Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Kyu-Myong Kim


Kyu-Myong Kim's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6223
Org Code: 613
Mail Code 613
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Kyu-Myong Kim, a Research Physical Scientist at NASA/ Goddard Space Flight Center, received a Ph. D. in atmospheric sciences from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1996. His Ph. D. thesis is on the temporal and spatial structures of the seasonal and interannual variability of the tropical Pacific atmosphere and ocean based on in situ observation as well as ocean circulation model. In 1996, he came to Goddard Space Flight Center, as a National Research Council Resident Research Associates, where he worked on El Nino-Asian summer monsoon interaction and tropospheric biennial oscillation. Since then, he has been working at Climate and Radiation Laboratory, NASA/GSFC as a USRA (Universities Space Research Association) Associate Scientist (1998-2000), as a senior supporting scientist of Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (2000-2006), as a associate research scientitst of UMBC (2006-2011) and Morgan State University (2011-2013) . His research interest includes seasonal-to-interannual climate variability and predictability, climate modeling, and diagnostics. More recently, he has been worked on the effect of aerosol radiative forcing on the monsoon water cycle over various monsoon regions.

Current Projects

Impacts of absorbing aerosols on warm season climate in Euro-Asia



Research Physical Scientist

NASA/GSFC - Maryland, USA

2013 - Present

Associate Research Scientist

Morgan State University - Maryland, USA

2011 - 2013

Associate Research Scientist

University of Maryland at Baltimore County - Maryland, USA

2006 - 2011

Senior Supporting Scientist

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. - Maryland, USA

2000 - 2005

NRC Research Associates

NAS - Maryland, USA

1996 - 1998

Associate Scientist I

Universities Space Research Association - Maryland, USA

1998 - 2000


Ph.D. in Meteorology, Seoul National University, KOREA, 1996
Thesis title: Temporal and spatial structures of the seasonal and interannual variability of the tropical Pacific atmosphere and ocean.

