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Yunsoo Choi

Choi

Yunsoo Choi

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Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, Atmospheric Modeling, Remote Sensing, Machine Learning, and Energy Policy

Ph.D. 2007 Atmospheric Chemistry and Remote Sensing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 
M.S. 1999 Biophysical Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, California
M.S. 1996 Physical Chemistry, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea
B.S. 1994 Chemistry, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea

Office: 426F SR1
Phone: (713) 743-9748
ychoi6@uh.edu

Air Quality Forecasting and Modeling Lab
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Editorship

  • Editor of Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Editorial Board of Scientific Reports - Nature

Research Interests

Air Quality forecasting applications

It is often imperative to forecast air pollution in real-time so that communities can be forewarned to take decisions beforehand. For example, if there is significant pollution on a highway, drivers can decide to take a cleaner route. The primary objectives of this research interest in this space are:

  • To establish a real-time Air Quality Forecasting system over the continental United States to forecast hourly concentrations of gas-phase (g., ozone) and particle-phase species (e.g., PM2.5)
  • to analyze the model using archived ground and/or aircraft observations
  • Investigate the relationship between air pollution and human health, and
  • Use model results as inputs an optimized air pollution regulatory policy to mitigate the loss by medical costs and reduced efficiency in working.

Regional Chemical Transport Modeling applications

Multi-year trends in tropospheric ozone and aerosol concentrations are the results of both inter-annual variations of meteorological conditions by climate change and their precursor’s emission changes due to regulatory policy implementation. The goals of this research interest are:

  • Develop a reasonable approach to identify the impact of climate change and wildfires on ozone and particulate matter chemistry
  • Quantify the contributions of anthropogenic and natural sources (e.g., biogenic. soil, and lightning sources) on chemical and radiative tracers
  • Identify how regional transport of ozone and particulate matter have changed over the last decade

Remote Sensing applications

Data from satellite measurements is crucial for establishing a long-term monitoring system of the Earth’s health. We are targeting these atmospheric remote sensing data: 1) OMI, 2) GOME-2, 3) TES, 4) MLS, 5) MODIS, 6) MISR, 7) MOPITT, and 7) NOAA-16. These remote sensing data will be used to investigate the impacts of cloud convection, lightning activity, biogenic change, air pollution regulation, energy resource change, ocean/atmospheric phenomena (e.g., IOD, El Nino, and monsoon) and extreme weather (e.g., heat waves, typhoons, and hurricanes) on air pollution and atmospheric environment.

Machine learning/Artificial Intelligence

We use a deep learning neural network model involving only observational, historical data over three years (a “big data” collection) for meteorology and pollutant to develop a functional relationship between the ozone or aerosol concentration at a given hour of the day and the value two days back, and also with meteorological variables. In this space, we are currently using Deep Neural Networks to make these predictions, but also have plans to compare alternative methods such as Random Forests. One problem in observational data is missing values, both visible and hidden. We are currently using an unsupervised Sequential K-Nearest Neighbors (S-KNN) algorithm to fill-in these values, but plan to evaluate more sophisticated approaches, which combine deep nets with an evolutionary optimization approach such as Genetic  Algorithm.

Energy Policy

Emissions from transportation sources, both gasoline and diesel vehicles, are a major source of both ozone and particulate matter pollution in urban regions. It is therefore imperative to understand the physical processes driving these emissions so as to develop appropriate control policy. We worked on a project in collaboration with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to explore the effects of temperature and driving conditions on gasoline exhaust VOC speciation – the results are currently being used to update the EPA’s SPECIATE emissions database. We also evaluated the effects of motor vehicle electrification under the influence of a greening grid on air quality and health impacts over the Houston Metropolitan Area, and are currently exploring changes in fuel cost savings and other related costs (e.g., externalities and social costs) due to electrification. We are also interested in wind and solar energy and are currently working on developing machine learning approaches to accurately predict generation over a given region.

