Cloud Processes Research Group

Susan C. van den Heever

Monfort Professor

Who we are

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.

Recent News


Drone in flight during C3LOUD-Ex

October 2: Congratulations to Ben Toms for receiving a MAC Foundation travel grant! Ben will use his travel grant to go to the American Meteorological Society 2018 Tropical Conference.

August 30: PhD Student Peter Marinescu has been named the student member of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Mesoscale Processes. He will serve a two year term on the committee. Congratulations, Peter!

August 15: Our recent C3LOUD-Ex Field Campaign is highlighted in SOURCE, CSU's online news source.

August 2: Max Heikenfeld, a DPhil student in Philip Stier’s group at Oxford, joins us for the next few months to work with our group. Welcome, Max!

July 26: Congratulations to Sue for winning the 2018 American Meteorological Society Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award. Her award citation was: "For enduring passion for teaching and mentoring, for engaging students both inside and outside the classroom, and for unrelenting dedication to training future scientists". The award will be presented to her at the 2018 AMS Annual Meeting in January. More information can be found on the department website.

July 10: Stacey Kawecki joins our group as a postdoctoral fellow. She joins us from the University of Michigan, where she received her PhD under the advisement of Allison Steiner. Welcome Stacey!

July 10: Congratulations to Sue for being named the Associate Department Head of Atmospheric Science. She will begin her new position in August.

June 19: Congratulations to Minnie Park for being selected for the NASA JPL Center for Climate Sciences Summer School! She will attend the sessions, this year focused on "Using Satellite Observations to Advance Climate Models" in late August. More information can be found here.

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What we do