Donghoon Lee

Postdoctoral Scholar, Climate Hazards Center, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara.


4724 Ellison Hall

UCSB Geography

Santa Barbara, CA 93106

I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Climate Hazards Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the CHC, I was a postdoctoral research associate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I received my Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Paul Block.

My primary research focuses on the development of advanced hydroclimate forecast applications to (i) facilitate water resources management and (ii) promote pre-disaster management actions by anticipating their impacts on livelihoods, agriculture, and public health.

I also have passions for various topics related to hydroclimatology and environmental & geospatial data analysis. Please check my projects (will be updated soon!).

Please find my most recent curriculum vitae.


Aug 15, 2022 I will attend the 2022 AGU Fall Meeting at Chicago (12-16 December 2022) to present In-season Operational Forecasts of Subnational Grain Production in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Jun 6, 2022 Our Global Food Security paper is published! Thanks to USGS EROS, USAID, and FEWS NET!

selected publications

  1. Maize yield forecasts for Sub-Saharan Africa using Earth Observation data and machine learning
    Donghoon LeeFrank DavenportShraddhanand ShuklaGreg HusakChris FunkLaura Harrison, Amy McNally, James Rowland, Michael Budde, and James Verdin
    Global Food Security 2022
  2. Unfolding the relationship between seasonal forecast skill and value in hydropower production: a global analysis
    Donghoon Lee, Jia Yi Ng, Stefano Galelli, and Paul Block
    Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 2022
  3. Predicting social and health vulnerability to floods in Bangladesh
    Donghoon LeeHassan AhmadulJonathan Patz, and Paul Block
    Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 2021