LIU Xuehua


LIU Xuehua
Division: Division of Environmental Ecology
Position: Associate Professor
School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

Education background

1998 01 ~ 2001 12: Int. Inst. for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC)  NL  PhD

1995 08 ~ 2001 04: Int. Inst. for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC)  NL  MSc

1988 09 ~ 1991 06: Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS, China  MSc 

1982 09 ~ 1986 07: Dept. of Biology, Nanjing University, China  BSc

Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects

Research Area:

1.Ecological assessment and ecological plan

2.Wildlife habitat ecology

3.Biological conservation

4.Applications of RS and GIS

5.Landscape ecology

6.Ecological planning for wetland

7.Fragile ecosystems and management

8.Slope-land ecology and amelioration

Research Projects:

8 research projects on-going:

1. Habitat monitoring in Giant Panda natural reserves, funded by State Forestry Administration of China, 2005-2009

2. Important national water science & technology specific projects: demonstration of water quality maintenance technology and construction of urban ecological water system, funded by national “11th Five-Year” Plan, 2006-2010

3. Strategic environmental assessment on industry development around Bohai,funded by Ministry of Environmental Protection of China, 2009-2010

4. Natural conservation and sustainable development, funded by Alcoa Foundation, 2005-2010. 

5. guidelines for regional development and planning environmental impact assessment on biodiversity, funded by EU-China Biodiversity Project, 2009-2010

6. Ecological compensation indexes and calculation of soil and water conservation, funded by Ministry of Water Resources, 2008.7-2009

7. Phased evaluation on conclusions of Feasibility study and demonstrations of Three Gorges Project—Ecology part, funded by China engineering academy, 2008.3-2009

8. Research on environmental changing patterns in Loess Plateue at in recent 100 years, funded by “11th Five-Year” foundation,  2006-2009;

32 research projects completed: 

1. Main problems of global environment and strategies in China—Biodiversity part, funded by State Environmental Protection Administration, 2008

2. Environmental problems and strategies in new countryside - ecological part, funded by China council for international cooperation on environment and development (CCICED), 2007

3. Ecological impact assessment and strategy research for lake dredging and surrounding construction on ecosystems and bird habitats in Tieling LianHuaHu Lake, funded by Tieling Construction Committee. 2006.11-2007.01;

4. Construction Planning for Ecological City in Langfang City, Heibei province, funded by Environmental Protection Agency of Langfang City, 2006-2007

5. Environmental Planning in the first phase project of the central line of South to North Water Diversion Project, 2006.10-2007.1

6. Study on the polarization information of water quality monitoring through remote sensing, funded by Knowledge Innovation Programme of Chinese Academy of Science, 2003-2006.

7. Strategic EIA of ShunYi District, Beijing, funded by Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, 2005-2006;

8. Research on remote-sensing quantification method for the forest-bamboo habitat of the endangered species, funded by the Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry,2004-2006.

9. Ecological study of the large endangered mammal species’ habitat suitability.  funded by  the Key Project of National Natural Science Foundation in China (30230080) (NSFC), 2003-2006;

10. Habitat fragmentation impacts on population viability for Giant Panda and designing of habitat corridor, funded by research programs of giant panda of state forestry administration, 2003-2005

11. Eco-Environmental Impact Assessment in the Southwest Beijing, funded by Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, 2004-2005.

12. Conceptual planning of circular economy in Yixing industrial park  for environmental science & technology, Jiangsu province, funded by management committee of the park, 2005.09-2005.11

13. Ecological background investigation and ecological suitability evaluation of Daxing District, Beijing, funded by Daxing planning committee, 2005

14. Environmental Impact Assessment of laying membrane for water conserving in YuanMingYuan Lake, Beijing, funded by YuanMingYuan, 2005

15. Environmental Impact Assessment of sewage treatment system planning in Shenzhen, Guangdong, funded by Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau, 2005

16. Assessment of Ecology, Space, and Environment in Zhang-Ze-Hu Lake, Changzhi, Shanxi, funded by Changzhi Construction Bureau, 2004.

