College of Natural and Social Sciences

Department of Geosciences & Environment


            Me and Bogie at Key Largo

Steve LaDochy
Full-time Faculty

Office: KHC-4061
Phone: (323) 343-2222
FAX: (323) 343-6494








Physical Geography

MW 9:50-11:30

Winter 2016

KH D4057


Applied Climatology

M 6:10-10

Winter 2016

KH D4057


 Earth Science for Elementary Teachers


Winter 2016




Earth Science for Elementary Teachers

W 6:10-7:50

Winter 2016

KH B1019


 Geog 312

Climate Change in the Dev. World

MW 4:20-6

Spring 2016  


 Honors 330

Honors Global Climate Change

TR 4:20-6

Spring 2016  








1985     Ph.D. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, in Geography.    Dissertation: The Synoptic Climatology of Severe Thunderstorms in  Manitoba.

1979-80  Graduate Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, in Geography-        Meteorology.

1969     M.S. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Co., in Atmospheric Sciences.

1967     B.A. U.C.L.A., in Meteorology.


1987- present  Professor (2006), Associate Professor (1992), Geography & Urban Analysis California State University, Los Angeles.

1986-88  Adjunct Professor, Geography, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

1970-87  Assistant Professor, Instructor, Geography, University of Winnipeg,  Manitoba, Canada.

1980     Research, Teaching Assistant, Geography-Meteorology, University of Kansas.


M. R. Witiw, S. LaDochy (2015) Cool PDO phase leads to recent rebound in coastal southern California fog, Die Erde, 146: 232-244.

Killam, D., Bui, A., LaDochy, S., Ramirez, P., Patzert, W. and Willis, J. (2014) California Getting Wetter to the North, Drier to the South: Natural Variability or Climate Change? Climate 2014, 2(3), 168-180; doi:10.3390/cli2030168 Available at:

LaDochy, S. and Michael Witiw (2013): Fog Hazards Mitigation, in P. Bobrowski (ed.) Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.


LaDochy, S. and M. Witiw (2012): Continued reduction in dense fog in the southern  California region: Possible climate change influences, Journal of Pure and Applied Geophysics  169: 1157-1163 doi: 10.1007/s00024-011-0366-3.


LaDochy, S., Ramirez, P. and Patzert, W.C. (2008): Pacific Ocean Indices and Southern California Climate Variability: When the Pacific Talks, California Listens, California Geographer (submitted Sept. 2008).

*Tamrazian, A., LaDochy, S, Willis, J., and Patzert, W. (2008): Heat waves are increasing in frequency and duration in Southern California. Yearbook, Pacific Coast Assoc. of Geographers, vol.70, 59-69.

Witiw, M. and S. LaDochy (2008): Trends in fog frequencies in the Los Angeles Basin, Atmospheric Research 87: 293-300.

*LaDochy, S., R. Medina, W. Patzert (2007): Recent climate variability in California: Spatial and temporal variations in temperature trends, Climate Research 33: 159-169.

LaDochy, S., D. Mayo and P. Ramirez (2007): Recent online resources and distance learning experiences in natural hazards,  Journal of Geophysical Education, vol. 55, 202-210.

LaDochy, S. (2005): The disappearance of dense fog in Los Angeles: Another urban impact, Physical Geography (in press).

LaDochy, S. (2005): Lightning, in J. Oliver (Ed.) Encyclopedia of World Climate, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Publishers, 451-453.

LaDochy, S., R. Medina, and W. Patzert (2005): Recent California climate variability: Spatial and temporal patterns in temperature trends, 16th Conf. on Climate Variability and Change, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Jan. 9-13, San Diego, CA.

LaDochy, S., J. Brown, W. Patzert and M. Selke (2004): Can U.S. west coast climate be forecast? Preprint CD-ROM, Symposium on ‘Forecasting the Weather and Climate of the Atmosphere and Ocean, Amer. Meteor. Soc., Jan. 11-14, Seattle, WA.

 Ye, H., D. Yang, T. Zhang, X. Zhang, S. LaDochy and M. Ellison (2004): The impact of climatic conditions on seasonal river discharges in Siberia, J. of Hydrometeorology vol. 5, 286-295

 LaDochy, S. (2003): Lightning, in J. Oliver (Ed.) Encyclopedia of World Climate, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers (in press).

 ----------, J. Brown and W. Patzert (2003): June gloom and heavy fogs: oceanic influences on bummer California summers, Preprint CD-ROM, 12th Conf. On the Interaction of the Sea and Atmosphere, American Meteorological Society, Feb. 9-13, Long Beach, CA.

 ----------, P. Ramirez and R. Medina (2003): Two new undergraduate earth science web modules in air-sea interactions, Preprint CD-ROM, 12th Symposium on Education, AMS, Feb. 9-13, Long Beach, CA.

  Small, I., G. Martin, S. LaDochy and J. Brown (2002): Topographic and synoptic influences on cold season California severe weather: Regional patterns in convective storms, 16th Conf. On Probability and Statistics in the Atmospheric Sciences, Amer. Meteorological Society, Jan, 13-17, Orlando, FL., 146-152.

 LaDochy, S. and J. Brown (2001): Southern California severe weather phenomena: Synoptic and topographic influences,” Postprint, 2nd Southwest Weather Symposium, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Sept. 21-22, Tucson, AZ., 104-108.

----------, and J. Brown (2001): Topographic and synoptic influences on cold season California severe weather: Regional patterns in convective storms, Proceedings, 20th Severe Local Storms Conference, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Sept. 11-15, Orlando, FL., 485-488.

 Bacca, A., J. Vincent, M. Luna, F. Zhou, S. LaDochy and S. Nicolaisen (2000):   Fine-scale sampling and analysis for heavy metals and nitrogen- and sulfur-containing species in East Los Angeles, in Air Pollution VIII:  8th International Conference On Air Pollution. Brebbia, et al. (eds.),Southampton, UK: Wessex Institute of Technology Press, 273-282.





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