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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
  • 20. September 2023 - The manuscript "The Stochastic climate model helps reveal the role of memory in internal variability in the Bohai and Yellow Sea", coauthored by Lin L. (林璘), H. von Storch, and Chen X., (陈学恩) has been accepted for publication by Communications Earth & Environment.
    The abstract reads: Hasselmann's theory elucidates how short-term random noise leads to longer-term unprovoked variations, i.e., red spectra. Here, we study ensembles of numerical model simulations of the hydrodynamics of the Bohai and Yellow Sea concerning internal variability formation. Short(/long) term variations are associated with small(/large) spatial scales, and the internal variability of long-term temporal and large-scale variations is markedly enhanced, even without external forcing on these scales, when the tides are turned off. This pattern is well explained by Hasselmann's theory. A critical element in this theory is the concept of memory, which in our ensembles exhibits a scale dependence that aligns with the scale-dependent nature of redness. Additionally, this framework clarifies why there is a significant reduction of long-term fluctuations during winter and when tides are active: the system's memory is notably diminished under these conditions.

  • 7. September 2023 - Welt TV führt ein life-Interview mit Hans von Storch zur Häufung von Extremen Niederschlägen in Südeuropa, was allerdings als zum Thema "Bias in den Wissenschaftsmagazinen"angekündigt war.

  • 7. September - Peter Amenda interviewt Hans von Storch für BILD: Klimawissenschaftler geht auf Klima-Politik der Ampel los - Tragisch verdaddelt durch Selbstüberschätzung.

  • 7. September 2023 - The 320 pages-anthology Science in Society: Societies, Climate Change and Policies by Stehr, N., and H. von Storch has been published by World Scientific Publishing Europe Ltd. doi: 10.1142/q0399
    The book is characterized by "Hans von Storch and Nico Stehr, the authors of this anthology, reflect on the popular and scientific perception and construction of the phenomenon of climate, climate change, climate policy and the impact of climate on society. In the early 1990s, the authors encountered notable resistance to the idea of climate change, especially as they wrote about the urgent need for societal adaptation. Something is wrong with our planet, and it is obvious that this has to do with human conduct. Many, if not the majority, of countermeasures to climate impacts require the innovative capacity of science and technology. However, the translation of scientific knowledge into society is not an automatic or autonomous force. Moving science into society is subject to economic, political, and cultural constraints - a central issue of the book.
    Nico Stehr is a sociologist specializing in the theory of modern society and the sociology of knowledge; Hans von Storch is a mathematician and is also a physical climate scientist. Since the authors "inhabit" rather different scientific cultures, their collaboration is genuinely exemplary of transdisciplinary work. The book documents the interdisciplinary path and the wide range of themes that has occupied Nico Stehr and Hans von Storch during more than three decades of joint research and writing, which continues to benefit current research and reflection on the interrelation between nature, democracy, society, governance, and climate.

  • 28. August 2023 - Hans von Storch's forword to Jon Naustdalslids book The Climate Threat. Crisis for Democracy? has now been published by Springer Publisher.

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  • 5. Dezember 2023 - MITKlartext, Mittelstands- und Wirtschaftsunion Krefeld

  • 28. September 2023 - Universidad de Colima, México
    Climate science as a social process - history, climatic determinism,Mertonian norms and post-normality"

  • 8-12 January 2024 - Winter School Dealing Professionally with Climate Change Issues, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, online

  • 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 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 boards of Oceanologia, and the "Papers on Global Change, IGBP", and in Italy on the Scientific Advisory Panel of CMCC.
    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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