College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

So-Min Cheong

Research Centers - Geography and Atmospheric Science
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 221
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


Cheong's current research focuses on the social consequences of environmental disasters and climate change adaptation. She is the author of numerous publications in top interdisciplinary environment, policy, and geography journals such as: Nature Climate Change; Climatic Change; Ecology and Society; Environment and Planning; Transactions of the Institute of the British Geographers; and Marine Policy. She has also worked on a number of commissioned reports for the Korean government, UNESCO, and WMO on the topics of coastal management, climate change adaptation, boundary issues, and disaster management. She is a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and the IPCC Special Report on ocean and cryosphere (SROCC). Previously she served as an author of the IPCC SREX and AR5, and participated in IPCC scoping meetings for SROCC and AR6. Her recent awards include the National Academies Gulf Research Program grant, NSF CAREER award and the Korea Foundation Fellowship.

Cheong received her PhD in geography from the University of Washington, where she also earned MA degrees in marine affairs and international studies. She earned her BA in English from Yonsei University in Korea, and was an exchange student at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She was also a visiting professor at Stanford, NYU, and BRGM (French Geological Survey).


Ph.D., Geography, University of Washington

M.A., International Studies, University of Washington

M.A., Marine Affairs, University of Washington

M.A., Korean-English Translation and Interpretation, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

B.A., English, Yonsei University

Teaching Interests

  • Adaptation,human dimensions of global change, East Asia, U.S.

Research Interests

  • Human-environment interactions, climate change, disaster management

Selected Publications

Cheong, S. (in press). Mental Health and Disasters. Seoul, Korea: Ministry of Public Safety and Security.

Cheong, S. (2015). Climate Change and Big Data. Symposium, American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS) Annual Meeting San Jose, CA.

Cheong, S. Choi, G. & Lee, H. (2015). Barriers and solutions to smart water grid development. Environmental Management.

Cheong, S. & Hazelwood, E. (2015). Insularity and oil spill response in Grand Isle. GeoJournal, 80, 679-687. DOI:10.1007/s10708-014-9570-x

Cheong, S. & Willis, S. (2015). Integrating research and education: Undergraduate field work in geography. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 36(1), 40-46.

Cheong, S. (2015). Guideline for Coastal Hazards Mitigation In . (Ed.), UNESCO/IOC.

Cheong, S. (2014). Coastal Adaptation: The Case of Ocean Beach, San Francisco. Environmental Science and Policy.

Cheong, S. (2014). From hurricanes to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in coastal Louisiana: The impact of regulatory change. Ecology and Society, 19(2), 29.

Cheong, S. (2014). The role of networks, learning, and general resilience in oil spills. Editorial. Special Feature: Vulnerability and Adaptation to Oil Spills (6 papers). Ecology and Society, 19(2).

Cheong, S. Silliman, B. Wong, P. van Wesenbeeck, B. Grannuel, G. & Kim, C. (2013). Coastal Adaptation with Ecological Engineering. Nature Climate Change.

Cheong, S. & Kennedy, C. (2013). Lost ecosystem services as a measure of oil spill damages: A conceptual analysis of the importance of baselines. Journal of Environmental Management, 128, 43-51.

Cheong, S. (2013). User Requirements Plan for Fiji In . (Ed.), WMO Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project(CIFDP)-Fiji.

Cheong, S. (2012). Vulnerability and Adaptation to Oil Spills. Symposium, AAAS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC.

Cutter, S. Osman-Elasha, B. Campbell, J. Cheong, S. McCormick, S. Pulwarty, R. Supratid, S. & Ziervogel, G. (2012). Managing the risks from climate extremes at the local level. In C. B. Field, V. Barros, T. F. Stocker, D. Qin, D. J. Dokken, K. L. Ebi, M. D. Mastrandrea, K. J. Mach, G. -K. Plattner, S. K. Allen, M. Tignor, & P. M. Midgley (Eds.), Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (pp. 291-338). Cambridge, UK, and New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Cheong, S. (2012). Community Adaptation to the Hebei-Spirit Oil Spill. Ecology and Society, 17(3), 26.

Cheong, S. (2012). Fishing and Tourism Impacts in the aftermath of the Hebei-Spirit Oil Spill. Journal of Coastal Research, 28(6), 1648-1653.

