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 particar 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 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.

(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

August 8: Jennie Bukowski joins our group. Before arriving, Jennie was awarded the CSU Atmospheric Science/CIRA Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence scholarship. Congratulations Jennie!

July 25-29: Adele, Sean, and Sue all presented research at the International Conference on Clouds and Precipitation.

July 21: Aryeh successfully defended his Masters Thesis. Well done and congratulations, Aryeh!

Peter's cover figure

July 16: A figure from Peter's new article in Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, entitled "The microphysical contributions to and evolution of latent heating profiles in two MC3E MCSs" is featured on the cover.

July 1: Sue has been announced as one of the winners of the 2016 ASCENT award from the Atmospheric Sciences section of the AGU. Congratulations, Sue! More information about the award can be found here.

June 22: Adele has been appointed as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Cloud Physicist in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. Congratulations, Adele!

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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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email: sean.freeman (at) colostate.edu