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Edward J. Kim

Edward J. Kim

Project scientist for SnowEx 2017
NASA/GSFC, Hydrological Sciences Laboratory, Code 617
Email: 
edward.j.kim@nasa.gov
Phone: 
301.614.5653

A month after landing at Goddard, I was asked to help define a future snow satellite mission.  I thought it was a one-time brief detour from my ‘real’ work on land surface remote sensing during the non-snow part of the year.  Now, almost 20 years later, it’s not clear whether working on snow remote sensing algorithms & sensors, as well as snow mission concepts has been the detour or my main focus.  But it has certainly been fascinating to learn about various sensing techniques—microwave and optical, passive and active—and exciting when we get to use them in the field.  Learning about snow modeling approaches has also been fascinating—especially snowpack physical models, radiative transfer models, and radiance-based assimilation. Trying to figure out optimum combinations of sensing techniques and models to produce global snow products—now that is a real challenge (with important scientific and societal applications)—one that I am enjoying solving with colleagues around the world.