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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
  • 21. Februar 2019 - Im Rahmen einer kleinen Feier in HZG wird Jürgen Sündermann für seine Leistungen beim Zusammenwachsen des Standorts Hamburg unter Einbeziehung von GKSS/GZG als "Freund des Instituts für Küstenforschung" gewürdigt. Bei der Gelegenheit wird das ausführliche Interview von Heike Langenberg und Hans von Storch mit Jürgen Sündermann als HZG-Bericht 2019-1 veröffentlicht.
    A Chinese version 于尔根孙德曼访谈录 was prepared by 管晓晨,陈学恩、江文胜. Das Interview wurde im Rahmen einer Ehrung durch das Helmholtz-Zentrum vorgstellt; dabei auch eine Laudatio von Hans von Storch.

  • 13. Februar 2019 - Die Senatskanzlei der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg hat Hans von Storch mitgeteilt, dass der Bundespräsident ihm den Verdienstorden 1. Klasse (Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) verliehen hat wegen seiner Verdienste in der Klimaforschung. Der Orden wird zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt übergeben.

  • 10. February 2019 - The manuscript "“Noise” in climatologically driven ocean models with different grid resolution." coauthored by 唐声全 (Tang S.), H. von Storch, 陈学恩 (Chen X.), and 张萌 (Zhang M.) has been published by Oceanologia. Most likely, the article will appear in print in the Oceanologia issue 61/3, due in early July, 2019. On-line it is accessible via
    The Abstract reads: The internally generated variability in the climate system, which is unrelated to any external factors, can be conceptualized as “noise”. This noise is a constitutive element of high-dimensional nonlinear models of such systems. In a three-layer nested simulation, which is forced by climatological (periodic) atmospheric forcing and includes an (almost) global model, a West-Pacific model, and South China Sea (SCS) model, we demonstrate that such “noise” builds also in ocean models. They generate variability by themselves without an external forcing. The “noise” generation intensifies with higher resolution, which favors macroturbulence.

  • 9 February 2019 - Hans von Storch's series of interviews with eminent scientists has been extended by another one, this time Christian Pfister - ein Historiker, der Grenzen überwindet. The interview was done by Hans von Storch and Heinz Wanner, with a preface by Thomas Stocker. The German version is archived here, and the English version here.

  • 5 February 2019 - the manuscript "The history of ideas of empirical downscaling – from synoptic dynamics and spatial interpolation" coauthored by Hans von Storch and Eduardo Zorita has been accepted for publication by. Frontier Environ. Sci. - Atmospheric Science .
    The abstract reads: The history of ideas, which lead to the now matured concept of empirical downscaling, with various technical procedures, is rooted in two concepts, that of synoptic climatology and that of spatial interpolation in a phase space. In the former case, the basic idea is to estimate from a synoptic weather map the regional details, and to assemble these details into a regional climatology. In the other approach, a shortcut is made, in that samples of (monthly, seasonal or annual) large-scale dynamical statistics (i.e., climate) are linked to a sample of local statistics of some variables of interest.

  • 27. Januar 2019 - Als Reaktion auf immer wieder neue unsinnige Aussagen über die Folgen des menschgemachten Klimawandels hat Hans von Storch auf eine Kritik Falsche Argumente in der Klimadebatte: "Es gibt gute Gründe für Tempo 130 auf Autobahnen - Klimaschutz gehört nicht dazu" des fehlenden Ernsts der Klimadebatte veröffentlicht.

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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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