Professional Societies

American Geophysical Union

1998 - Present

Selected Publications


2022. "Impact of the Arctic Oscillation from March on summertime sea ice." Environmental Research: Climate 1 021001 [10.1088/2752-5295/ac91e8] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "A New Organization Metric for Synoptic Scale Tropical Convective Aggregation." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 127 e2022JD036665 [10.1029/2022jd036665] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Compact Thermal Imager (CTI) for Atmospheric Remote Sensing." Remote Sensing 13 (22): 4578 [10.3390/rs13224578] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "An investigation on seasonal and diurnal cycles of TOA shortwave radiations from DSCOVR/EPIC, CERES, MERRA-2, and ERA5." Remote Sensing 13 (21): 4595 [10.3390/rs13224595] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Relationship between circum-Arctic atmospheric wave patterns and large-scale wildfires in boreal summer." Environmental Research Letters 16 (6): 064009 [10.1088/1748-9326/abf7ef] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Impact of Dust-Cloud-Radiation-Precipitation Dynamical Feedback on Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Variability of the Asian Summer Monsoon in Global Variable-Resolution Simulations With MPAS-CAM5." Frontiers in Earth Science 8 [10.3389/feart.2020.00226] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Interannual Variations of TOA Albedo over the Arctic, Antarctic and Tibetan Plateau in 2000–2019." Remote Sensing 12 (9): 1460 [10.3390/rs12091460] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Large‐Scale Characteristics of Tropical Convective Systems Through the Prism of Cloud Regime." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 125 (6): [10.1029/2019jd031157] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Interannual variation of the East Asia Jet Stream and its impact on the horizontal distribution of aerosol in boreal spring." Atmospheric Environment 223 117296 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117296] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Decadal changes in the interannual variability of heatwaves in East Asia caused by atmospheric teleconnection changes." Journal of Climate 33 1505-1522 [10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0222.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Decadal changes in the leading patterns of sea level pressure in the Arctic and their impacts on the sea ice variability in boreal summer." The Cryosphere 13 (11): 3007-3021 [10.5194/tc-13-3007-2019] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Structural changes and variability of the ITCZ induced by radiation–cloud–convection–circulation interactions: inferences from the Goddard Multi-scale Modeling Framework (GMMF) experiments." Climate Dynamics 54 (1-2): 211-229 [10.1007/s00382-019-05000-y] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Possible Impacts of Snow Darkening Effects on the Hydrological Cycle over Western Eurasia and East Asia." Atmosphere 10 (9): 500 [10.3390/atmos10090500] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Inter-relationship between subtropical Pacific sea surface temperature, Arctic sea ice concentration, and North Atlantic Oscillation in recent summers." Scientific Reports 9 [10.1038/s41598-019-39896-7] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Interannual variation of tropical cyclones simulated by GEOS-5 AGCM with modified convection scheme." International Journal of Climatology 39 4041-4057 [10.1002/joc.6058] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Impact of Snow Darkening by Deposition of Light-Absorbing Aerosols on Snow Cover in the Himalayas–Tibetan Plateau and Influence on the Asian Summer Monsoon: A Possible Mechanism for the Blanford Hypothesis." Atmosphere 9 (11): 438 [10.3390/atmos9110438] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Impacts of Snow Darkening by Deposition of Light-Absorbing Aerosols on Hydroclimate of Eurasia During Boreal Spring and Summer." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 123 (16): 8441-8461 [10.1029/2018jd028557] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Extreme air pollution events in Hokkaido, Japan, traced back to early snowmelt and large-scale wildfires over East Eurasia: Case studies." Scientific Reports 8 (1): 6413 [10.1038/s41598-018-24335-w] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "How Light-Absorbing Properties of Organic Aerosol Modify the Asian Summer Monsoon Rainfall?." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres [10.1002/2017jd027642] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Changing circulation structure and precipitation characteristics in Asian monsoon regions: greenhouse warming vs. aerosol effects." Geoscience Letters 4 (1): 28 [10.1186/s40562-017-0094-3] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Precipitating Cloud Characteristics during Changma as Seen in TRMM PR Observations." Advances in Meteorology 2017 1-13 [10.1155/2017/8598594] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Competing influences of greenhouse warming and aerosols on Asian summer monsoon circulation and rainfall." Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences 53 (2): 181-194 [10.1007/s13143-017-0033-4] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "An Unreported Asian Dust (Kosa) Event in Hokkaido, Japan: A Case Study of 7 March 2016." SOLA 13 (0): 96-101 [10.2151/sola.2017-018] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "West African monsoon decadal variability and drought and surface-related forcings: Second West African monsoon modeling and evaluation project experiment (WAMME II)." Climate Dynamics 47 (11): 3517-3545 [10.1007/s00382-016-3224-2] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Impacts of aerosol–monsoon interaction on rainfall and circulation over Northern India and the Himalaya Foothills." Climate Dynamics [10.1007/s00382-016-3430-y] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "A Lagrangian analysis of cold cloud clusters and their life cycles with satellite observations." Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 121 (19): 11,723–11,738 [10.1002/2016JD025653] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "What would happen to Superstorm Sandy under the influence of a substantially warmer Atlantic Ocean?." Geophysical Research Letters 43 (2): 802--811 [10.1002/2015GL067050] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Total dust deposition flux during precipitation in Toyama, Japan, in the spring of 2009: A sensitivity analysis with the NASA GEOS-5 Model." Atmospheric Research 167 298–313 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2015.08.005] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Possible mechanism of abrupt jump in winter surface air temperature in the late 1980s over the Northern Hemisphere." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 120 (24): 12474-12485 [10.1002/2015jd023864] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Impacts of Aerosols on the Asian Monsoon — An Interim Assessment." World Scientific Series on Asia-Pacific Weather and Climate 361-376 [10.1142/9789814579933_0023] [Article in Book]