Group Members

  • Prof. Peter Percell (Research Professor): 1)CMAQ advection/transport model development and 2)CMAQ-Adjoint model development
  • Dr. Anirban Roy (Postdoctoral Scientist): 1) Application of data mining in atmospheric science and 2) Particulate Matter,Air quality modeling using CMAQ
  • Amir Souri (Ph.D. student): 1)Application of data assimilation and inverse modeling on chemical transport model and 2)Remote sensing studies in atmospheric science 
  • Alex Kotsakis (Ph.D. student): 1) Lightning ozone study and 2)Meteorology/Climate impact on air pollution
  • Ebrahim Eslami (Ph.D. student): 1)Air Quality forecsting system using AI deep learning and 2)Air pollution impact on human health and cost
  • Jia Jung (Ph.D. student): 1) Application of data assimilation on air pollution studies and 2) CMAQ-2way and WRF/ROMS modeling studies
  • Bavand Sadeghi (Ph.D. student): 1) Applicationo of inverse modeling on chemical transport model and 2) Source apportionment studies on air pollution
  • Yannic Lops (Ph.D. student): Application of data mining in atmospheric sciences

Student Opportunities 
Outstanding students who are interested in Ph.D. degree in atmospheric chemistry, data assimilation or data mining in atmospheric science are encouraged to contact us at ychoi6@uh.edu with your CV to inquire about RA availability.

Publications (Pre-Reviewed Journals)

