Rhae Sung Kim

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Rhae Sung Kim

  • 301.286.7235
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 617
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Rhae Sung Kim is an associate scientist and a member of the Land Information System (LIS) team in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Dr. Kim received his BS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Korea University in 2008, his MS degree in Civil, Environmental & Geodetic Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2011. He completed his PhD in School of Earth Science at the Ohio State University in 2017. His research interests center on surface hydrology, snow remote sensing & hydrology, snowpack modeling, numerical modeling of the terrestrial water cycle, and data assimilation. His current research focuses on seasonal, terrestrial snow to understand its impact on Earth’s hydrological and land-atmosphere interaction processes.

    Positions/Employment

    2019 - Present

    Associate Scientist

    Hydrological Sciences Laboratory (HSL), NASA and Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Greenbelt, MD

    Conduct research on snow remote sensing measurement and modeling to understand their impact on Earth's hydrological land-atmosphere interaction processes. Work on the Snow Ensemble Uncertainty Project (SEUP), to characterize and estimate the snow water equivalent and its associated errors. Serve as a member of the Land Information System (LIS; http://lis.gsfc.nasa.gov) team for the development of land surface modeling and data assimilation.

    2018 - 2019

    Visiting Associate Earth Science Scientist

    Hydrological Sciences Laboratory (HSL), NASA and Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Greenbelt, MD
    2017 - 2018

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Hydrological Sciences Laboratory (HSL), NASA and Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), Greenbelt, MD

    Research on microwave radiative transfer modeling to couple with the NASA Land Information System (LIS). Conducts research on seasonal, terrestrial snow to understand its impact on Earth's hydrological and land-atmosphere interactions. A member of LIS team.

    2013 - 2017

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, School of Earth Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

    Research on passive microwave radiance assimilation to estimate the snow depth in mountainous areas. Work on spectral analyzing of airborne passive microwave measurements of alpine snow pack.

    2012 - 2013

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Biosphere-Atmosphere Lab, Department of Civil, Environmental & Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

    Developed a spectral matching algorithm using bitmap indices of spectral derivatives for the analysis of hyperspectral imagery

    2011 - 2012

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Mapping and GIS Lab, Department of Civil, Environmental & Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

    Education

    Ph.D., School of Earth Science, 2017, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

    M.S., Civil, Environmental & Geodetic Engineering, 2011, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

    B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2008, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea
     

    Research Interests

    Snow hydrology, Snow remote sensing, Surface hydrology, Snow measurement and modeling, Numerical modeling of the terrestrial water cycle, Data assimilation, Snowpack water supply

    Professional Societies

    American Geophysical Union, 2014 - Present
    American Meteorological Society, 2018 - Present

    Special Experience

    Field Experiment Experience

    NASA SnowEX Airborne Snow Campaign, Grand Mesa, CO, 2017

    Advanced methods in snow measurement, Steamboat springs, CO, 2015

    Publications

    Refereed

    Kim, R., M. Durand, D. Li, et al. E. Baldo, S. A. Margulis, M. Dumont, and S. Morin. 2019. "Estimating alpine snow depth by combining multifrequency passive radiance observations with ensemble snowpack modeling ." Remote Sensing of Environment, 226: 1-15 [10.1016/j.rse.2019.03.016]

    Kim, R., M. Durand, and D. Liu. 2018. "Spectral analysis of airborne passive microwave measurements of alpine snowpack: Colorado, USA." Remote Sensing of Environment, 205: 469-484 [10.1016/j.rse.2017.07.025]

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Rhae Sung Kim is an associate scientist and a member of the Land Information System (LIS) team in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Dr. Kim received his BS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Korea University in 2008, his MS degree in Civil, Environmental & Geodetic Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2011. He completed his PhD in School of Earth Science at the Ohio State University in 2017. His research interests center on surface hydrology, snow remote sensing & hydrology, snowpack modeling, numerical modeling of the terrestrial water cycle, and data assimilation. His current research focuses on seasonal, terrestrial snow to understand its impact on Earth’s hydrological and land-atmosphere interaction processes.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Kim, R., M. Durand, D. Li, et al. E. Baldo, S. A. Margulis, M. Dumont, and S. Morin. 2019. "Estimating alpine snow depth by combining multifrequency passive radiance observations with ensemble snowpack modeling ." Remote Sensing of Environment 226 1-15 [10.1016/j.rse.2019.03.016]

    Kim, R., M. Durand, and D. Liu. 2018. "Spectral analysis of airborne passive microwave measurements of alpine snowpack: Colorado, USA." Remote Sensing of Environment 205 469-484 [10.1016/j.rse.2017.07.025]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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