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Dr. Hans von Storch

Director emeritus of Institute for Coastal Research of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung in Geesthacht (previously: GKSS Research Center)
Professor at the Meteorological Institute
and member of the Faculty of Social Sciences
of the University of Hamburg
Editor-in-Chief of
Oxford University Press Research Encyclopedia Climate Science
Guest professor at
Ocean University of China 中国海洋大学
Foreign member of
Polish Academy of Sciences
Doctor honoris causa
of Göteborgs Universitet
Recipient of
Östersjöfondens pris 2014
Lead author of the IPCC
WGI of AR3, and WGII of AR5
Recipient of the
Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse)

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Books of Hans von Storch
  • 19. Oktober 2019. - Interview »Früher war ein Sturm einfach ein Sturm« im SPIEGEL 43, S. 108-109, geführt von Olaf Stampf.

  • 16 October 2019 - The manuscript "Atmospherically forced regional ocean simulations of the South China Sea: Scale-dependency of the signal-to-noise ratio" by Tang Shengquan (唐声全), Hans von Storch and Chen Xueen (陈学恩) has been accepted for publication by Journal of Physical Oceanography.
    The abstract reads: When subjecting ocean models to atmospheric forcing, the models exhibits two types of variability – a response to the external forcing (hereafter referred to as signal) and inherently generated (internal; intrinsic; unprovoked; chaotic) variations (hereafter referred to as noise). Based on an ensemble of simulations with identical atmospherically forced oceanic models which differ only in the initial conditions at different times, the signal-to-noise ratio of the atmospherically forced oceanic model is determined. In the large-scales, the variability of the model output is mainly induced by the external forcing and the proportion of the internal variability is small, so the signal-to-noise ratio is large. For smaller scales, the influence of the external forcing weakens and the influence of the internal variability strengthens, so the signal-to-noise ratio becomes less and less. Thus, the external forcing is dominant for large scales, while most of the variability is internally generated for small scales.

  • 14 October 2019 - The new project "Future Climate Scenarios: Regional Climate Modelling and Data Analysis" has been launched at FRONTIER. Submission deadlines are 9 February 2020 for abstracts and 9 May 2020 for manuscripts.

  • 26. September 2019 - Am 25. September wurde Hans von Storch von BILD angefragt, was er vom IPCC Bericht SROCC (zu Ozeanen und Kryosphäre) halten würde. Aus seinem Statement, das basiert auf dem Summary for Policymakers, wurde dann korrekt zitiert: Der Klimaforscher Prof. Dr. Hans von Storch zu BILD: „Neben der Klimaschutzpolitik einer Minderung der Emissionen verdient also auch die Anpassung an unvermeidbare Anstiege des Meeresspiegels unsere Aufmerksamkeit." Denn für den renommierten Wissenschaftler ist ein Fakt besonders wichtig, selbst bei einem „Stoppen“ der Emissionen zwar die Temperatur nach einige Zeit nicht mehr ansteigt, der Anstieg des Meeresspiegels aber durchaus weitergeht - bis 2300 und länger.

  • 23. September 2019 - Das bereits im Januar 2019 vom Bundespräsidenten verliehene Bundesverdienstkreuz wurde im Rahmen eines Senatsempfangs von der 2. Bürgermeisterin der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg, Katharina Fegebank, an Hans von Storch überreicht (HZG Küstenblog, Laudatio K. Fegebank).

  • 21. September 2019 - Etwas verzögert ist nun der 5.te Beitrag von Hans von Storch, "Vom Fegefeuer und Kimawandel" in der Kleinen Zeitung erschienen.

