the impact of emissions on air quality and climate change


Research Scientist

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) - NASA/GSFC

April 2017 - December 2021


Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) - De Bilt, Netherlands

April 2016 - March 2017

Simulate regional air quality using CHIMERE chemistry transport model and to evaluate emissions derived from inverse modeling

Research Scientist

Morgan State University - NASA/GSFC

December 2021 - Present

Infer anthropogenic SO2, NOx and CO2 emissions based on satellite observations; create a fusion sulfur dioxide emission inventory for air quality and aerosol modeling to support NASA missions, climate and human health studies



NASA exceptional scientific achievement medal


ROSES Atmospheric Composition Modeling and Analysis Program (ACMAP) - NASA - Awarded: 2019-05-01



Edwards, M. R., T. Holloway, R. B. Pierce, et al. L. Blank, M. Broddle, E. Choi, B. N. Duncan, Á. Esparza, G. Falchetta, M. Fritz, H. K. Gibbs, H. Hundt, T. Lark, A. Leibrand, F. Liu, B. Madsen, T. Maslak, B. Pandey, K. C. Seto, and P. W. Stackhouse. 2022. Satellite Data Applications for Sustainable Energy Transitions Frontiers in Sustainability 3 [10.3389/frsus.2022.910924]

Li, C., J. Joiner, F. Liu, et al. N. A. Krotkov, V. Fioletov, and C. McLinden. 2022. A new machine-learning-based analysis for improving satellite-retrieved atmospheric composition data: OMI SO2 as an example Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 15 (18): 5497-5514 [10.5194/amt-15-5497-2022]

Liu, F., Z. Tao, S. Beirle, et al. J. Joiner, Y. Yoshida, S. J. Smith, K. E. Knowland, and T. Wagner. 2022. A new method for inferring city emissions and lifetimes of nitrogen oxides from high-resolution nitrogen dioxide observations: a model study Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 22 (2): 1333-1349 [10.5194/acp-22-1333-2022]

Liu, F., A. Page, S. A. Strode, et al. Y. Yoshida, S. Choi, B. Zheng, L. N. Lamsal, C. Li, N. A. Krotkov, H. Eskes, R. van der A, P. Veefkind, P. F. Levelt, O. P. Hauser, and J. Joiner. 2020. Abrupt decline in tropospheric nitrogen dioxide over China after the outbreak of COVID-19 Science Advances 6 (28): eabc2992 [10.1126/sciadv.abc2992]

Liu, F., B. N. Duncan, N. A. Krotkov, et al. L. N. Lamsal, S. Beirle, D. Griffin, C. A. McLinden, D. L. Goldberg, and Z. Lu. 2020. A methodology to constrain carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants using satellite observations of co-emitted nitrogen dioxide Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 20 99-116 [10.5194/acp-20-99-2020]

Liu, F., S. Choi, C. Li, et al. V. E. Fioletov, C. A. McLinden, J. Joiner, N. A. Krotkov, H. Bian, G. Janssens-Maenhout, A. S. Darmenov, and A. M. da Silva. 2018. A new global anthropogenic SO2 emission inventory for the last decade: a mosaic of satellite-derived and bottom-up emissions Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18 (22): 16571-16586 [10.5194/acp-18-16571-2018]

Liu, F., R. J. van der A, H. Eskes, J. Ding, and B. Mijling. 2018. Evaluation of modeling NO<sub>2</sub> concentrations driven by satellite-derived and bottom-up emission inventories using in situ measurements over China Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18 (6): 4171-4186 [10.5194/acp-18-4171-2018]

Tong, D., Q. Zhang, S. J. Davis, et al. F. Liu, B. Zheng, G. Geng, T. Xue, M. Li, C. Hong, Z. Lu, D. G. Streets, D. Guan, and K. He. 2018. Targeted emission reductions from global super-polluting power plant units Nature Sustainability 1 (1): 59-68 [10.1038/s41893-017-0003-y]

Li, M., H. Liu, G. Geng, et al. C. Hong, F. Liu, Y. Song, D. Tong, B. Zheng, H. Cui, H. Man, Q. Zhang, and K. He. 2017. Anthropogenic emission inventories in China: a review National Science Review 4 (6): 834-866 [10.1093/nsr/nwx150]

Liu, F., S. Beirle, Q. Zhang, et al. R. J. van der A, B. Zheng, D. Tong, and K. He. 2017. NOx emission trends over Chinese cities estimated from OMI observations during 2005 to 2015 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17 (15): 9261-9275 [10.5194/acp-17-9261-2017]

van der A, R. J., B. Mijling, J. Ding, et al. M. E. Koukouli, F. Liu, Q. Li, H. Mao, and N. Theys. 2017. Cleaning up the air: effectiveness of air quality policy for SO2 and NOx emissions in China Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17 (3): 1775-1789 [10.5194/acp-17-1775-2017]

Hong, C., Q. Zhang, K. He, et al. D. Guan, M. Li, F. Liu, and B. Zheng. 2017. Variations of China's emission estimates: response to uncertainties in energy statistics Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17 (2): 1227-1239 [10.5194/acp-17-1227-2017]

Li, M., Q. Zhang, J.-I. Kurokawa, et al. J.-H. Woo, K. He, Z. Lu, T. Ohara, Y. Song, D. G. Streets, G. R. Carmichael, Y. Cheng, C. Hong, H. Huo, X. Jiang, S. Kang, F. Liu, H. Su, and B. Zheng. 2017. MIX: a mosaic Asian anthropogenic emission inventory under the international collaboration framework of the MICS-Asia and HTAP Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17 (2): 935-963 [10.5194/acp-17-935-2017]

Liu, F., Q. Zhang, R. J. van der A, et al. B. Zheng, D. Tong, L. Yan, Y. Zheng, and K. He. 2016. Recent reduction in NOx emissions over China: synthesis of satellite observations and emission inventories Environmental Research Letters 11 (11): 114002 [10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/114002]

Liu, F., S. Beirle, Q. Zhang, et al. S. Dörner, K. He, and T. Wagner. 2016. NO<sub><i>x</i></sub> lifetimes and emissions of cities and power plants in polluted background estimated by satellite observations Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16 (8): 5283-5298 [10.5194/acp-16-5283-2016]

Liu, F., Q. Zhang, D. Tong, et al. B. Zheng, M. Li, H. Huo, and K. B. He. 2015. High-resolution inventory of technologies, activities, and emissions of coal-fired power plants in China from 1990 to 2010 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 15 (23): 13299-13317 [10.5194/acp-15-13299-2015]

Wang, S., Q. Zhang, R. V. Martin, et al. S. Philip, F. Liu, M. Li, X. Jiang, and K. He. 2015. Satellite measurements oversee China’s sulfur dioxide emission reductions from coal-fired power plants Environmental Research Letters 10 (11): 114015 [10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/114015]

Liu, F., Z. Klimont, Q. Zhang, et al. J. Cofala, L. Zhao, H. Huo, B. Nguyen, W. Schöpp, R. Sander, B. Zheng, C. Hong, K. He, M. Amann, and C. Heyes. 2013. Integrating mitigation of air pollutants and greenhouse gases in Chinese cities: development of GAINS-City model for Beijing Journal of Cleaner Production 58 25-33 [10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.03.024]