  • Souri, A.H., Choi, Y., Jeon, W., Kochanski, A., Diao, L., Mandel, J., Bhave, P.V., and Pan, S., 2017, Quantifying the impact of biomass burning emissions on major inorganic aerosols and their precursors in the US, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere, doi:10.1002/2017JD026788
  • Pan, S., Choi, Y., Roy, A., and Jeon, W., 2017, Allocating emissions to 4km and 1km horizontal spatial resolutions and its impact on simulated Nox and O3 in Houston, TX, in Atmospheric Environment, 164, 398-415
  • Jeon, W., Choi, Y., Souri, A.H., Roy, A., Diao, L., Pan, S., Lee, H.W., Lee, S-H., 2017, Identification of chemical fingerprints in long-range transport of burning induced upper tropospheric ozone from Colorado to the North Atlantic Ocean, Science of The Total Environment, 613-614, 820-828, doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.09.177
  • Jeon, W., Choi, Y., Roy, A., Pan, S., Price, D., Hwang, M-K., Kim, K. R., and Oh, I., 2017, Investigation of Primary Factors Affecting the Variation of Modeled Oak Pollen Concentrations: A case study for Southeast Texas in 2010, accepted in Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Kotasakis, A., Morris, G.A., Lefer, B., Jeon, W., Roy, A., Minschwaner, K., Thompson, A., Choi, Y., 2017, Ozone production by corona discharges during a convective event in DISCOVER-AQ Houston, in Atmospheric Environment, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.04.018
  • Leong, Y., Sanchez, N., Wallace, H., Karakurt Cevik, B., Hernandez, C., Han, Y., Flynn, J., Massoli, P., Floerchinger, C., Fortner, E., Herndon, S., Bean, J., Hildebrandt Ruiz, L., Jeon, W., Choi, Y., Lefer, B., Griffin, R., 2017, Overview of Surface measurements and Spatial Characterization of Submicron Particulate matter during the DISCOVER-AQ 2013 Campaign in Houston, in press in Journal of Air & Waste Management Association
  • Souri, A.H., Choi, Y., Jeon, W., Woo, J-H., Zhang, Q., Kurokawa, J-I., 2017, Remote-sensing evidence of decadal changes in major tropospheric ozone precursors over East Asia, in Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere, doi:10.1002/2016JD025663
  • Roy Anirban, Yunsoo Choi, 2016, Effect of ambient temperature on species lumping for total organic gases in gasoline exhaust emissions, in Atmospheic Environment, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.11.057
  • Shuai Pan, Yunsoo Choi, Wonbae Jeon, Anirban Roy, David A. Westenbarger, Hyun Cheol Kim, 2016, Impact of high-resolution sea surface temperature, emission spikes and wind on simulated surface ozone in Houston, Texas during a high ozone episode, in Atmospheric Environment, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.12.030
  • Wonbae Jeon, Yunsoo Choi, Peter Percell, Amir Hossein Souri, Chang-Keun Song, Soon-Tae Kim, and Jhoon Kim, 2016, Computationally efficient air quality forecasting tool: implementaion of STOPS v1.5 model into CMAQ v5.0.2 for a prediction of Asian dust, Geoscientific Model Development 9(10): 3671-3684, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-3671-2016.
  • Lijun Diao, Yunsoo Choi, Beata Czader, Xiangshang Li, Shuai Pan, Anirban Roy, Amir Hossein Souri, Mark Estes, and Wonbae Jeon, 2016, Discrepancies between modeled and observed nocturnal isoprene in an urban enviornment and the possible causes: A case study in Houston, Atmospheric Research, 181, 257-264.
  • Wonbae Jeon, Yunsoo Choi, Peter Percell, Amir Hossein Souri, Chang-Keun Song, Soon-Tae Kim, and Jhoon Kim, 2016, The new implementation of a computationally efficient modeling tool (STOPS v1.5) into CMAQ v5.0.2 and its application for a more accurate prediction of Asian Dust, 2016, Geoscientific Model Development Discussion, doi:10.5194/gmd-20160180.
  • Effect of Ambient Temperature on Total Organic Gas Speciation Profiles from Light-Duty Gasoline Vehicle Exhaust, Anirban Roy, Darrel Soontag, Richard Cook, Catherine Yanca, Charles Schenk, and Yunsoo Choi, Environmental Science and Technology, 2016, 50(12), 6565-6573, pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.6b01081.
  • The impact of observation nudging on simulated meteorology and ozone concentrations during DISCOVER-AQ 2013 Texas campaign, Xiangshang Li, Yunsoo Choi, Beata Czader, Anirban Roy, Hyuncheol Kim, Barry Lefer, and Shuai Pan, 2016, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, 3127-3144, www.atmos-chem-phys.net/16/3127/2016/.
  • Souri, Amir Hossein, Choi, Yunsoo, Jeon, Wonbae, Li, Xiangshang, Pan, Shuai, Diao, Lijun, Westenbarger, David A., 2016, Constraining NOx emissions using satellite NO2 measurements during 2013 DISCOVER-AQ Texas campaign, in Atmospheric Environment, v. 131, p. 371-381, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.02.020
