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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. September 2021 - The paper "Perceptions of an endangered Baltic Sea" has been been published open-access by Oceanologia: . The Abstract reads:
    In a series of ad-hoc surveys at different academic institutions in the Baltic Sea region, students and young scholars were asked about their views about the environmental issues of the Baltic Sea, and who would be responsible for the management of the Baltic Sea. Overfishing, climate change and waste were considered the most significant issues, while tourism and constructions (of bridges etc.) were less often recognized as severe. The responsibility for the management of the Baltic Sea was mostly attributed to the European Union or to the respective national governments.
    Since climate is one of these issues, one question has dealt with the main task of climate science. It turns out that the most frequent assertion was not the genuine scientific task of generating knowledge about the dynamics of the system. Instead, the task of solving the problem and, equally often, supporting climate activism was favored.
    The results are not representative - neither for the separate surveys, nor for the selection of the sites of surveying. However, when taken all surveys together, the emergence of consistent perceptions may be considered evidence for a general attitude among students and young scholars in the Baltic regions. However, differences between groups - in terms of nationality, seniority and discipline - may be related to sampling randomness.

  • 24 September 2021 - Geo-societal Narratives - Contextualising Geoscience., edited by M. Bohle and E. Marone has been published by Palgrave McMillan, Hans von Storch has written the Forword

  • 10. September 2021 - Representationen af EU Kommissionen in Danmark meddeler: "Weekendavisen bringer et interview med den tyske klimaforsker Hans von Storch, som taler om den europ├Žiske klimapolitik. Han mener, at Europa bør gå forrest i kampen for at reducere CO2. Hans von Storch er en af klimadebattens sværvægtere, hvor han har været med til at skrive den naturvidenskabelige del af IPCCs tredje (AR3) og femte (AR5) klimarapport som såkaldt lead author og derudover har han videnskabelige artikler og bøger bag sig om klimaproblematikken. "Med bare ni procent af den globale CO2-udledning i Europa er det vigtigt, at måden, vi reducerer udledningen på, kan kopieres i resten af verden. Det vigtigste er ikke hvert gram CO2, vi sparer i Europa, men at hvert gram, vi reducerer, sker på en sådan måde, at reduktionen kan gentages og blive til gigaton CO2-reduktion i resten af verden. Det kan vi gøre med teknologi, som er økonomisk billig, og som kan bruges i andre lande med langt større udslip. Ellers når vi ikke i nærheden af at nedbringe de globale CO2-udledninger til nul endsige leve op til Parisaftalen. Andre lande har også dygtige forskere og udviklere, men vi har i Europa stor viden om, hvad der skal til," siger han og fortsætter: "Jeg tror, at vi vil opleve en ændring i den politiske dagsorden i løbet af de næste ti år, hvor man erkender, at vi ikke klarer Paris målet på 1,5 grader. På verdensplan klarer vi heller ikke at stoppe udledningen af CO2 inden 2050. Der vil være en del lande, der klarer at reducere udledningen af CO2, men ikke så meget, som der er behov for."
    Weekendavisen, s. 8 (10.09.2021)

  • 1 September 2021 - The review "Climate and coasts", coauthored by Hans von Storch, Katja Fennel, Jürgen Jensen, Kristy A. Lewis, Beate Ratter, Torsten Schlurmann, Thomas Wahl and Wenyan Zhang , has been published online on Oxford University Press Research Encyclopedia: The Abstract reads:
    Coasts are those regions of the world where the land has an impact on the state of the sea, and that part of the land is in turn affected by the sea. This land-sea interaction may take various forms - geophysical, biological, chemical, sociocultural, and economic. Coasts are conditioned by specific regional conditions. These unique characteristics result, in heavily fragmented regional and disciplinary research agendas, among them geographers, meteorologists, oceanographers, coastal engineers, and a variety of social and cultural sciences.
    Coasts are regions where the effects and risks of climate impact societal and ecological life. Such occurrences as coastal flooding, storms, saltwater intrusion, invasive species, declining fish stocks, and coastal retreat and morphological change are challenging natural resource managers and local governments to mitigate these impacts. Societies are confronted with the challenge of dealing with these changes and hazards by developing appropriate cultural practices and technical measures.
    Key aspects and concepts of these dimensions are presented here and will be examined in more detail in the future to expand on their characteristics and significance.

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  • 15. Oktober 2021 - Wissen und Verantwortung - Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker-Gesellschaft e. V., München
    Vortrag: Klimawandel zwischen Hype, Analyse und Politik

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

  • 10. November 2021 - Research Institute for Development and Cooperation, Complutense University: Debate series: "Life in crisis: uncertainty, social risk and changing life stories in Spain", CaixaForum Madrid
    Presentation and discussion: Social dimensions of climate change

  • 14-15 November 2021 - Universität Graz
    1. Doktoratskolleg Klimawandel: Detection and attribution - a key concept in climate change science
    2. Institut für Systematische Theologie und Liturgiewissenschaft: Gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen der Klimakrise

  • 4 november 2022 - Rønshoved Højskole. Kruså
    Menneskabte klimaforandringer - alvorlige og kræver andet end afkald

  • 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 f?r 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 G?teborgs 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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