Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Min-Jeong Kim


Org Code: 610.1

Mail Code: 610.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: NASA

Research Interests

Implementation of new observation types in GEOS atmospheric data assimilation system

Earth Science: Remote Sensing

Satellite data quality and NWP impact assessments using Observation System Simulation Experiment (OSSE) and Observing System Experiment (OSE)

Earth Science: Analysis

Atmosphere, ocean, sea-ice coupled data assimilation system developments

Earth Science: Analysis

Radiative transfer modeling for cloudy and precipitating atmosphere

Earth Science: Precipitation


Research Physical Scientist

Global Modeling and Assimilation Office - NASA Goddard, Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

July 2023 - Present

Senior Scientific Research Analyst

NOAA NESDIS STAR / Riverside Tech Inc. - NOAA NESDIS Center for Satellite Application and Research (STAR), College Park, MD

December 2021 - July 2023

Senior Research Scientist

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

August 2013 - December 2021

Research Scientist

The Cooperative Institute Research in the Atmosphere, NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS) - College Park, Maryland

July 2006 - July 2013

Postdoctoral Researcher

The Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

January 2005 - July 2006

Graduate Research Assistant

Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington - Seattle, WA

September 1998 - December 2004


Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle, December 2004

Dissertation Title: A physical model to estimate snowfall over land using microwave measurements.

Advisors: James Weinman and Robert Houze, JR.

M.Sc. in Atmospheric Sciences from Seoul National University, Korea, February 1998

B.Sc. in Atmospheric Sciences and Physics, Pusan National University, Korea, February 1995


Outstanding Scientific Contribution, GMAO Peer Award, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, March 2019

NASA PMM Science Team, Best PI Award, October 2018

Contractor Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, Morgan State University, Division of Research & Economic Development, February 2015

Outstanding Scientific Contribution by a New GMAO Member, GMAO Peer Award, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, February 2015

NWP SAF Visiting Scientist Fund, Hosted by Stephen English in Met Office and Peter Bauer in ECMWF, UK, October 2008

Outstanding Publication Award, Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, August, 2005

Rotary Ambassador Scholarships, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1998-2000



Kim, M.-J., J. Jin, A. El Akkraoui, et al. W. R. Mccarty, R. Todling, W. Gu, and R. Gelaro. 2020. The Framework for Assimilating All-Sky GPM Microwave Imager Brightness Temperature Data in the NASA GEOS Data Assimilation System Monthly Weather Review 148 2433-2455 [10.1175/MWR-D-19-0100.1]

Geer, A. J., K. Lonitz, P. Weston, et al. M. Kazumori, K. Okamoto, Y. Zhu, E. H. Liu, A. Collard, W. Bell, S. Migliorini, P. Chambon, N. Fourrié, M.-J. Kim, C. Köpken-Watts, and C. Schraff. 2017. All-sky satellite data assimilation at operational weather forecasting centres Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 144 (713): 1191-1217 [10.1002/qj.3202]

Zhang, M., M. Zupanski, M.-J. Kim, and J. A. Knaff. 2013. Assimilating AMSU-A Radiances in the TC Core Area with NOAA Operational HWRF (2011) and a Hybrid Data Assimilation System: Danielle (2010) Monthly Weather Review 141 3889-3907

Bauer, P., &. Others, and M.-J. Kim. 2011. Status of satellite cloud and precipitation assimilation at operational NWP centres. Quart. Joural. Royal Meteor. Soc. 137 1934-1951

Lavanant, L., &. Others, and M.-J. Kim. 2011. Comparison of cloud products within IASI footprints for the assimilation of cloudy radiance. Quart. Journal Royal Meteor. 137 (1988-2003):

Kim, M.-J., S. English, P. Bauer, A. Geer, and K. Okamoto. 2008. Comparison of progress in assimilating cloud affected microwave radiances at NCEP, ECMWF, JMA, and the Met Office Visiting Scientist Mission Report, Document NWPSAF-MO-VS-037

Kim, M.-J., J. A. Weinman, W. S. Olson, et al. D.-E. Chang, G. S. Jackson, and J. R. Wang. 2008. A physical model to estimate snowfall over land using AMSU-B observations J. Geophys. Res. 113 (D9): D09201 [10.1029/2007JD008589]

Jackson, G. S., A. Heymsfield, E. Holthaus, C. Albers, and M.-J. Kim. 2008. Nonspherical and spherical characterization of ice in Hurricane Erin for wideband passive microwave comparisons J Geophys Res 113 (D06201):

Kim, M.-J., M. Kulie, R. Bennartz, and C. Odell. 2006. Scattering of ice particles at microwave frequencies: A physically based paraterization, J. Applied Meteor. 46 615-633

Weinman, J. A., and M.-J. Kim. 2006. A simplified representation of the millimeter-wave scattering parameters of randomly oriented cylindrical aggregates of frozen hydrometeors, J. Atmos. Sci. 64 634-644

Kim, M.-J. 2006. Comparisons of single scattering approximations of randomly oriented ice crystals at microwave frequencies, J Geophys Research 111 (D14201): [doi:10.1029/2005JD006892]

Kim, M.-J. 2004. A physical model to estimate snowfall over land using microwave measurements PhD dissertation, University of Washington, Seattle 152

Kim, M.-J., G. S. Jackson, and J. A. Weinman. 2004. Intercomparison of millimeter wave radiation transfer models. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 42 (9): 1882-1890

Kim, M.-J., J. A. Weinman, and R. A. Houze. 2004. Validation of maritime rainfall retrievals from the TRMM-microwave radiometer. J Appl Meteor 43 (6): 847-8859

Jackson, G. S., M.-J. Kim, J. Weinman, and D. Chang. 2004. A Physical Model to Determine Snowfall Over Land by Microwave Radiometery IEEE Trans Geosci Remote Sens 42 (5): 1047-1058 [10.1109/TGRS.2004.825585]

Kim, M.-J., G. S. Jackson, J. Weinman, and D. Chang. 2003. Spaceborne Passive Microwave Measurement of Snowfall over Land Proc IGARSS 2003 5 3163-3165

Kim, M.-J. 2002. Comparison of surface rainfall retrievals from the TRMM microwave radiometer and the Kwajalein radar M.S. Thesis , University of Washington, Seattle 145

Kim, M.-J., and D.-K. Lee. 1998. The study on local circulation and orographic precipitation over the South-Western Korean Peninsula Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences 23 128-146


Gelaro, R., W. M. Putman, S. Pawson, et al. C. S. Draper, A. M. Molod, P. M. Norris, L. E. Ott, N. C. Privé, O. Reale, D. Achuthavarier, M. G. Bosilovich, V. J. Buchard, W. C. Chao, L. Coy, R. I. Cullather, A. M. Da Silva, A. S. Darmenov, R. M. Errico, M. Fuentes, M.-J. Kim, R. D. Koster, W. R. Mccarty, J. Nattala, G. S. Partyka, S. D. Schubert, G. R. Vernieres, Y. V. Vikhliaev, and K. Wargan. 2015. Evaluation of the 7-km GEOS-5 Nature Run NASA Technical Report Series on Global Modeling and Data Assimilation 36 (NASA/TM-2014-104606):