2015. "Amplification of ENSO effects on Indian summer monsoon by absorbing aerosols." Climate Dynamics [10.1007/s00382-015-2722-y] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Impact of snow darkening via dust, black carbon, and organic carbon on boreal spring climate in the Earth system." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos 120 (11): 5485–5503 [10.1002/2014JD022977] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Integrated modeling of aerosol, cloud, precipitation and land processes at satellite-resolved scales." Environmental Modelling and Software 67 149-159 [Full Text] [doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.01.007] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Robust Hadley Circulation changes and increasing global dryness due to CO2 warming from CMIP5 model projections ." PNAS 112 (12): 3630–3635 [10.1073/pnas.1418682112] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Modeling the influences of aerosols on pre-monsoon circulation and rainfall over Southeast Asia." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 14 (13): 6853-6866 [10.5194/acp-14-6853-2014] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Impact of radiatively interactive dust aerosols in the NASA GEOS-5 climate model: Sensitivity to dust particle shape and refractive index." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 119 (2): 753-786 [10.1002/2013JD020046] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Intensity of climate variability derived from the satellite and MERRA reanalysis temperatures: AO, ENSO, and QBO." Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 95-96 15-27 [10.1016/j.jastp.2013.01.002] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "A canonical response of precipitation characteristics to global warming from CMIP5 models." Geophys. Res. Lett 40 (12): 3163–3169 [10.1002/grl.50420] [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "Corrigendum to "Accumulation of aerosols over the Indo-Gangetic plains and southern slopes of the Himalayas: distribution, properties and radiative effects during the 2009 pre-monsoon season" published in Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 12841–12863, 2011." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 12 (3): 1525-1525 [10.5194/acp-12-1525-2012] [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "The 2010 Pakistan Flood and Russian Heat Wave: Teleconnection of Hydrometeorological Extremes." Journal of Hydrometeorology 13 (1): 392-403 [10.1175/jhm-d-11-016.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "Comment on “‘Elevated heat pump’ hypothesis for the aerosol-monsoon hydroclimate link: ‘Grounded’ in observations?” by S. Nigam and M. Bollasina." Journal of Geophysical Research 116 (D7): D07203 [10.1029/2010jd014800] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "EFFECTS OF DUST AND BLACK CARBON ON VARIABILITY OF THE SOUTH ASIAN MONSOON." The Global Monsoon System 569-581 [10.1142/9789814343411_0033] [Article in Book]

2011. "Accumulation of aerosols over the Indo-Gangetic plains and southern slopes of the Himalayas: distribution, properties and radiative effects during the 2009 pre-monsoon season." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 11 (24): 12841-12863 [10.5194/acp-11-12841-2011] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "Influence of aerosol-radiative forcings on the diurnal and seasonal cycles of rainfall over West Africa and Eastern Atlantic Ocean using GCM simulations." Climate Dynamics 35 (1): 115-126 [10.1007/s00382-010-0750-1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "Intercomparison and analyses of the climatology of the West African Monsoon in the West African Monsoon Modeling and Evaluation project (WAMME) first model intercomparison experiment." Climate Dynamics 35 (1): 3-27 [10.1007/s00382-010-0778-2] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "A northward shift of the North Atlantic Ocean Intertropical Convergence Zone in response to summertime Saharan dust outbreaks." Geophys. Res. Lett 37 (4): L04804 [10.1029/2009GL041774] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "Fingerprinting the impacts of aerosols on long-term trends of the Indian summer monsoon regional rainfall." Geophys. Res. Lett 37 (16): L16705 [10.1029/2010GL043255] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "Enhanced surface warming and accelerated snow melt in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau induced by absorbing aerosols." Environ. Res. Lett. 5 (2): 025204 [10.1088/1748-9326/5/2/025204] [Journal Article/Letter]

2009. "Sensitivity of Boreal-Summer Circulation and Precipitation to Atmospheric Aerosols in Selected Regions, Part I: Africa and India." Annales Geophysicae 27 3989-4007 [Journal Article/Letter]

2009. "Possible influences of air pollution, dust and sandstorms on the Indian monsoon." WMO Bulletin 58 (1): 22-30 [Journal Article/Letter]

2009. "Impact of Arabian Sea Pollution on the Bay of Bengal Winter Monsoon Rains." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos 114 (D06213): 10.1029/2008JD010679 [Journal Article/Letter]

2009. "Atlantic Tropical Cyclogenetic Processes during SOP-3 NAMMA in the GEOS-5 Global Data Assimilation and Forecast System." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 66 (12): 3563-3578 [10.1175/2009JAS3123.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2009. "A GCM study of the response of the atmospheric water cycle of West Africa and the Atlantic to Saharan dust radiative forcing." Ann Geophys 27 (10): 4023-4037 [10.5194/angeo-27-4023-2009] [Journal Article/Letter]

2009. "Weekly cycle of lightning: Evidence of storm invigoration by pollution." Geophys Res Lett 36 (23): L23805 [10.1029/2009GL040915] [Journal Article/Letter]

2008. "Midweek increase in U.S. summer rain and storm heights suggests air pollution invigorates rainstorms." Journal of Geophysical Research 113 (D2): D02209 [10.1029/2007jd008623] [Journal Article/Letter]

