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CEESMO Members

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Menas Kafatos, Ph.D.

Director, Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics
Areas of Research: Quantum mechanics and mind/brain dynamics, black holes and cosmology, interdisciplinary earth system science, climate change, natural hazards (including earthquakes, wildfires, and tropical cyclones), aerosols and pollution, remote sensing, big data, vegetation and climate change, and distributed data information system architecture
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Seung Hee Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Operations, Research Assistant Professor
Areas of Research: Mesoscale and regional climate modeling, climate change impact assessment, and remote sensing data application
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Annie Harrington

Operations Coordinator
Annie coordinates administrative activities for CEESMO and is the center's primary contact person.
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Wonhee Cho, Ph.D.

Research Associate
Areas of Research: Data analysis using IoT sensor data and machine learning, deep learning technologies (transportation, geo spatial, and weather/remote sensing area data), and web programming (data collection, web crawling, web service, etc.)
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Emmanuel Dinnat, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Areas of Research: Active and passive microwave remote sensing, ocean salinity, radiative transfer and scattering from rough surfaces, oceanic processes and interactions with the cryosphere
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Hesham El-Askary, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Earth System Science and Remote Sensing and Director, MS Hazards, Global and Environmental Change
Areas of Research: Dust storms monitoring and detection using remote sensing technologies, air pollution problems over mega cities, climate change and its impacts on sea level rise for coastal areas
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Francis Fujioka, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty
Areas of Research: Integrated weather/fire modeling, wildland fire risk assessment, fire behavior and fire danger analysis and prediction
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Shenyue Jia, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Areas of Research: Remote sensing for wildfire risk, phenology, spatial analysis, and geovisualization
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Mijin Kim, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Area of Research: Understanding aerosol optical properties based on satellite remote sensing
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Dimitar Ouzounov, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Research Faculty
Areas of Research: Geophysics, geospace applications for natural hazards risk management, lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere coupling, electromagnetic studies of earthquakes and volcanoes, and geocomputing
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Kristen Whitney, Ph.D.

Research Associate
Areas of Research: Remote sensing data analysis, observing and modeling changes in vegetation health and relation to wildfire risk
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Keun-Hang Susan Yang, Ph.D.

Director of International Science Programs, Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Bioscience
Areas of Research: Modeling neuronal disorders, electrophysiology, and chemical impacts, and computational biology and bioinformatics
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Karolina Michalewska

Student Research Assistant
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Andrew Papillon

Student Research Assistant

CEESMO Collaborators

Ghassem Asrar, Ph.D.


Eun-Chul Chang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Kongju National University, South Korea


George Galanis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Section of Mathematics, Greek Naval Academy, Greece and Researcher, Atmospheric Modeling and Weather Forecasting Group, Physics Department, University of Athens, Greece


Armando González Cabán, Ph.D.
US Forest Service (Retired)


George Kallos, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Athens, School of Physics and Director, Division of Environmental Physics, and Meteorology and Senior Research Associate, SUNY/ASRC, Albany, NY and Research Professor


Hyungjun Kim, Ph.D.
Project Associate Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan


Jinwon Kim, Ph.D.
Researcher, UCLA and Chief Researcher, National Institute of Meteorological Sciences, South Korea


Woo-Kyun Lee, Ph.D.
Professor, Korea University, South Korea


Yungon Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chungnam National University, South Korea


Chul-Hee Lim, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Korea University, South Korea


Xue Liu, Ph.D.


David Medvigy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame


Boksoon Myoung, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea


Son Nghiem, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology


Jeremy Pal, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, Loyola Marymount University


Seon K. Park, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering Director, Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research (CCCPR) Director, Severe Storm Research Center (SSRC) Ewha Womans University


Michele Romolini, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Departments of Biology and Environmental Studies Director of Research, Center for Urban Resilience Loyola Marymount University


José Sánchez, Ph.D.
Research Economist, US Forest Service


Henry P. Stapp, Ph.D.
Quantum Mechanics Collaborator


Eric G. Strauss, Ph.D.
President's Professor of Biology, Executive Director, Loyola Marymount University Center For Urban Resilience Seaver College of Science & Engineering


Robert Walko, Ph.D.
University of Miami

Partnering and Related Institutions

Ewha Womans University

Goddard Space Flight Center - GSFC

Jet Propulsion Laboratory - JPL

Korea University - KU

National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA Headquarters

National Institute of Food and Agriculture - NIFA

National Observatory of Athens - NOA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA

National Weather Service - NWS - Oxnard

Princeton University

United States Department of Agriculture - USDA

United States Forest Service - USFS

University of Athens – Physics Department

University of California Los Angeles - UCLA

University of Miami