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SOCD shieldSeungHyun Son

Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division

Marine Ecosystems & Climatology Branch
Physical Scientist - Contractor


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photo of SeungHyun SonSeungHyun Son received the BS and MS degrees in oceanography from Pusan National University, in Busan, South Korea in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He received the PhD degree in oceanography from the University of New Hampshire, in 2004. After postdoctoral appointments at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and the University of Maine, Dr. Son joined STAR in 2007, working as a research scientist with Colorado State University in support of SOCD/MECB at NOAA/NESDIS.

SeungHyun Son's current research is focused on validation/evaluation of the satellite ocean color products such as VIIRS on SNPP and NOAA-20, and algorithm development and application for the ocean color remote sensing. My broader interests span monitoring water properties and marine ecosystem using various satellite remote sensing and sea-measured data, human/climate-induced changes in the coastal ecosystems, understanding spatial/temporal variation of phytoplankton productivity at various scales, and understanding interaction with physical structure of marine ecosystem on phytoplankton.


  • JPSS STAR (JSTAR) Program Award for "excellent work on routine VIIRS ocean color data processing, monitoring, and evaluation" from NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, August 2017.
  • CIRA's 2016 Research and Service Initiative Award for "outstanding contribution to successful completion of the VIIRS mission-long ocean color data reprocessing project" from the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), Colorado State University, July 2016.
  • CIRA Exceptional Service Cash Award for "Development of NOAA's infrastructure and capability to acquire, process, monitor, evaluate, and archive the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) ocean color products" from the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), Colorado State University, June 2014.
  • Best Paper Award at the fall meeting of the Korea Society of Oceanography in 2007 - Spring phytoplankton bloom in the fronts of the East China Sea, Ocean Science Journal. 41(3): 181-189. DOI: 10.1007/BF03022423.