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


Little Shop of Physics 2018: Minnie (rear, in green) discusses how we observe our atmosphere with drones and weather balloons at the CSU Lory Student Center to elementary school students.

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.

April 10: Congratulations to Sean who was selected to participate in this year's NCAR Advanced Study Program Summer Colloquium. Sean will spend two weeks studying at NCAR in June on "Synthesis of Observations and Models in Studies of Shallow and Deep Clouds". More information on the program can be found here.

February 26: Sean, Minnie, Jennie, and Aryeh participated in various outreach activities this weekend with equipment from C3LOUD-Ex. Sean and Minnie went to Rice Elementary's Science Night on Friday February 23 in Wellington, CO, showcasing one of our drones and other weather observation equipment to elementary school students. On Saturday, Aryeh, Jennie, Minnie, and Sean participated in CSU's Little Shop of Physics open house, volunteering in the atmospheric science room. Here, we showed the students (elementary to middle school) and their parents how we collected observations of storms in the field and demonstrated why STEM education is important.

February 20: Sue participates in a panel discussion at the CSU Africa Center entitled "Innovations out of Africa: Technology" discussing the use of technology (including drones and 3D printed weather stations) to improve atmospheric understanding in continental Africa. The panel was written up in the Rocky Mountain Collegian here.

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