Jicheng Liu is an Assistant Research Scientist for the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his B.S. in Atmospheric Physics from Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, Nanjing, China in 1993, his M.S. in Atmospheric Environment from Peking University, Beijing, China in 1999 and Ph.D in Geography from Boston University in 2005. He is also currently a Visiting Scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) in College Park, MD. His research interests include land surface parameter retrieval algorithm development using remotely sensed data and assimilation of these products in Global Forecast System (GFS) to improve its performance. He played a significant role in the development of NOAA Soil Moisture Operational Product System (SMOPS), which is now operationally running at Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) at NOAA/NESDIS and providing soil moisture products from a number of individual satellite sensors as well as a blended soil moisture product from these products. Dr. Liu’s current research interests include developing soil moisture retrieval algorithms using data from microwave satellite sensors, such as AMSR2, SMOS and SMAP, and making the products readily available through SMOPS.