Taehee Hwang

Taehee Hwang

Associate Professor, Geography

Director of Undergraduate Studies


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
  • M.C.P., Summa Cum Laude, Seoul National University, 2004
  • B.S., Seoul National University, 2000


  • Ecohydrology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Landscape Ecology


  • G237: Cartography and Geographic Information
  • G336: Environmental Remote Sensing
  • G436: Advanced Remote Sensing – Digital Image Processing
  • G467: Ecohydrology
  • G439: GIS & Environmental Analyses

External funding

  • 2017-2022: Prepared for Environmental Change, Principal Investigator, Indiana University Grand Challenge Initiative ($19,000 to Principal Investigator in year 1)
  • 2017-2019: Impacts of Climate and Land-Use/Land-Cover Change on Gross and Net Primary Productivity in the Southeastern USA. Institutional Principal Investigator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Carbon Cycle Science program. ($436,669 to Indiana University)
  • 2016-2018: Coweeta LTER VIIb - The Interacting Effects of Hydroclimate Variability and Human Landscape Modification in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER). ($38,485 to Indiana University)
  • 2014 - 2017: Modeling the Ecohydrological Interactions Among Land Use Change, Climate Variability, and Forest Condition in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin. Principal Investigator, USDA Forest Service. $150,000

Representative publications

* means "advises"

  • Kim, J.*, Hwang, T., Schaaf, C.L., Kljun, N., Munger, W.J. 2018. Seasonal variation of source contributions to eddy-covariance CO2 measurements in a mixed hardwood-conifer forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (in press).
  • Hwang, T., Gholizadeh, H.*, Sims, D., Novick, K., Brzostek, E.R., Phillips, R.P., Roman, D.T., Robeson, S.M., Rahman, A. 2017. Capturing species-level drought responses in a temperate deciduous forest using ratios of photochemical reflectance indices between sunlit and shaded canopies. Remote Sensing of Environment, 199, 350-359.
  • Kim, J.*, Hwang, T., Schaaf, C., Orwig, D., Boose, E., Munger, J. 2017. Increased water yield due to the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) infestation in New England. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 2327-2335. (Featured in AGU Blogosphere and in the cover page) (Multiple news reports in IU newsroom and Science Magazine, Science Daily, Northern Woodlands, and others).
  • Hwang, T., Band, L.E, Hales, T.C., Miniat, C.F., Vose, J.M., Bolstad, P.V., Miles, B., Price, K. 2015. Simulating vegetation controls on hurricane-induced shallow landslides with a distributed ecohydrological model. Journal of Geophysical Research–Biogeosciences, 120, 361-378.
  • Hwang, T., Band, L.E., Miniat, C.F., Song, C., Bolstad, P.V., Vose, J.M., Love, J. 2014. Divergent phenological response to hydroclimate variability in forested mountain watersheds. Global Change Biology, 20, 2580-2595.
  • Zhou, L., Tian, Y., Myneni, R.B., Ciais, P., Saatchi, S., Liu, Y.Y., Piao, S., Chen, S., Vermote, E.F., Song, C., Hwang, T. 2014. Widespread Decline of Congo Rainforest Greenness in the Last Decade. Nature, 509, 86-90. (selected as NEWS&VIEWS paper; Chambers, J.Q., Roberts, D.A. 2014. Ecology: Drought in the Congo Basin, Nature, 509, 36-37).
  • Hwang, T., Band, L.E., Vose, J.M. Tague, C. 2012. Ecosystem processes at the watershed scale: Hydrologic vegetation gradient as an indicator for lateral hydrologic connectivity of headwater catchments. Water Resources Research, 48, W06514.
  • Band, L. E., Hwang, T., Hales, T.C., Vose, J., Ford, C.R. 2012. Ecosystem processes at the watershed scale: Mapping and modeling ecohydrological controls of landslides, Geomorphology, 137, 159-167.
  • Hwang, T., Song, C., Bolstad, P., Band, L.E. 2011. Downscaling real-time vegetation dynamics by fusing multi-temporal MODIS and Landsat NDVI in topographically complex terrain. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 2499-2512.
  • Hwang, T., Song, C., Vose, J.M., Band, L.E. 2011. Topography-mediated controls on local vegetation phenology estimated from MODIS vegetation index. Landscape Ecology, 26, 541-556.
  • Hwang, T., Band, L.E., Hales, T.C. 2009. Ecosystem processes at the watershed scale: Extending optimality theory from plot to catchment. Water Resources Research, 45, W11425.
  • Hwang, T., Kang, S., Kim, J., Kim, Y., Lee, D., Band, L.E. 2008. Evaluating drought effect on MODIS Gross Primary Production (GPP) with an eco-hydrological model in the Mountainous Forest, East Asia. Global Change Biology, 14, 1037–1056.