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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
  • 11 September 2019 - The results of survey among students in Qingdao at a national university and at a center for climate science, CLISAP, in Hamburg have been extended by the same survey among students of another European center for climate science, namely CMCC in Bologna. The results from Hamburg and Bologna are very similar, indicating that the perception of the students in Hamburg, who consider creating public engagement in climate policy as the main task of climate science, is not a singularity among the young scholars in Hamburg but is shared by scholars at other European science institutions. The report, co-authored by Hans von Storch and Silvio Gualdi, went online on Forsight on 3 September 2019, with the URL

  • 11 September 2019 - In 2014, Hans von Storch received the "Östersjöfondens pris". On the occasion of its ten-year anniversary, recipients have been interviewed - also Hans von Storch. A short version of the discussion between Ippo Vourinen and Hans von Storch is now available. A complete version will be published soon.

  • 30 August 2019 - Som reaktion på Juli-2019 CICERO artiklen har den danske Kristeligt Dagblad nu bidraget "Tysk klimaforsker: Klimadebatten er blevet forvirret og useriøs" publiceret. Desvaerre bag firewall.

  • 24. August 2019 - Eine kaum thematisierte Routinetägikeit von Wissenschaftlern ist das Reviewen von eingereichten Zeitschriftenartikeln. Dazu ein Beitrag von Hans von Storch in den Helmholtz Blogs

  • 24. August 2019 - Das Interview mit Hans von Storch und Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber zum Thema "Verzichten zugunsten der Umwelt", das am 30.6.2019 von "Sonntags-TV fürs Leben" vom ZDF ausgestrahlt wurde, ist jetzt bis zum 30.6.2024 verfügbar auf der ZDF Mediathek.

  • 17 August 2019 - After Hans von Storch's position as Associate Editor of Journal of Climate has been extended for another 2 years, from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2021, he was now told since when he is serving in this position - likely since 1999 - and how many manuscripts he has dealt with since 2011: 29 in total, of which 24 were regular reviews, and 5 to sort out a hung review process.

  • 9 August 2019 - The journal Ocean Science has accepted the manuscript Testing the validity of regional detail in global analyses of sea surface temperature —the case of Chinese coastal waters by 李琰 (Li Y), H. von Storch, 王庆元(Wang Q), and 周庆亮 (Zhou Q.)
    The Abstract reads:_ We have designed a method for testing the quality of multidecadal analyses of SST in regional seas by using a set of high-quality local SST observations. In recognizing that local data may reflect local effects, we focus on dominant EOFs of the local data and of the localized data of the gridded SST analyses. We examine patterns, and the variability as well as the trends of the principal components. This method is applied to examine three different SST analyses, namely HadISST1, ERSST and COBE SST. They are assessed using a newly constructed high-quality data set of SST at 26 coastal stations along the Chinese coast in 1960-2015 which underwent careful examination with respect to quality, and a number of corrections of inhomogeneities. The three gridded analyses perform by and large well from 1960 to 2015, in particular since 1980. However, for the pre-satellite time period, before 1980, the analyses differ among each other and show some inconsistencies with the local data, such as artificial break points, periods of bias and differences in trends. We conclude that gridded SST-analyses need improvement in the pre-satellite time (prior to 1980s), by re-examining in detail archives of local quality-controlled SST data in many data-sparse regions of the world.

  • 5 August 2019 - Hans von Storch was invited, and accepted, to join the Editorial Board of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433), after having been co-responsible for the special issue "Storms, Jets and Other Meteorological Phenomena in Coastal Seas" of that journal.

  • After two months, "news" are moved to this archive.

    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 memebr of the review board of Advances in Climate Change Research (the official journal of the Beijing Climate Center), of "geoscience communication", and Atmosphere. 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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