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July 17, 2015: Undergraduate Interns Visit the CSU Dept. Of Atmospheric Science"

July 9, 2015: Special Seminar with Tristan L'Ecuyer, "New Satellite Perspectives on the Arctic Energy and Water Cycles"

June 5, 2015: Loops of Reflectivity and Radial Velocity of Tornados Near Berthoud

June 1, 2015: Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) Field Campaign

May 15, 2015: Congratulations Spring 2015 Atmos Graduates!

May 6, 2015: Colorado State Climatologist, Nolan Doesken, will speak at the next FORTCAST chapter meeting

May 4, 2015: Associate Professor Sue van den Heever Receives 2015 Graduate Student Council Award for Graduate Student Advising and Mentorship

April 29, 2015: 2015 Incoming Fall Students Receive AMS, NSF, and PRSE Fellowships

April 21, 2015: Physics Today Features Article by M.S. 2014 Graduate Annareli Morales

April 17, 2015: Professor James R. Fleming Receives 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

April 17, 2015: Christina McCluskey and Adele Igel Receive Outstanding Department Honors at the Herbert Riehl Memorial Award/Alumni Award Ceremony

April 16, 2015: Associate Professor Susan C. van den Heever Named CSU Monfort Professor

March 31, 2015: Congratulations 2015 NSF Fellowship Recipients and Honorable Mentions

March 23, 2015: First Lady's Kitchen Garden becomes part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow (CoCoRaHS) citizen science network

March 17, 2015: Ashley Evanoski-Cole Receives Outstanding Student Oral Presentation Award at 2015 AMS Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry

March 4, 2015: Aaron Piña Receives 2nd Place at 2015 AMS Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry

Welcome to the Department of Atmospheric Science

at Colorado State University

Our top-rated department focuses on graduate education, cutting-edge research, and public service. We currently have 18 faculty members, nearly one hundred graduate students, approximately 50 full-time researchers, and an outstanding and dedicated support staff. Our diverse areas of research include Cloud Microphysics, Severe Storms and Mesoscale Meteorology, Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Quality, Radiation and Remote Sensing, Climate and Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics, and Global Biogeochemical Cycles and Ecosystems. We offer graduate degrees at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. The department was founded in 1962 by renowned tropical meteorologist Herbert Riehl and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

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History of the Department of Atmospheric Science

Christman Airfield


Department Develops and Manages Christman Field Airport and Research Facility

In 1966 CSU officially asked the Department to manage and develop the research facilities at Christman Field, just north across Laporte Avenue from the Department. (The field was Fort Collins first airport and a small exhibit with historical details is in the Fort Collins Museum). CSU had been given the field and its older hanger buildings years earlier and the Department needed facilities for instrument research in several areas as well as a place to host airborne research planes. At the time the airport also was used by an active CSU Ram Flying Club. A relatively newer facility on the site was the Department’s Atmospheric Simulation Lab being used for nucleation, dispersion and cloud chamber research . Professors Steve Cox, Tom Vonder Haar Peter Sinclair and colleagues remodeled one of the old hangers as an instrument machine shop supervised by Mr. Charles Wilkins, Senior Instrument Fabricator. Cox lead a team of scientists and engineers involved with surface, balloon-borne and aircraft measurements of solar and infrared radiation. From their base at Christman Field they participated and were co-leaders in numerous national and international field programs. Sinclair and colleagues were involved in numerous airborne research projects on severe storms and turbulence. From Christman Field, Sinclair’s Cessna 207 carried a package of instruments for airborne research, including studies of thunderstorm “outflow boundaries” by Dr. Jim Purdom (CSU, 1986) and Sinclair. Professor Vonder Haar, Cotton and others were active with the Flying Club. Many students departed Christman with Vonder Haar in his Cessna 201 Turbo for trips to research field sites (White Sands, NM; Miles City, MT; etc.) and to science meetings in Omaha, Salt Lake City, etc. A large number of students worked with instrumentation at Christman and it was used for class launches of rawinsondes and other “hands on” instrument learning.

New Students

Welcome to the following students who have accepted offers of admission for
Fall 2015

Julie Barnum Emily Bell
Jared Brewer Samuel Childs
Trenton Davis Kimberly Fewless
Sean Freeman Karly Jackson
Andrea Jenney Nathan Kelly
Jakob Lindaas Louis Rivoire
Richard Schulte Derek Weber
Justin Whitaker

There are no current Defenses scheduled.

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The FRTSC is taking a break, but will be back Sept. 2015!!!

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