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Dr. Hans von Storch

Director emeritus of Institute for Coastal Systems (previously Institute of Coastal Research) of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon in Geesthacht (previously: Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung, and even earlier: 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
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
  • 29. April 2021 - Der Teil IV der Reihe "Klimamodelle" ist nun im Internet Magazin Globkult erschienen: "Modelle – Falsifizierung möglich?" .

  • 25. April 2021 - Word reached me today that my old colleague, the Englishman Peter Wright, has died recently, aged 77. He was quite a character. We joined forces in the late 1980s at MPI - and I learned a lot from him how to handle observational data, mostly on El Nino and Southern Oscillation. Two of his papers, which I remember, are:
    Wright, P.B., 1984: On the relationship between indices of the Southern Oscillation. Mon. Wea. Rev. 112, 1913-1919
    Wright, P.B., 1985: The Southern Oscillation - An ocean-atmosphere feedback system. Bull. Amer. Met. Soc. 66, 398-412

  • 22 April 2021 - Hans' h-index at Google Scholar has risen to 76.

  • 15. April 2021 - Mein Artikel "COVID-19 und menschgemachter Klimawandel als postnormale wissenschaftliche Objekte" ist jetzt im "Forum" der Naturwissenschaftlichen Rundschau 3/2021 erschienen.
    Abstract: Wissenschaft verändert fortlaufend unser Leben, weshalb man auch Forderungen und Erwartungen an sie stellt. Besonders gilt dies in Zeiten der Unsicherheit, die rasche Entscheidungen erfordern. In einer derartigen Situation läuft die Wissenschaft Gefahr, in das politische Getriebe zu geraten. Sie wird entwissenschaftlicht und zu einem politischen Mitspieler – womit sie ihre Reputation, die auf Fachkompetenz und strikter Sachbezogenheit beruht, aufs Spiel setzt.
    Der Text ist hinter einer paywall, kann aber für einige Zeit als Leseprobe heruntergeladen werden.

  • 12. April 2021 - The book of A. Schneider: Enlightened Mobility - How to surpass symbolic climate action in transportation ., ISBN-13 : 978-1647194048, 158pp, is now available. With a forword by Hans von Storch: "This is not a book for those youngsters, who believe that panicking and activity irrespective of efficiency would be the “cure.” It is a book for people who take climate change seriously. A book for adults who understand that detail matters, and that a variety of cultural differences and goals need to be balanced. This book opens doors to such a world of arguments and analysis. That’s why this book is needed."

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    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 of the Advisory Board of Atmosphere. In Poland, he serves on the editorial boards of Oceanologia, and the “Papers on Global Change, IGBP”, and in Italy on the Scientific Advisory Panel of CMCC. He is the chair of the Senior Advisory Board of Baltic Earth (the successor of the BALTEX program).
    He chaired the publication of the 1st and 2nd BACC report and of 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 a director of what became later the Institute for Coastal Research at the GKSS Research Centre (now Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon, after many years as Helmholtz Center Geesthacht) and professor at the Meteorological Institute of the University of Hamburg. Later he became also a member of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences at that university. 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. His efforts in generating knowledge about climate dynamics and change, and in communication with the public was recognized by the bestowal of the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse) in 2019.

    He is married to Prof. 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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