Eugene Cordero

Eugene Cordero

Eugene Cordero

Office: Duncan Hall 618

Phone: (408) 924-5188
Fax: (408) 924-5191

Mailing Address:
Department of Meteorology and Climate Science
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0104




Ph.D., 1995, University of California, Davis
M.S., 1991, CSU, Northridge
B.S., 1988, CSU, Northridge

Current Courses

METR 61:  Meteorology II


Publications The Green Ninja

Research Interests

Climate Change and Atmospheric Dynamics

My research interests are aligned with understanding how our climate is changing as a result of both natural and anthropogenic processes. Investigations are performed using observations and global climate models. Present projects include:

  • Detection and attribution of climate change: Coupled atmosphere-ocean climate model simulations are used to investigate the sources of intra to multi-decadal variability compared to observations. Various statistical methods are being used to evaluate and rank model performance of 20th century simulations so that better estimates of 21st century climate variability can be made.  Our research group is currently looking at CMIP5 model simulation.

  • Wave-ozone feedbacks and the solar cycle: Vertically propagating atmospheric waves are important contributors to the variability of circulations in the troposphere and stratosphere. In the stratosphere, waves in ozone distribution perturb the heating distribution and can modify the amplitude and phase of the wave. This feedback, termed, 'wave-ozone feedback', is a mechanism that explains a pathway by which changes in ozone can directly affect wave dynamics. At present, we are studying how ozone variability (i.e. solar cycle or long term trends) affects wave dynamics and how this impacts the circulation and climate of the atmosphere.

Climate Change Education

The communication of the causes, impact and implications of our changing climate is a critical component to any mitigation strategy. I am presently interested in developing new methods for teaching climate change that engage the public and ultimately stimulate social change. At present, this interest has culminated in the Green Ninja, a climate-action superhero created to inspire informed action on climate change.

Food Climate Connections

The awareness that our food choices can have a larger impact on global warming than the car we drive is a somewhat novel concept in mainstream America. In a project with Bay Area chef, Laura Stec, Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite out of Global Warming (L. Stec and E. Cordero, Publisher: Gibbs Smith, 244 pages) is an exploration of the connections between the food we eat and our changing climate through a unique combination of science and culinary art.

Selected Recent Publications

Walsh, E. M., D. Jenkins and E. Cordero, 2016:  The Promise of an Energy Tracker Curriculum for Promoting Home-School Connections and Youth Agency in Climate Action, J. of Sustainability Ed. 11, Accessed at:

Brown, P.T., W. Li, E. C. Cordero and S. A. Mauget, 2015: Comparing the model-simulated global warming signal to observations using empirical estimates of unforced noise.Nature Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/srep09957.

Little, M. and E. C. Cordero 2014:  Modeling the relationship between transportation-related carbon dioxide emissions and hybrid courses at a large urban university, Int. J Sustainability in Higher Education, 15, doi:  10.1108/IJSHE-11-2012-0100.

Mauget, S. M. and E. C. Cordero, 2014:  Optimal ranking regime analysis of U.S. climate variability. Part I: Temperature, J. Climate, 27, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00040.1.

Mauget, S. M. and E. C. Cordero, 2014:  Optimal ranking regime analysis of U.S. climate variability. Part II: precipitation and streamflow, J. Climate, 27, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00041.1.

Brown, P. T., E. C. Cordero, and S. Mauget, 2012: Reproduction of Twentieth Century Inter- to Multi-decadal Surface Temperature Variability in Radiatively Forced Coupled Climate Models, J. Geophys. Res., 117, DOI: 10.1029/2011JD016864. (PDF)

Mauget, S. A., E. C. Cordero, and P. T. Brown, 2012: Evaluating Modeled Intra- to Multidecadal Climate Variability Using Running Mann-Whitney Z Statistics, J. Climate, 25, DOI: 10.10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00211.1 (PDF)

Cordero, E. W. Kessomkiat, J. Abatzoglou, and S. Mauget, 2011: The Identification of Distinct Patterns in California Temperature Trends, Climatic Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0023-y (PDF)

Stec, L and E. Cordero, "Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite out of Global Warming", (Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2008), 244 pages

Cordero, E. C., A. M. Todd, and D. Abellera, 2008: Climate change education and the ecological footprint, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89, 865-872. (PDF)