Jungmin "Minnie" Park

About Me

After living three months in Pasadena, California, enjoying indoor rock climbing with scientists and engineers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), I came to a conclusion: climbing and pursuing a Ph.D. could be, in a way, very similar. First, if there is no way to reach the next step, one needs to find breakthroughs to continue. Second, one should be open-minded and listen to advice from others. One may find a better way to find the next step from a person with experience. Third, one learns to be patient. Although one can see a goal, it can be difficult to touch. Thanks to the experience from JPL, I dare to study mighty things such as clouds and sea breezes. I am currently working on assessing how changes in environmental factors, including low-level thermodynamic and land-surface properties and aerosol loading, impact aerosol redistribution and characteristics of convection within tropical sea breeze regimes using Gaussian-process emulation and ensemble cloud-resolving modeling


Ph.D. Candidate, Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University (CSU), Expected Spring 2020

Master of Science, Atmospheric Science and Engineering, Ewha Womans University (EWU), Seoul, South Korea, 2015

Thesis: Climate Feedback Diagnosis in a Two-zone Energy Balance Model

Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude), Environmental Science and Engineering, EWU, Seoul, South Korea, 2013


Awards and Honors

1st Place Student Oral Presentation at AMS 12th Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, 2020

Outstanding Student Oral Presentation at AMS 10th Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, 2018

ARM Summer Training and Science Applications Event, Norman, OK, July 2018

NASA Summer School on Satellite Observations and Climate Models, Pasadena, CA, August 2017

Best Poster at 5th International Winter School on Climate Change, Seoul, South Korea, December 2013

Student Travel Grant for Ewha Global Initiative Overseas Research Program, July 2012

EWU Teaching Volunteer Scholarship, 2011–2012

EWU Academic Excellence Scholarship, 2010–2014



Park, J. M., S. C. van den Heever, A. L. Igel, L. D. Grant, J. S. Johnson, S. M. Saleeby, S. D. Miller, & J. S. Reid (2020): Environmental controls on tropical sea breeze convection and resulting aerosol redistribution. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Accepted Pending Revision

Park, J., & Y.-S., Choi (2018). Influence of inhomogeneous surface heat capacity on the estimation of radiative response coefficients in a two-zone energy balance model. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 132(1-2), 579–585. doi:10.1007/s00704-017-2103-z


Selected Conference Presentations

Park, J. M., and S. C. van den Heever (2020), Understanding aerosol impacts on tropical land-sea breeze convection using a statistical emulator approach. American Meteorological Society (AMS) 100th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (Oral, Award Winner). [View Abstract]

Park, J. M., S. C. van den Heever, L. D. Grant, and A. L. Igel (2019), Controls on sea breeze convection in moist tropical coastal environments. AMS 18th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Savannah, GA (Oral). [View Recorded Presentation] [View Recorded Presentation]

Park, J. M., S. C. van den Heever, L. D. Grant, and A. L. Igel (2018), Land-surface properties and atmospheric conditions impacting sea-breeze convection and aerosol transport in a moist environment. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Washington, DC (Oral). [View Abstract]

Park, J. M., A. L. Igel, and S. C. van den Heever (2018), Dependence of aerosol transport on meteorological and surface properties within tropical sea breeze convection. AMS 98th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX (Oral, Award Winner)[View Recorded Presentation]

van den Heever, S. C., J. Bukowski, L. D. Grant, S. R. Herbener, S. Kawecki, P. J. Marinescu, J. M. Park, and S. M. Saleeby (2018), The Impact of radiation absorbing aerosols on the intensity and organization of several mesoscale regimes. AMS 98th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX (Oral, Invited).

Igel, A. L., S. C. van den Heever, J. S. Johnson, and J. Park (2017), Pollution transport in sea breeze circulations. Meteorology and Climate – Modeling for Air Quality Conference, Davis, CA (Poster).

Park, J. M., A. L. Igel, and S. C. van den Heever (2017), Controls on the redistribution of coastal zone aerosols in convective clouds associated with sea breeze circulations. AMS 97th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (Oral).

Su, H., J. M. Park, Y.-S. Choi, T.-P. J. Shen, and J. H. Jiang (2015), Upper-tropospheric water vapor and cloud variations with sea surface temperature in observations and models, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (Oral).

Park, J. M., Y.-S. Choi, and H. Cho (2014), How does the difference between low- and high-latitude climate sensitivity affect climate feedback diagnosis?, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (Poster).


Service and Leadership 


Last Updated: 02/20