Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Myungje Choi


Myungje Choi's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6126
Org Code: 613
Mail Code 613
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Dr. Choi studies remote sensing of aerosols and radiometric calibration with multiple satellite missions, including EPIC, MODIS, VIIRS, geostationary, and commercial satellites.


Assistant Research Scientist

Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR) II and Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) - Baltimore, MD, USA

July 2020 - Present

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA, USA

October 2018 - July 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dep. of Atmospheric Sciences, Yonsei University - Seoul, South Korea

September 2017 - October 2018


Ph.D., Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Yonsei University, South Korea, Aug 2017

B.S., Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Yonsei University, South Korea, Aug 2011


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Climate and Radiation Laboratory, Group Award, 2024.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Climate and Radiation Laboratory, Outstanding Scientific Support Award, 2023.

NASA Group Achievement Award for "KORUS-AQ: An International Cooperative Air Quality Field Study in Korea" project, 2017.



2024. "Calibration of Maxar Constellation over Libya-4 Site using MAIAC Technique." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 1-11 [10.1109/jstars.2024.3367250] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Calibration of the SNPP and NOAA 20 VIIRS sensors for continuity of the MODIS climate data records." Remote Sensing of Environment 295 113717 [10.1016/j.rse.2023.113717] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Retrieval of aerosol optical properties from GOCI-II observations: Continuation of long-term geostationary aerosol monitoring over East Asia." Science of The Total Environment 903 166504 [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.166504] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Spectral and Spatial Dependencies in the Validation of Satellite-Based Aerosol Optical Depth from the Geostationary Ocean Color Imager Using the Aerosol Robotic Network." Remote Sensing 15 (14): 3621 [10.3390/rs15143621] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Fine particulate concentrations over East Asia derived from aerosols measured by the advanced Himawari Imager using machine learning." Atmospheric Research 290 106787 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2023.106787] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "Fast and operational gap filling in satellite-derived aerosol optical depths using statistical techniques." Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 16 (04): [10.1117/1.jrs.16.044507] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "Airborne observations during KORUS-AQ show that aerosol optical depths are more spatially self-consistent than aerosol intensive properties." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 22 (17): 11275-11304 [10.5194/acp-22-11275-2022] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "An Ultra‐Broadband High Efficiency Polarization Beam Splitter for High Spectral Resolution Polarimetric Imaging in the Near Infrared." Advanced Science 9 (27): [10.1002/advs.202201227] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "Inferring iron-oxide species content in atmospheric mineral dust from DSCOVR EPIC observations." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 22 (2): 1395-1423 [10.5194/acp-22-1395-2022] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Comparison of PM2.5 in Seoul, Korea Estimated from the Various Ground-Based and Satellite AOD." Applied Sciences 11 (22): 10755 [10.3390/app112210755] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Atmospheric Correction of DSCOVR EPIC: Version 2 MAIAC Algorithm." Frontiers in Remote Sensing 2 [10.3389/frsen.2021.748362] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Modeling Asian Dust Storms Using WRF‐Chem During the DRAGON‐Asia Field Campaign in April 2012." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 126 (18): [10.1029/2021jd034793] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Integration of GOCI and AHI Yonsei aerosol optical depth products during the 2016 KORUS-AQ and 2018 EMeRGe campaigns." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 14 (6): 4575-4592 [10.5194/amt-14-4575-2021] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "A global analysis of diurnal variability in dust and dust mixture using CATS observations." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 21 (3): 1427-1447 [10.5194/acp-21-1427-2021] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Aerosol profiling using radiometric and polarimetric spectral measurements in the O2 near infrared bands: Estimation of information content and measurement uncertainties." Remote Sensing of Environment 253 112179 [10.1016/j.rse.2020.112179] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Investigation of the relationship between the fine mode fraction and Ångström exponent: Cases in Korea." Atmospheric Research 248 105217 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2020.105217] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Ground-based retrievals of aerosol column absorption in the UV spectral region and their implications for GEMS measurements." Remote Sensing of Environment 245 111759 [10.1016/j.rse.2020.111759] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Influence of cloud, fog, and high relative humidity during pollution transport events in South Korea: Aerosol properties and PM2.5 variability." Atmospheric Environment 232 117530 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117530] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Understanding and improving model representation of aerosol optical properties for a Chinese haze event measured during KORUS-AQ." