Hans von Storch is the director of the Institute for Coastal Research at the GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht, Germany, and is also a professor at the Meteorological Institute at Hamburg University at the KlimaCampus Hamburg. His areas of expertise include, in particular, statistics and diagnosis, and research into the human influences on climate change. For some years, the main focus of his work at GKSS has been researching regional climate change in northern Europe. Above all, his research concentrates on wind and storm climates, storm surges and sea conditions. Hans von Storch frequently takes part in public discussions about man-made climate change and how it should be tackled at home and abroad – in which he puts forward the case for a calm and rational approach.
Climate change in the Baltic Sea
With their award, the University of Gothenburg, is in particular highlighting his “participation in the international research program BALTEX (Baltic Sea Experiment)“. BALTEX is a common platform for scientists of all environment disciplines, who are looking to gain an integrated understanding of the Baltic Sea and its basin. BALTEX is co-ordinated by an international office based at the GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht. As part of BALTEX, Hans von Storch initiated and led the BACC Initiative (Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin), which brings together all the scientifically documented knowledge about climate change in the Baltic Sea basin.
At the start of 2008, within the scope of BALTEX, Hans von Storch and the international BALTEX office held the first comprehensive survey on climate change in the Baltic Sea basin – this has now been published as a book by the Springer publishing house. This work has received significant academic and public acclaim, and, among other things, will be used as the basis for Baltic Sea Management by the UN organisation Helsinki Commission. (For details of the results of the BACC report, please see the press release below.)
The Baltic Sea Report is forming the basis for other current initiatives. As part of the German State’s Excellence Initiative (CLISAP), the University of Hamburg set up KlimaCampus Hamburg and, with the proactive support of the Geesthacht coastal researchers, is putting together a similar climate report for the Hamburg metropolis – the first results are expected at the end of 2009.
The official graduation ceremony for the honorary doctorate will be held on Friday, 24 October 2008, at the University of Gothenburg.
For further information, please see:
Press release: Climate change in the Baltic Sea basin - past, present and future
BALTEX: An interdisciplinary environmental research network for the Baltic Sea Basin
Institute for Coastal Research, GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht
CliSAP successfully finished in 2018. Climate research continues in the Cluster of Excellence "CLICCS".