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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
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
  • 23 May 2022 - The manuscript on the role of tides in limiting internal variability ("noise") in the hydrodynamics of the Yellow Sea has been published by Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans (98, 101301, Lin L., H. von Storch, Guo D., Tang S., Zheng P., Chen X: The effect of tides on internal variability in the Bohai and Yellow Sea.
    The Abstract reads: The hydrodynamics of marginal seas exhibit internal variability unprovoked by external forcing. So far, the role of tides in reducing this “noise” has not been studied. We investigate the effect of tides on internal variability in the Bohai and Yellow Sea. To do so, we conducted three ensembles of numerical experiments using the Finite-Volume Coastal Ocean Model (FVCOM) with tidal forcing, with “half tidal” forcing, and without tidal forcing, while everything else was unchanged, and determined the intensity of the signal-to-noise ratio (hereinafter referred to as the S/N ratio), with the "signal" represented by the variance of the coherent variations of the different simulations subject to the same atmospheric variability and the noise represented by the intraensemble variance. The S/N ratio is determined for barotropic velocity, surface temperature, and surface salinity.
    The first result is that in all three ensembles, noise emerges but with different intensities. In the ensemble with tidal forcing, unprovoked variability emerges mostly at smaller scales. When the tides are weakened or turned off, the S/N ratios are reduced, more so in the Yellow Sea than in the Bohai. The increase in the S/N ratio is largest for large scales and for barotropic velocity. The reduction in tidal forcing results in an approximately 30% increase in S/N ratios in the Bohai at large scales. Thus, the absence of tidal forcing favours the emergence of unprovoked variability at large and medium scales but not at small scales, likely because of an increase in covariations related to the forced tidal variability.

  • 9 May 2022 - The guest professorship of Hans von Storch at Ocean University of China has ended after 8 sucessful years of academic exchange, studies and publications.

  • 8. May 2022- The English-language interview "Klimabeleid dat werkt" with Arjen Siergmann has been published on youtube. The chapter referred to is von Storch, H., 2022: Climate Change in the attention arena of the middle class. In: Siegmann, A.H. (Ed.) Climate of the Middle - Understanding Climate Change as a Common Challenge, Springer Publisher, ISBN: 978-3-030-85321-1; 73-91 The book is open access, see

  • 4 May 2022 - Researchgate, which is archiving and documenting the publication activity of many scientists, has published its 2022 Edition of our Ranking of Top 1000 Scientists in the area of Environmental Sciences. Hans von Storch is listed as #916 in the world ranking. This "ranking is constructed using the H-index data gathered by Microsoft Academic and includes only prominent scientists with an H-index of at least 30 for scientific papers published in the field of Environmental Sciences." Hans von Storch's H-index at Researchgate is 76 at this time.

  • 1 May 2022 - The book manuscript "Science in Society: Climate Change and Climate Policies" has been submitted to the publisher. It is an anthology of the joint work of Nico Stehr and Hans von Storch, featuring 17 articles - on the social construction of climate and climate change, historical ideas of climate, cultures of science and climate policies

  • 30. April 2022 - tazlab Berlin - Paneldiskussion zum Thema "Kompromisse in der Klimapolitik" mit Hans von Storch und Jule Prehnt. Eröffnungsstatement.

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  • 30 May - 3 June 2022 - The 4th Baltic Earth Conference, Jastarnia, Poland
    1. Keynote: Systems and processes - my perception of the legacy of Klaus Hasselmann's approach to environmental science
    2. The BALTEX/Baltic Earth programs: Excursions and returns (as coauthor of Anders Omstedt)

  • 21. Juni 2022 - Meteorologisches Kolloquium, München
    Rauschen in Simulationsmodellen der regionalen Hydrodynamik der Atmosphäre und des Ozeans

  • 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 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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