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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

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Publication Project "Modelling, Simulating and Forecasting Regional Climate and Weather" at FRONTIER.

Books of Hans von Storch
  • 17 May 2019 -Shengquan Tang (唐声全) has, together with H. von Storch and Chen X. (陈学恩) as coauthors, submitted results of the next step of his PhD work - "The scale-dependency of the signal-to-noise ratio in a regional oceanic system" submitted to Research Activities in Atmospheric and Oceanic Modelling (Blue Book). (DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10634.72643)

  • 7 May 2019 - My PhD student Zhang Meng (张萌) defended today successfully her thesis "The statistics of travelling eddy variability in the South China Sea and its external forcing".
    Her work is is significant for two reasons:
    (1) She has constructed a climatology of travelling eddies in the South China Sea, and derived various statistics of these eddies, such as the distribution of travel times and lengths. Previously such climatologies have been derived, for shorter times, from satellite data, however without proper regard of the limitations of a high noise level of daily satellite-based data of sea surface height.
    (2) She found the variability of a number of parameters describing the statistics of eddies strongly contaminated by "noise", i.e., by local processes unrelated to the large-scale state. Thus, she shed light on he unavoidable stochastic character of smaller scale dynamics in regional oceans. This fact ist almost always disregarded by regional oceanographers, who conduct numerical experimentation by simply comparing two simulations and attributing the differences to the change implemented in the simulations. Obviously, ensembles of simulations are needed in extended simulations, and the assessment of numerical experimens needs statistical assessments (such as significance tests).
    My little workgroup is pursuing this issue, with first demonstrating the presence of noise and now assessing the scale-dependence of signal-to-noise ratios (with the signal stemming from atmospheric forcing, and the noise reflecting local variations unrelated to external factors). (See also doi 10.1016/j.oceano.2019.01.001).
    This work is done in cooperation with the Ocean University of China (中国海洋大学)

  • 2. Mai 2019 - Der vierte Beitrag vn Hans von Storch ist jetzt in der Kleinen Zeitung erschienen: "Wenn der Vorfrühling normal wird".

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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 member of the advisory/review board of Journal of Climate, of Advances in Climate Change Research (the official journal of the Beijing Climate Center), and of "geoscience communication". 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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