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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
Principal Investigator of the Center of Excellence CLISAP
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

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Books of Hans von Storch
  • 22. September 2017 - Hans von Storch was invited to join the Scientific Committee of the International Conference ''XLVIII Seminar of Applied Mathematics" in the city Boguszow-Gorce close to Wroclaw. Main topics are related to different application of mathematics to environmental science and agriculture.

  • 22 September 2017 - The paper "Regional decision-makers as potential users of Extreme Weather Event Attribution - case studies from the German Baltic Sea coast and the Greater Paris area" coauthored by Schwab, M., I. Meinke, J.-P. Vanderlinden, and H. von Storch, has been accepted for pubication by Weather and Climate Extremes. The paper deals with the social utility of event attribution, as developped in the EU project EUCLEIA.
    The abstract reads: Extreme Event Attribution has raised increasing attention in climate science in the last years. It means to judge the extent to which certain weather-related extreme events have changed due to human influences on climate with probabilistic statements. Extreme Event Attribution is often anticipated to spur more than just scientific ambition. It is able to provide answers to one of the most commonly asked questions after extreme events, namely, ‘can we blame it on climate change’ and is assumed to support decision-making of various actors engaged in climate change mitigation and adaptation. More in-depth research is widely lacking about who these actors are; in which context they can make use of it; and what requirements they have, to be able to actually apply Extreme Event Attribution. We have therefore addressed these questions with two empirical case studies looking at regional decision-makers who deal with storm surge risks in the German Baltic Sea region and heat waves in the Greater Paris area. Stakeholder interviews and workshops reveal that fields of application and requirements are diverse, difficult to explicitly identify, and often clearly associated with stakeholders’ specific mandate, the hazard background, and the regional socio-economic setting. Among the considered stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region, Extreme Event Attribution is perceived to be most useful to awareness-raising, in particular for climate change mitigation. They emphasised the importance of receiving understandable information - and that, rather later, but with smaller uncertainties than faster, but with higher uncertainties. In the Paris case, we typically talked to people engaged in impact mitigation with higher level of expertise in terms of climate science, but narrowly defined mandates which is typical for the Paris-centred political system with highly specialised public experts. The interviewees claimed that Extreme Event Attribution is most useful to political leverage and public discourses. If novel information like this is not sorted out a priori, it needs to be clearly linked to impacts, preferably in “Euro figures”. These examples underline the significance of conducting case-specific stakeholder mappings and consultation. Overall, our studies can thereby provide methods and exemplary empirical evidence to support developing useful services from Extreme Event Attribution for targeted groups of users.

  • 21. September 2017 - Discussion-paper "Baltic Earth, Outreach and Communication" published by Hans von Storch, which was prepared for the Baltic Earth working group on outreach and communication.

  • 15. September 2017 - Diskussion "Wirbelstürme, Gletscherschmelze, Starkregen Was können wir tun?" mit Mojib Latif, Claudia Kemfert, Harald Welzer und Hans von Storch, moderiert von Monika van Bebber im Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

  • 13. September - Leone Cavicchia, Li Delei, Oliver Krüger and myself have embarked on a project to organize a special issue "Storms, Jets and Other Meteorological Phenomena in Coastal Seas" of the journal ATMOSPHERE. Contributions are expected until 15 June 2018. Some fees apply, but within the range of the normal for open access.
    The Call for paper reads: Coastal regions are featured by high population densities and high levels of development, especially in the 21st century. However, properties, life and environment in coastal regions are greatly threatened by coastal hazards, which is, in most cases, caused by coastal meteorological events. This Special Issue aims to collect current state-of-the-art studies on the statistics and the changes of hazardous regional meteorological events in coastal regions, in particular meso-scale and synoptic scale storms (polar lows, Mediterranean cyclones including medicanes, Australian east coast lows, tropical and midlattude baroclinic storms) and coastal low-level jets.
    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
    Analyses of the frequency and characteristics of regional meteorological events based on observation data, re-analyses and simulations, both regionally and globally;
    Identification of links between low-frequency large-scale atmospheric configurations and the tendency for generating such regional phenomena;
    Historical and future climate changes in coastal meteorological events;
    Changes in ocean states, such as waves and storm surges related to coastal meteorological events;
    Risks and impact assessment of such phenomena for human activities and coastal environment.

  • 11. September - According to ResearchGate our classical first POP paper from 1988 has been recorded as being cited 100 times. Almost 30 years ago published - on average 3-4 times a year.

  • 1. September 2017 - "Warum konnte "Harvey" so gefährlich für den Süden der USA werden?", Interview mit Andreas Frey in der Badischen Zeitung

  • 29. August 2017 - Interview in den Stuttgarter Nachrichten "Wir müssen nicht sofort mit Spaten loslaufen“, mit Nadine Funck.

  • 29 August 2017 - The h-index of Hans von Storch has now reached the level of 48 on ResearcherID - with a total of 258 entries and an average of 45 citations per entry.

  • 29 August 2017 - The manuscript "Developing criteria for a stakeholder-centred evaluation of climate services at the example of Extreme Event Attribution for storm surges at the German Baltic Sea", coauthored by Maria Schwab and Hans von Storch has been accepted for publication by Meteorology Hydrology and Water Management . The work is part of the EUCLEIA project.
    The abstract reads: Science-based knowledge about climate-related hazards is an inevitable part of the knowledge basis needed for many stakeholders’ decision-making. Despite continuous advances in climate science, much of it is perceived to be hardly accessible, understandable, or relevant to stakeholders. One relatively new field where these aspects may become evident is Extreme Weather Event Attribution. It has received much attention in science in recent years, but its potential usefulness to stakeholders has rarely been addressed in the literature so far.
    This study has therefore developed criteria for evaluating potential climate services from a stakeholder perspective using the example of findings from Extreme Event Attribution. It is illustrated in an empirical mixed-method study about decision-makers dealing with storm surge risks at the German Baltic Sea Coast and re-/insurance sector representatives. The study builds on interviews and workshops with potential users of Extreme Event Attribution. It reveals that there are three main groups of criteria which matter most to the considered stakeholders: 1) Trustworthiness, 2) context-sensitivity and decision-relevance, 3) clarity and comprehensibility. Having appropriate evaluation categories, as well as processes to identify stakeholder-specific criteria, will facilitate the inclusion of values, knowledge contexts, and interests. Many stakeholders emphasized that they need a trustworthy knowledge broker who provides decision-oriented information which is intuitively accessible, understandable, and in their mother-tongue. Being independent, scientifically competent, and in a continuous dialogue with both scientists and stakeholders, established regional and sector-specific climate services can facilitate the fulfilment of these requirements. A stakeholder-oriented evaluation will thereby help to make climate services more useful to potential user groups – even if the product is not in use yet, as is the case for Extreme Event Attribution products.

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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 18 books, and numerous articles. He is member of the advisory/review board of Journal of Climate. 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". See also Quotes.)
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