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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
Foreign member of
Polish Academy of Sciences
Doctor honoris causa
of Göteborgs Universitet
Guest professor
of Ocean University of China
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
  • 2. December 2022 - The article "Extreme separations of bottle posts in the southern Baltic Sea - tentative interpretation of an experiment-of-opportunity" by Ulrich Callies and Hans von Storch has been accepted "as is" by Oceanologia.

  • 1. December 2022 - The "Klaus Hasselmann: Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2021" article by Patrick Heimbach and Hans von Storch has been published by Oxford University Press of Climate Science, open access for the time being:
    The Abstractreads: Klaus Hasselmann and Syukuro Manabe shared one half of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics for their achievements in ''physical modelling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming.'' The Swedish Academy asserted: ''Klaus Hasselmann created a model that links together weather and climate, thus answering the question of why climate models can be reliable despite weather being changeable and chaotic. He also developed methods for identifying specific signals, fingerprints, that both natural phenomena and human activities imprint in the climate. His methods have been used to prove that the increased temperature in the atmosphere is due to human emissions of carbon dioxide.''
    Klaus Hasselmann is best known for founding the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, where he implemented his ideas on quantifying internal variability in the climate system and its components (''stochastic climate model''), and on devising a methodology to separate ''noise,'' that is, variability not provoked by external drivers, from a ''signal'' reflecting the impact of such external drivers. In this way, he introduced a paradigm shift from a deterministic view of the climate system to a genuinely stochastic one. This proved instrumental in detecting anthropogenic climate change beyond natural variability (''detection'') and in demonstrating that the ongoing change could not be explained without a dominant role of elevated atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases (''attribution''). Hasselmann and Manabe initiated the construction of two of the leading quasi-realistic climate models featuring not only an atmosphere and ocean but also the carbon cycle. These achievements were recognized by the Nobel Prize.
    The spectrum of themes where Klaus Hasselmann left significant footprints extends far beyond climate dynamics, covering a wide range of geophysical topics. By the time he entered the field of climate research, Hasselmann had already produced groundbreaking work on the modeling and predicting of ocean surface waves. He and his wife led the development of a third-generation wave model, versions of which are in operational use today at major numerical weather prediction centers around the world, including the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Europe and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States. After his retirement, Hasselmann considered his contribution to geophysical issues of climate and climate change sufficient and chose to focus on two different topics. One concerned the coupling of societal decision making with the geophysical system. A second concerned Hasselmann's interest in elementary particle physics, which dates back to his work in the 1960s when he described nonlinear resonant wave-wave interactions by means of Feynman diagrams. Following early ideas by Kaluza and Klein, Hasselmann pursued a deterministic, unified field theory of particles and fields, which he termed ''metron theory.'' It remains incomplete, and given Hasselmann's age may never be completed by himself, but may have to await a smart young physicist to take on the challenge.
  • 30. November 2022 - Die Klima-Kolumne in der Kleinen Zeitung wird zum Ende des Jahres 2022 eingestellt. Bis dahin wird noch eine Kolumne von Hans von Storch erscheinen.

  • 25. November 2022 - Nachklapp zu COP27 und dem deutschen Klima-Diskurs: von Storch, H., UND oder ODER? in Globkult.

  • 16. November 2022 - Interview von Ralf Hanselle mit Hans von Storch " Die Evidenz ist nicht so eindeutig, wie man denkt" auf cicero online. Auch als Podcast auf youtube.

  • 10 November 2022 - The status of Hans von Storch as a guest professor of the Ocean University of China has been extended.

  • 7. November 2022 - Die 27te Conference of the Parties, COP27, in Sharm El Sheik führt zu einer erhöhten medialen Nachfrage bei Klimaforschern, auch bei Hans von Storch: WELT-TV live interview (7.11); Rundfunk-Interview in der Sendung "Neugier genügt" des WDR5 (8.11.).

  • 6. November 2022 - Ein längerer Artikel "Verzicht allein bringt wenig" stellt die Autorin Julia Witte die Ideen von Hans von Storch zur Frage wirksamer Massnahmen zum Begrenzung des Klimawandels dar.

  • 5. November 2022 - Ein langer Artikel "Warum das Gefasel vom Weltuntergang verantwortungslos ist" von Ulrich Fichtner im SPIEGEL enthält einen längeren Abschnitt mit einem Gespräch mit Hans von Storch. Leider hinter paywall.

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  • 18. Januar 2018 - European Campus Rottal-Inn ECRI; Technische Hochschule Deggendorf: "Nachhaltigkeit im Dialog"
    Menschgemachter Klimawandel - Optionen des Umgang damit.

  • 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 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 1971, 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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