Wanmei Liang

This entry is part 17 of 27 in the series December 2023/January 2024

24 Young Geospatial Professionals to Watch in 2024

Company: NASA
Current position: Science Data Visualizer
Age: 26
Education: BS in geography and minor in geographic information systems & technology, University of California, Los Angeles

Liang works at NASA Earth Observatory as a science data visualizer, skillfully blending elements of cartography, journalism, and science communication by transforming data from NASA’s missions and instruments into captivating maps, infographics, and charts.

Her portfolio encompasses a wide spectrum of subjects, from covering disasters like hurricanes and floods to sharing the latest scientific research using remote sensing and GIS. Wanmei and her team at Earth Observatory serve as a critical bridge between complex scientific data and the broader public, communicating vital information about Earth.

Liang’s impact reaches far beyond her responsibilities at NASA. In her free time, she creates stunning maps that push the boundaries of data visualization and science communication, serving as a source of inspiration and motivation for seasoned cartographers and the next generation of GIS professionals in the art of cartography and data visualization. Additionally, she utilizes the power of social media to chronicle her ongoing transformation, evolving from a timid individual who once lingered in the shadows to a thriving and confident young professional. Through her online presence, she not only shares her personal growth but also offers inspiration and motivation to others who may be embarking on a similar path of self-discovery and professional development.

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