  • 11 September 2019 - The results of survey among students in Qingdao at a national university and at a center for climate science, CLISAP, in Hamburg have been extended by the same survey among students of another European center for climate science, namely CMCC in Bologna. The results from Hamburg and Bologna are very similar, indicating that the perception of the students in Hamburg, who consider creating public engagement in climate policy as the main task of climate science, is not a singularity among the young scholars in Hamburg but is shared by scholars at other European science institutions. The report, co-authored by Hans von Storch and Silvio Gualdi, went online on Forsight on 3 September 2019, with the URL

  • 11 September 2019 - In 2014, Hans von Storch received the "Östersjöfondens pris". On the occasion of its ten-year anniversary, recipients have been interviewed - also Hans von Storch. A short version of the discussion between Ippo Vourinen and Hans von Storch is now available. A complete version will be published soon.

  • 30 August 2019 - Som reaktion på Juli-2019 CICERO artiklen har den danske Kristeligt Dagblad nu publiceret bidraget "Tysk klimaforsker: Klimadebatten er blevet forvirret og useriøs".

  • 24. August 2019 - Eine kaum thematisierte Routinetägikeit von Wissenschaftlern ist das Reviewen von eingereichten Zeitschriftenartikeln. Dazu ein Beitrag von Hans von Storch in den Helmholtz Blogs

  • 24. August 2019 - Das Interview mit Hans von Storch und Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber zum Thema "Verzichten zugunsten der Umwelt", das am 30.6.2019 von "Sonntags-TV fürs Leben" vom ZDF ausgestrahlt wurde, ist jetzt bis zum 30.6.2024 verfügbar auf der ZDF Mediathek.

  • After two months, "news" are moved to this archive.

    Hans von Storch is interested in coastal climate and impact (wind, storm surges and waves) in recent times and in possible futures, and methodical issues of statistical climatology (such as detection and attribution of anthropogenic climate change, or utility of proxy data). He is also engaged in joint research with social and cultural scientists since many years.

    Hans von Storch has published 20 books, and numerous articles. He is associate editor of Journal of Climate, and a member of the review board of Advances in Climate Change Research (the official journal of the Beijing Climate Center), and Atmosphere. In Poland, he serves on the editorial boards of Oceanologia, Meteorology, Hydrology and Water Management Research and Operational Applications", and the “Papers on Global Change, IGBP”. He is a member of the Senior Advisory Board of Baltic Earth (the successor of the BALTEX program).
    He chaired the preparation of the 1st and 2nd BACC report and the 1st and 2nd "Klimabericht für die Metropolregion Hamburg" (see here). After having served as a Lead Author for Working Group I of IPCC TAR, he acted as a Lead Author of Chapter 2 "Foundations of Decision Making" of Working Group II of IPCC AR5.

    Hans studied mathematics, physics and Danish at the University of Hamburg, and received a diploma in mathematics in 1976. While a student he also worked as a programmer at the Department of Oceanography. He went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Meteorological Department of the University of Hamburg in 1979, and his "Habilitation" in 1985. From 1987 - 1995, he was Senior Scientist and leader of the "Statistical Analysis and Modelling" group at the Max Planck-Institut for Meteorology (Hasselmann division). During 1996-2015, Hans von Storch was director of what became later the Institute for Coastal Research at the GKSS Research Centre (now Helmholtz Center Geesthacht) and professor at the Meteorological Institute of the University of Hamburg. Within the Institute for Coastal Research, he headed the division "Systems Analysis and Modelling" until September 2015. In October 2008, he was awarded a doctor h.c. by Göteborgs Universitet, and in May 2013 he was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

    He is married to Dr. Jin-Song von Storch (徐劲松).

    During his academic life, which began in about 1976, Hans von Storch made a number of intellectual achievements. (Werner Krauss wrote a nice subjective piece about his role and his achievements; see also Sven Titz' "Klimawissenschaft zwischen Skylla und Charybdis" in NZZ, 27. January 2010. An overview of work is also given by the citation of the IMSC achievement award "to recognize his key contributions to statistical downscaling, reconstruction of temperature series, analyses of climatic variability, and detection and attribution of climate change". Laudatio by Senator K. Fegebank on the occasion of presenting the "Bundesverdienstkreuz". See also Quotes.)
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