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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
  • 17. Oktober 2021 -Rappporten "Oversvømmelsekatastrofe i Vesttyskland i juli 2021" af Hans von Storch og Holger Schüttrumpf blev publiceret i September udgaven a Vejret (no. 168, 23-26).

  • 14 October 2021 - The eminent climate scientist Geert Jan van Oldenburgh has passed away, as NRC reports. Earlier this year, Hans von Storch and Sjoukje Philip have prepared an extensive interview with Geert Jan: Geert Jan van Oldenborgh - approaching truth in a sea of noise and data deficiencies.

  • 11. Oktober 2021 - Der FOCUS veröffentlicht unter der der nicht passenden Überschrift "Hans von Storch im Gespräch "Will keinen Klimakanzler": Umwelt-Experte sagt, was im Koalitionsvertrag stehen muss" ein korrekt wiedergegebenes Interview mit Hans von Storch zu den Perspektiven von Klimapolitik, wier sie in die Sondierungsgespräche nach der Bundestagswahl eingehen könnten.

  • 5 October 2021 - "The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 "for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems" with one half jointly to Syukuro Manabe, Princeton University, USA, and Klaus Hasselmann, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany "for the physical modelling of Earth's climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming"."
    Am 10. Oktober brachte die Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung zu dieser Preisverleihung ein ausführliches Interview mit dem Titel "Er hatte am Ende immer recht" von Andreas Frey mit Hans von Storch.
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  • 4. Oktober 2021 - Neuer Beitrag auf "Zur Sache Klima" von Globkult: Klimaszenarien: Projektionen oder Vorhersagen? von Hans von Storch und Katja Woth.

  • 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.

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  • 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 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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