Prof. Woo-Kyun Lee is a Korean-renowned professor of Department of Environment Science and Ecological Engineering, director of Environmental GIS/RS Centre, BK21+ Eco-Leader Education Centre at Korea University. In academic area, he is working as a president of Korean Society of Climate Change Research, director of Moonsuk Science Foundation, vice president of Korea Society Remote Sensing, Editor in Chief of Forest Science and Technology and editors in some academic Journals. Internationally, he has served as director of SDSN Korea, Mid Latitude Region Network, scientific steering committee of GCP-Korea Office, and advisory committee for International Cooperation Project between IIASA (International Institute of Applied System Analysis) and NRF (National Research Foundation) of Korea.He has received many awards such as the Excellency Paper Award from Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (2014), Grand Leaders Award from Climate Change Centre (2014), Academic Award from Korean Society of Climate Change Research (2015), Achievement Award from Ministry of Environment (2015) etc..
With his academic background of forest management planning, he has mainly worked in the fields of forest inventory, planning, and management. Technically, he has employed spatio-temporal analysis and approach using GIS/RS, and Geostatistics. He has recently expanded his researches to detail assessment of regional carbon budget, climate change impact assessment with specifically concentrated on vulnerability and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and ecosystem services in natural resources including forest and agricultural area.
His research has been focused on the region of Mid-Latitude Ecotone including Korean peninsula, North-Eastern Asia, and Central Asian Countries where water and food problems are getting serious with extreme climate condition. Nowadays, his researches are focusing on development of indicators for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), DRR, and climate change considering environmental and socio-economic conditions in Mid-Latitude region. And he has tried to suggest how to enhance adaptive capacity or resilience through environmental infrastructure and socio-economic policies for adapting climate change, reducing disaster risk, and achieving SDGs.
Professor Lee is widely recognized as one of the Korean leading experts with a highlight academic activities of more than 260 papers printed in the domestic and international journal. He is doing his international endeavour to give young scientists better opportunity to share their time and space for our better future.
Prof. Lee received his BS and MS degrees at Korea University on forestry and PhD degree at the College of Forestry of Goettingen University in Germany.