Min-Jeong Kim

Min-Jeong Kim

  • RESEARCH SCIENTIST
  • 301.614.5730
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: MORGAN STATE UNIV.
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Min-Jeong Kim received her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from University of Washington, Seattle in 2004. She worked at NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) where she built her earlier career as a numerical modeling and data assimilation scientist between 2007 and 2013 before moving to work at NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO). Using her uniquely combined experiences in passive/active microwave remote sensing of various components of the earth system, numerical prediction modeling and data assimilation system developments, she pioneered all-sky data assimilation system developments in NOAA NCEP operational systems before moving to NASA.

    At NASA GMAO, Dr. Kim has been working on satellite data assimilation system developments in the Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS). She successfully enhanced the GEOS atmospheric data analysis system by adding new capabilities to assimilate all-sky microwave radiance data and improved GEOS's global atmospheric analyses and forecasts. Her current research is focused on the development of sea-ice, ocean, and atmosphere coupled data assimilation systems to improve polar analysis and prediction and to improve our understanding of Earth climate change. She is working as a member of JCSDA Sea-ice Ocean Coupled Assimilation (SOCA) team and has been actively collaborating with NASA, NOAA, NRL, and UCAR scientists.

    Positions/Employment

    1/2021 - Present

    Senior Research Scientist

    Goddard Earth Sciences, Technology and Research/Morgan State University/NASA GMAO, Greenbelt
    • Development of ocean, sea-ice, and atmosphere coupled data assimilation systems
    • Development of forward operators, quality controls (QC) procedures and bias correction methodologies for improved use of conventional and satellite observation in NWP data assimilation systems
    9/2013 - 12/2020

    Associate Research Scientist

    Goddard Earth Sciences Technology & Research Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

     

    - Worked as a scientist leading a research development of all-sky microwave radiance data assimilation systems in NASA GEOS model to improve near real time weather forecasts including severe storms like hurricanes.

    - Enhanced GEOS Atmospheric Data Assimilation System(ADAS) for better use of satellite radiance data over land and sea ice: Preparation for coupling land and atmospheric data assimilation

    - Improved our understanding the joint nature between falling snow and surface snow, land ice, and sea ice to apply modeled concepts to enhance satellite radiance data assimilation in GEOS

    - Contributed to the development of OSSE system suitable for cloud and precipitation data assimilation.

    7/2006 - 7/2013

    Research Scientist

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

     

    - Worked as a leading scientist for projects to assimilate satellite observations of clouds and precipitation in NCEP numerical weather prediction models.

    - Facilitated bi-weekly meetings for the team members working on cloud analysis in NCEP and coordinated team efforts for all-sky radiance data assimilation system development. 

    - Served as a co-chair for the JCSDA cloud and precipitation data assimilation working group

    - Organized and led the quarterly telecon meetings to coordinate the cloud and precipitation data assimilation efforts of JCSDA working group team members in NOAA, NASA, NRL, and NCAR.

    3/2005 - 7/2006

    Postdoctoral Researcher

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

    - Developed a physical algorithm to retrieve falling snow particles over land employing space-borne microwave measurements to support the GPM mission. She validated the retrieved snowfall amounts with ground-based radars over the US.

    - Worked on combining surface emissivity model to the radiative transfer models to measure precipitation over land.

    1/2005 - 3/2005

    Visiting Research Scientist

    Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin,, Madison, WI

     

    - Validated the AMSR-E cloud and precipitation algorithm products by comparing with the Baltic Sea Experiment (BALTEX) Radar Network (BALTRAD) measurements.

    - She developed a physical parameterization method to generate active and passive microwave measurements consistent with BALTRAD, AMSR-E, and AMSU-B observations. Collaborators: Prof. Ralf Bennartz, Dr. Chris Odell, and Mark Kulie

    6/2002 - 6/2003

    Visiting Student Scientist

    Microwave Sensors Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

     

    - Worked on comparisons of various radiative transfer models such as Eddington approximation, Successive Order of Iteration, and Monte Carlo methods to check the accuracy and computational efficiency.  

