Eugene Cordero

Eugene Cordero

Eugene Cordero

Office: Duncan Hall 618 and Clark Hall 227

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 100W:  Technical Communication


CV The Green Ninja

Research Interests

Climate Science and Education

Throughout my career, I've been interested in understanding the processes responsible for our changing climate, and what actions we can take to improve our climate and environment.   Areas of active research include:

  • Climate Change Curriculum: 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, an initiative that adapts research-based educational approaches for the middle school classroom.  

  • Measuring the Role of Education on Behavior Change: Given the importance of education on our changing climate, we are developing research-based methods to evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs in promoting pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors. 
  • Documentary on Cilmate Change Education: Education is often described as an important tool in designing solutions to environmental problems, but why don’t we see more interest and investment in using education to respond to our greatest environmental threat - climate change? In One Carbon Footprint at a Time, documentary filmmaker Bob Gliner explores how a particularly successful climate change course offered at a west coast public university is affecting students lives in unexpected ways. 


Selected Publications

Cordero, E. C., D. C. Centeno, and A. M. Todd, 2020: The role of climate change education on individual lifetime carbon emissions. PLOS ONE 15(2): e0206266.

Moore, L., E. Cordero, and A. Bishop, 2019:  Petroleum and Me. Science Scope Connections, NSTA, 43(1), 56-63. 

Cordero, E., C. and D. C. Centeno, 2019:  Evaluating the Effectiveness of a School-Based Intervention on Driving-Related Carbon Emissions Using Real-Time Transportation Data, Mineta Transportation Institute, Report 19-19, Accessed at:

Walsh, E. and E. Cordero, 2019:  Youth science expertise, environmental identity, engagement, and agency in climate action filmmaking, Environmental Education Research, 25:5, 656-677, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2019.1569206

Cordero, E. C. 2018: Green Ninja Integrated Middle School Science (Green Ninja, Mountain View, CA).  Adopted by California Department of Education, Nov 2018. Online textbook accessed at

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