Min-Jeong Kim, Associate Research Scientist

Min-Jeong Kim


Bldg.33, Room C224

Phone: (301) 614-5730


- Satellite data assimilation and cloud and precipitation analysis
- Radiative transfer for cloudy atmosphere
- Remote sensing of cloud and precipitation
- Observation System Simulation Experiment (OSSE)
- Improving severe weather forecasts using numerical weather prediction (NWP) models


Dr. Min-Jeong Kim got her PhD degree in 2004 from the department of Atmospheric Sciences in University of Washington in Seattle. Her dissertation research involved computing single 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. She developed parameterization methods for single scattering parameters of dry frozen precipitation to support NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission.

Her research during her postdoc period (2005-2006) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center included (1) developing a physical algorithm to retrieve falling snow particles over land employing space-borne millimeter-wave measurements, (2) developing parameterization methods to compute single scattering parameters of melting snow particles in a melting layer model, (3) developing combined algorithm using radar and passive microwave measurements to estimate precipitation, and (4) combining surface emissivity model and precipitation retrieval algorithm to support GPM mission.

Between 2007 and July 2013, she worked as a Research Scientist of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) in Colorado State University. She was leading a Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) funded project to assimilate clouds and precipitation affected microwave radiance data in NOAA NCEP NWP models. In addition, she has been serving as co-chair for the JCSDA Cloud and Precipitation Data Assimilation Working Group since May 2011.

Since she joined NASA Goddard's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) in August 2013, she has been participating research projects to assimilate cloud and precipitation affected microwave radiance data assimilation for NASA Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5).