Susan C. van den Heever
Monfort Professor

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Welcome to the research group of Professor Susan van den Heever. Our research interests are in CLOUD PROCESSES, particularly cloud physics, aerosol indirect effects, storm and mesoscale dynamics and convective organization. We use cloud resolving models and satellite data sets such as CloudSat and CALIPSO to achieve our research goals. Our work has been or is currently sponsored by the NSF, NASA, DOE and CG/AR. Professor van den Heever teaches classes in cloud physics, cloud dynamics, mesoscale and synoptic meteorology, and mesoscale modeling, has authored a book on Storm and Cloud Dynamics, and has participated in several field campaigns including CRYSTAL-FACE (NASA), BAMEX (NSF) and ICE-T (NSF).



Photo c/o Christina McCluskey


MODIS Aqua true color image, 2 Sep. 2014


Animation c/o Leah Grant


Saleeby and vdH
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Photo c/o Leah Grant


CloudSat reflectivity c/o Matt Igel


September 8: Leah's UDP award covered by SOURCE. Read the story here.

August 28: Sue wins the Professor of the Year award from the Department of Atmospheric Science. Congratulations, Sue!

August 18: Adele wins a travel grant from the IGBP to attend the AGU Fall Meeting. Congratulations, Adele!

August 17: Sean Freeman joins our group. Before arriving, Sean won both an AMS Graduate Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Fellowship. Welcome and congratulations, Sean!

August 17: Peter and Aryeh begin service as department Graduate Representatives.

August 14: Leah wins the CSU University Distinguished Professors scholarship! The award recognizes her outstanding graduate research record and potential for future leadership and comes with $10,000 to support her research and education. Only one student at CSU is selected to receive this award each year. Congratulations, Leah!

August 12: Adele's international research experience highlighted by SOURCE. Read the story here.

August 12: Josh's paper "Observed and modeled warm rainfall occurrence and its relationships with cloud macrophysical properties" published online by JAS.

August 11: Amanda's paper "Aerosol-induced mechanisms for cumulus congestus growth" in press at JGR.

August 3-7: Aryeh, Leah, and Michal give oral presentations at the AMS Mesoscale Conference which was co-organized this year by Sue. Leah and Adele win travel grants to support their attendance at the meeting.

July 1-10: Peter participates in the field campaign PECAN helping to collect data and launch weather balloons.

May 14: Matt's paper "The relative influence of environmental characteristics on tropical deep convective morphology as observed by CloudSat" is published by JGR.

April 17: Adele is awarded the Alumni Award by the Department of Atmospheric Science for the best published paper by a senior PhD student. Congratulations, Adele!

April 16: Sue named a Monfort Professor by CSU. This is the university's premier recognition of mid-career faculty and she will receive $75,000 per year for two years to further her teaching and research goals. Read more about the story on SOURCE. Congratulations, Sue!

April: Leah's paper "Cold pool and precipitation responses to aerosol loading: Modulation by dry layers" and Steve M.'s paper "Impacts of cloud droplet-nucleating aerosols on shallow tropical convection" are published by JAS.

March 1-May 30: Adele travels to Stockholm, Sweden to collaborate with Dr. Annica Ekman and colleagues on Arctic mixed-phase clouds. The research experience is funded through an NSF GROW award.

February: Adele's paper "Make it a double? Sobering results from simulations using single-moment microphysics schemes" is published by JAS.

January 9: Leah wins the outstanding student oral presentation award in the aerosol-cloud-climate interactions session of the AMS Annual Meeting. Renee Duff, Leah's undergraduate intern from summer 2014, wins the best student poster award at the AMS Annual Meeting Student Conference for her summer research. Congratulations, Leah and Renee!

January 5-9: Peter, Leah, Steve H., Michal, and Sue give presentations at the AMS Annual Meeting. Aryeh wins a travel grant to attend.

Prof. Susan C. van den Heever
Monfort Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
email: sue (at)

Webmaster: Adele Igel
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