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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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adresses story of the Climate Research affair in 2003 Weblog Klimazwiebel
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Special issue of ATMOSPHERE: "Storms, Jets and Other Meteorological Phenomena in Coastal Seas"
Publication Project "Modelling, Simulating and Forecasting Regional Climate and Weather" at FRONTIER.

Books of Hans von Storch
  • 8 March 2018 - My ResearchGate-profile has recorded more than 30,000 reads.

  • 3 March 2018 - Since many years, Hans von Storch is preparing extensive interviews with renown and eminent geoscientists. The latest in this series is the geologist and coastal researcher Jan Harff. The German version of this interview, which was prepared by Hans von Storch and Reinhard Dietrich, was published earlier; now the english translation, prepared by Anupa Srinivasan, is online.
    The full list of all interviews can be found here.

  • 28. Februar 2018 - Im Rahmen der 11. Deutschen Klimatagung (DKT) in der Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt/M. erhält am 6. März der Tscheche Rudolf Brázdil für seine herausragende interdisziplinäre Leistung in der Klimaforschung den vom Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) gestifteten und mit 1.500 Euro dotierten Eduard-Brückner-Preis. (Pressemitteilung)

  • 26. Februar 2018 - Die Analyse "Zur Geschichte der Klimaforschung in Hamburg" aus Anlaß des 100-jährigen Jubiläums der Universität Hamburg im April 2019 wurde jetzt von Hans von Storch, Martin Claussen und Carsten Gräbel fertiggestellt und an die Schriftleitung der Jubiläumsreihe an der Universität Hamburg übergeben.

  • 19 February 2018 - The paper by 李琰 (Li Y.), Tinz, B., von Storch, H., 王庆元 (Wang Q.Y.) and 周庆亮 (Zhou Q.L.): Construction of surface air temperature series of Qingdao in China for the period 1899 to 2014 has been accepted for publication by Earth System Science Data (
    The Abstract reads: We present a homogenized time series surface air temperature at 2?meters (SAT) for the city of Qingdao in China from 1899 to 2014. This series is derived from three data sources: newly digitized and homogenized observations of German National Meteorological Service from 1899 to 1913; National observation data of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) from 1961–2014 and a gridded data set of Willmott and Matsuura in Delaware to fill the gap from 1914 to 1959. Based on this new series, long-term trends are described. The SAT in Qingdao has a significant warming trend of 0.11?°C (10 yr)-1 during 1899–2014. The coldest period occurred in 1909–1918 and the warmest period occurred in 1999–2008. For the seasonal mean SAT, the most significant warming can be found in spring, followed by winter. Access to the data is provided in excel and archived by Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) web page under overseas stations of the Deutsche Seewarte ( or be freely available at

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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. 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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