Profile for Kyu-Myong Kim

Title: Research Physical Scientist
Affiliation: NASA
Contact: E-mail
Code 613
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Office Phone: 301-614-6223
Fax: 301-614-6307

Brief Bio

Kyu-Myong Kim, a Research Physical Scientist at NASA/ Goddard Space Flight Center, received a Ph. D. in atmospheric sciences from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1996. His Ph. D. thesis is on the temporal and spatial structures of the seasonal and interannual variability of the tropical Pacific atmosphere and ocean based on in situ observation as well as ocean circulation model. In 1996, he came to Goddard Space Flight Center, as a National Research Council Resident Research Associates, where he worked on El Nino-Asian summer monsoon interaction and tropospheric biennial oscillation. Since then, he has been working at Climate and Radiation Laboratory, NASA/GSFC as a USRA (Universities Space Research Association) Associate Scientist (1998-2000), as a senior supporting scientist of Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (2000-2006), as a associate research scientitst of UMBC (2006-2011) and Morgan State University (2011-2013) . His research interest includes seasonal-to-interannual climate variability and predictability, climate modeling, and diagnostics. More recently, he has been worked on the effect of aerosol radiative forcing on the monsoon water cycle over various monsoon regions. 

Research Interests

Seasonal-to-interannual climate variability and predictability

Climate modeling and diagnostics

Aerosol-Water Cycle Interaction


Updates to our publications records have been put on hold until a new storage and delivery system has been put in place. As a result, this information is currently out of date and does not include the most recent publications. For a more complete listing of publications, please visit the Sciences and Exporation Directorate.

Colarco, P. R., E. P. Nowottnick, C. A. Randles, B. Yi, P. Yang, K.-M. Kim, J. A. Smith, and C. G. Bardeen (2014). Impact of radiatively interactive dust aerosols in the NASA GEOS-5 climate model: Sensitivity to dust particle shape and refractive index. J. Geophys. Res..
doi: 10.1002/2013JD020046

Lee, D., Y.C. Sud, L. Oreopoulos, K.M. Kim, W. K. Lau, and I.-S. Kang (2014). Modeling the influences of aerosols on pre-monsoon circulation and rainfall over Southeast Asia Atmos. Chem. Phys, 14, 6853-6866

Lau, W., H.T. Wu, and K. Kim (2013). A Canonical Response of Precipitation Characteristics to Global Warming from CMIP5 Models 2013, 40(12), 3163-3169

Lau, K., and K. M. Kim (2012). The 2010 Russian Heat Wave/Wildfires and Pakistan Flood: Teleconnection of Extremes. J. Hydrometeor., 13, 392-403

Gautam, R., N. Hsu, S. Tsay, W. Lau, B. Holben, S. Bell, A. Smirnov, C. Li, R. Hansell, Q. Ji, S. Payra, D. Aryal, R. Kayastha, and K. Kim (2011). Accumulation of Aerosols over the Indo-Gangetic Plains and Southern Slopes of the Himalayas: Distribution, Properties and Radiative Effects during the 2009 Pre-monsoon Season Atmos. Chem. Phys, 11, 12841-12863

Kim, K.M., K. M. Lau, Y.C Sud, and G. Walker (2010). Influence of aerosol radiative forcings on the diurnal and seasonal cycles of rainfall over West Africa and Eastern Atlantic Ocean using GCM simulations Clim. Dynam, 35, 115-126

Lau, W., M. -K. Kim, K.-M. Kim, and W. -S. Lee (2010). Enhanced surface warming and accelerated snow melt in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau induced by absorbing aerosols Environ. Res. Lett, 5(2), 025204

Lau, W., and K. Kim (2010). Fingerprinting the impacts of aerosols on long-term trends of the Indian summer monsoon regional rainfall Geophys. Res. Lett, 37, L16705.

Xue, Y., F. De Sales, K.M. Lau, A. Boone, J. Feng, P. Dirmeyer, Z. Guo, K.-M. Kim, A. Kitoh, V. Kumar, I. Poccard-Leclercq, N. Mahowald, W. Moufouma-Okia, P. Pegion, D.P. Rowell, J. Schemm, S. D. Schubert, A. Sealy, W.M. Thiaw, A. Vintzileos, S.F. Williams, and M.-L C. Wu (2010). Intercomparison and analyses of the climatology of the West African Monsoon in the West African Monsoon Modeling and Evaluation Project (WAMME) first model intercomparison experiment Clim. Dyn, WAMME Special Issue.

Bell T.L., D. Rosenfeld, and K.-M. Kim (2009). The Weekly Cycle of Lightning: Evidence of Storm Invigoration by Pollution Geophys. Res. Lett., 36( L23805).

Krishnamurti T. N., A. Chakraborty, A. Martin, W.K. Lau, K.-M. Kim, Y. Sud, and G. Walker (2009). Impact of Arabian Sea Pollution on the Bay of Bengal Winter Monsoon Rains J. Geophys. Res., Atmos., 114(D06213).

Lau, K.-M., K.M. Kim, Y.C. Sud, and G.K. Walker (2009). A GCM study of the response of the atmospheric water cycle of West Africa and the Atlantic to Saharan dust radiative forcing Ann. Geophys., 27, 4023-4037

Lau, K.-M., K.-M. Kim, C. N. Hsu, and B. N. Holben (2009). Possible influences of air pollution, dust- and sandstorms on the Indian monsoon WMO Bulletin. 58(1), 22-30.

