The nominating institution CUHK on the breakthrough:

The cryosphere, the planet’s frozen parts, has undergone rapid warming in recent decades, posing profound threats to people and the Earth systems which are closely connected to all the UN SDGs. With innovative use of AI, computer vision, deep learning, and remote sensing for detecting, characterizing, and monitoring changes of the glaciers and the frozen ground from big earth observation data, the project transforms our understanding of the polar changes and their global impacts.

Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Climate change, Environment & Nature.

Lin Liu

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Lin Liu is an Associate Professor of Earth System Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He studied at Wuhan University for his bachelor’s degree and got his Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Colorado. Before joining CUHK in 2014, he was a George Thompson Postdoc Fellow at Stanford University. His research applies a wide range of geodetic, geophysical, remote sensing, and machine learning techniques to the cryospheric systems, including permafrost, glaciers, and ice sheets, aiming to quantify and understand their changes in a warming climate.