17. Theoretical exploring and implementation of function zoning for natural reserves in China, funded by supporting fund for back-bone people of Tsinghua University,2003-2005;

18. Ecological theoretical study on construction planning of ecological corridor in Wenyu River in Beijing, 2004

19. Biodiversity conservation training for Chinese-University student NGOs, Funded by BPCP, 2003;

20. Assessment of conservation status of the wild giant panda. funded by WWF, 2002-2003;

21. Adaptation study on giant pandas to the different habitat types in the Qinling Mountains, China. Funded by Memphis Zoo and CWCA, 2003-2004;

22. Water environmental planning in Foshan, funded by Foshan Environmental Protection Agency, 2003

23. Beforehand study on eco-environmental planning for sustainable development in Foshan city, Guangdong, China. Funded by Foshan Foshan Environmental Protection Agency, 2003;

24. GIS application on the giant panda and habitat analysis and management in the Qinling Mountains, funded by WWF, 2000-2002;

25. Application of RS and GIS on land cover and land use change in Wolong Nature Reserve, funded by Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997–1999;

26. Research on fragile situation and environmental conflicts in geographical environments – case in Jin-Shan-Men energetic region. Funded by “9th Five-Year” foundation,  1997-1999;

27. Research on integrated treatment and recovery techniques on ecology and environment, Funded by “8th Five-Year”, 1993 -1995;

28. Integrated treatment strategies research for the disaster environment of the Yellow River, Funded by “8th Five-Year” programme, 1993-1995;

29. Experimental study on soil-water conservation of plant fencing and slope-land sustainable utilization in Three Gorge Region. Funded by “8th Five-Year” programme, 1993-1995;

30. Research on the slope-land process and amelioration in the eastern China. Funded by “8th Five-Year” programme, 1993-1996;

31. Experimental research on production potential and land capacity network for major ecological systems. Funded by the key research programme of Chinese Academy of Sciences.1989-1992. 

32. Investigation, analysis and mapping of forest resource through Landsat images in Jing-Jin-Tang Region. Funded by “7th Five-Year” programme, 1985-1988.

Academic Achievement

Published Books:

1.Xuehua Liu. Mapping and Modeling the habitat of Giant Pandas in Foping Nature Reserve, China. ISBN 90-5808-496-5. Printer: Febodruk BV, Enschede, The Netherlands. 2001

2.Haifeng Jia, Xuehua Liu et al. Principles and applications of environmental remote sensing. Tsinghua University Press. Beijing. 2006.

3.Zhao Xuemin, (Liu Xuehua participated in compilation) Giant pandas -- natural heritage of mankind. China Forestry Publishing House.Beijing.2006 (Chinese edition, English edition and Cantonese edition)

4.Liu Xuehua. Ecology for a changing planet. Tsinghua University Press. Beijing. 2007.

Published Articles:

1. Liu Xuehua. 1991. Cobalt in Soil and its influence on plants. Progress in Soil Science. 19(5):9-15 & 42. (in Chinese)

2. Qingye Yang, Xuehua Liu, and Guodong Li. 1994. Analysis and mapping of fragile eco-environmental situations in the middle reach of the Yellow River. Yunnan Geographic Environment Research, Vol.6, No.1, 32-44. (in Chinese)

3. Liu Xuehua, Li Jiyun. 1995. Studies on cobalt—available cobalt content on soils and efficiency of cobalt fertilizer in Xinxiang, Henan. ACTA Pedologica Sinaca. 32(1):112-116.(in Chinese)

4. Xuehua Liu. 1995. The distribution types of genera of Legume in China and their characters of nodulation and nitrogen-fixation. Geographical Research, Vol.14, No.3, 97-104. (in Chinese)

5. Yang Qinye, Liu Xuehua and Li Guodong. Critical environmental situation in the middle reaches of the Yellow River in China. The Journal of Chinese Geography 6(1): 36-47, 1996.

6. Liu Xuehua, Shao Xiaoming. 1996. The influences of cobalt on peanut and maize mixing-planted together in pots. Soil Fertilizers No. 5 :45-46 & 29. (in Chinese)

7. Liu Xuehua, M. C. Bronsveld, A. G. Toxopeus and M. S. Kreijns. GIS application in research of wildlife habitat change – a case study of the giant panda in Wolong Nature Reserve. The Journal of Chinese Geography 7(4): 51- 60, 1997.

