Dongmin Kim

Research Highlights

Research Interests

The physical mechanism of U.S. tornadogenesis in multi-timescales.

The seasonal-to-subseasonal forecast of U.S rainfall and extreme weather.

Modulation of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and its impacts on the climate variations using GCMs.

Development of Earth System Model (ESM) with carbon and nitrogen cycle.

Dongmin Kim, PhD.

Assistant Scientist (University of Miami/CIMAS), Physical Oceanography Division


4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

The subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) forecast, which corresponds to predictions beyond two weeks but less than three months, fills a gap between weather and climate forecast. The S2S forecast is a challenging time scale due to the lack of memory for the initial conditions in the numerical modeling.

Dr. Dongmin Kim is an assistant scientist at the Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Science (CIMAS) at the University of Miami and the Physical Oceanography Division at NOAA’s AOML. Dr. Kim is currently working on the subseasonal-to-seasonal forecast for extreme weather events and U.S. precipitation. He is also interested in the impact of atmosphere-ocean interaction on global climate variability using both observation and numerical modeling.

Current Work

“An optimized hybrid seasonal forecast system for U.S. regional precipitation in late-summer to mid-fall based on inter-basin SST and convection parameters” funded by NOAA.

“Subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) Severe Weather Prediction” funded by NOAA.

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2010, B.S. Atmospheric Environmental Science, Pukyong National University, South Korea

2017, Ph. D. Urban and Environmental Engineering, UNIST, South Korea

Lee, S., Lopez, H., Kim, D., Wittenberg, A. T., and Kumar, A.,2021: A Seasonal Probabilistic Outlook for Tornadoes (SPOTter) in the Contiguous U.S. Based on the Leading Patterns of Large-Scale Atmospheric Anomalies, Mon. Wea. Rev.,

Kim, G., J. Lee, M.-I. Lee and D. Kim, 2021: Impacts of urbanization on atmospheric circulation and aerosol transport in a coastal environment simulated by the WRF-Chem coupled with urban canopy model, Atmos. Env.,

Kim, D., S.-K Lee, H. Lopez, G. R. Foltz, V. Misra, and A. Kumar, 2020: On the role of Pacific – Atlantic SST contrast and associated Caribbean Sea Convection in August-October U.S. regional rainfall variability, Geophys. Res. Lett.,

    NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Employee of the Year Award 2022

    For groundbreaking scientific research that evaluates how El Niño-Southern Oscillation events will evolve in all seasons as a result of anthropogenic climate change, with significant implications for future Atlantic hurricane season intensities and springtime tornado outbreaks in the United States.

    Best PhD Dissertation Award, Korean Meteorological Society 2017