Jinwoo Kim

Research Staff
SAR/InSAR Research Scientist

Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences


Email: jinwook@smu.edu


SMU radar laboratory


Ph.D.               Geodetic Science                  The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA, 2013
M.S.                Remote Sensing & GIS          Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, 2007
B.S.                 Civil Engineering                   Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, 2005


Career History

10/2015-present                      Research Scientist
                                             School of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University

02/2014-09/2015                     Post Doctoral Fellow
                                             School of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University

08/2013-02/2014                    Post Doctoral Fellow
                                             School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University

09/2010-08/2013                    NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
                                             School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University

09/2008-08/2010                    Graduate Research Assistant
                                             School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University

09/2007-08/2008                    Department Fellowship
                                             School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University

03/2005-02/2007                    Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant
                                             Remote Sensing & GIS Lab., Yonsei University



  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
  • Distinguished Senior PhD Student Award at Ohio State University 

    List of Publications

    30Qu, W., Zhang, B., Lu, Z., Kim, J.W., Zhang, Q., Gao, Y., Hao, M., Zhu, W., and Qu, F. Source Parameter Estimation of the 2009 Ms6.0 Yao’an Earthquake, Southern China, Using InSAR Observations. Remote Sens., 11, 462, doi:10.3390/rs11040462, 2019.  Download PDF

    29Shi, Y., Tang, Y.M., Lu, Z., Kim, J.W., and Peng, J.H. Subsidence of sinkholes in Wink, Texas from 2007 to 2011 detected by time-series InSAR analysis, Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, 10 (1), 1125-1138, doi:10.1080/19475705.2019.1566786, 2019.  Download PDF

    28Kim, J.-W., Lu, Z., and Kaufmann, J. Evolution of sinkholes over Wink, Texas, observed by high-resolution optical and SAR imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment, 222, 119-132, doi:  10.1016/j.rse.2018.12.028, 2019.  Download PDF

    27Kim, J.-W. and Lu, Z. Association between localized geohazards in West Texas and human activities, recognized by Sentinel-1A/B satellite radar imagery. Scientific Reports, 8: 4727, doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-23143-6, 2018.  Download PDF

    26Navneet, S., Kim, J.-W., and Lu, Z. A new InSAR persistent scatterer selection technique using top eigenvalue of coherence Matrix. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 56(4), doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2017.2771386, 2018.  Download PDF

    25Lee, C.-W., Lu, Z., Kim, J.-W., and Park, S.-J. Mapping pyroclastic flow inundation using radar and optical satellite images and lahar modeling. Journal of Sensors, 2018, doi: 10.1155/2018/8217565, 2018.  Download PDF

    24Eshqi Molan, Y., Kim, J.-W., Lu, Z., Wylie, B., and Zhu, Z. Modeling wildfire-induced permafrost deformation in an Alaskan boreal forest using InSAR observations. Remote Sensing, 10(3), 405, doi: 10.3390/rs10030405, 2018.  Download PDF

    23Eshqi Molan, Y., Kim, J.-W., Lu, Z., and Agram, P. L-Band Temporal Coherence Assessment and Modeling Using Amplitude and Snow Depth over Interior Alaska. Remote Sensing, 10(1), 150, doi: 10.3390/rs10010150, 2018.  Download PDF

    22Zhang, A., Lu, J. and Kim, J.-W. Detecting mining-induced ground deformation and associated hazards using spaceborne InSAR techniques, Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, 9(1), 211–223, doi:10.1080/19475705.2017.1415229, 2018.  Download PDF

    21Hu, X., Oommen, T., Lu, Z., Wang, T. and Kim, J. W. Consolidation settlement of Salt Lake County tailings impoundment revealed by time-series InSAR observations from multiple radar satellites, Remote Sensing of Environment, 202, 199–209, 2017.  Download PDF

    20Kim, J.-W., Lu, Z., Gutenberg, L., and Zhu, Z. Characterizing hydrologic changes of the Great Dismal Swamp using SAR/InSAR, Remote Sensing of Environment, 198, 187-202, 2017. Download PDF

    19Lee, C.W., Lu, Z., and Kim, J.W. Monitoring Mount Sinabung in Indonesia Using Multi- Temporal InSAR, Korean Journal of Remote Sensing, 33, 37-46, 2017.  Download PDF

    18Schaefer, L.N., Wang, T., Escobar-Wolf, R., Oommen, T., Lu, Z., Kim, J., Lundgren, P.R., and Waite, G.P. Three-dimensional displacements of a large volcano flank movement during the May 2010 eruptions at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 135-142, 2017.  Download PDF

