Title: Atmospheric Science and Applications Manager
Center: Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes
Department: Climate, Atmospheric Science & Physical Oceanography

Research Interests

  • Hydrometeorology and Atmospheric Rivers
  • Dynamics and Predictability of Extreme Weather Events
  • Extreme Precipitation, Flooding, and Water Resources
  • Research and Operations Partnerships, Decision Support and Forecast Tools


  • PhD, Atmospheric Science, University at Albany (2011)
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, University at Albany (2008)
  • B.S., Meteorology, Plymouth State University (2005)

Quick Bio

Dr. Cordeira is serving as the atmospheric river science lead for the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) at UCSD/Scripps where he manages atmospheric river (and related) projects and staff spanning climatology, dynamics, forecasting, and applications including program development, grant writing, and reporting. Key projects focus on Research and Operations Partnerships associated with Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations, the California Atmospheric Rivers Program, Atmospheric Rivers Reconnaissance, and the Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology.

In the near past, he developed and led collaborative and externally funded research programs at Plymouth State University (PSU) focused on analysis, forecasting, and visualization of hydrometeorology processes. These programs also focused on developing decision support tools and situational awareness applications for U.S. West Coast water resources management, precipitation extremes, and flooding.

Dr. Cordeira has also taught undergraduate B.S. Meteorology and graduate M.S. Applied Meteorology courses with a focus on applied curriculum in areas of tropical meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, numerical weather prediction, and computer applications in meteorology. He is passionate about mentoring early-career scientists and support their participation in externally funded research projects; He was previously a Director of the NSF-funded Northeast Partnership for Atmospheric and Related Studies (NEPARS) Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.