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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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Special issue of ATMOSPHERE: "Storms, Jets and Other Meteorological Phenomena in Coastal Seas"

Books of Hans von Storch
  • 18. November 2017 - Interview auf Deutschlandfunk "Resümee zum Klimagipfel - Interview mit Klimaforscher Prof. Hans von Storch" zum jüngsten Kimagipfel COP23 in Bonn. 7:01 min.

  • 3 November 2017 - We (Martin Stendel, Frauke Feser, Yiling Xu, Rene Laprise, Izuru Takayabu, and Hans von Storch) have launched the Publication Project "Modelling, Simulating and Forecasting Regional Climate and Weather" at FRONTIER.
    The project is described as: "The atmospheric dynamics is essentially the manifestation of a global machinery, within which larger scales are mostly conditioning smaller scales (the downscaling concept), and local processes feedback on the global scale in a statistical sense, often described by parameterizations.
    However, the regional and local scales matter in terms of the impact of climate and weather on people and ecosystems. Therefore, the scientific development in the last years was mostly in two directions – towards global Earth system models, and towards the description of regional and local dynamics. The present Research Topic deals with the latter.
    Models describing the regional dynamics, and the links to supra-regional conditioning states, usually serve one of the following purposes: description of climate and its change; description of air quality and its change; reconstruction and analysis of past conditions, both in historical times and in Earth history; forecasting short term development; ensemble experiments; and process studies. We ask for contributions in all these fields. A significant aspect would be the added value, the regional modelling provides over global modelling.
    We ask for regional studies, covering several hundred kilometers of diameters but also “local studies”, in particular of urban conglomerates. Most approaches make uses of limited area models, but some studies are making use of variable-resolution models and high-resolution global models, which are however constrained on the large scales so that they complement a global forcing (available from analysis systems) with regional or even local detail. In the other end of resolution are convection-permitting models of interest.
    While some studies are mostly focusing on dynamical aspects, such as the conditioning of regional and local processes by large-scale conditions and forcing (e.g., changing land-use), other concentrate on impacts, both on geophysical conditions (e.g., ocean waves and storm surges), components of the ecological systems (e.g., vegetation, algae blooms), but also on societal aspects (such as hazards related to extreme events).

  • 1 November 2017 -Today Hans von Storch's participation at the Center of Excellence CLISAP has come to an end.

  • 1 November 2017 - ResearchGate has logged 500 citation of this article: Zorita, E. and H. von Storch, 1999: The analog method - a simple statistical downscaling technique: comparison with more complicated methods. - J. Climate 12: 2474-2489

  • 27. Oktober 2017 - Im Anschluß an die Veröffentlichung des Zweiten Hamburger Klimaberichts führte Joachim Zießler für die Landeszeitung Lüneburg ein Interview mit Hans von Storch: "Kein Deich mehr ohne Ausbaureserve Prof. Hans von Storch, Mitautor des zweiten Hamburger Klimaberichts: 'Noch ist Zeit für die Anpassung'" .

  • 25 October 2017 - Them manuscript Observed warming over northern South America has an anthropogenic origin by A. Barkhordarian, H. von Storch, E. Zorita, P.C. Loikith, and C.R. Mechoso has been acceptd for publication by Clim. Dyn. .
    The abstract reads: We investigate whether the recently observed trends in daily maximum and minimum near-surface air temperature (Tmax and Tmin, respectively) over South America (SA) are consistent with climate model simulations of Tmin and Tmax in response to anthropogenic forcing. Results indicate that the recently observed warming in the dry seasons is well beyond the range of natural (internal) variability. In the wet season the natural modes of variability such as ENSO, AMO and PDO explain a substantial portion of Tmin and Tmax variability. Using several climate models and ensemble means, we demonstrate that the large-scale component (spatial-mean trend) of greenhouse gas (GHG) forcing is detectable (at 2.5% level) in dry seasonal warming. However, none of the global and regional climate change projections reproduce the observed warming of up to 0.6 K/Decade in Tmax in 1983-2012 over the northern SA during the austral spring (SON). Thus, besides the regional manifestation of GHG forcing, other external drivers have an imprint. Using aerosols-only forcing simulations with and without the second indirect of aerosols, our results provide evidence that anthropogenic aerosols also have a detectable influence in SON and that the indirect effect of aerosols on cloud’s lifetime is more compatible with the observed record. Our two-signal detection analysis confirms that the effect of GHG and aerosol signals are jointly detectable (at 5% level) in Tmax increase. In addition, there is an increasing trend in the incoming solar radiation over the northern SA in SON, which is larger than expected just due to natural (internal) variability.
    The paper is available online.

  • 24. Oktober 2017 - Der zweite "Hamburger Klimabericht" ist vom Springer-Verlag als "open access" veröffentlicht worden und in der Handwerkskammer Hamburg der interessierten Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt worden (s. Hintergrundpapier). Er wurde generiert im Rahmen des KlimaCampus Hamburg mit Hans von Storch, Insa Meinke und Martin Claussen als Projektleitern.

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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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