Sustainability Science Program

Eunjee Lee

Dr. Eunjee Lee
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department
Harvard University
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: Non-resident
Group affiliation: Associate

Eunjee Lee is an Associate working with colleagues at Harvard’s Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department and is appointed through Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. She is also a research scientist working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office.  She is exploring the sustainability of the hydrologic cycle associated with changes in climate and land cover in the Amazon and the surrounding regions. Eunjee is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Sustainable Development of the Amazon and its Surrounding Regions: The Interplay of Changing Climate, Hydrology, and Land Use led by Professor Paul Moorcroft. Her research interests include: 1) investigation of unsteadiness of the hydrologic cycle using a modeling tool for atmosphere-biosphere interactions; 2) integrated assessment of the impact of climate change and water; and 3) engaging the scientific community to improve the use of scientific knowledge in sciencepolicymaking. Prior to joining Harvard, Eunjee received her Sc.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2011 and worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the MIT Center for Global Change Science. Her dissertation investigated the role of meteorology-driven seed dispersal in the plant migration process and the impacts of anticipated climate change on natural biogeography and ecosystems. Eunjee is a recipient of the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Sustainability Science (2013,2014) the Martin Fellowship for Sustainability (2008) and the MIT Presidential Fellowship(2005). She also holds a master’s degree in Chemistry from Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Seoul National University. Her host at Harvard is Paul Moorcroft

Unsteadiness of the Amazonian hydrologic cycle? The roles of land-cover and climate change
This project asks how much will land-cover change trigger the instability of the Amazonian water cycle given climate change scenarios, and what are the implications on the hydropower policy in Brazil.

The project investigates changes in the water cycle using a modeling tool that describes the processes of the atmosphere and the biosphere. The work includes evaluations and projections of rainfall and discharge, resulting from the ecosystem’s response under land-cover and climate change scenarios. Detailed analysis also focuses on the change in the hydrology of the Tapajos River basin, because of its high potential for hydropower development to meet Brazil's future electricity demand.

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