Reale O., K. -M. Lau, K.-M. Kim, and E. Brin (2009). Atlantic tropical cyclogenetic processes during SOP-3 NAMMA in the GEOS-5 global data assimilation and forecast system J. Atmos. Sci., 66(12), 3563-3578

Sud Y.C., E.M. Wilcox, K. -M. Lau, G.K. Walker, X. -H. Liu, A. Nenes, D. Lee, K.-M. Kim, Y. Zhou, and P.S. Bhattacharjee (2009). Sensitivity of Boreal-Summer Circulation and Precipitation to Atmospheric Aerosols in Selected Regions, Part I: Africa and India Annales Geophysicae, 3989-4007, 27.

Bell T.L., D. Rosenfeld, K.-M. Kim, J. -M. Yoo, M. -I. Lee, and M. Hahnenberger (2008). Midweek increase in U.S. summer rain and storm heights suggests air pollution invigorates rainstorms J. Geophys. Res., D02209, 113.

Prabhakara C., R. Iacovazzi, J. -M. Yoo, K.-M. Kim, and T.L. Bell (2008). A method to estimate rain rate over tropical oceans with TRMM Microwave Imager radiometer J. Meteor. Soc. Japan., 86(1), 203-212

Kim M. -K., W.K.M. Lau, K.-M. Kim, and W. -S. Lee (2007). A GCM study of effects of radiative forcing of sulfate aerosol on large scale circulation and rainfall in East Asia during boreal spring Geophys. Res. Lett., L24701, 34.

Lau, K.-M., K.-M. Kim, and M. -I. Lee (2007). Characteristics of Diurnal and Seasonal Cycles in Global Monsoon Systems J. Meteor. Soc. Japan, 85A, 403-416.

Lau, K.-M., and K.M. Kim (2007). Cooling of the Atlantic by Saharan dust Geophys. Res. Lett., L23811, 34.

Lau, K.-M., and K.M. Kim (2007). How Nature Foiled the 2006 Hurricane Forecasts EOS Trans. AGU(9), 88, 105-107

Lau, K.-M., and K.-M. Kim (2007). Reply to Comment on "How Nature Foiled the 2006 Hurricane Forecasts" EOS Trans. AGU(26), 88, 271

Lau, K.-M., and K.-M. Kim (2007). Does aerosol weaken or strengthen the Asian monsoon?. (13-22). Mountains Witnesses of Global Changes-Research in the Himalaya and Karakoram: Share-Asia Project. Eds., R. Baudo, G. Tartari, and E. Vuillermoz. Elsevier.

Lee M. -I., S. D. Schubert, M. J. Suarez, T.L. Bell, and K.-M. Kim (2007). Diurnal cycle of precipitation in the NASA Seasonal to Interannual Prediction Project atmospheric general circulation model J. Geophys. Res., D16111, 112.

Mwale D., T. Y. Gan, S. S. P. Shen, T. T. Shu, and K.-M. Kim (2007). Wavelet empirical orthogonal functions of space-time-frequency regimes and predictability of southern Africa summer rainfall ASCE J. Hydrologic Engrg.(5), 12, 513-523

Lau, K.-M., M. -K. Kim, and K.-M. Kim (2006). Asian summer monsoon anomalies induced by aerosol direct forcing - the role of the Tibetan Plateau Climate Dynamics (7-8), 36, 855-864

Lau, K.-M., S. S. P. Shen, K.-M. Kim, and H. Wang (2006). A multimodel study of the twentieth century simulations of Sahel drought from the 1970s to 1990s J. Geophys. Res., D07111, 111.

Lau, K.-M., and K.-M. Kim (2006). Observational relationship between aerosol and Asian monsoon circulation rainfall Geophys. Res. Lett., L21810, 33.

Cuddapah P., R. Iacovazzi, J. -M. Yoo, and K.-M. Kim (2005). A Model for Estimation of Rain Rate on Tropical Land from TRMM Microwave Imager Radiometer Observations J. Met. Soc. of Japan, 83(4), 595-609

Ho C. -H., J.-H. Kim, K. -M. Lau, K.-M. Kim, D. Gong, and Y. -B. Lee (2005). Interdecadal changes in heavy rainfall in China during the northern summer Terrestrial Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (5), 16, 1163-1176

Lau, K.-M., K.-M. Kim, and N.C. Hsu (2005). Observational evidence of effects of absorbing aerosols on seasonal-to-interannual anomalies of the Asian monsoon CLIVAR Exchanges(3),., 10, 7-9

Lau, K.-M., and K.-M. Kim (2005). Characterizing monsoon systems using CEOP data CEOP Newsletter, 8, 5-7

Kim M. -K., I. -S. Kang, C. -K. Park, and K.-M. Kim (2004). Superensemble prediction of regional precipitation over Korea Int. J. Climatol., 24 (6), 777-790

Lau, K.-M., J.-Y. Lee, K.-M. Kim, and I. -S. Kang (2004). The North Pacific as a regulator of summertime climate over Eurasia and North America J. Climate (4), 17, 819-833

Lau, K.-M., K.-M. Kim, and J.-.Y. Lee (2004). Interannual variability, global teleconnection and potential predictability associated with the Asian summer monsoon East Asian Monsoon, Ed. C. P. Chang, World Scientific Publisher, 153-176