    - Developed a retrieval algorithm to estimate frozen precipitation from space with support through the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) grants.

    9/1998 - 12/2004

    Graduate Research Assistant

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

     

    - Worked on validation of the TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI) precipitation product using the ground based radar measurements.

    - Participated in the Kwajalein Field Experiment (KWAJEX) for about 2.5 months as a team member of Prof. Robert Houze group to support the ground validation measurements for TRMM project.

    - Worked on improvement of the TMI precipitation algorithm by considering melting layer and correlation between 85 GHz signal and surface precipitation.

    - Built a database of microwave scattering properties of nonspherical snow particles using several electromagnetic scattering models such as the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD), the Discrete Dipole Approximation (DDA), and the T-matrix methods.

    - Using this database, she developed parameterization methods for single scattering parameters of dry frozen precipitation to support NASA GPM mission.

     

    Education

    Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, December 2004

    University of Washington, Seattle, USA

    Dissertation Title: A physical model to estimate snowfall over land using microwave measurements.
    Advisors: James Weinman and Robert Houze, JR.

    M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, February 1998

    Seoul National University, Korea

    Thesis Title: Numerical simulations of local circulation and orographic precipitation over the southwestern Korean Peninsula.
    Advisor: Dong-Kyu Lee

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

    Awards

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

    NASA PMM Science Team 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

    Professional Societies

    NASA PMM Science Team, 2016 - Present
    Principal Investigator
    NASA Snow Science Task Group (STG), 2016 - Present
    member
    Korean Atmospheric Scientists in America (KASA), 2014 - 2016
    Chairperson
    Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) Cloud and Precipitation Data Assimilation Working Group, 2011 - 2013
    Co-Chair
    Korean Atmospheric Scientists in America (KASA) , 2007 - 2008
    Editor

    Grants

    04/01/2008 - 07/31/2013 JCSDA Science development and implementation (JSDI) task, Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)
    Development of cloudy radiance assimilation system in NCEP Global Data Assimilation System
    ; Co-Investigator
    02/01/2016 - 01/01/2019 NASA ROSES A23: Precipitation Measurement Mission (PMM) Science Team, NASA Headquarter

    All-sky GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) Radiance Data Assimiliation Global Products from the GEOS-5 System in Support of the GPM Mission

    ; Principal Investigator (PI)
    05/01/2016 - 12/31/2018 Science Mission Directorate (SMD) High-End Computing (HEC) resources f, NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS)
    Principal Investigator (PI)
    03/01/2019 - 03/01/2022 NASA ROSE A23:: Precipitation Measurement Mission (PMM) Science Team, NASA Head Quarter

    Satellite Data Assimilated 4D Global Precipitation Products from the GEOS system in Support of the GPM Mission

    ; Principal Investigator (PI)

    Publications

    Refereed

    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): doi:101029/2007JD008866.

    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.

    Non-Refereed

    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):

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Min-Jeong Kim received her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from University of Washington, Seattle in 2004. She worked at NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) where she built her earlier career as a numerical modeling and data assimilation scientist between 2007 and 2013 before moving to work at NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO). Using her uniquely combined experiences in passive/active microwave remote sensing of various components of the earth system, numerical prediction modeling and data assimilation system developments, she pioneered all-sky data assimilation system developments in NOAA NCEP operational systems before moving to NASA.

    At NASA GMAO, Dr. Kim has been working on satellite data assimilation system developments in the Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS). She successfully enhanced the GEOS atmospheric data analysis system by adding new capabilities to assimilate all-sky microwave radiance data and improved GEOS's global atmospheric analyses and forecasts. Her current research is focused on the development of sea-ice, ocean, and atmosphere coupled data assimilation systems to improve polar analysis and prediction and to improve our understanding of Earth climate change. She is working as a member of JCSDA Sea-ice Ocean Coupled Assimilation (SOCA) team and has been actively collaborating with NASA, NOAA, NRL, and UCAR scientists.

    Publications

    Refereed

    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

    Non-Refereed

    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):

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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