Prof. Zhibo Zhang, an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department, and his collaborators have been awarded a three-year grant of $710K from NASA’s Sciences of Terra and Aqua program to study the Marine Boundary Layer (MBL) clouds. The MBL clouds cover about 20% of Earth’s surface. They play a pivotal in Earth’s radiative energy budget. Prof. Zhang’s research will help us understand the horizontal and microphysical structure of MBL clouds and provides guidance for the development of future NASA satellite missions. As PI, Prof. Zhang will lead a group of researchers from UMBC, NASA GISS, and the Univ. of Illinois.