    17Jia, Y., Kim, J.-W., Shum, C.K., Lu, Z., Ding, X., Zhong, L., Erkan, K., Kuo, C.-Y., Shang, K., Tseng, K.-H., and Yi, Y. Characterization of Active Layer Thickening Rate over the Northern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau Permafrost Region Using ALOS Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar Data, 2007–2009, Remote Sensing, 9(1), 84, 2017.  Download PDF

    16Hu, X., Wang, T., Pierson, T.C., Lu, Z., Kim, J., and Cecere, T.H. Detecting seasonal landslide movement within the Cascade landslide complex (Washington) using time-series SAR imagery, Remote Sensing of Environment, 187, 49-61, 2016.  Download PDF

    15Kim, J.-W. Lu, Z., and Degrandpre, K. Ongoing deformation of sinkholes in Wink, Texas, observed by time-series Sentinel-1A SAR interferometry (preliminary results), Remote Sensing, 8, 313, doi:10.3390/rs8040313, 2016.  Download PDF

    14Tseng, K.-H., Shum, C.K., Kim, J.-W., Wang, X., Zhu, K, and Cheng, X. Integrating Landsat Imageries and Digital Elevation Models to Infer Water Level Change in Hoover Dam, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. 9(4), 1696-1709, doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2015.2500599, 2016.  Download PDF

    13Qu, F., Lu, Z., Zhang, Q., Bawden, G.W., Kim, J.-W., Zhao, C., and Qu, W. Mapping ground deformation over Houston-Galveston, Texas using multi-temporal InSAR, Remote Sensing of Environment. 169, 290-306, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.08.027, 2015.  Download PDF

    12Kim, J.-W., Lu, Z., Qu, F. and Hu, X. Pre-2014 mudslides at Oso revealed by InSAR and multi-source DEM analysis. Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk. 6(3), 184-194, DOI:10.1080/19475705.2015.1016556, 2015.  Download PDF

    11Kim, J.-W., Lu, Z., Jia, Y., and Shum, C.K., Ground subsidence in Tucson, Arizona, monitored by time-series analysis using multi-sensor InSAR datasets from 1993 to 2011, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, 107, 126-141, 2015.  Download PDF

    10Lu, Z., Kim, J.-W., and Shum, C.K., Coastal Wetlands: Mapping by Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR), in Encyclopedia of Natural Resources, Taylor & Francis, Volume 1, doi:10.1081/E-ENRL-120049157, ISBN 9781439852583, 2014.  website

    9Kim, J.-W., Lu, Z., Jones, J.W., Shum, C.K., Lee, H., and Jia, Y., Monitoring Everglades Freshwater Marsh Water Level Using L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar Backscatter, Remote Sensing of Environment, 150, 66-81, 2014.  Download PDF

    8Kalyanapu, A., A.K.M., A., Kim, J.-W., Yigzaw, W., Hossain, F., and Shum, C.K., Towards methodology to investigate the downstream flood hazards on American River due to changes in Probable Maximum Flood due to effects of Artificial Reservoir Size and Land Use/Land Cover Patterns, Earth Interactions, 17, 1-24, 2013.  Download PDF

    7Jung, H. C., Jasinski, M., Kim, J.-W., Shum, C.K., Bates, P., Neal, J., Lee, H., and Alsdorf, D., Calibration of two-dimensional floodplain modeling in the Atchafalaya River Basin using SAR interferometry, Water Resources Research, 48, W07511, doi:10.1029/2012WR011951, 2012.  Download PDF

    6Lu, Z., Kim, J.-W., Lee, H., Shum, C.K., Duan, J., Ibaraki, M., Akyilmaz, O., and Read, C., Helmand River hydrologic studies using ALOS PALSAR InSAR and ENVISAT altimetry, Marine Geodesy, 32(3), 320–333, 2009.  Download PDF

    5Lee, H., Shum, C.K., Yi, Y., Ibaraki, M., Kim, J.-W., Braun, A., Kuo, C., and Lu, Z., Louisiana wetland water level monitoring using retracked TOPEX/POSEIDON altimetry, Marine Geodesy, 32(3), 284–302, 2009.

    4Kim, J.W., Lu, Z., Lee, H., Shum, C.K., Swarzenski, C., Doyle, T., and Baek, S., Integrated Analysis of PALSAR/Radarsat-1 InSAR and ENVISAT altimeter for mapping of absolute water level changes in Louisiana wetland, Remote Sensing of Environment, 113(11), 2356-2365, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2009.06.014, 2009.  Download PDF

    3Heo, J., Kim, J.H., and Kim, J.W., A new methodology for measuring coastline recession using buffering and non-linear least squares estimation, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 23(9), 1165-1177, 2009.

