Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Eunjee Lee



Org Code: 610.1

Mail Code: 610.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Research Interests

Carbon Cycle Dynamics and Predictability

Earth Science: Carbon Cycle


Sc.D. (2011): Atmospheric Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Impacts of Meteorology-Driven Seed Dispersal on Plant Migration: Implications for Future Vegetation Structure under Changing Climates (advisor: Prof. Ronald G. Prinn)

M.S. (2005): Chemistry, The Ohio State University

B.S. (2002): Chemical Engineering, Seoul National University


Senior Research Scientist

Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research II (GESTAR2), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

December 2021 - Present

Senior Scientist & Manager

Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR), Universities Space Research Association (USRA), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

August 2021 - November 2021

Research Scientist

Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR), Universities Space Research Association (USRA) - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

September 2015 - August 2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sustainability Science Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University - Cambridge, MA

September 2012 - August 2015

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change / Center for Global Change Science, MIT - Cambridge, MA

October 2011 - July 2012

Graduate intern

Department of Economic and Social Affairs - United Nations Headquarters, New York City

January 2005 - June 2005

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant for Graduate-Level Courses at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT

Global Climate Change: Economics, Science and Policy

Atmospheric Radiations


Harvard Sustainability Science Fellowship, 2012-2015

MIT Martin Family Fellowship for Sustainability, 2008

MIT Presidential Fellowship, 2005


Integrating remote sensing observations with NASA’s GEOS-5 modeling framework in support of retrospective analyses and seasonal prediction of biosphere-atmosphere CO2 flux

NASA Interdisciplinary Science (NNH16ZDA001N-IDS) - NASA - Awarded: 2016-10-01

Improved hydrometeorological prediction in an S2S system through improved treatments of evapotranspiration, runoff, and carbon cycle processes

NASA Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Hydrometeorological Prediction (NNH21ZDA001N-S2SHYD) - NASA - Awarded: 2022-08-01

Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Forecasting for Informed Decision-Making in the Mekong River Valley

NASA SERVIR Applied Sciences Team (NNH21ZDA001N-SERVIR) - NASA - Awarded: 2022-08-23

Selected Publications


Lee, E., R. D. Koster, L. E. Ott, et al. J. Joiner, F. Zeng, J. Kolassa, R. H. Reichle, K. R. Arsenault, A. Hazra, and S. Shukla. 2022. Skillful Seasonal Forecasts of Land Carbon Uptake in Northern Mid‐ and High Latitudes Geophysical Research Letters 49 (6): e2021GL097117 [10.1029/2021GL097117]

Han, S.-C., K. Ghobadi-Far, I.-Y. Yeo, et al. C. M. McCullough, E. Lee, and J. Sauber. 2021. GRACE Follow-On revealed Bangladesh was flooded early in the 2020 monsoon season due to premature soil saturation Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (47): e2109086118 [10.1073/pnas.2109086118]

Han, S., I. Yeo, M. Khaki, et al. C. M. McCullough, E. Lee, and J. Sauber. 2021. Novel Along‐Track Processing of GRACE Follow‐On Laser Ranging Measurements Found Abrupt Water Storage Increase and Land Subsidence During the 2021 March Australian Flooding Earth and Space Science 8 (11): [10.1029/2021ea001941]

Bian, H., E. Lee, R. D. Koster, et al. D. Barahona, M. Chin, P. R. Colarco, A. Darmenov, S. Mahanama, M. Manyin, P. Norris, J. Shilling, H. Yu, and F. Zeng. 2021. The response of the Amazon ecosystem to the photosynthetically active radiation fields: integrating impacts of biomass burning aerosol and clouds in the NASA GEOS Earth system model Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 21 (18): 14177-14197 [10.5194/acp-21-14177-2021]

Lee, E., F. Zeng, R. D. Koster, et al. L. E. Ott, S. P. Mahanama, B. Weir, B. Poulter, and T. Oda. 2020. Impact of a Regional US Drought on Land and Atmospheric Carbon Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 125 (8): [10.1029/2019jg005599]

Arias, M. E., F. Farinosi, E. Lee, et al. A. Livino, J. Briscoe, and P. R. Moorcroft. 2020. Impacts of climate change and deforestation on hydropower planning in the Brazilian Amazon Nature Sustainability 3 430-436 [10.1038/s41893-020-0492-y]

Farinosi, F., M. E. Arias, E. Lee, et al. M. Longo, F. F. Pereira, A. Livino, P. R. Moorcroft, and J. Briscoe. 2019. Future climate and land use change impacts on river flows in the Tapajós Basin in the Brazilian Amazon Earth's Future 7 (8): 993-1017 [10.1029/2019EF001198]

Lee, E., F. Zeng, R. D. Koster, et al. B. Weir, L. E. Ott, and B. Poulter. 2018. The impact of spatiotemporal variability in atmospheric CO<sub>2</sub> concentration on global terrestrial carbon fluxes Biogeosciences 15 5635-5652 [10.5194/bg-15-5635-2018]

Arias, M. E., E. Lee, F. Farinosi, F. Pereira, and P. Moorcroft. 2018. Decoupling the effects of deforestation and climate variability in the Tapajós river basin in the Brazilian Amazon Hydrological Processes 32 (11): 1648-1663 [10.1002/hyp.11517]

Lee, E., A. Livino, S.-C. Han, et al. K. Zhang, J. Briscoe, J. Kelman, and P. Moorcroft. 2018. Land cover change explains the increasing discharge of the Paraná River Regional Environmental Change 18 (6): 1871–1881 [10.1007/s10113-018-1321-y]

Pereira, F. F., F. Farinosi, M. E. Arias, et al. E. Lee, J. Briscoe, and P. R. Moorcroft. 2017. Technical note: A hydrological routing scheme for the Ecosystem Demography model (ED2+R) tested in the Tapajós River basin in the Brazilian Amazon Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 21 4629-4648 [10.5194/hess-21-4629-2017]

Swann, A. L., M. Longo, R. G. Knox, E. Lee, and P. R. Moorcroft. 2015. Future deforestation in the Amazon and consequences for South American climate Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 214-215 12-24 [10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.07.006]


Livino, A., J. Briscoe, E. Lee, P. Moorcroft, and J. Kelman. 2014. Climate Change as a Challenge to Decision-Makers in the Management of the Brazilian Hydropower Systems The International Journal on Hydropower & Dams 21 (4): 57-61

Murthy, S., L. Pereira, A. Harley, et al. D. Shemie, E. Lee, P. Guardabassi, C. Zhang, and S. Moore. 2013. The Role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Helping Decision-Makers Meet Food, Energy and Water (FEW) Needs Harvard Sustainability Science Program Working Paper 2013-02

Talks, Presentations and Posters


Effect of Land Initialization on the Skill of Forecasting Carbon Fluxes on Sub-seasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Time Scales

July 2021

Tackling Technical Challenges in Land Data Assimilation workshop

Response of the global terrestrial carbon cycle to spatiotemporal variability of the atmospheric CO2 concentration

May 2017

AOES Seminars, George Mason University

An Integrative Approach for the Hydrology, Land-Use, and Climate: Cases for the Amazon and its surrounding area

April 2014

Department of Geographical Sciences Seminar Series, University of Maryland

Linking Water and Climate Change: a Case for Brazil

September 2013

Teaching Water: Global Perspectives on a Resource in Crisis workshop, Harvard University


Incorporating a meteorological constraint to plant migration in a dynamic vegetation model: projections of future vegetation distribution in the Pan-Arctic

April 2010

State of the Arctic conference, Miami, FL