8. Liu, Xuehua, M. C. Bronsveld, A. G. Toxopeus, M. S. Kreijns, Zhang Heming, Tan Yinchun, Tang Chunxiang, Yang Jian, Liu Mingcong. Application of digital terrain model (DTM) in the habitat research of endangered animal species. Progress in Geography, 17(2): 50-58, 1998.

9. Congru Mu, Qinye Yang and Xuehua Liu. 1998. Research on environmental conflict analyses and its signification inn geography. ACTA Geographical Sinica, Vol.53 supplement, 186-192. (in Chinese)

10. Chen, L., X. Liu and B. Fu. 1999. Evaluation on giant panda habitat fragmentation in Wolong Nature Reserve. ACTA Ecological Sinica 19(3):291-297. (in Chinese)

11. Chen, L., B. Fu. and X. Liu. 2000. Landscape pattern design and wildlife conservation nature reserve – case study of Wolong Nature Reserve. Journal of Natural Resources 5(12):164-169. (in Chinese)

12. Liu, Xuehua, A. K. Skidmore, Tiejun Wang, Yange Yong and Herbert H. T. Prins. Giant panda movement pattern in Foping Nature Reserve, China. Journal of Wildlife Management 66(4): 1179-1188, 2002. (SCI)

13. Liu, Xuehua, A. K. Skidmore and H. van Oosten. Integration of classification methods for improvement of land-cover map accuracy. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry & Remote 56(4):257-268, 2002. (SCI)

14. Liu, Xuehua, A. K. Skidmore and H. van Oosten. An experimental study on spectral discrimination capability of a backpropagation neural network classifier. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 24 (4): 673-688, 2003. (SCI)

15. ZHANG Shuang, LIU Xuehua, JIN Qiang, LI Jihong, JIN Xuelin, WEI Fuwen. 2004. The relationship between landscape pattern and the habitat of giant pandas on the southern slope of the middle Qinling Mountains. ACTA ECOLOGICA SINICA. 24(9) : 1950-1957. (in Chinese)

16. Zejun Zhang, Fuwen Wei, Ming Li, Baowei Zhang, Xuehua Liu, and Jinchu Hu. 2004. Microhabitat Separation During Winter Among Sympatric Giant Pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), Red Pandas (Ailurus fulgens) and Tufted Deer (Elaphodus cephalophus): The Effects of Diet, Body Size and Energy Metabolism. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 82:1451-1458. (SCI)

17. TANG Jianrong, ZHOU Ruliang, LIU Xuehua. 2004. A rapid vegetation mapping research under GIS support. Ecological Economy. S1:15-19.  (in Chinese)

18. Li Jihong, Liu Xuehua, Zhu Jianzhou, Li Dongqun. 2004. Automatic realization of nature reserve zoning based on GIS.Environmental Science and Engineering. No.1: 24-32. (in Chinese)

19. Li Jihong, Liu Xuehua. 2005. Research on establishing the index system for zoning nature reserves- case study of Laoxiancheng Nature Reserve. Forest Resources Management. No 4: 48-50 & 69. (in Chinese)

20. Xuehua Liu, Albertus G. Toxopeus, Andrew K. Skidmore, Xiaoming Shao, Gaodi Dang, Tiejun Wang, Herbert H. T. Prins. 2006. Giant panda habitat selection in foping nature reserve, china. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 69(4): 1623-1632.   (SCI)

21. De Leeuw, J., Jia, H., Yang, L., Liu, X., Schmidt, K. and Skidmore, A. K., 2006. Comparing accuracy assessments to infer superiority of image classification methods. International Journal Remote Sensing 27: 223-232. (SCI)

22. Li Jihong, Liu Xuehua. 2006. Research of the nature reserve zonation based on the least-cost distance model. Journal of Nature Resourceses. 21(2):217-224。(in Chinese)

23. Liu Xuehua, Andrew K. Skidmore, M. C. Bronsveld. 2006. Assessment of giant panda habitat based on integration of expert system and neural network. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology. 17(3):357-560. (in Chinese)

