Armin Sorooshian, a professor of chemical and environmental engineering at the University of Arizona, has spent his career at high altitudes -- whether he's soaring above the Pacific Ocean collecting aerosol samples or in his lab atop the Physics and Atmospheric Sciences building examining them.

With a grant from NASA totaling up to $30 million over five years to research the interactions between aerosols and cloud properties over the Western Atlantic, Armin Sorooshian has reached new heights.

Sorooshian, professor of chemical and environmental engineering at the University of Arizona, has spent his career at high altitudes, whether he's soaring above the Pacific Ocean collecting aerosol samples or in his lab atop the UA Physics and Atmospheric Sciences building, examining them.

"The selection of our project is a testament to the University of Arizona's role as a harmonizer between several institutions focusing on one of the most pressing issues impacting this planet: climate change," said Sorooshian, who is also a professor in hydrology and atmospheric sciences, and public health.

"I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to lead this NASA mission to reduce uncertainty about human-caused effects on the atmosphere, specifically interactions between aerosol particles and clouds."

The funding comes from NASA's Earth Venture-class program, which funds projects investigating important, but not-well-understood aspects of Earth system processes.

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