INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

LMO Description
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    The Netherlands
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>KNMI aims at providing society with<br /> information concerning the weather and<br /> other geophysical phenomena. KNMI<br /> therefore collects data from its own<br /> observation network as well as through the<br /> international exchange of atmospheric,<br /> seismic and oceanographic data. Processing<br /> of these data results in general forecasts<br /> for the Netherlands and products to be<br /> used by researchers, decision makers and<br /> commercial companies. KNMI is the<br /> national expertise centre in the<br /> Netherlands for meteorology, climate<br /> research and seismology. </p> <p>As from March 2002, the legal tasks of<br /> KNMI have been defined in the KNMI Law<br /> (<a href=""></a>.<br /> pdf, in Dutch).</p>
    Main Activities: 
    Making available general forecasts for society; Issueing severe weather warnings; Providing weather information for air traffic control; Act as an independent expert in legal issues when exact weather conditions are to be reconstructed; Maintaining a climatology of the Netherlands; Research and development in the area of atmospheric science, oceanography and seismology; Advising Dutch government about climate policy, and space policy (contribution to Earth Observation Programs); Maintain and further develop an observation network and data infrastructure.
    EMI/EUMETNET (network of the national European meteorological institutes) will register as a SDIC.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    The Netherlands
    Societal Sector: 
    Central government
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    - KNMI has extended experience with archiving and making accessible high spatial data volumes; - KNMI is developing a national data center for climate and weather data, based on web services (KODAC); - KNMI is acting as Orfeus Data Center (Observatories and Research Facilities for EUropean Seismology); - KNMI is a member of the brainstorming group dealing with the Dutch profile of ISO 19115 metadata; - KNMI is a partner in international – EU, EUMETNET, EUMETSAT and ESA funded - spatial data infrastructure projects.
    Primary Business: 
    Climate/Weather, Environmental Management, Seismology
    Environmental application domains: 
    Climate change, Floods and extreme weather prevention and management