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.|
January 23-26: Aryeh, Ben, Jennie, Minnie, Sue, and our 2016 CMMAP REU student Rachel Phinney all presented research at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in Seattle.
December 12-16: Peter, Steve Saleeby, and Sue all presented research at the 2016 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
December 14: Congratulations to Sue, who was awarded her AGU ASCENT award at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting. Her award citation read "For fundamental advances to our understanding of the influence of microphysical processes on atmospheric convection, and feedback processes". More details can be found here.
December 14: Welcome back to Leah, who returned from her NSF GROW travel with Todd Lane at the University of Melbourne in Australia.Click here for more news.
Photo c/o Christina McCluskey
MODIS Aqua true color image, 2 Sep. 2014
Animation c/o Leah Grant
Saleeby and vdH © Copyright 2014 AMS
Photo c/o Leah Grant
|SATELLITE DATA ANALYSIS
CloudSat reflectivity c/o Matt Igel
Prof. Susan C. van den Heever
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
email: sue (at) atmos.colostate.edu
Webmaster: Sean Freeman
email: sean.freeman (at) colostate.edu