PhD in Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering
Current position: Consultant in Climate, Sustainability and ESG (CSE) Team, Risk Advisory at Deloitte Anjin LLC, Republic of Korea
Research focus: disaster risk management, disaster risk reduction, climate scenario analysis, spatial analysis, ESG strategy
Sea Jin received her PhD from Korea University, where she conducted research on analyzing hydrometeorological disaster risks under different climate and adaptive scenarios. During her PhD, Sea Jin developed geospatial indices for disaster risk reduction and analyzed South Korean compressed growth from a sustainable development perspective. Sea Jin aims at conducting research using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to provide decision-makers with appropriate information to combat climate problems and prevent climate risks.
Sea Jin was a visiting researcher at the Climate Resilience Department, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany in 2018 as a part of her Green Talents Research Stay and at the research group “Global Resource Use”, Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria in 2019 as a part of 2019 Korea-ERC Researchers’ Exchange Programme of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of the Republic of Korea.
CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2017):
Korea University, Republic of Korea
Research focus: disaster risk management, disaster risk reduction, climate change, forest fire, extreme precipitation
Sea Jin recognises that people will bear the brunt of climate change. She is studying disaster risk in order to determine better land management strategies and promote sustainability. With natural disasters posing greater threats to people around the world, Sea Jin’s research in developing disaster-related indicators and forecasting threats, such as forest fires, will be of immense value to vulnerable populations.
Sea Jin is currently based at Korea University and is a recipient of the Korean Society of Climate Change Research Best Paper award. She already has several peer reviewed publications to her name. She has examined the impact of climate change on the Andong-dam basin in great detail, and has classified climate zones. In doing so, she has made great progress in establishing the appropriate spatial models for assessing hydro-meteorological ecosystems. Presently, she is developing disaster-related indicators in order to contribute to assessing the progress of Sustainable Development Goals implementation. Earlier this year, she put her expertise into practice, as an intern for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization where she worked in support of the Global Forest Resources Assessment.
The jury was particularly impressed by Sea Jin‘s lifelong commitment to fighting climate change, not only as a scientist but also as an activist. Sea Jin plays a leading role in Korea’s green movement, as co-founder and President of “Green Environment Youth Korea (GEYK)”, an organisation that raises public awareness and supports environmentally-sustainable governmental policies.