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About Ruiliang Pu

Dr. Ruiliang Pu received an M.Sc (1985) from Nanjing Forestry University (NFU), China, and earned a Ph.D. (Cartography & Geographic Information System, 2000), conducted at University of California (UC) at Berkeley, from Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a visiting scholar between 1990-1991 in Institute for Space and Terrestrial Sciences, Ontario, Canada. He was a visiting scholar at The University of Calgary, Canada, in 1994. He moved to the United States in 1995. He was a Research Associate later on an Assistant Researcher at UC Berkeley between 1995 and 2005. He has worked for one year as a Visiting Research Scientist with Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland at College Park before moving to University of South Florida (USF) in 2006. He has published more than 100 journal papers, book chapters and segments in English and more than 26 journal papers and books in Chinese. He has been awarded the science and technology prizes three times by the Chinese government between 1986 and 1991 because of his excellent research achievements. He has been a reviewer of USA NASA, Canada NSERC and Belgian Science Policy research proposals and more than 20 journals’ papers. He also is currently an editorial board member/academic editor of Remote Sensing journal and Geosciences journal with MDPI.

Dr. Pu is currently a Professor with the School of Geosciences, USF and his research experience and interests are in remote sensing, GIS and spatial statistics with direct applications to natural hazard monitoring, land use/cover change detection, biophysical and biochemical parameters extraction, and coastal and terrestrial ecosystems modeling. His current research interests are in mapping and characterization of seagrass habitats using spacecraft observations and urban environmental studies using thermal and optical remote sensing data with an emphasis on analysis of high spatial and spectral resolution satellite imagery.


Present Professor, University of South Florida School of Geosciences


2017 - 2020 Multi-sensor and Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing Integration Techniques for Coastal Wetland Evolution Monitoring
National Natural Science Foundation of China
2018 Faculty International Travel Grant
2016 - 2017 2016 Tampa Tree Canopy Study and Urban Forest Analysis
City of Tampa, FL
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present Associates Editor, Geosciences
2015 - Present Editorial Board Member/Academic Editor, Remote Sensing
2005 - Present Member, American Geophysical Union
1995 - Present Member, American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing
2013 - 2015 Editorial Board Member, Journal of Earth Science and Engineering
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Honors and Awards

  • 2010 - Board Service Award for outstanding service and dedication as a Board member for 2007-2010, Chinese American Association of Tampa Bay (CAAT)
  • 2001 - Outstanding Service Award, The International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science (CPGIS)
  • 1991 - Prize of Science Technology, second place, by The Ministry of Forestry of China


  • Environmental Applications of GIS
  • Introductory GIS
  • Research Methods in Geography
  • Advanced Remote Sensing
  • Remote Sensing of the Environment


2000 Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
1985 M.S., Nanjing Forestry University
1982 B.S., Nanjing Forestry University

Contact Information

Office: NES 213
Phone: (813) 974-1508


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