2008. "A Method to Estimate Rain Rate over Tropical Oceans with the TRMM Microwave Imager Radiometer." J Meteor Soc Japan 86 (1): 203-212 [10.2151/jmsj.86.203] [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "Diurnal cycle of precipitation in the NASA Seasonal to Interannual Prediction Project atmospheric general circulation model." Journal of Geophysical Research 112 (D16): D16111 [10.1029/2006jd008346] [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "The Diurnal Cycle of Precipitation in the NASA/NSIPP Atmospheric General Circulation Model." J. Geophys. Res. 112 D16111 [doi:10.1029/2006JD008346] [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "Cooling of the Atlantic by Saharan dust." Geophys. Res. Lett. 34 (23): L23811 [10.1029/2007GL031538] [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "Characteristics of Diurnal and Seasonal Cycles in Global Monsoon Systems." J. Meteor. Soc. Japan 85A 403-416 [10.2151/jmsj.85A.403] [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "A GCM study of effects of radiative forcing of sulfate aerosol on large scale circulation and rainfall in East Asia during boreal spring." Geophys. Res. Lett. 34 (24): L24701 [10.1029/2007GL031683] [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "Wavelet empirical orthogonal functions of space-time-frequency regimes and predictability of southern Africa summer rainfall." ASCE J Hydrologic Engrg 12 (5): 513-523 [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "Reply to Comment on "How Nature Foiled the 2006 Hurricane Forecasts"." EOS Trans AGU 88 (26): 271 [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "How Nature Foiled the 2006 Hurricane Forecasts." EOS Trans AGU 88 (9): 105-107 [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "Observational relationships between aerosol and Asian monsoon rainfall, and circulation." Geophysical Research Letters 33 (21): L21810 [10.1029/2006GL027546] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "A multimodel study of the twentieth-century simulations of Sahel drought from the 1970s to 1990s." J. Geophys. Res. 111 (D7): D07111 [10.1029/2005JD006281] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "Asian summer monsoon anomalies induced by aerosol direct forcing: the role of the Tibetan Plateau." Clim Dyn 26 (7-8): 855-864 [10.1007/s00382-006-0114-z] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "Atmospheric Teleconnection over Eurasia Induced by Aerosol Radiative Forcing during Boreal Spring." J. Climate 19 (18): 4700-4718 [10.1175/JCLI3871.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2005. "Interdecadal changes in heavy rainfall in China during the northern summer." Terrestrial Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 16 (5): 1163-1176 [Journal Article/Letter]

2005. "A Model for Estimation of Rain Rate on Tropical Land from TRMM Microwave Imager Radiometer Observations." J Met Soc of Japan 83 (4): 595-609 [10.2151/jmsj.83.595] [Journal Article/Letter]

2004. "INTERANNUAL VARIABILITY, GLOBAL TELECONNECTION, AND POTENTIAL PREDICTABILITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE ASIAN SUMMER MONSOON." World Scientific Series on Asia-Pacific Weather and Climate 153-176 [10.1142/9789812701411_0004] [Article in Book]

2004. "Superensemble prediction of regional precipitation over Korea." Int. J. Climatol. 24 (6): 777-790 [10.1002/joc.1029] [Journal Article/Letter]

2004. "The North Pacific as a Regulator of Summertime Climate over Eurasia and North America." J. Climate 17 (4): 819-833 [10.1175/1520-0442(2004)017<0819:TNPAAR>2.0.CO;2] [Journal Article/Letter]

2002. "Variations of the East Asian Jet Stream and Asian–Pacific–American Winter Climate Anomalies." Journal of Climate 15 (3): 306-325 [10.1175/1520-0442(2002)015<0306:voteaj>;2] [Journal Article/Letter]

2002. "Potential predictability of seasonal precipitation over the United States from canonical ensemble correlation predictions." Geophysical Research Letters 29 (7): 1097 [10.1029/2001gl014263] [Journal Article/Letter]

2001. "Dynamics of monsoon-induced biennial variability in ENSO." Geophysical Research Letters 28 (2): 315-318 [10.1029/2000gl012465] [Journal Article/Letter]

2000. "Dynamical and Boundary Forcing Characteristics of Regional Components of the Asian Summer Monsoon." Journal of Climate 13 (14): 2461-2482 [10.1175/1520-0442(2000)013<2461:dabfco>;2] [Journal Article/Letter]


2007. "3 Does aerosol weaken or strengthen the Asian monsoon?." Mountains Witnesses of Global Changes-Research in the Himalaya and Karakoram: Share-Asia Project 10 13-22 [10.1016/S0928-2025(06)10003-6] [Article in Book]