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SSKim_smallSeung-Sep Kim


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2010: Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, USA (Advisor: Paul Wessel)

2005: M.Sc. in Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, USA (Advisor: Paul Wessel)
2000: B.Sc. in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Korea University, Korea


2022 SEP – Present: Professor, Chungnam National University, Korea
2017 SEP – 2022 AUG: Associate Professor, Chungnam National University, Korea
2012 SEP – 2017 AUG: Assistant Professor, Chungnam National University, Korea
2012 JUN – 2012 AUG: Senior Research Scientist, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Korea
2012 MAR – 2012 JUN: Lecturer for Earth Science, University of Incheon, Korea
2011 SEP: Guest Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
2011 JAN – 2012 JUN: Postdoctoral Researcher, Seoul National University, Korea
2010 Spring: Graduate Assistant (TA), University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, USA
2002 – 2009: Graduate Assistant (RA), University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, USA
2000 – 2002: Research Assistant, Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute, Korea


  • Global seamount distribution from satellite-derived gravity data
  • Hydrothermal circulation at seamounts
  • Thermal and mechanical structure of oceanic lithosphere
  • Geophysical inversion of potential field data
  • Subsurface imaging using ground penetrating radar and electrical resistivity data


Peer-reviewed articles (Link to my Google Scholar)
* Corresponding author
Underline: Students advised

[21] Park, S.-H., C. H. Langmuir, K. W. W. Sims, J. Blichert-Toft, S.-S. Kim, S. R. Scott, J. Lin, H. Choi, Y.-S. Yang, and P. J. Michael (2019), An isotopically distinct Zealandia-Antarctic mantle domain in the Southern Ocean, Nat Geosci.

[20] Um, E. S., J. Kim, M. J. Wilt, M. Commer, and S.-S. Kim* (2019), Finite-element analysis of top-casing electric source method for imaging hydraulically active fracture zones, GEOPHYSICS, 84(1), E23–E35,

[19] Ha, G., and S.-S. Kim*, (2018), Case studies for modeling magnetic anomalies with COMSOL Multiphysics®, J. Geol. Soc. Korea, 54(6), 677-682, [in Korean with English abstract]

[18] Kim, G.-B., S.-H. Yoon, S.-S. Kim, and B.-D. So (2018), Transition from Buckling to Subduction on Strike-Slip Continental Margins: Evidence from the East Sea, Geology, 46(6), 603-606,

[17] Kim, H.-G., S.-H. Beak, S.-S. Kim*,  N. Y. Lee, and J.-S. Kwon (2017), Imaging Inner Structure of Bukbawi at Mt. Palgong Provincial Park Using Ground Penetrating Radar, Econ. Environ. Geol., 50(6), 487-495, [in Korean]

[16] Choi, H., S.-S. Kim*, J. Dyment, R. Granot, S.-H. Park, and J. K. Hong (2017), The kinematic evolution of the Macquarie Plate: A case study for the fragmentation of oceanic lithosphere, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 478, 132-142,

[15] Baek, S.-H.S.-S. Kim*, J.-S. Kwon, and E. S. Um (2017), Ground penetrating radar for fracture mapping in underground hazardous waste disposal sites: A case study from an underground research tunnel, South Korea, J. Appl. Geophys., 141, 24-33,

[14] Um, E. S., S.-S. Kim, and H. Fu (2017), A tetrahedral mesh generation approach for 3D marine controlled-source electromagnetic modeling, Computers & Geosciences, 100, 1-9,

[13] Hwang, G., and S.-S. Kim* (2016), Flexure and gravity anomalies of the oceanic lithosphere beneath the Louisville seamount, Tectonophysics, 686, 19-26,

[12] Joo, J., J. Kim, Y. Ko, S.-S. Kim, J. Son, S. J. Pak, D.-J. Ham, and S. K. Son (2016), Characterizing Geomorphological Properties of Western Pacific Seamounts for Cobalt-rich Ferromanganese Crust Resource Assessment, Econ. Environ. Geol., 49, 121-134, [in Korean]

[11] Kim, S.-S.*, and P. Wessel (2016), New analytic solutions for modeling vertical gravity gradient anomalies, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 17(5), 1915-1924,

[10] Kim, S.-S.* (2015). Seamount. In H. Hargitai & A. Kereszturi (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms (pp. 1–6). New York, NY: Springer-Verlag New York. [Book Chapter]

[9] Kim, Y., C. Lee, and S.-S. Kim* (2015), Tectonics and volcanism in East Asia: Insights from geophysical observations, J. Asian Earth Sci., 113, 842-856,

[8] Choi, J.-R.S.-S. Kim*, S.-K. Park, K.-S. Shin, and B.-C. Kang (2013), A Case Study of Electrical Resistivity and Borehole Imaging Methods for Detecting Underground Cavities and Monitoring Ground Subsidence at Abandoned Underground Mines, Jour. Korean Earth Science Society, 34, 195-208. [in Korean]

[7] Chandler, M. T., P. Wessel, B. Taylor, M. Seton, S.-S. Kim, and K. Hyeong (2012), Reconstructing Ontong Java Nui: Implications for Pacific absolute plate motion, hotspot drift and true polar wander, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 331-332, 140-151.

[6] Kim, S.-S.*, and P. Wessel (2011), New global seamount census from satellite-derived gravity data, Geophys. J. Int., 186, 615-631.

[5] Kim, S.-S.*, and P. Wessel (2010), Flexure modeling at seamounts with dense cores, Geophys. J. Int., 182, 583-598.

[4]  Wessel, P., D. T. Sandwell, and S.-S. Kim (2010), The global seamount census, Oceanography, 23, 24-33.

[3] Wessel, P., T. Anderson, R. Austin, A. Benediktsdottir, M. T. Chandler, M. M. Conley, S.-S. Kim, R. L. Michaud, M. E. Rumpf, J. D. Sleeper, and J. R. Weiss (2009), Seminar 2.0: Learning with Skype and video podcasts, Eos Trans. AGU, 90, 145-147.

[2] Kim, S.-S.*, and P. Wessel (2008), Directional median filtering for regional-residual separation of bathymetry, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 9, Q03005,

[1] Lee, S.-M., and S.-S. Kim (2004), Vector magnetic analysis within the southern Ayu Trough, equatorial western Pacific, Geophys. J. Int., 156, 213-221.