Sun-Seon Lee

Sun-Seon Lee
Assistant Research Fellow
  • Ph.D. (2010), Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea
    • Thesis: Comparison of energetics for the Pacific and Atlantic storm track activities: Climatological subseasonal and interdecadal variabilities
  • M. S. (2006), Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea
    • Thesis: Interannual and intraseasonal characteristics of Bonin high associated with the Changma
  • B. S. (2004), Division of Earth Environmental System, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea (Teaching certificate in earth science)
Work Experience
  • March 2017 - present: Assistant Research Fellow, IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP)
  • July 2013 - February 2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • September 2012 - July 2013: Research Fellow, Pusan National University
  • September 2010 - August 2012: Assistant Researcher, Institute of Environmental Studies, Pusan National University



  • Human life and Meteorology, Pusan National University, September 2011 - December 2011
  • Synoptic Meteorology, Pusan National University, March 2012 - June 2012 
Research Interests
  • Past-to-future climate modeling
  • Transient paleoclimate simulations
  • Dynamics of past climate variability
  1. An Intraseasonal Genesis Potential Index for Tropical Cyclones during Northern Hemisphere Summer, J.-Y. Moon, B. Wang, S.-S. LeeK.-J. Ha, Journal of Climate, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0515.1 (2018)
  2. Dynamics-Oriented Diagnostics for the Madden-Julian Oscillation, B. Wang, S.-S. Lee, D. E. Waliser, C. Zhang, A. Sobel, E. Maloney, T. Li, X. Jiang, & K.-J. HaJournal of Climate, 31, 3117–3135, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0332.1 (2018)
  3. MJO Propagation Shaped by Zonal Asymmetric Structures: Results from 24 GCM  Simulations, B Wang, S.-S. LeeJournal of Climate, 30, 7933-7952, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0873.1 (2017) 
  4. Lee, S.-S., J.-Y. Moon, B. Wang, and H.-J. Kim, 2017: Sub-seasonal prediction of extreme precipitation over Asia: Boreal summer intraseasonal oscillation perspective. J. Climate, 30, 2849-2865. DOI:
  5. Lee, S.-S., and B. Wang, 2016: Regional boreal summer intraseasonal oscillation over Indian Ocean and Western Pacific: Comparison and predictability study. Clim. Dyn., 46, 2213-2229. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-015-2698-7
  6. Lee, S.-S., B. Wang, D. E. Waliser, J. M. Neena, and J.-Y. Lee, 2015: Predictability and prediction skill of the boreal summer intraseasonal oscillation in the Intraseasonal Variability Hindcast Experiment. Clim. Dyn., 45, 2123-2135. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-014-2461-5 
  7. Heo, K.-Y., K.-J. Ha, K.-S. Yun, S.-S. Lee, H.-J. Kim, and B. Wang, 2014: Methods for uncertainty assessment of climate models and model predictions over East Asia. Int. J. Climato., 34, 377-390. DOI: 10.1002/joc.3692
  8. Lee, J.-Y., S.-S. Lee, B. Wang, K.-J. Ha, and J.-G. Jhun, 2013: Seasonal prediction and predictability of the Asian winter temperature variability. Clim. Dyn., 41, 573-587. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-012-1588-5
  9. Lee, S.-S., S.-H. Kim, J.-G. Jhun, K.-J. Ha, and Y.-W. Seo, 2013: Robust warming over East Asia during boreal winter monsoon and its possible causes. Env. Res. Lett., 8, 034001. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/034001
  10. Lee, S.-S., J.-Y. Lee, K.-J. Ha, B. Wang, A. Kitoh, Y. Kajikawa, and M. Abe, 2013: Role of the Tibetan Plateau on climatological annual variation of mean atmospheric circulation and storm track activity. J. Climate, 26, 5270-5286. DOI:
  11. Lee, S.-S., Y.-W. Seo, K.-J. Ha, and J.-G. Jhun, 2013: Impact of the western North Pacific subtropical high on the East Asian monsoon precipitation and the Indian Ocean precipitation in the boreal summertime. Asia-Pacific J. Atmos. Sci., 49, 171-182. DOI: 10.1007/s13143-013-0018-x
  12. Ha, K.-J., K.-Y. Heo, S.-S. Lee, K.-S. Yun, and J.-G. Jhun, 2012: Variability in the East Asian Monsoon: a review. Meteoro. App., 19, 200-215. DOI: 10.1002/met.1320
  13. Heo, K.-Y., K.-J. Ha, and S.-S. Lee, 2012: Warming of western North Pacific Ocean and energetics of transient eddy activity. Mon. Wea. Rev., 140, 2860-2873. DOI:
  14. Lee, S.-S., J.-Y. Lee, B. Wang, K.-J. Ha, K.-Y. Heo, F.-F. Jin, D. M. Straus, and J. Shukla, 2012: Interdecadal changes in the storm track activity and mean flow-eddy interaction over the North Pacific and the North Atlantic. Clim. Dyn., 39, 313-327. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-011-1188-9
  15. Lee, S.-S., J.-Y. Lee, B. Wang, F.-F. Jin, W.-J. Lee, and K.-J. Ha, 2011: A comparison of climatological subseasonal variations in the wintertime storm track activity between the North Pacific and Atlantic: local energetics and moisture effect. Clim. Dyn., 37, 2455-2469. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-011-1027-z
  16. Lee, S.-S., J.-Y. Lee, K.-J. Ha, B. Wang, and J. Schemm, 2011: Deficiencies and possibilities for long-lead coupled climate prediction of the Western North Pacific-East Asian summer monsoon. Clim. Dyn., 36, 1173-1188. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-010-0832-0
  17. Lee, S.-S., P. N. Vinayachandran, K.-J. Ha, and J.-G. Jhun, 2010: Shift of peak in summer monsoon rainfall over Korea and its association with ENSO. J. Geophys. Res., 115, D02111. DOI: 10.1029/2009JD011717
  18. Lee, S.-S., and K.-J. Ha, 2009: Eddy-mean flow interaction and its association with Bonin high: Comparison of July and August. Asia-Pacific J. Atmos. Sci., 45, 483-498.
  19. Ha, K.-J., and S.-S. Lee, 2007: On the interannual variability of the Bonin high associated with the East Asian summer monsoon rain. Clim. Dyn., 28, 67-83. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-006-0169-x
  20. Um, H.-H., K.-J. Ha, and S.-S. Lee, 2007: Evaluation of the urban effect of long-term relative humidity and the separation of temperature and water vapor effects. Int. J. Climato., 27, 1531-1542. DOI: 10.1002/joc.1483