Kim, Daehyun
Associate Professor
Tropical Meteorology, Climate Dynamics, and Climate Modelling
Convective Systems/Tropical Dynamics Laboratory
Office : Bldg 501 Room 523 / +82-2-880-7783
Lab. : Bldg 501 Room 501 / +82-2-880-8166

Research Topic

Prof. 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. Prof. 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 make 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.


  • Ph.D., School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 2010
  • B.S., School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 2003


  • Associate Professor, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 2023-present
  • Associate Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 2020-2023
  • Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 2014-2020
  • Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Columbia University, NY, USA, 2012-2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University, NY, USA, 2010-2012


  1. Angulo-Umana, P., and D. Kim, 2023: Mesoscale convective clustering enhances tropical precipitation. Sci. Adv., 9, eabo5317.
  2. Kim, D., D. Kang, M.-S. Ahn, C. DeMott, C.-W. Hsu, C. Yoo, L. R. Leung, S. Hagos, and P. J. Rasch, 2022: The Madden-Julian Oscillation in the Energy Exascale Earth System Model Version 1, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 14, e2021MS002842.
  3. Cheng, W.-Y., D. Kim, R. H. Holzworth, 2021: CAPE Threshold for Lightning over the Tropical Ocean, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 126, e2021JD035621.
  4. Adames, Á. F., and D. Kim, 2016: The MJO as a dispersive, convectively coupled moisture wave: observations and theory. J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 913–941.
  5. Kim, D. and I.-S. Kang, 2012: A bulk mass flux convection scheme for climate model – Description and moisture sensitivity. Clim. Dyn., 38, 411-429.