  • Souri, Amir Hossein, Choi, Yunsoo, Li, Xiangshang, Kotsakis, Alexander, Jiang, Xun, 2016, A 15-year climatology of wind pattern impacts on surface ozone in Houston, Texas, in Atmospheric Research, v. 174, p. 124-134, doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2016.02.007
  • Diao, Lijun, Roy, Anirban, Czader, Beata, Pan, Shuai, Jeon, Wonbae, Souri, Amir Hossein, Choi, Yunsoo, 2016, Modeling the effect of relative humidity on nitrous acid formation in the Houston area, in Atmospheric Environment.
  • Jeon, Wonbae, Choi, Yunsoo, Lee, Hwa Woon, Lee, Soon-Hwan, Yoo, Jung-Woo, Park, Jaehyeong, Lee, Hyo-Jung, 2015, A quantitative analysis of grid nudging effect on each process of PM2.5 production in the Korean Peninsula, in Atmospheric Environment, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.10.050.
  • Li, X., Choi, Y., Czader, B., Kim, H., Lefer, B., Pan, S., 2015, The impact of observation nudging on simulated meteorology and ozone concentrations during DISCOVER-AQ 2013 Texas campaign, in Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., Copernicus Publications, v. 15, no. 19, p. 27357-27404, doi:10.5194/acpd-15-27357-2015
  • Pan, Shuai, Choi, Yunsoo, Roy, Anirban, Li, Xiangshang, Jeon, Wonbae, Souri, Amir Hossein, 2015, Modeling the uncertainty of several VOC and its impact on simulated VOC and ozone in Houston, Texas, in Atmospheric Environment, v. 120, p. 404-416. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.09.029
  • Anirban Roy, Yunsoo Choi, 2015, Temperature dependence of source specific volatility basis sets for motor vehicle exhaust, in Atmospheric Environment, v. 119, p. 258-261.
  • Bella, D., Culpepper, J., Khaimova, J., Ahmed, N., Belkalai, Adam, Arroyo, I., Andrews, J., Gentle, S., Emmanuel, S., Lahmouh, M., Ealy, J., King, Zayna, Jenkins, O., Fu, D., Choi*, Y., Osterman, G., Gruszczynski, J., Skeete, D., Blaszczak-Boxe, C.S., 2015, Characterization of pollution transport into Texas using OMI and TES satellite, GIS and in situ data, and HYSPLIT back trajectory analyses: implications for TCEQ State Implementation Plans, in Air Qual Atmos Health, Springer Netherlands, p. 1.
  • Choi*, Yunsoo, Souri**, Amir Hossein, 2015, Chemical condition and surface ozone in large cities of Texas during the last decade: Observational evidence from OMI, CAMS, and model analysis, in Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 168, p. 90-101, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.06.026
  • Choi, Y. and Souri, A.H., The seasonal behavior and long-term trends of tropospheric ozone, its precursors and chemical conditions over Iran: a view from space, July 2015, Atmospheric Environment, 106, 232-240
  • Roy, A. and Choi, Y., Potential impact of changing the coal-natural gas split in power plants: an emissions inventory perspective, July 2015, Atmospheric Environment, 102, 413-415
  • Czadedr, B.H., Choi, Y., X. Li, S. Alveraz, and B. Lefer, Impact of updated traffic emissions on HONO mixing ratios simulated for urban site in Houston, Texas, 2015, Atmospheric Chemistry and Phys. 15(3), 1253-1263
  • Czader, B., Percell, P., Byun D., and Choi, Y., Development and evaluation of the Screening Trajectory Ozone Prediction System (STOPS, version1.0), 2014, Geoscientific Model Development Discussions, 7(6), 7619-7649
  • Choi, Y., The impact of satellite-adjusted NOx emissions on simulated NOx and O3 discrepancies in the urban and outflow areas of the Pacific and Lower Middle US, 2014, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14, 675-690
  • Choi, S., Joiner, J., Choi, Y., Duncan, B., Vasilkov, A., Krotkov, N., Bucsela, E., First Estimate of global free tropospheric NO2 abundances derived using a cloud slicing technique applied to Satellite observations from the Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI), 2014, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14(19), 10565-10588
  • Lee, Y., Kim, J., Ho, C., An, S., Cho, H., Mao, R., Tian, B., Wu, D., Lee, J., Kalashnikova, O., Choi, Y., Yeh, S., The effects of ENSO under negative AO phase on spring dust activity over northern China: An observational investigation, 2014, International Journal of Climatology, DOI:10.1002/joc.4028
  • Yunsoo Choi, Hyuncheol Kim, Daniel Tong, and Pius Lee, Summertime weekly cycles of observed and modeled NOx and O3 concentrations as a function of satellite-derived ozone production sensitivity and land use types over the Continental United States, 2012, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 12, 6291-6307
  • Chun Zhao, Yuhang Wang, Rong Fu, Derek Cunnold, and Yunsoo Choi, Impact of East Asia summer monsoon on the air quality over China: The view from space, 2010, Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2009JD012745.
