Portrait of Daehyun Kim

Atmospheric Sciences

Daehyun Kim

Assistant Professor

Daehyun Kim is an atmospheric scientist who studies moist convection and large-scale variability in the tropics and who aims to improve their representation in the weather and climate forecast models. Besides their chaotic nature, cumulus clouds in the tropics organize at various spatial scales by means of interactions with circulation, surface flux, moisture, and radiation. Those emergent patterns of tropical convection have long been poorly represented in many weather and climate models, weakening their predictive capability. Kim is developing a systematic understanding of different types of organized tropical convection and identifying sources of model errors in simulating them. In doing so, he is taking part in the efforts to making predictions of future extreme weather and climate events more accurate. In recognition of his scientific research accomplishments as a young scientist, he received the American Geophysics Union James R. Holton Junior scientist award in 2012.