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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
  • 20 October 2017 - the article Extending North Atlantic Oscillation reconstructions back to 1500 published by J. Luterbacher, E. Xoplaki, D. Dietrich, P.D. Jones, T.D. Davies, D. Portis, J.F. González-Rouco, H. von Storch, D. Gyalistras, C. Casty and H. Wanner in Atmos. Sci. Lett. 2002 (2, 114-124; doi:10.1006/asle.2001.0044) has been cited 350 times (according to ResearchGate).

  • 20 October 2017 - The manuscript "Construction of surface air temperature series of Qingdao in China for the period 1899 to 2014" by Li Y., B. Tinz, H. von Storch, Wang Q. and Zhou Q. has been published as a discussion paper in Earth Systen Science Data. The paper is now accessible and open for interactive public discussion until 15 Dec 2017. (

  • 15 October 2017 - ResearchGate logged 50 citations of the article : Assessment of three temperature reconstruction methods in the virtual reality of a climate simulation by H. von Storch, E. Zorita and F. Gonzalez-Ruoco. The article was published in February 2008 in volume 98 of International Journal of Earth Sciences.

  • 13 October 2017 - ResearchGate logged 50 citations of the article : Between hype and decline – recent trends in public perception of climate change by B.M.W. Ratter, K. H.I. Philipp and H. von Storch. The article was published in 2012 in volume 18 of Environmental Science & Policy.

  • 13 October 2017 - Appointment of Hans von Storch to Guest Profesor at China University of Geosciences in Wuhan. Also his guest professorship at the Ocean University of China, Qingdao, was extended by another 3 years.

  • 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.

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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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