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Seung-bum Kim

  • Ph.D., Remote Sensing, University College London
  • M.S., Remote Sensing, University College London
  • B.Sc, Electrical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)


Aquarius Icon Aquarius
Aquarius measures global sea surface salinity to improve the understanding of ocean circulation and the linkage with climate and water cycle.

SMAP - Soil Moisture Active Passive Icon SMAP - Soil Moisture Active Passive
The Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission provides measurements of soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state as well as sea surface salinity.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2004-2006, 2009-Present)
  • Remote Sensing Systems, CA (2006-2009)
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (1998-2003)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award
    • Aquarius Science Calibration and Validation Team (2013)
    • SMAPVEX12 Field Campaign Team (2013)
    • SMAP Science and Cal/Val Team (2017)
  • NASA Aquarius Science Team (2012-2016)
  • SMAP Science Team (2016-2019)

Selected Publications
  1. S. Kim,M. Arii, T. Jackson, Modeling L-band synthetic aperture radar data through dielectric changes in soil moisture and vegetation over shrublands, IEEE J. Selected Topics Applied Earth Obs. Remote Sensing, DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2017.2741497, 2017
  2. Kim, S.B., Van Zyl, Johnson, Moghaddam, Tsang, Colliander, Dunbar, Jackson, Jaruwatanadilok, West, Berg, Caldwell, Goodrich, Livingston, Lopez-Baeza, Rowlandson, Thibealt, Walker, Entekhabi, Njoku, O'Neill, Yueh, Surface soil moisture retrieval using the L-band synthetic aperture radar onboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite and evaluation at core validation sites," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 55(4) 1897 - 1914, 2017.
  3. Kim, S.B., J. Oullette, J.J. van Zyl, and J.T. Detection of inland open water surfaces using dual polarization L-band radar for the Soil Moisture Active Passive mission, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens.,  54(6), 3388-3399, 2016.
  4. Kim, S.B.,T.J. Jackson, S.H. Yueh, X. Xu, and S. Hensley, Feasibility of inter-comparing airborne and spaceborne observations of radar backscattering coefficients for soil moisture retrieval, IEEE J. Selected Topics Applied Earth Obs. Remote Sensing, 10.1109/JSTARS.2015.2424715, 2015.
  5. P.S. Narvekar, D. Entekhabi, S. Kim, E.G. Njoku (2015): Soil Moisture Retrieval Using L-Band Radar Observations. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. 53(6) 3492 - 3506.
  6. Kim, S.B., J. H. Lee, P. Matthaeis, S. Yueh, C.-S. Hong, J.-H. Lee, and G. Lagerloef (2014), Sea surface salinity variability in the East China Sea observed by the Aquarius instrument, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, doi:10.1002/2014JC009983.
  7. J. Ouellette, J.T. Johnson, S.-B. Kim, J.J. van Zyl, M. Moghaddam, M. Spencer, L. Tsang, D. Entekhabi: A Simulation Study of Compact Polarimetry for Radar Retrieval of Soil Moisture. IEEE T. Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52(9): 5966-5973 (2014)
  8. Kim, S.B., M. Moghaddam, L. Tsang, M. Burgin, X.L. Xu, and E.G. Njoku, (2014). Models of L-band radar backscattering coefficients over the global terrain for soil moisture retrieval. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. 52(2), 1381 - 1396.
  9. Colliander, A., Chan, S., Kim, S., Das, N., Yueh, S., Cosh, M., Bindlish, R., Jackson, T., Njoku, E., "Long Term Analysis of PALS Soil Moisture Campaign Measurements for Global Soil Moisture Algorithm Development", Remote Sens. Env. (121) 309-322, 2012.
  10. Kim, S. B., L. Tsang, J. T. Johnson, S. Huang, J. J. van Zyl, and E. G. Njoku (2012): Soil moisture retrieval using time-series radar observations over bare surfaces. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 50 (5), 1853-1863. .
  11. Kim, S. B., F.J. Wentz, and G.S.E. Lagerloef (2011): Effects of antenna cross-polarization coupling on the brightness temperature retrieval at L-band. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. 49(5) 1637-1648, (cover article).
  12. Kim, S. B., and I. Fukumori (2008): A near uniform sea level variations in the Japan/East Sea: a semi-enclosed sea with multiple straits, J. Geophys. Res., 113, C06031, doi:10.1029/2007JC004409.
  13. Kim, S. B., T. Lee and I. Fukumori (2007): Mechanisms controlling interannual variations of mixed layer temperature averaged over the NINO3 region, J. Climate, 20, 3822-3841.
  14. Kim, S. B., I. Fukumori and T. Lee (2006): The closure of ocean mixed layer temperature budget using level-coordinate model fields, J. of Atmos. and Oceanic Tech., 23, 840-853.
  15. Kim, S.B., (2004): Eliminating extrapolation using point distribution criteria in scattered data interpolation, Computer Vision & Image Understanding, 95(1):30-53.
  16. Kim, S.B., T. Lee and I. Fukumori (2004): The 1997-99 abrupt change in the upper ocean temperature in the northcentral Pacific, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32 (22), L22304.
  17. Kim, S.B., and M.A. Saunders (2002): An improved Gaussian jet model for deriving absolute geostrophic velocity from satellite altimetry, J. Atmos. Oceanic Tech., 19 (12):2020-2029.

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