Dr. Liu Yingchun is a scientist with the Forest Carbon Accounting and Monitoring Center, Academy of Forest Inventory & Planning, State Forestry Administration, China.


Yingchun Liu received a PhD in global climate change ecology at the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. His key qualifications are in forest ecology, remote sensing and GIS. He studies the global forests from young to old-growth. His work includes field observation, laboratory analysis as well as participation in forest inventory. He was as a postdoctoral researcher for one year at the Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland from 2015-2016. Dr. Yingchun Liu has focused on forest structural parameters, especially the biomass mapping by using the multi-sensor data including optical reflectance, radar backscattering and lidar waveform data in China.


Why I am part of The Carbon Institute

“Forest plays an important role in mitigating climate change. Since 1973, the Forest Resources Inventory (FRI) has been an important method to estimate the forest volume at a country level for State Forestry Administration (SFA) of China. Now, the database of FRI is a widely accepted approach to estimate carbon stock and carbon change in forests. The estimated carbon has been reported to the United Nations as basic data for Paris Agreement.


“As a developing country, China would like to work harder in protecting people’s life and environment. SFA is learning from the experiences of developed countries, and training more people working in carbon accounting and expanding the low carbon concept to civilians. The work between The Carbon Institute and Forest Carbon Accounting and Management Center (FCAMC) of SFA is like a bridge between developed and developing countries in terrestrial carbon accounting. The work will also prompt the understanding of China and international groups.”


Selected Publications

  • Liu Yingchun, Yu Guirui, Wang Qiufeng, Zhang Yangjian, Xu Zehong. 2014. The carbon carry capacity and carbon sequestration potential of forest biomass in China based on the integrated analysis of mature forest biomass. Science China Life Sciences. 57(12): 1218–1229 (SCI Index, IF: 2.2)
  • Liu Yingchun, Yu Guirui, Wang Qiufeng, Zhang Yangjian. 2014. How temperature, precipitation and stand age control the biomass carbon density of the global mature forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 23(3): 323-333 (SCI Index, IF: 7.2)
  • Liu Yingchun, Yu Guirui, Wang Qiufeng, Zhang Yangjian. 2012. Huge Carbon Sequestration Potential in Global Forests. Journal of Resources and Ecology. 3 (3): 193-201 (CSCD)
  • Liu Yingchun, Wang Qiufeng, Yu Guirui, et al. 2011. Ecosystems carbon storage and carbon sequestration potential of two main tree species for the Grain for Green Project on China’s hilly Loess Plateau. Acta Ecologica Sinica. 31(15): 4277-4286 (in Chinese with English abstract, CSCD)
  • Liu Yingchun, Liu Qijing, Wang Hongqing, et al. 2008. Characteristics of biomass allocation of Dicranopteris dichotoma. Chinese Journal of Ecology. 27(5): 705-711. (in Chinese with English abstract, CSCD)