24. Zhang Shuang, Liu Xuehua and Jin Qiang. 2006. Application of decision tree learning on habitat landscape classification. Journal of Tsinghua University (Science and Technology). 46(9): 1564-1567. (in Chinese)

25. Y. Peng, G.M. Jiang, X.H. Liu, S.L. Niu, M.Z. Liu, D.K. Biswas. 2007. Photosynthesis, transpiration and water use efficiency of four plant species with grazing intensities in Hunshandak Sandland, China. Journal of Arid Environments 70(2):304-315. (SCI)

26. Duan Feizhou, Liu Xuehua, He Xiangbo, Shen Ruqiao. 2007. Study on Status of Social-economy and Ecological Conservation and Sustainable Development Strategy in Mabian Yi Autonomous County, Liangshan Mountains, Sichuan, China. Population resource and environment in China. 17(1):208-211. (in Chinese)

27. PengYun, Liu Xuehua, Zhang Shuang, Jin Qiang. 2007. Evaluation on eco-sensitivity of Shunyi District and its relationship with urban development. China population, resources and environment. Special issue. 17(3): 445-447. (in Chinese)

28. Peng Yun, Liu Xuehua. 2007. Research progress in effects of urbanization on plant biodiversity. Biodiversity science. 15(5):558-562.(in Chinese)

29. KHANG Xiangwu, LIU Xuehua, ZHANG Shuang. 2007. Regional ecological safety evaluation in the southwestern Beijing. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology. 18(12): 2846-2852.(in Chinese)

30. Liu Xuehua, Li Jihong. 2008. Scientific Solutions for the Functional Zoning of Nature Reserves in China. Ecological Modeling. 215(1-3):237-246(SCI/EI)

31. Liu Xuehua, Zhang Shuang. 2008. Evaluation of ecosystem health in the western Beijing. Frontiers of Environmental Sciences & Engineering in China. 2(3):311-317.

32. Liu Xuehua, Wang Ting, Wang Pengyan, Yang Jian. 2008. Application research of radio-tracking data on giant panda movements in Wolong Nature Reserve,China. Acta Theriologica Sinica. 28(2): 180-186. (in Chinese)

33. Liu Xuehua, Jin Qiang. 2008. Research on NDVI Patterns and Its Application to Habitat QualityChange on Southern Slope of the Middle Qinling Mountains,China. Forest Inventory and Planning. 33(3):1-8. (in Chinese)

34. Liu Xuehua, Sun Yan, Liao Chenghao, He Xiangbo. 2008. Ecological mechanism method on environmental impact assessment—taking plan of dredging-enlarging and bank-construction projects in the Lianhua Lake of Tieling City as an example. China environmental science. 28(9):380-384. (in Chinese)

35. Liu Xuehua, Zhang Shuang, Jin Qiang. 2008. Realization of knowledge auto-extraction for Bayesian expert system classifier. Geography and geo-information science. 24(4):20-24. (in Chinese)

36. Liu Xuehua, Jin Xuelin. 2008. Habitat feature of giant pandas’ high-frequency activity areas on southern slope of the Qinling Mountains and habitat selection of giant panda. Chinese Journal of Ecology. 27(12):2123-2128. (in Chinese)

37. Pieter Beck, Tiejun Wang, Andrew A Skidmore, Xuehua Liu. 2008. Displaying remotely sensed vegetation dynamics along natural gradients for ecological studies. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 29(14) : 4277–4283. (SCI)

38. He Weiqi, Chen Shan, Liu Xuehua, Chen Jining.2008. Water Quality Monitoring on Relatively Clean Inland Water Body through Remote Sensing by a Case Study of Guanting Reservoir, Beijing. Frontiers of Environmental Sciences & Engineering in China. 2(2):163-171. (EI) 

39. Duan Feizhou, Liu Xuehua. 2008. Land use/cover change in Mabian Yi autonomous county, Sichuan Province. Recources and environment in the Yangtza basin.17(3):461-467.(in Chinese) 

