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


August 6: Alex Sokolowsky joins our group as a PhD student. He joins us from Pennsylvania State University, where he received his MS. Welcome Alex!

Sean at ASP Summer Colloquium 2018: As part of the program, Sean visited the NEON instruments atop Niwot Ridge. Pictured here is Sean at 11,500 ft in front of an instrumented tower

July 14-20 Minnie participates in the Second Department of Energy Advanced Radiation Measurement Summer Training and Science Applications event on Observations and Modeling of Clouds and Precipitation. Minnie spent the week working as part of the "Boundary Layer Cloud Group" investigating "Boundary Layer Structure during Different Cloud Conditions at the ARM Eastern North Atlantic Site". More information about the program can be found here.

July 9-13 Sean and Peter present at the 2018 American Meteorological Society Cloud Physics and Radiation Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

June 4-15 Sean participates in this year's NCAR Advanced Study Program Summer Colloquium, entitled "Synthesis of Observations and Models in Studies of Shallow and Deep Clouds". Sean spent the two weeks learning and understanding how to use data from the CSET aircraft field campaign and comparing that data to CAM6.

April 20: Congratulations to Ben who won an Oustanding Poster Presentation Award at the 33rd AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology in Ponte Vidra, FL. Ben won for his poster entitled "A Coherent Image of Teleconnections Across the Globe Associated with the Madden-Julian Oscillation". More information can be found on the ATS Department Homepage.

April 17: Congratulations to Minnie who was selected to participate in this year's Department of Energy Advanced Radiation Measurement (DOE ARM) Summer Training Event. Minnie will spend a week at the ARM Southern Great Plains site in Oklahoma where she will learn about instrumentation used to observe the atmosphere..

April 16-20: Aryeh, Ben, and Emily present at the 2018 American Meteorological Society Tropical Conference in Ponte Vedra, FL.

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What we do