Principal Investigator

Hyunglok Kim

I am interested in hydrology, applications of Bayes’ theorem in machine learning, 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.


(2022) Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, VA, USA (NASA and Bicentennial Fellowship)

(2021) M.S. in Data Science, University of Virginia, VA, USA (NASA Fellowship)

(2012) B.S. in Civil Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea


(2023 - present) Assistant Professor, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)

(2022-2023) Postdoctoral Fellow, USDA, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, MD, USA

(2019 - 2023) NASA Future Investigator

(2019) (Summer) Visiting Scholar, NASA, Hydrological Sciences Laboratory, MD, USA

(2018/19) (Summer) Visiting Scholar, USDA, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, MD, USA

Professional Services

(Present) Associate Editor, Vadose Zone Journal

Review Panel
(2023) NOAA Climate Variability and Predictability Program
(2023) NASA ROSES A.43/CSDA New Vendor Onramp Evaluation

Reviewer Board
RemoteSensing of Environment
Water Resources Research
IEEE Transactions onGeoscience and Remote Sensing
IEEE Geoscience and RemoteSensing Letters
IEEE Journal of SelectedTopics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing
Geophysical Research Letters
Environmental ResearchLetters
Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences
Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere
Scientific Report
Journalof Meteorological Research
Remote Sensing Letter
Advances in Space Research
Satellite Navigation
International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
Journal of Hydrology
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Radio Science
Theoretical and Applied Climatology

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If you have a keen interest in the intersection of climate change and its impact on hydrological research fields, I encourage you to consider pursuing a Master's, PhD, or postdoctoral position. By delving deeper into this critical area of study, you can play an essential role in addressing the world's most pressing environmental challenges and help safeguard our water resources, ecosystems, and communities. Your dedication and expertise can significantly contribute to the development of sustainable solutions and innovative approaches to hydrological research. Embark on this exciting journey and become part of the passionate community of scientists working towards a more resilient and environmentally responsible future.