    2Heo, J., Kim, J.W., Park, J.S., and Sohn, H.G., New line accuracy assessment methodology using nonlinear least-squares estimation, Journal of Surveying Engineering-ASCE, 134(1), 13–20, 2008.

    1Heo, J., Kim, J.W., Pattnaik, S., and Sohn, H.G., Quality improvement of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) plantation inventory GIS using Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) and the National Elevation Dataset (NED), Forest Ecology and Management, 233, 61–68, 2006.


    Conference Proceedings

    Kim, J.W., Lu, Z., and Zhu, Z. Characterizing hydrologic changes of Great Dismal Swamp using SAR/InSAR technology, AGU Fall Meeting 2015, San Francisco, CA, USA, Dec 14-18, 2015.

    Kim, J.W., Lu, Z., and Qu, F. Pre-2014 mudslides at Oso revealed by InSAR and multi-source DEM analysis, AGU Fall Meeting 2014, San Francisco, CA, USA, Dec 15-19, 2014.

    Lu, Z., Qu, F., Dzurisin, D., Kim, J. Post-2008 inflation of Okmok Volcano, Alaska, from InSAR, AGU Fall Meeting 2014, San Francisco, CA, USA, Dec 15-19, 2014.

    Qu, F., Lu, Z., Bawden, G.W., and Kim, J.W. Ground deformation mapping of Houston-Galveston, Texas using InSAR time-series analysis, AGU Fall Meeting 2014, San Francisco, CA, USA, Dec 15-19, 2014.

    Shum, C.K., Ballu, V., Calmant, S., Duan, J., Guo, J., Hossain, F., Jenkins, C., Haque Khan, Z., Kim, J., Kuhn, M., Kusche, J., Papa, F., Tseng, K., and Wan, J. Coastal vulnerability due to sea-level rise hazard in the Bangladesh Delta, Vienna, Austria, Apr 2- May 2, 2014.

    Lee, H., Kim, J.-W., Lu, Z., Jung, H.C., Shum, C.K., and Alsdorf, D. Integrated analysis of interferometric SAR, satellite altimetry and hydraulic modeling to quantify Louisiana wetland, Intecol 2012 conference: Wetland remote sensing, Orlando, FL, USA, Jun 3-8, 2012.

    Jung, H.C., Jasinski, M., Kim, J.-W., Shum, C.-K., Bates, P., Neal, J., Lee, H., and Alsdorf, D. Improved calibration of modeled discharge and storage change in the Atchafalaya floodplain using SAR interferometry, AGU Chapman conference on remote sensing of the terrestrial water cycle, Kona, HI, USA, Feb 19-22, 2012.

    Kim, J.W., Calmant, S., Lee, H., Lu, Z., and Shum, C.K., Seasonal Inundation Monitoring of Northern Pantanal Wetland, Brazil Using ALOS SAR/InSAR and Envisat Altimetry, AGU 2011 Fall Meeting 23A, San Francisco, CA, USA, Dec 5-9, 2011.

    Lee, H., Calmant, S., Shum, C., Kim, J., Huang, Z., Bettadpur, S.V., and Alsdorf, D.E. Application of satellite radar altimetry for near-real time monitoring of floods, AGU Fall Meeting 2011, San Francisco, CA, USA, Dec 5-9, 2011.

    Kim, J.W., Won, J., Shum, C.K., Lee, H., Calmant, S., Souza, A.E., and Jung, H., River velocity estimation from EnviSat ASAR observations, Eos Trans. AGU 91(26), Jt. Assem. Suppl., Abstract U24A-04, Foz do Igaucu, Brazil, Aug 8-12, 2010.

    Jung, H.C., Alsdorf, D., Lee, H., Wilson, M., Beighley, E., Durand, M., Shum, C.K., Kim, J.-W., and Andreadis, K. Hydrodynamic modeling of the Congo wetlands using LISFLOOD and satellite based measurements, EGU General Assembly 2010, Vienna, Austria, May 2-7, 2010.

    Shum, C.K., Kim, J.-W., Lee, H., Fok, H.-S., Lu, Z., Baek, S.-H., Braun, A., Iz, H.B. Antarctic ice-shelf ocean tide modeling, 3rd ALOS PI symposium, Kona, HI, USA, Nov 9-13, 2009.

    Kim, J.W., Shum, C.K., Lee, H., Baek, S.-H., Hossain, F., Jones, J.W., and Lu, Z., Integrated analysis of interferometric SAR and radar altimeter for quantifying absolute water level changes and wetland dynamics, 3rd ALOS PI symposium, Kona, HI, USA, Nov 9-13, 2009.

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