Susan C. van den Heever
Monfort Professor

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Hello and welcome to the homepage of Professor Sue van den Heever's research group. Our research focuses on cloud processes, specifically the microphysical and dynamical characteristics of deep convective cloud systems, aerosol-cloud feedbacks, convective organization and the representation of these processes in numerical models. More detailed information on the scientific questions we are currently addressing can be found on our research webpage and from the associated publications. We use numerical models to achieve our scientific goals, in particular the open source Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS) that is now developed and maintained by the van den Heever research group. We also utilize satellite and radar data, and numerous members of our research group have participated in a number of field campaigns. Our group is currently conducting a field campaign, C3LOUD-Ex, to investigate updraft and cold pool characteristics of convective storms over NE Colorado. The campaign is utilizing drones, radiosondes and radar data from the CSU-CHILL facility, involves students from the van den Heever, Schumacher, Schubert and Rutledge groups, and was recently described in the Colorado State University Magazine.

(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.



May 5: Congratulations to Aryeh Drager for winning the Riehl award. The Riehl award is presented by the Department of Atmospheric Science for the best technical paper arising from MS research and submitted for publication in the referred literature during the previous 18 month period. Aryeh won the award for his paper titled "Characterising Convective Cold Pools". Congratulations Aryeh!

April 12: Ben Toms has been awarded a 2017 DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. According to the Krell Institute, "the DOE CSGF provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems." This is only the second DOE CSGF that has been awarded to an ATS student. A detailed description of Ben's award and proposed project can be found on the department's webpage here. Congratulations Ben on achieving this highly prestigious fellowship!

March 30: C3LOUD-Ex is written up in the CSU Magazine.

February 21: Congratulations to Ben Toms who was awarded first place in the Oral Presentation Category at the 33rd Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in Seattle.

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.

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Photo c/o Christina McCluskey


MODIS Aqua true color image, 2 Sep. 2014


Animation c/o Leah Grant


Saleeby and vdH

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Photo c/o Leah Grant


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)

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