Dr Yongje Kim

Dr Yongje Kim is a principal researcher in the Groundwater and Ecohydrogeology Research Center of the Geologic Environment Division at Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM). He received his PhD in Geology (Environmental Hydrogeochemistry) at Texas A&M University, USA in 1995.

During over 20 years of his professional research career, Dr Kim has been the technological and administrative leader for a variety of R&D projects for the Korean Government and from EU and UNESCO in areas of water-resource security. He is a two-time recipient (2006 and 2010) of a Korea Minister’s Award (Ministry of Construction & Transportation and Ministry of Education, Science & Technology), and Chairman’s Award in National Research Council of Science & Technology (2016), which recognize his outstanding contributions in the development of novel technologies for the analysis and modeling of groundwater-surface water flow systems and for artificial recharge. He has served as an advisor to the editor-in-chief and associate editor of the NGWA journal Ground Water (2011-2015), and is presently an associate editor for Water Science and Engineering in China (2013- present). He also serves as the Congress Convener for 2018 IAH (International Association of Hydrogeologists) held in Korea.

Dr Kim’s service as a representative of CCOP (Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia) since 2012 as an executive director of Global Cooperation Division at KIGAM has played important roles for prosperity of Asia, in the fields of geosciences including water resources security, water management, capacity building, and especially for encouraging and growing the capabilities of young geologists in Asia. His current research interests revolve around novel technologies for treating non-point source contaminants in urban runoff and integrated technology for securing groundwater/geothermal resources and conserving ecosystems with climate change.


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