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Hyunglok Kim

Terrestrial Water Cycle
Hydrology
Remote Sensing
Bayesian Inference
Machine Learning
Deep Learning

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I am currently working as a research scientist in the USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory. I received my Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering (2022) and my M.S. in Data Science (2021) at the University of Virginia (UVa), VA, USA. I am studying hydrology, applications of Bayes’ theorem, and global-scale water cycles. The overarching goal of my research is to provide accurate hydrological variables and solve the major challenges related to Earth system science that we will face in the coming decades. My work has practical applications for improving the quantity and quality of satellite- and model-based data to more accurately predict natural disasters and to provide a better understanding of the role played by hydrometeorological factors. You can find several of the many intriguing projects on which I am working by clicking this link .
You can also veiw my Google Scholar record to learn more about my work. You can contact me via hyunglokkim at gmail dot com.

Precipitation (up) and groundwater (bottom) dynamics (2011 - 2021) (credit: Hyunglok Kim)

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Current Interests:

  • Applications of Deep Learning to Hydrology
  • Bayesian Inference
  • Remote Sensing (Radiometer, GNSS, and Radar)
  • Global Water Cycle
  • Natural Disasters: Urban Flooding, Droughts, and Dust Outbreaks

Current Projects:

  • Soil moisture retrievals from satellites (passive, active, and GPS signals), reanalysis data, and in situ sensors.
  • Satellite-based soil moisture data assimilation into land surface models.
  • Impact of human activities (irrigation, crop modifications, etc.) on global soil moisture dynamics.
  • GitHub Pages