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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
Editor in Chief
of Oxford University Press Research Encyclopedia on Climate Science
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
  • 30 April 2024 - The h-index at publons (Researcher ID) of Hans von Storch has been raised to 61.

  • 15 May 2024 - The manuscript "he anti-cyclonic gyre around the Qingdao cold water mass in the China marginal sea" coauthored by Lin Lin, Hans von Storch, and Yang Ding has been published as "Preprint egusphere-2024-1332"; The abstract reads: The circulation structure surrounding the Qingdao cold water mass in 2019 was investigated via three-dimensional numerical simulations. The study reveals that a cold pool appears in early spring and reaches its peak in late May, and this pool is accompanied by a local anticyclonic gyre. Momentum diagnostics are utilized to determine the relationship between the cold pool and this gyre. The momentum results reveal that vertical friction cannot be ignored due to the shallow topography and surface wind stress; as a result, the geostrophic balance is no longer applicable in the Qingdao cold water mass region. Consequently, the temperature and salinity gradients induced by the cold pool structure do not directly result in the anticyclonic gyre. Additional numerical experiments are conducted in which tidal forcing or wind forcing is excluded to understand the formation mechanism of this anticyclonic gyre. The t test results show that the difference between the control run and the ensemble experiments without tidal forcing (or without wind forcing) is statistically significant. Thus, both tidal forcing and wind forcing have a significant influence on the anticyclonic structure, although their impacts are different. Without tidal forcing, an unrealistic strong current appears throughout the domain. Moreover, the direction of the eastern side of the anticyclonic circulation is reversed. On the other hand, the wind forcing contributes to the magnitude of the anticyclonic circulation, especially in the western portion of the anticyclonic circulation. Additionally, subcirculation occurs vertically around the Qingdao cold water mass and is influenced by both wind and tidal forcings.

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  • 17 May 2024 - Second conference on climate change in Nowy Dwór Gdański in the Żuławy region, Poland
    Adaption as an unavoidable component of local climate policy / Adaptacja jako nieunikniony element lokalnej polityki klimatycznej (pptx)

  • 18 June 2024 - 1st Workshop on the "Ocean internal variability -potential of Stochastic Climate Model", Bologna
    Significance of internal variability for experimentation and analysis

  • 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 25 books, and more than 230 peer-reviewed 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 board of Oceanologia.
    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". The Hamburger Abendblatt included him in its series Menschlich gesehen in 2010. (See also Quotes.)
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