NTSG Personnel

Youngwook Kim

Research Scientist



PhD, 2007, Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, The University of Arizona

MS, 1997, Urban Planning - Environmental Management, Seoul National University

BS, 1995, Atmospheric Science, Yonsei University

Research Interests

The focus of my current research is analyzing and integrating multiple satellite remote sensing and biophysical modeling for better understanding terrestrial carbon, water, and energy cycles.


21. G. A., I. Velicogna, J. S. Kimball, J. Du, Y. Kim, A. Colliander, and E. Njoku. (2017) “Satellite-observed changes in vegetation sensitivities to surface soil moisture and total water storage variations since the 2011 Texas drought” Environmental Research Letters, 12, 054006

20. C. Derksen, X. Xu, R. S. Dunbar, A. Colliander, Y. Kim, J. Kimball, A. Black, E. Euskirchen, A. Langlois, M. Loranty, P. Marsh, K. Rautiainen, A. Roy, A. Roy, and J. Stephens (2017) “Retrieving landscape freeze/thaw state from Soil Moisture Passive (SMAP) radar and radiometer measurements” Remote Sensing of Environment, 194, 48-62

19. Youngwook Kim, J. S. Kimball, J. Du, and J. Glassy. (2017) “An Extended Global Earth System Data Record on Daily Landscape Freeze-Thaw Status Determined from Satellite Microwave Remote Sensing” Earth System Science Data, 9, 133-147

18. J. Du, J. S. Kimball, C. Duguay, Y. Kim, and J. Watts. (2017) “Satellite Microwave Assessment of Northern Hemisphere Lake Ice Phenology from 2002 to 2015” The Cryosphere,11, 47-63

17. H. Park, Y. Kim, and J. S. Kimball (2016) “Widespread permafrost vulnerability and soil active layer increases over the high northern latitudes inferred from satellite remote sensing and process model assessments” Remote Sensing of Environment, 175, 349-358

16. H. Park, Y. Yoshikawa, K. Oshima, Y. Kim, T. Ngo-Duc, J. S. Kimball, and D. Yang (2016) “Quantification of warming climate-induced changes in the terrestrial Arctic river ice thickness and phenology” Journal of Climate, 29, 1733-1754

15. R. John, J. Chen, Y. Kim, Z. Ou-Yang, H. Park, J. Xiao, C. Shao, A. Amarjargal, Y. Zhang, O. Batkhishig, and J Qi (2016) “Differentiating anthropogenic modification and precipitation-driven change on vegetation productivity on the Mongolian plateau” Landscape Ecology, 31 (3), 547-566

14. P. Dass, M. A. Rawlins, J. S. Kimball, and Y. Kim (2016) “Environmental controls on the increasing GPP of terrestrial vegetation across northern Eurasia” Biogeosciences, 13, 45-62

13. G. A, I. Velicogna, J. S. Kimball, and Y. Kim (2015) “Impact of changes in GRACE derived terrestrial water storage on vegetation growth in Eurasia” Environmental Research Letters, 10, 124024

12. W. Zhang, Y. Yi, J. S. Kimball, Y. Kim, and K. Song (2015) “Climatic controls on spring onset of the Tibetan Plateau grasslands from 1982 to 2008” Remote Sensing, 7, 16607-16622

11. Youngwook Kim, J. S. Kimball, D. A. Robinson, C. Derksen (2015) “New satellite climate data records indicate strong coupling between recent frozen season changes and snow cover extent over high northern latitudes” Environmental Research Letters, 10, 084004

10. W. Kim, …, Y. Kim, and FluxPro Committee (2015) “FluxPro as a realtime monitoring and surveillance system for eddy covariance flux measurement” Journal of Agricultural Meteorology, 71:32-50. doi.org/10.2480/agrmet.D-14-00034

9. C. Shim, J. Hong, J. Hong, Y. Kim, M. Kang, Y. Kim, & J. Chun (2014) “Evaluation of MODIS GPP over a complex forest ecosystem in East Asia: a case study of Gwangneung flux tower in Korea” Advances in Space Research,54, 2296-2308

8. Youngwook Kim, J. S. Kimball, K. Didan and G. M. Henebry (2014) “Response of vegetation growth and productivity to spring climate indicators in the conterminous United States derived from satellite remote sensing data fusion” Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 194, 132-143. 10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.04.001

7. Youngwook Kim, J. S. Kimball, K. Zhang, K. Didan, I. Velicogna, and K. C. McDonald (2014) “Attribution of divergent northern vegetation growth responses to lengthening non-frozen seasons using satellite optical-NIR and microwave remote sensing” International Journal of Remote Sensing, 35 (10), 3700-3721, 10.1080/01431161.2014.915595

6. Youngwook Kim (2013) “Drought and elevation effects on MODIS vegetation indices in northern Arizona ecosystems” International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34 (14), 4889-4899

5. Youngwook Kim, J. S. Kimball, K. Zhang and K. C. McDonald (2012) “Satellite detection of increasing northern hemisphere non-frozen seasons from 1979 to 2008: Implications for Regional Vegetation Growth” Remote Sensing of Environment, 121,472-487

4. K. Zhang, J. S. Kimball, Y. Kim and K. C. McDonald (2011) “Changing freeze-thaw seasons and associated influences on evapotranspiration” Hydrological Processes, 25, 4142-4151, (doi:10.1002/hyp.8350)

3. Youngwook Kim (2011) “Monitoring recent vegetation greenness trend impacted from past drought events in Northern Arizona with AVIRIS and MODIS” Journal of Remote Sensing & GIS, 2 (1), Nov, 23-33.

2. Youngwook Kim, J. S. Kimball, K. C. McDonald, and J. Glassy (2011) “Developing a Global Data Record of Daily Landscape Freeze/Thaw Status using Satellite Microwave Remote Sensing” IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 49 (3), 949-960 (Chosen as Cover Story)

1. Youngwook Kim, A. R. Huete, T. Miura, and Z. Jiang (2010) “Spectral compatibility of vegetation indices across sensors: band decomposition analysis with Hyperion data” Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, vol. 4, 043520