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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
Editor-in-Chief of
Oxford University Press Research Encyclopedia Climate Science
Guest professor at
Ocean University of China
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
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
  • 29 July 2021 - Hans von Storch has been invited by Journal of Climate of the American Meteorological Society to extend his function as Associate Editor for another 2 years.

  • 28. Juli 2021 - Meinungsartikel in der WELT "Wir brauchen Klimaschutz – aber auch besseren Schutz vor Katastrophen" von Hans von Storch zur Einordnung der westdeutschen Flutkatastrophe am 14. und 15. Juli 2021.

  • 22 July 2022 - Another interview on the floodings in Western Germany with Hans von Storch has been prepared by by Roni Dori for Israel’s largest financial newspaper Calcalist "Die Menschheit muss vor dem Klima geschützt werden, nicht nur das Klima vor der Menschheit " in Hebrew. English version.

  • 21. Juli 2021 - Ein Interview "Die Wirkungskette ist komplexer als oft dargestellt“ zu den massiven Überschwemmungen Westdeutschland und angrenzenden Regionen, mit Hans von Storch von Alissa Neu, ist veröffentlicht worden von Cicero online (hinter Bezahlschranke)

  • 15 July 2021 - The manuscript "Revisiting Hansen & Sutera’s suggestion of bimodality in the Northern Hemisphere midlatitude circulation" by Hans von Storch and Eduardo Zorita has been accepted for publiction by Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans.
    The abstracts reads: Inspired by the Charney-and-de Vore hypothesis, Hansen and Sutera in 1986 came forward with the claim of having detected a fingerprint of the presence of two preferred states in the tropospheric circulation at northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes. Shortly after, Nitsche et al. found that this claim was premature, since it may be caused by a insufficient data base. Now, with much more data, both from reanalyses and from extended control runs with earth System models, we have revisited this case, and found no evidence of such bimodality, when using the original metric.
    Following the principle that lack of evidence is not evidence of lacking reality, it may be possible to detect footprints of multimodality with different metrics, and we are not making any claims of that sort, even if the literature provides little evidence of the success of alternative metrics.
    Our result has a dual significance, namely first for our understanding of atmospheric dynamics, and secondly of the ubiquitous temptations of the Zeitgeist.

  • 12 July 2021 - The h-index at publons (Researcher ID) of Hans von Storch has been raised to 56.

  • 4 July 2021 - My PhD student Tang Shengquan (唐声全) has defended his thesis 南海深层环流及南海海洋内部变率数值模拟研究 (The simulation study of the deep sea circulation and the ocean internal variability of the South China Sea) at the Ocean University of China, Qingdao, on 12 May 2021.

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  • 11. September 2021 - Skepkon-Tagung, online - Vortrag "Klimaforschung zwischen fachlicher Beschränkung und politischem Aktivismus"

  • 2. November 2021 - Vortragsreihe der Polytechnischen Gesellschaft zu Frankfurt "Zwischen Forschungsverboten und Expertokratie: Welches Verhältnis von Wissenschaft und Politik ist der Demokratie angemessen?", Frankfurt

  • 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 is the chair of the Senior Advisory Board of Baltic Earth (the successor of the BALTEX program).
    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 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". Laudatio by Senator K. Fegebank on the occasion of presenting the "Bundesverdienstkreuz". See also Quotes.)
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