40. Duan Feizhou, Liu Xuehua. 2008. Stratrgic study on the sustainable development of natural reserve—community based on household survey. China. Population resource and environment in China. Special issue. 18(1):158-161. (CSSCI). (in Chinese)

41. Peng Yun, Liu Xuehua, Zhang Shuang, Jin Qiang. 2008. Ecological risk assessment of the Shunyi District, Beijing based on an analysis of the integrated ecological loss. Journal of Tsinghua University (Science and Technology). 48(3):367-370. (in Chinese)

42. Xia Tianxiang, Pan Jizheng, Liu Xuehua, Zhao Mengbin, Qi Yunkuan, Xiong Fei, Xu Liqiang. 2008. Non-point Source Pollution Characteristics in Fuxianhu Lake Watershed and Variation Law of N and P in Lake Water. Journal of Agro-Environment Science. 27(4):1340-1345. (in Chinese)

43. Lai Jinjin, Liu Xuehua, Jin Qiang. 2008. Assessment of Ecological Loss of Chaobai River Drying -up in Shunyi District. Environmental science and management. 33(1):137-142. (in Chinese)

44. Lai Jinjin, Liu Xuehua, JinQiang.2008. Spatial-temporal changes of ecosystem services in the Shunyi District. Journal of Tsinghua University(Science and Technology).48(9):1466-1471. (in Chinese)

45. Qiu Zhi, Liu Xuehua, Duan Feizhou. 2008. Research on dynamic change of land cover in Baijiawan watershed. Journal of Shandong University (Natural Science). 43(supp.1): 18-22.

46. Wu Yan, Liu Xuehua. 2008. New Methods for the Research of Bamboo Flowering. Journal of bamboo research. 27(1): 8-12.

47. Wu Yan, He Xiangbo, Liu Xuehua. 2008. Analysis on quality situation after intermediate felling of Bashania fargesii, pandas’ staple bamboo in Fuping Nature Reserve in Shaanxi. Forest Inventory and Planning. 33(5): 63-70. (in Chinese)

48. Liao Chenghao, Liu Xuehua. 2008. An Effectiveness Comparison between Water Body Indices Based on MODIS Data. Remote Sensing for Land & Resources. 4:22-26. (in Chinese)

49. Zheng Chao Hui, Liu Xuehua, He Weiqi, Chen Jining, Zhao Yongchao. 2008. Recognizing Pollutant in Water by High-spectral Reflectance and Polarization Information. Remote Sensing Information No.3:15-21. (in Chinese)

50. He Xiangbo, Liu Xuehua, Liu Xinyu, Wang Liping. 2008. Research on applications of 3S technology in nature reserve. Science Journal of Northwest University Online. 6(2):1-8. (in Chinese) 

51. Liu Xinyu, He Xiangbo, Liu Xuehua, Yuan Yingqin, Yong Yange, Zheng Xiaoyan. 2008. Research between Giant Panda conservation and bamboo problems in Foping National Nature Reserve. Journal of Shaanxi Normal University (Natural Science Edition) . 36(Sup.): 99-104.(in Chineses)

52. Tiejun Wang, A.K. Skidmore, A.G. Toxopeus, and Liu Xuehua, 2009. Understory Bamboo Discrimination Using a Winter Image. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing.  75(1):37-47(SCI/EI)

53. Xia Tianxiang, Liu Xuehua, Zhao Mengbin. 2009. The Clearance and Accumulation of Cu, Zn and Cd from Water by the Freshwater Mussels(Anodonta woodiana and Hyriopsis cumingii). Fisheries Science. 28(4): 183-187.(in Chinese)

54. Sun Yan,Liu Xuehua, Du Guisheng, Chen Jining, Chen Wei, Zhang Shuang. 2009. Application of Analogy Method to Environmental Impact Assessment for Anti-leakage Engineering of Yuanmingyuan Park. Environmental Science & Technology. 32(10):194-199. (in Chinese)

55. Kang Xiangwu, Wu Zhaohua, Liu Xuehua, 2009. Research on Spatio-Temporal Change of Sandy Desertification in Hunshandak. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 23(1):1-6. (in Chinese)