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


April 2: Congratulations to Peter who was awarded a CSU Graduate Student Council Travel Grant! Peter will be attending the 2019 Aerosol, Cloud, Precipitation, and Climate Working Group (ACPC) meeting in Nanjing, China from April 24-26. More information about ACPC and the upcomming conference can be found on their website.

March 29: Jennie and Sean volunteer with a class visit from Altitude Elementary in the department, showcasing a drone and describing how we observe the weather and improve our scientific knowledge of the atmosphere with drones to over 100 second graders. A full writeup of the day can be found on the department website.

The van den Heever group at Little Shop of Physics 2019: (from far left) Jennie and Aryeh discussing our use of drones in atmospheric science with members of the community.

March 5-7: Sean and Sue present at the CAMP2Ex Science Team Meeting. The CAMP2Ex field campaign, scheduled to take place in August and September, is a NASA-sponsonred field campaign based out of the Philippine island of Luzon. The field campaign is designed to measure aerosol, cloud processes, and radiation from the NASA P-3 aircraft. During the field campaign, Alex and Sean will operate the dropsonde system aboard the P-3 aircraft and Sue will serve as a flight scientist, all spending substantial time in Luzon. More information can be found on the CAMP2Ex website.

February 25-28: Leah presents at the 2019 Understanding Clouds and Precipitation conference in Berlin.

February 23: Alex, Aryeh, Jennie, and Sean volunteer at the CSU Little Shop of Physics Open House with equipment from C3LOUD-Ex. Little Shop of Physics is an event targeted at introducing elementary through high school students to Physics and physical sciences, hosted by CSU yearly.

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, Leah, Minnie, Sean, Stacey, Steve, and Sue present at the AGU Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Leah gives her first invited presentation, congratulations Leah!

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