Tenure-Track Faculty

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Lin Liu

Title: Professor, Co-Director of the Joint Center of GIS and Spatial Analysis
Office: 400 E Braunstein Hall 
Tel: 513-556-3429



  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1994 (Geography, GIS).
  • M.S., Peking University, Beijing, China, 1987 (Remote Sensing, Computer Cartography).
  • B.S., Peking University, Beijing, China, 1984 (Geography, Geomorphology).
  • M.S. (Course requirement), University of Cincinnati, 2002 (Computer Science).


Research Areas: GIS, geographic visualization, quantitative methods, location analysis, crime mapping and analysis, geo-simulation, China

Dr. Lin Liu is Professor of Geography at University of Cincinnati and is also the Co-Director of the Joint Center of GIS and Spatial Analysis. He has served as the thesis/dissertation advisor of over 20 M.A. and Ph.D. students. Dr. Liu is the author/co-author of nearly 70 articles, books, and edited volumes. He has been awarded over 20 research grants from various funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The total funding received as a PI or Co-PI has exceeded $1.5 million. Professor Liu has served in a number of NSF advisory/review panels. His research interest includes spatial interaction modeling, crime analysis and simulation modeling, location analysis, spatial data mining, geographic visualization, and environmental modeling. Dr. Liu is a former President and Chair of Board of Directors of the International Association of the Chinese Professionals in GIS. He has co-chaired a number of international conferences on GIS. Professor Liu obtained a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, and earned a B.S and M.S. from Peking University, China. He is one of the pioneers in GIS software development in China.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 2037 - Geography of China
  • GEOG 5121/6021 - Crime Mapping and Analysis
  • GEOG 5171C/6071C - Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
  • GEOG 7085 - Seminar: Location Theory and Analysis

Selected Publications

  • He S, Liu L, Yang G, et al. Housing differentiation and housing poverty in Chinese low-income urban neighborhoods under the confluence of State-market forces[J]. Urban Geography, 2016: 1-23.
  • Liu, Y., L. Liu, X. Wang, K. Liu, H. Huang, and S. Zhang (2015), Analysis of building performance in the reduction of waterlogging disasters, Journal of Natural Disasters, 24(5), 68-74.
  • Liu, L., Y. Liu, X. Wang, D. Yu, K. Liu, H. Huang, and G. Hu (2015), Developing an effective 2-D urban flood inundation model for city emergency management based on cellular automata, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 15(3), 381-391.
  • Wang, N., L. Liu, and J. E. Eck (2014), Analyzing crime displacement with a simulation approach, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 41(2), 359-374.
  • Liu, K., L. Liu, H. Liu, X. Li, and S. Wang (2014), Exploring the effects of biophysical parameters on the spatial pattern of rare cold damage to mangrove forests, Remote Sensing of Environment, 150, 20-33.

Awards and Honors

  • Best Service Award, the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS), 2010.
  • Outstanding individual contributions to academic excellence in McMicken College 2007.
  • Outstanding individual contributions to academic excellence in McMicken College 2006.
  • Guest professor of Sun Yat-sen University, 2006 to 2009.
  • Guest professor of Wuhan Technical University on Surveying and Mapping 1997.
  • Summer Research Fellowship, University of Cincinnati 1997.
  • President, the Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Systems (CPGIS), 1996 to 1997.
  • China Cornell Fellowship 1996.

Graduate Students and Postdocs

  • Minxuan Lan
  • Li Zhou