CLOUD PROCESSES GROUP


Susan C. van den Heever
Monfort Professor
 

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WHO WE ARE

Welcome to the research group of Monfort Professor Susan van den Heever. Our research interests are in CLOUD PROCESSES, particularly cloud physics, aerosol indirect effects, storm and mesoscale dynamics and convective organization. We use cloud resolving models to achieve our scientific goals, in particular the open source Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS) that is developed and maintained by the van den Heever research group. We also utilize satellite and radar data in our research endevors. Our research has been or is currently sponsored by the NSF, NASA, DOE, DOD and ONR.

Professor van den Heever teaches classes in cloud physics, cloud dynamics, mesoscale and synoptic meteorology, and mesoscale modeling, and has co-authored a book on Storm and Cloud Dynamics. The van den Heever research group has participated in a number of field campaigns including CRYSTAL-FACE (NASA), BAMEX (NSF), ICE-T (NSF) and HS3 (NASA). Dr van den Heever is also the PI of a field campaign being conducted in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 to investigate updraft and cold pool characteristics of convective storms over NE Colorado. The campaign, C3LOUD-Ex, is utilizing radiosondes, drones and radar data from the CSU-CHILL facility and involves students from the van den Heever, Schumacher, Schubert and Rutledge groups. More information on the field project can be found here.

(Top row) Aryeh Drager, Steve Herbener, Steve Saleeby, Sue van den Heever, Adele Igel, Sean Freeman, Peter Marinescu. (Bottom row) Ben Toms, Jungmin (Minnie) Park, Leah Grant, Emily Riley, Jennie Bukowski.

RECENT NEWS

2016

November 21: Congratulations to Sue for being featured on the US Department of Energy ARM news site for her AGU ASCENT award, which will be presented at the 2016 AGU fall meeting.

November 18: Congratulations to PhD Candidates Aryeh and Peter for passing their PhD preliminary exams.

November 11: Bethan White, the postdoctoral research assistant in Philip Stier's group at the University of Oxford who has been visiting us for the past two months departs. We'll miss you, Bethan!

November 9: Steve Saleeby has been promoted to Senior Research Associate and Emily has been promoted to Research Associate I. Congratulations, Steve and Emily!

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WHAT WE DO

CLOUD MICROPHYSICS

Photo c/o Christina McCluskey

CONVECTIVE PROCESSES

MODIS Aqua true color image, 2 Sep. 2014

MESOSCALE MODELING

Animation c/o Leah Grant

CLOUD-AEROSOL INTERACTIONS

Saleeby and vdH

© Copyright 2014 AMS

STORM DYNAMICS

Photo c/o Leah Grant

SATELLITE DATA ANALYSIS

CloudSat reflectivity c/o Matt Igel

Prof. Susan C. van den Heever
Monfort Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
email: sue (at) atmos.colostate.edu

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