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Wonmin Sohn   Ms.  Graduate Student or Post Graduate 
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Wonmin Sohn published an article in March 2017.
Top co-authors
Dong-Kun Lee

69 shared publications

Department of Landscape Architecture and Rural System Engineering, Research Institute of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea

Jun-Hyun Kim

16 shared publications

Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

Sung-Ho Kil

12 shared publications

Department of Landscape Architecture, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Republic of Korea

Donghwan Gu

7 shared publications

Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

Chanam Lee

6 shared publications

Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, Center for Health Systems & Design, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

Publication Record
Distribution of Articles published per year 
(2015 - 2017)
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Article 2 Reads 0 Citations Low-impact development for impervious surface connectivity mitigation: assessment of directly connected impervious areas... Wonmin Sohn, Jun-Hyun Kim, Ming-Han Li Published: 23 March 2017
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, doi: 10.1080/09640568.2016.1264929
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Article 5 Reads 8 Citations Neighborhood Landscape Spatial Patterns and Land Surface Temperature: An Empirical Study on Single-Family Residential Ar... Jun-Hyun Kim, Donghwan Gu, Wonmin Sohn, Sung-Ho Kil, Hwanyon... Published: 02 September 2016
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, doi: 10.3390/ijerph13090880
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Rapid urbanization has accelerated land use and land cover changes, and generated the urban heat island effect (UHI). Previous studies have reported positive effects of neighborhood landscapes on mitigating urban surface temperatures. However, the influence of neighborhood landscape spatial patterns on enhancing cooling effects has not yet been fully investigated. The main objective of this study was to assess the relationships between neighborhood landscape spatial patterns and land surface temperatures (LST) by using multi-regression models considering spatial autocorrelation issues. To measure the influence of neighborhood landscape spatial patterns on LST, this study analyzed neighborhood environments of 15,862 single-family houses in Austin, Texas, USA. Using aerial photos, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing, FRAGSTATS was employed to calculate values of several landscape indices used to measure neighborhood landscape spatial patterns. After controlling for the spatial autocorrelation effect, results showed that larger and better-connected landscape spatial patterns were positively correlated with lower LST values in neighborhoods, while more fragmented and isolated neighborhood landscape patterns were negatively related to the reduction of LST.
Article 4 Reads 9 Citations Urban Natural Environments, Obesity, and Health-Related Quality of Life among Hispanic Children Living in Inner-City Nei... Jun-Hyun Kim, Chanam Lee, Wonmin Sohn, Harry Timmermans, Ast... Published: 12 January 2016
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, doi: 10.3390/ijerph13010121
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Although a substantial body of literature has provided evidence supporting the positive effects of natural environments on well-being, little has been known about the specific spatial patterns of urban nature in promoting health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among children. This study assessed the association that the urban natural environment measured by landscape spatial patterns may have with obesity and HRQOL among Hispanic children. Ninety-two 4th and 5th grade students were recruited from Houston, Texas, and the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) was used to capture the children’s HRQOL. The quality of urban natural environments was assessed by quantifying the landscape spatial patterns, using landscape indices generated by Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing. From the bivariate analyses, children’s body mass index showed a significantly negative association with their HRQOL. After controlling for socio-demographic factors, the results revealed that larger and more tree areas were positively correlated with children’s HRQOL. In addition, those children living in areas with tree patches further apart from each other showed higher HRQOL. This research adds to the current multi-disciplinary area of research on environment-health relationships by investigating the roles of urban greeneries and linking their spatial structures with children’s HRQOL.
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 7 Reads 0 Citations Low Impact Development Applications in Urban Watersheds: Efficacy Evaluation by Imperviousness Connctivity Estimations Wonmin Sohn, Jun-Hyun Kim, Ming-Han Li Published: 08 June 2015
Proceedings of 8th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), doi: 10.3390/ifou-D003
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Although recent studies have emphasized the benefits of Low Impact Development (LID), the influence of LID on impervious surface connectivity to downstream drainage has not yet been fully investigated by using quantitative measurements. Some previous studies have attempted to measure correlates between discharged stormwater volume and the directly connected impervious areas (DCIA), a fraction of the impervious area that is hydraulically connected to downstream drainage by a piped route. They found that DCIA could be a more accurate predictor of urban development impacts on stream ecosystems than is the total impervious area. This study measured the DCIA of urban watersheds in the Energy Corridor District, Houston, Texas, where rapid urbanization and increasing impervious surfaces have caused urban stream degradation during the past decades. This study primarily prioritized land use into four types based on the contribution of hypothetically implemented LID facilities to DCIA reduction for each land use. Stormwater infrastructure and impervious cover data were analyzed using Geographic Information Systems. Sutherland's equations taken from Sutherland, R.C. (1995) were utilized to compute DCIA at the parcel level. The results were 1) a greater value of current DCIA in commercial areas than in residential areas (single family houses 40%, multi-family houses 64%, big box retails 77%, scattered small-scale retails 71%); 2) a significant reduction of DCIA for all land uses after hypothetically implementing LID applications (reduction rates ranged from 6.4% to 52.2%); and 3) the greatest change of DCIA in big box retail areas with pervious pavement and vegetated swale installation. The results will contribute to determining which land use type is of higher priority in implementing source-control stormwater infrastructure and providing local governments with a better index to calculate drainage fees, which are currently imposed on property owners based on total impervious area.