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Lindsey Hayden came a short distance to us from Metropolitan State College of Denver where she was a junior studying Meteorology with a minor in Mathematics. Her mentors were Susan van den Heever and Amanda Sheffield, studying the characteristics of convective clouds observed during ICE-T.

Lindsey's study examined growing cumulus and cumulus congestus clouds sampled during the Ice in Clouds Experiment - Tropical (ICE-T) field campaign. Clouds were selected for this study by using the aircraft forward camera used during the experiment flights, and a definition of cloud, based on liquid water content. The specific variables examined in this study are cloud droplet number concentration and diameter, rain droplet number concentration and diameter, updraft speed, and liquid water content. The vertical profile of each variable above cloud base was examined, as well as the relationships between the variables.

Linsdey found that congestus cloud properties are inter-related in complex ways that are not yet completely understood and thus is an area of ongoing research. Observational research into the interaction and variability of these properties is important for the development and validation of cloud microphysical parameterization schemes. Correct representation of the various cloud properties observed in this study in Cloud Resolving Models is important so that the models can better represent cloud processes.

Lindsey's research poster, Characteristics of Convective Clouds Observed During the Ice in Clouds Experiment - Tropical (ICE-T) Field Campaign, may be found here.

Lindsey is from Westminster, CO. Her research interests include cloud physics and computer models. In her spare time she enjoys reading, knitting and playing the flute.