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Do-Hyuk “DK” Kang

Do-Hyuk “DK” Kang

Research Scientist
Hydrological Sciences Laboratory (Code 617), NASA/GSFC
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, Univ. Maryland at College Park
Email: 
dk.kang@nasa.gov
Phone: 
301.614.6569

Snow is a solid form of hydrogen in earth owing to a temperature below the frozen point. It can exist in the atmosphere, land surface, and sub-surface. Compared with the most of mid-latitude where tropical cyclones are abundant, the terrestrial snow contributes to water resources such as Western US/Canada, Mediterranean, and even Tibetan Plateau in China. Recent climate change significantly has perturbed a current state and even a future trend of snow storage in earth. NASA, ultimately aimed at satellite missions including earth observation can uniquely tackle the questions of the cryospheric status of the current and the future.

My career as a hydrologist enhanced by remote sensing technologies can efficiently answer some of the important questions: how much terrestrial snowpack contribute to streamflow in a watershed scale, microwave remote sensing can retrieve the status of snowpack physical properties and how much accurately? A combination of visible-infrared and microwave frequency can accommodate each limitation to retrieve the terrestrial snowpack.

Selected Publications

Do-Hyuk Kang and Ana P. Barros, Introducing an L-band Snow Sensor System for In Situ Monitoring of Changes in Water Content - Full-System Testing, IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 908-919, 2011.

Do-Hyuk Kang and Ana P. Barros, Observing System Simulation of Snow Microwave Emissions Over Data Sparse Regions— Part I: Single Layer Physics, IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 1785 – 1805, 2012.

Do-Hyuk Kang and Ana P. Barros, Observing System Simulation of Snow Microwave Emissions Over Data Sparse Regions— Part II: Multi Layer Physics, IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 1806 - 1820, 2012.

Do-Hyuk Kang and Stephen Dery, and Ana P. Barros, Evaluating Passive Microwave Radiometry for the Dynamical Transition from dry to wet snowpacks, IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 3-15, 2014.

Do-Hyuk Kang, Xiaogang Shi, Huilin Gao, and Stephen Dery, On the Changing Contribution of Snow to the Hydrology of the Fraser River Basin, Canada, Journal of Hydrometeorology, vol.15, pp. 1344-1365, 2014.

Do-Hyuk Kang, Huilin Gao, Xiaogang Shi, Siraj ul Islam, and Stephen Dery, Impacts of a Rapidly Declining Mountain Snowpack on Streamflow Timing in Canada's Fraser River Basin, accepted in Nature Scientific Report, vol. 6, no. 19299, 2016.

Do-Hyuk Kang, Ana Barros, and Edward Kim, Evaluating multi-spectral snowpack reflectivity with changing snow correlation lengths, IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing vol. 54, no. 12, pp. 7378-7384, 2016.