Dr. Steve H. L. Yim


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Environmental Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2009
  • B.Sc, Mathematics (scientific computation), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2004

Fields: Air quality, Meteorology and Climate

Lab Role: Research Affiliate
Email: steveyim@mit.edu

My research interests are in air quality, meteorology and climate change. My current research includes air quality studies from global to local scale, particularly the air quality and health impacts due to combustion emissions in various regions. I am leading air quality research in the lab, including global and regional air quality modeling, inverse modeling and rapid assessment tools. I am also interested in meteorology/climate, particularly in interactions between weather/climate and aerosols, weather prediction as well as urban meteorology and climate. I am involved in a NASA-funded project developing a real time assessment tool to investigate emissions impacts of airports, in which I am focusing on weather forecasting as well as real time air quality modeling. My research also looks at mitigation of air pollution, including alternative energy options.


Yim S.H.L., M. Stettler, Barrett S.R.H. (2013). Air Quality and Public Health Impacts of UK Airports Part II: Impacts, Assessment and Policy Analysis, Atmospheric Environment, 67, 184-192. [link]

Wolfe P.J., Yim S.H.L., Lee G., Ashok A., Barrett S.R.H., Waitz I.A. (2013). Near-Airport Distribution of the Environmental Costs of Aviation. Accepted to be published in Transport Policy. [link]

Caiazzo F., Ashok A., Waitz I.A., Yim S.H.L., Barrett S.R.H. (2013). Air Pollution and Early Deaths in the United States. Part I: Quantifying the Impact of Major Sectors in 2005, Atmospheric Environment, 79, 198-208. [link]

Ashok A., Lee I.H., Arunachalam S., Waitz I.A., Yim S.H.L., Barrett S.R.H. (2013). Development of A Response Surface Model of Aviation’s Air Quality Impacts in the United States, Atmospheric Environment, 77, 445-452. [link]

Yim S.H.L., Barrett S.R.H. (2012). Public health impacts of combustion sources in United Kingdom, Environmental Science and Technology, 46(8), 4291-4296. [link]

Barrett S.R.H., Yim S.H.L., Gilmore C.K., Murray L.T., Tai A.P.K., Kuhn S.R., Jacob D.J., Yantosca R.M., Byun D., Ngan F., Li X.S., Ashok A., Koo J., Levy J., Dessens O., Balasubramanian S., Fleming G.G., Wollersheim C., Malina R., Pearlson M.N., Stratton R.W., Arunachalam S., Binkowski F.S., Hileman J.I. and Waitz I.A., (2012). Public health, climate and economic impacts of desulfurizing aviation fuel, Environmental Science and Technology, 46(8), 4275-4282. [link]

Ren C., Spit T., Lenzholzer S., Yim S.H.L., Chen L., Kupski S., Burghard R., Katzschner L. (2012). Urban Climate Map System for the spatial planning of Compact Cities: Steps towards a human-centred approach, Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 18, 207-221. [link]

Yim S.H.L., Fung J.C.H., Lau A.K.H., and Kot S.C. (2009). Use of high-resolution MM5/CALMET/CALPUFF system: SO2 apportionment to air quality in Hong Kong, Atmospheric Environment, 44(38), 4850-4858. [link]

Yim S.H.L., Fung J.C.H. and Lau A.K.H. (2009). Mesoscale Simulation of Year-to-Year Variation of Wind Power Potential over Southern China, Energies, 2(2), 340-361; doi:10.3390/en20200340. [link]

Yim S.H.L., Fung J.C.H., Lau A.K.H., and Kot S.C. (2009). Air ventilation impacts of the “wall effect” resulting from the alignment of high-rise buildings, Atmospheric Environment, 43(32), 4982-4994. [link]

Yim S.H.L., Fung J.C.H., Lau A.K.H., and Kot S.C. (2007). Developing a high-resolution wind map for a complex terrain with a coupled MM5/CALMET system, Journal Geophysical. Research, 112, D05106, doi:10.1029/2006JD007752. [link]


Gilmore C.K., Barrett S.R.H., Yim S.H.L., Murray L.T., Kuhn S.R., Tai A.P.K., Yantosca R.M., Byun D.W., Ngan F., Li X.S., Levy J.I., Ashok A., Koo J., Wong H.M., Dessens O., Balasubramanian S., Fleming G.G., Pearlson M.N., Wollersheim C., Malina R., Arunachalam S., Binkowski F.S., Leibensperger E.M., Jacob D.J., Hileman J.I., Waitz I.A. (2011), Environmental Cost-Benefit Analysis of Ultra Low Sulfur Jet Fuel. The PARTNER Project 27 Final Report for the Federal Aviation Administration. [link]

Lau A.K.H., Yuan Z., Lin B.C.B., Zhang R., Yim S.H.L. (2009). Final Report of Air Quality Impact due to Emission Sources Upwind of Hong Kong. Technical Report for the Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong Special Administration Region Government. [link]