Cheong, S. (2011). A Social Assessment of the Hebei-Spirit Oil Spill. GeoJournal, 76, 539-549.

Cheong, S. (2011). Editorial. Special Issue: Coastal Adaptation. Climatic Change, 106(1), 1-4.

Cheong, S. Brown, D. Kok, K. & Lopex-Carr, D. (2011). Mixed Methods in Land Change Research: Towards Integration. Transactions of the Institute of the British Geographers, 37(1), 8-12.

Cheong, S. (2011). Policy Solutions in the U.S. Special Issue: Coastal Adaptation. Climatic Change, 106(1), 57-70.

Cheong, S. (2011). The Role of Government in Disaster Management: The Case of the Hebei-Spirit Oil Spill Compensation. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 29, 1073-1086.

Cheong, S. (2011). Guest editorial on coastal adaptation. CLIMATIC CHANGE, 106(1, SI), 1-4. DOI:10.1007/s10584-010-9999-y

Cheong, S. (2011). Policy solutions in the U.S. CLIMATIC CHANGE, 106(1, SI), 57-70. DOI:10.1007/s10584-010-9996-1

Cheong, S. & Nicholls, R. (2010). Coastal Adaptation. Symposium, AAAS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Cheong, S. (2010). Initial Responses to the MT Hebei-Spirit Oil Spill. Marine Technology Society Journal, 44(1), 69-74.

Cheong, S. (2010). Climate Change and Disaster Policies in the Coastal Zone. Seoul, Korea: Korea Marine Pollution Corporation.

ZumBrunnen, C. & Cheong, S. (2009). Working across Disciplinary Boundaries. In . (Ed.), Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty Ch. 14 (pp. 190-204). AAG: Prentice Hall.

Cheong, S. (2008). A New Direction in Coastal Management. Marine Policy, 32, 1090-1093.

Cheong, S. (2008). Controlling the Coast. Ocean and Coastal Management, 51(391-396).

Cheong, S. (2008). Coastal Setback and Wetland Mitigations in the Pacific U.S. Seoul, Korea: Korea Maritime Institute.

Cheong, S. (2008). Maritime Boundary Delineation in East Asia. Seoul, Korea: Korea Ocean and Research Development Institute.

Cheong, S. (2006). Matching Scales: Human-Ecological Interface in the Marine Ecosystem. Symposium, AAAS Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

Brown, D. & Cheong, S. (2006). Space Matters! Spatial Dimensions of Complex Interactions between People and the Natural Environment. Symposium, AAAS Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

Cheong, S. (2005). Practicing Science. Symposium, AAAS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Cheong, S. (2005). Korean Fishing Communities in Transition: Limitations of Community-based Resource Management. Environment and Planning A, 37(7), 1277-1290.

Cheong, S. & Kildow, J. (2004). Integrating Social and Natural Sciences: The Case of the Coast. Symposium, AAAS Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Cheong, S. & Miller, M. (2004). Power Dynamics in Tourism: A Foucauldian Approach. In S. Gmelch (Ed.), Tourists and Tourism(2ndnd ed.). Waveland Press.

Cheong, S. (2004). Managing Fishing at the Local Level: The Role of Fishing Village Cooperatives in Korea. Coastal Management , 32(2), 191-202.

Cheong, S. & Miller, M. (2003). Power and Coastal Tourism: The Seattle Waterfront. Proceedings for Coastal and Marine Tourism Conference. Vancouver, BC.

Cheong, S. (2003). Depleting Fish Resources, Declining Fishing Communities, and the State Revitalization Project in Korea. Environmental Management, 32(3), 382-390.

Cheong, S. (2003). Privatizing Tendencies: Fishing Communities and Tourism in Korea. Marine Policy, 27(1), 23-29.

Cheong, S. (2002). Marine Tourism: Advantages and Disadvantages. Korean Observer, 33(2), 257-266.

Cheong, S. (2002). Integrated Coastal Management.

Cheong, S. (2002). Marine Environmental Protection: Marine Pollution from Land-Based Activities and Critical Habitats.

Cheong, S. & Miller, M. (2000). Power and Tourism: A Foucauldian Observation. Annals of Tourism Research, 27(2), 371-390.

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