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 20 (11): 6455-6478 [10.5194/acp-20-6455-2020] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "High-resolution mapping of SO2 using airborne observations from the GeoTASO instrument during the KORUS-AQ field study: PCA-based vertical column retrievals." Remote Sensing of Environment 241 111725 [10.1016/j.rse.2020.111725] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Estimation of spatially continuous daytime particulate matter concentrations under all sky conditions through the synergistic use of satellite-based AOD and numerical models." Science of The Total Environment 713 136516 [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136516] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Development of Korean Air Quality Prediction System version 1 (KAQPS v1) with focuses on practical issues." Geoscientific Model Development 13 (3): 1055-1073 [10.5194/gmd-13-1055-2020] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Satellite-based estimation of hourly PM2.5 levels during heavy winter pollution episodes in the Yangtze River Delta, China." Chemosphere 239 124678 [10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.124678] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Validation, comparison, and integration of GOCI, AHI, MODIS, MISR, and VIIRS aerosol optical depth over East Asia during the 2016 KORUS-AQ campaign." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 12 (8): 4619-4641 [10.5194/amt-12-4619-2019] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "New Era of Air Quality Monitoring from Space: Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS)." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 101 (1): E1-E22 [10.1175/bams-d-18-0013.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Analysis of long-range transboundary transport (LRTT) effect on Korean aerosol pollution during the KORUS-AQ campaign." Atmospheric Environment 204 53-67 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.02.020] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Aerosol model evaluation using two geostationary satellites over East Asia in May 2016." Atmospheric Research 217 93-113 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2018.10.016] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Estimation of ground-level particulate matter concentrations through the synergistic use of satellite observations and process-based models over South Korea." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 19 (2): 1097-1113 [10.5194/acp-19-1097-2019] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Diurnal variation of aerosol optical depth and PM2.5 in South Korea: a synthesis from AERONET, satellite (GOCI), KORUS-AQ observation, and the WRF-Chem model." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18 (20): 15125-15144 [10.5194/acp-18-15125-2018] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Observations of the Interaction and Transport of Fine Mode Aerosols with Cloud and/or Fog in Northeast Asia from Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) and Satellite Remote Sensing." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres [10.1029/2018JD028313] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "AHI/Himawari-8 Yonsei Aerosol Retrieval (YAER): Algorithm, Validation and Merged Products." Remote Sensing 10 (5): 699 [10.3390/rs10050699] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "An overview of mesoscale aerosol processes, comparisons, and validation studies from DRAGON networks." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18 (2): 655-671 [10.5194/acp-18-655-2018] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "GOCI Yonsei aerosol retrieval version 2 products: an improved algorithm and error analysis with uncertainty estimation from 5-year validation over East Asia." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 11 (1): 385-408 [10.5194/amt-11-385-2018] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Characteristics of Classified Aerosol Types in South Korea during the MAPS-Seoul Campaign." Aerosol and Air Quality Research 18 (9): 2195-2206 [10.4209/aaqr.2017.11.0474] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Aerosol Property Retrieval Algorithm over Northeast Asia from TANSO-CAI Measurements Onboard GOSAT." Remote Sensing 9 (7): 687 [10.3390/rs9070687] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Detection of Absorbing Aerosol Using Single Near-UV Radiance Measurements from a Cloud and Aerosol Imager." Remote Sensing 9 (4): 378 [10.3390/rs9040378] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "GOCI Yonsei Aerosol Retrieval (YAER) algorithm and validation during the DRAGON-NE Asia 2012 campaign." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 9 (3): 1377-1398 [10.5194/amt-9-1377-2016] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Evaluation of VIIRS, GOCI, and MODIS Collection 6 AOD retrievals against ground sunphotometer observations over East Asia." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16 (3): 1255-1269 [10.5194/acp-16-1255-2016] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "GIST-PM-Asia v1: development of a numerical system to improve particulate matter forecasts in South Korea using geostationary satellite-retrieved aerosol optical data over Northeast Asia." Geoscientific Model Development 9 (1): 17-39 [10.5194/gmd-9-17-2016] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Estimating ground-level PM2.5 in eastern China using aerosol optical depth determined from the GOCI satellite instrument." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 15 (22): 13133-13144 [10.5194/acp-15-13133-2015] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Assimilation of next generation geostationary aerosol optical depth retrievals to improve air quality simulations." Geophysical Research Letters 41 (24): 9188-9196 [10.1002/2014gl062089] [Journal Article/Letter]