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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

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Books of Hans von Storch
  • 3 June 2018 - Our paper
    Barkhordarian, A., H. von Storch, A. Behrangi, P. C. Loikith, C. R. Mechoso, and J. Detzer: "Simultaneous regional detection of land-use changes and elevated GHG levels: the case of springtime precipitation in tropical South America." has been accepted for publication by Geophys Res Letters
    Abstract: Results indicate that, the magnitude of negative trends in springtime precipitation over tropical South America in the past decades exceeds the estimated range of trends due to natural variability of the climate system defined in both the pre-industrial climate and during the 850-1850 millennium. Such change could have profound societal and ecosystem impacts over the region. The univariate detection analysis shows that greenhouse gas (GHG) forcing has a systematic influence in 30-year trends of precipitation ending in 1998 and later on. The bivariate attribution analysis demonstrates that forcing by elevated GHG levels and land-use-change are attributed (< 5% risk of error) as key causes for the observed drying over 1983-2012. We further show that with 20 out of 24 models analyzed, the effect of GS signal (Greenhouse gas and Sulfate aerosols) based on RCP4.5 scenario already has a detectable influence in the observed drying. Thus, we suggest that the observed regional precipitation decrease and drying during recent austral springs is a feature which will continue and intensify in the course of unfolding anthropogenic climate change.
    DOI: 10.1029/2018GL078041

  • 14 May 2018 - The manuscript "Low-level jets over the Bohai Sea and Yellow Sea: climatology, variability and the relationship with regional atmospheric circulations" co-authored by 李德磊 (Li D.), H. von Storch, 尹宝树 (Yin B.), 徐振华 (Xu Z.), 齐继峰 (Qi J.) 魏伟 (Wei W.), and 郭东琳 (Guo D.) has been accepted for publication by J. Geophys. Res. - Atmosphere
    he abstract reads: The present study reveals climate features of low-level jets (LLJs) over the Bohai Sea and Yellow Sea (BYS) based on a 35-year (1979 – 2013) high-resolution (7 km) atmospheric hindcast. The regional climate model COSMO-CLM driven by the ERA-Interim reanalysis dataset was used to obtain the hindcast. Through comparison with observations, the hindcast was proved to robustly reproduce the climatology, the diurnal cycle, the variability of wind profiles and specific LLJ cases. LLJs over the BYS feature a strong diurnal cycle, intra-annual and inter-annual variability but weak decadal variability. LLJs are more frequent in April, May and June (LLJ-season) and less frequent in winter over the Bohai Sea and western coastal areas of the Yellow Sea, which is due to the intra-annual variations of large-scale circulation and local land-sea thermal contrast. In the LLJ-season, the heights of jet cores are generally lower than 500 m above sea level. The maximum wind speed of LLJs is mostly in the range of 10 – 16 m/s, and prevailing wind directions are southerly and southwesterly. The LLJs are of the nocturnal type, with the highest occurrence frequency at approximately 2300 local time. Furthermore, a low-frequency link between anomalies of LLJ occurrence and regional large-scale barotropic circulation was identified using canonical correlation analysis and associated correlation patterns. Pressure systems over the East Asia-Northwest Pacific region are significantly correlated with the variations of LLJ occurrence over the BYS in terms of the intra-annual and inter-annual variability.
    Key words: Low-level jet; Bohai Sea and Yellow Sea; Climatology; Regional climate modelling; COSMO-CLM

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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 and on the editorial board of Advances in Climate Change Research.. 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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