Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Dongchul Kim



Org Code: 614

Mail Code: 614
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

Dr. Dongchul Kim received a Ph.D. and MS in Atmospheric Chemistry (2004 and 2001) from the University of Nevada Reno/Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV, and a BS in Atmospheric Science (1998) from the Pukyong National University, Busan, Korea. After graduation he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science at MIT where he developed a multi-mode multi-moment aerosol model online coupled with NCAR CAM. In 2008, he served as a research scientist at NOAA/NCEP for two years. In 2010, he joined GEST/UMBC, and in May 2011 joined GESTAR/USRA as an assistant research scientist.


Ph.D. 2004 Desert Research Institute, Reno, Univ. Nevada System Atmospheric Sciences
M.S. 2001 Desert Research Institute, Reno, Univ. Nevada System Atmospheric Sciences
B.S. 1998 Pu-Kyong National University, South Korea. Atmospheric Sciences


Excellence in GESTAR Mission Achievement Award (2014)



Kim, D., M. Chin, C. A. Cruz, D. Tong, and H. Yu. 2021. Spring Dust in Western North America and Its Interannual Variability—Understanding the Role of Local and Transported Dust Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 126 (22): [10.1029/2021jd035383]

Yu, H., Q. Tan, L. Zhou, et al. Y. Zhou, H. Bian, M. Chin, C. L. Ryder, R. C. Levy, Y. Pradhan, Y. Shi, Q. Song, Z. Zhang, P. R. Colarco, D. Kim, L. A. Remer, T. Yuan, O. Mayol-Bracero, and B. N. Holben. 2021. Observation and modeling of the historic “Godzilla” African dust intrusion into the Caribbean Basin and the southern US in June 2020 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 21 (16): 12359-12383 [10.5194/acp-21-12359-2021]

Yu, H., Q. Tan, M. Chin, et al. D. Kim, Z. Zhang, and Q. Song. 2020. Satellite Remote Sensing Observations of Trans-Atlantic Dust Transport and Deposition: A Multi-Sensor Analysis IGARSS 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 5574-5577 [10.1109/igarss39084.2020.9324325]

Jordan, A. K., B. F. Zaitchik, A. Gnanadesikan, D. Kim, and H. S. Badr. 2020. Strength of Linkages Between Dust and Circulation Over North Africa: Results From a Coupled Modeling System With Active Dust Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 125 (11): [10.1029/2019jd030961]

Tao, Z., M. Chin, M. Gao, et al. T. Kucsera, D. Kim, H. Bian, J.-I. Kurokawa, Y. Wang, Z. Liu, G. R. Carmichael, Z. Wang, and H. Akimoto. 2020. Evaluation of NU-WRF model performance on air quality simulation under various model resolutions – an investigation within the framework of MICS-Asia Phase III Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 20 (4): 2319-2339 [10.5194/acp-20-2319-2020]

Kim, D., M. Chin, H. Yu, et al. X. Pan, H. Bian, Q. Tan, R. A. Kahn, K. Tsigaridis, S. E. Bauer, T. Takemura, L. Pozzoli, N. Bellouin, and M. Schulz. 2019. Asian and Trans‐Pacific Dust: A Multimodel and Multiremote Sensing Observation Analysis Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 2019JD030822 [10.1029/2019jd030822]

Yu, H., Q. Tan, M. Chin, et al. L. A. Remer, R. A. Kahn, H. Bian, D. Kim, Z. Zhang, T. L. Yuan, A. H. Omar, D. M. Winker, R. C. Levy, O. Kalashnikova, L. Crepeau, V. Capelle, and A. Chédin. 2019. Estimates of African Dust Deposition Along the Trans‐Atlantic Transit Using the Decadelong Record of Aerosol Measurements from CALIOP, MODIS, MISR, and IASI Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 124 (14): 7975-7996 [10.1029/2019jd030574]

Tao, Z., S. A. Braun, J. J. Shi, et al. M. Chin, D. Kim, T. Matsui, and C. D. Peters-Lidard. 2018. Microphysics and Radiation Effect of Dust on Saharan Air Layer: An HS3 Case Study Monthly Weather Review 146 (6): 1813-1835 [10.1175/mwr-d-17-0279.1]

Kim, D., M. Chin, E. M. Kemp, et al. Z. Tao, C. D. Peters-Lidard, and P. Ginoux. 2017. Development of high-resolution dynamic dust source function - A case study with a strong dust storm in a regional model Atmospheric Environment 159 11-25 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.03.045]

Kim, D., M. Chin, L. A. Remer, et al. T. Diehl, H. Bian, H. Yu, M. E. Brown, and W. R. Stockwell. 2017. Role of surface wind and vegetation cover in multi-decadal variations of dust emission in the Sahara and Sahel Atmospheric Environment 148 282-296 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.10.051]

Chin, M., H. Bian, T. Kucsera, et al. T. Diehl, Z. Tao, D. Kim, and X. Pan. 2017. Connection Between East Asian Air Pollution and Monsoon System Air Pollution in Eastern Asia: An Integrated Perspective 87-103 [10.1007/978-3-319-59489-7_5]

Pan, X., M. Chin, R. Gautam, et al. H. Bian, D. Kim, P. R. Colarco, T. L. Diehl, T. Takemura, L. Pozzoli, K. Tsigaridis, S. E. Bauer, and N. Bellouin. 2015. A multi-model evaluation of aerosols over South Asia: common problems and possible causes Atmos. Chem. Phys. 15 5903-5928 [10.5194/acp-15-5903-2015]

Peters-Lidard, C. D., E. M. Kemp, T. Matsui, et al. J. A. Santanello, S. V. Kumar, J. P. Jacob, T. L. Clune, W.-K. Tao, M. Chin, A. Hou, J. L. Case, D. Kim, K.-M. Kim, W. K. Lau, Y. Liu, J. J. Shi, D. O. Starr, Q. Tan, Z. Tao, B. F. Zaitchik, B. Zavodsky, Q. Zhang, and M. Zupanski. 2015. Integrated modeling of aerosol, cloud, precipitation and land processes at satellite-resolved scales Environmental Modelling and Software 67 149-159 [doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.01.007]

Matsui, T., C. M. Ichoku, C. A. Randles, et al. T. L. Yuan, A. M. Da Silva, P. R. Colarco, D. Kim, R. C. Levy, A. M. Sayer, M. Chin, D. Giles, B. N. Holben, E. J. Welton, T. F. Eck, and L. A. Remer. 2014. Current and Future Perspectives of Aerosol Research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society early view [10.1175/ BAMS-D-13-00153.1]

Yoo, J., Y. R. Lee, D. Kim, et al. M.-J. Jeong, W. R. Stockwell, P. K. Kundu, S.-M. Oh, D.-B. Shin, and S.-J. Lee. 2014. New indices for wet scavenging of air pollutants (O3, CO, NO2, SO2, and PM10) by summertime rain Atmospheric Environment 82 226-237 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.10.022]

Kim, D., M. Chin, H. Bian, et al. Q. Tan, M. E. Brown, T. Zheng, R. You, T. Diehl, P. Ginoux, and T. Kucsera. 2013. The effect of the dynamic surface bareness on dust source function, emission, and distribution J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 118 (2): 871-886 [10.1029/2012JD017907]

Kim, D., M. Chin, H. Yu, et al. T. F. Eck, A. Sinyuk, A. Smirnov, and B. N. Holben. 2011. Dust optical properties over North Africa and Arabian Peninsula derived from the AERONET dataset Atmos. Chem. Phys. 11 (20): 10733-10741 [10.5194/acp-11-10733-2011]