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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
Lead author of the IPCC
WGI of AR3, and WGII of AR5

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Books of Hans von Storch
  • 15 July 2019 - The h-index at publons of Hans von Storch has been raised by one to 52.

  • 5 July 2019 - The manuscript Statistics of travelling eddy variability in the South China Sea, 1950-2010" by 张萌 (Zhang M.), H. von Storch, 王东晓 (Wang D.), 陈学恩 (Chen X.), and 李德磊 (Li D.) is now available online at Ocean Dyn..
    The abstract reads: The variability across decades of years of migrating eddy activities in the South China Sea (SCS) have not yet been documented. We employ a daily global eddy-resolving (0.1 degree) model product called STORM that covers a period of 1950-2010 to fill this gap. The frequency and pattern of eddy occurrence in the simulation is broadly consistent with satellite-based (AVISO) data.
    On average, annually 28 anticyclonic travelling eddy (AE) tracks and 54 cyclonic travelling eddy (CE) tracks with long travel lengths were derived from the discrete sea surface height anomaly fields of STORM. Eddy centers most frequently pass by the Luzon Strait and along the continental slope in the northern SCS to the Vietnam coast. The lifespans range from 6 days to 240 days for AEs and to 293 days for CEs, and the longest travel lengths are 1941 km and 1988 km, respectively.
    EOFs of the spatial fields of eddy diameter (ED), eddy intensity (EI) and eddy number (EN) show almost white eigenvalue spectra, when calculated on the model’s 0.1-degree grid, but when the data are coarsened to grids with 1-degree and 2-degree grid spacing, meaningful structures emerge.
    EI and ED are highly correlated on both seasonal and interannual time scales. In general, CEs are much more active than AEs, but the AEs with high intensities or large diameters are more frequent than similar CEs. The monthly ED, EI and EN exhibit annual cycles, which are, however, not very stable. The variabilities of annual means of ED, EI and EN is large at interannual time scales, little at interdecadal scales and exhibits hardly a trend. The sizes and intensities of eddies in the SCS are hardly connected to the ENSO-variability in the tropical Pacific.
    The EOFs, the weakness of the annual cycle stability and the absence of a correlation with ENSO, point to a massive presence of internal variability (as opposed to variability provoked by large-scale drivers).

  • 3 July 2019 - The manuscript "The scale-dependency of the signal-to-noise ratio in a regional oceanic system" by Tang S.(唐声全), H. von Storch, and Chen X. (陈学恩) has been published in the WGNE-"Blue book" Research Activities in Atmopsheric and Oceanic Modelling ("blue book"), edited by E.Astakhova - [CAS/JSC Working Group on Numerical Experimentation; Report No. 49 July 2019, WCRP Report 12/2019] pages 2/13-14. It was already earlier accessible on Researchgate.

  • 26. Juni 2019 - Mein Beitrag "Das Reizklima" ist online bei CICERO hinter einem paywall veröffentlicht worden. Der Titel wurde von der Redaktion gewählt.

  • 21 June 2019 - The h-index at publons of Hans von Storch has been raised by one to 51.

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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.)
    See also the web-of-science based Researcher ID or the Google Scholar citation tool


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