Zhanqing Li has been a professor at the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and ESSIC at University of Maryland since 2001. He received his PhD from McGill University in 1991. He has engaged in wide range of studies concerning climate change, atmospheric physics, and terrestrial and atmospheric environment. He developed a suite of remote sensing algorithms products and systems (albedo, BRDF, fire hotspot and burned area, SRB, PAR, UV, cloud and aerosol parameters, precipitation, etc.). He drastically revised the solar disposition between the atmosphere and surface, deeply engaged in cloud absorption anomaly debate, investigated aerosol properties and their direct and indirect effects, systematically studied China’s environmental and climate problems. He led two international experiments and deployment of the US DOE’s ARM Mobile Facility in China. To date, he has authored 190 articles chiefly in leading journals e.g. Nature (1), Science (2), Nature-Geoscience (1), JGR (80), J. Climate (10), BAMS (5), etc and some book chapters, with a total citation of 3700, H-index of 35. He has supervised 13 PhD students, served as associate editor (since 2006) and editor (from March 1) of Journal of Geophysical Research and Advances in Meteorology. Currently, he serves as the president of COAA. His work for CICS-MD and NOAA is on retrieving cloud base height and updraft speed for shallow convective clouds and boundary-layer moisture from VIIRS for improving the NCEP GFS.