  • Qing Yang, Derek Cunnold, Yunsoo Choi, Yuhang Wang, Ray Wang, Lucien Froidervaux, Anne Thompson, and  Pawan Bhartia, A study of tropospheric ozone column enhancements over North America using satellite data and a global chemical model, 2010, Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2009JD012616.
  • Yunsoo Choi, Gregory Osterman, Annmarie Eldering, Yuhang Wang, and Eric Edgerton, Understanding the contributions of anthropogenic and biogenic sources to CO enhancements and outflow observed over North America and the western Atlantic Ocean by TES and MOPITT, 2010, Atmospheric Environment, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.01.029.
  • Yunsoo Choi, Jinwon Kim, Annmarie Eldering, Gregory Osterman, Yuk L. Yung, and K. N. Liou, Lightning and anthropogenic NOx sources over the U.S. and the western North Atlantic Ocean: Impact on OLR and radiative effects, 2009, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L17806, doi:10.1029/2009GL039381.
  • Chun Zhao, Yuhang Wang, Yunsoo Choi, and Tao Zeng, Summertime impacts of convective transport and lightning NOX production over North America: modeling dependence on meteorological simulations, 2009, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 9, 4315-4327.
  • Yunsoo Choi, Yuhang Wang, Qing Yang, Derek Cunnold, Tao Zeng, Changsub Shim, Ming Luo, Annmarie Eldering, Eric Bucsela, and James Gleason, Spring to summer northward migration of high O3 over the western North Atlantic, 2008, Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L04818, doi:10.1029/2007GL032276.
  • Yunsoo Choi, Yuhang Wang, Tao Zeng, Derek Cunnold, Eun-Su Yang, Randall Martin, and Kelly Chance, Valerie Thouret, and Eric Edgerton, Springtime transition of NO2, CO, and O3 over North America: Model evaluation and analysis, 2008, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, D20311, doi:10.1029/2007JD009632.
  • Burcak Kaynak, Yongtao Hu, Randall V. Martin, Armistead Russell, Yunsoo Choi, and Yuhang Wang, The effect of lightning NOX production on surface ozone in the continental United States, 2008, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8, 5151-5159.
  • Serge Guillas, Jinghui Bao, Yunsoo Choi and Yuhang Wang, Statistical correction and downscaling of chemistry-transport model ozone forecasts over Atlanta, 2008, Atmospheric Environments, 42(6), 1338-1348.
  • Yuhang Wang, Yunsoo Choi, Tao Zeng, Douglas Davis, Martin Buhr, L. Gregory Huey, and William Neff, Assessing the photochemical impact of snow NOx emissions over Antarctica during ANTCI 2003, 2007, Atmospheric Environments, 41(19), 3944.
  • Jing Ping, Derek Cunnold, Yunsoo Choi and Yuhang Wang, Summertime tropospheric ozone columns from Aura OMI/MLS measurements versus regional model results over the United States, 2006, Geophysical Research Letters, 33(17), L17817.
  • Yuhang Wang, Yunsoo Choi, Tao Zeng, Brian Ridley, Nicola Blake, Donald Blake and Frank Flocke, Late-spring increase of trans-Pacific pollution transport in the upper troposphere, 2006, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L01811.
  • Yunsoo Choi, Yuhang Wang, Tao Zeng, Randall Martin, Thomas Kurosu and Kelly Chance, Evidence of lightning NOX and convective transport of pollutants in satellite observations over North America, 2005, Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L02805.
  • Changsub Shim, Yuhang Wang, Yunsoo Choi, Paul I. Palmer, Dorian S. Abbot and Kelly Chance, Constraining global isoprene emissions with Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME) formaldehyde column measurements, 2005, Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, D24301.
  • Yuhang Wang, Changsub Shim, Nicola Blake, Donald Blake, Yunsoo Choi, Brian Ridley, Jack Dibb, Anthony Wimmers, Jennie Moody, Frank Flocke, Andrew Weinheimer, Robert Talbot and Elliot Atlas, Intercontinental transport of pollution manifested in the variability and seasonal trend of springtime O3 at northern middle and high latitudes, 2003, Journal of Geophysical Research, 108(D21), 4683.
  • Yunsoo Choi, Scott Elliott, Isobel J. Simpson, Donald R. Blake, Jonah J. Colman, Manvendra K. Dubey, Simone Meinardi, F. Sherwood Rowland, Tomoko Shirai and Felisa A. Smith, Survey of whole air data from the second airborne Biomass Burning and Lightning Experiment using principal component analysis, 2003, Journal of Geophysical Research, 108(D5), 4163.
  • J. Alfredo Freites, Yunsoo Choi and Douglas J. Tobias, Molecular Dynamics Simulations of a Pulmonary Surfactant Protein B Peptide in a Lipid Monolayer, 2003, Biophysical Journal, 84(4), 2169-2180.