Hyun-Sook Kim

Hyun-Sook Kim, Ph.D.

Oceanographer, Physical Oceanography Division



4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

“Category 5 hurricane Dorian (2019) who shut down the Florida current transport by almost a half while stalling over the Bahama once again demonstrates the power of Mother Nature. My love for discovery and marriage to science has drawn me to study extreme events that push the limit of our understanding of nature. “

Dr. Hyun-Sook Kim is a research scientist at the Physical Oceanography Division of NOAA-AOML. She is trained as an observational oceanographer and numerical modeler. Her research interest is the air-sea interaction processes in extreme wind environments, such as Tropical cyclones, using Earth system models. Dr. Hyun-Sook Kim works closely with NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center to transition coupled hurricane modeling systems (e.g., HWRF, HMON and HAFS) to operations. Her recent work contributes to the advancement to a 3-way coupling hurricane-ocean-wave model that can better characterize and predict the air-sea interactions and physical processes. She also works with data assimilation, to improve prediction skills.

Current Work

Investigating air-sea interactions under Tropical Cyclones, using coupled hurricane-ocean-wave modeling systems and data assimilation method.

1994, Ph.D. Physical Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

1991, M.S. Physical Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

  1. Liu, L., A. Mehra, D. Kleist, G. Vernieres, T. Sluka, K. Bhargava, P. Stegmann, H.-S. Kim, S. Paturi, J. Xu, and I. Rivin. Impact of assimilating satellite and glider observations on Hurricane Isaias (2020) forecasting using marine JEDI. Weather and Forecasting, 38(9):1807-1826, https://doi.org/10.1175/WAF-D-22-0014.1 2023
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  2. Zhang, C., G.R. Foltz, A.M. Chiodi, C.W. Mordy, C.R. Edwards, C. Meinig, D. Zhang, E. Mazza, E.D. Cokelet, E.F. Burger, F. Bringas, G.J. Goni, H.G. Hristova, H.-S. Kim, J.A. Trinanes, J.A. Zhang, K.E. Bailey, K.M. O’Brien, M. Morales-Caez, N. Lawrence-Slavas, R. Jenkins, S.S. Chen, and X. Chen. Hurricane observations by uncrewed systems. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-21-0327.1 2023
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  3. Kim, H.-S., J. Meixner, B. Thomas, B. Reichl, B. Liu, A. Mehra, and A. Wallcraft. Skill assessment of NCEP three-way coupled HWRF-HYCOM-WW3 modeling system: Hurricane Laura case study. Weather and Forecasting, 37(8):1309-1331, https://doi.org/10.1175/WAF-D-21-0191.1 2022
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