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 our publications 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 to conduct our research, and numerous members of our research group have participated in a number of field campaigns. Our group, together with students from the Schumacher, Schubert, Rasmussen and Rutledge groups, recently completed C3LOUD-Ex, a field campaign to investigate updraft and cold pool characteristics of convective storms over NE Colorado. The field campaign utilized drones, radiosondes and radar data from the CSU-CHILL facility to address the campaign science goals and was recently described in the Colorado State University Magazine and on SOURCE.

Recent News


January 17: Kristen Tucker joins our group as a MS student. She joins us from the University of Wyoming and is in the Rutledge and van den Heever groups. Welcome Kristen!


December 10-14: Aryeh, Ben, Jennie, Minnie, Sean, Stacey, Steve, and Sue present at the AGU Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

November 12: Congratulations to Ben for defending his Masters thesis entitled "Interactions Between the Madden-Julian Oscillation and Mesoscale to Global Scale Phenomena".

November 9: Stacey is hired at WeatherFlow. We'll miss you Stacey!

October 25: Sue is appointed as co-chair of NASA's Aerosol and Clouds, Convection, and Precipitation (A-CCP) Science Advisory Group, which was written up on the department website. Congratulations Sue!

October 18: Ben returns to Colorado after completing his cruise on the PISTON field campaign. Welcome back Ben!

October 12: Congratulations to Sue for being elected as Secretary of Physics, Dynamics, and Climate for the American Geophysical Union Atmospheric Sciences section for 2019-2020. Sue will begin her term in December at the AGU annual meeting. More information can be found on the department website here.

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What we do