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Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute

In the Netherlands, KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) is known mainly for its weather forecasts and warnings, but is does a lot more in its capacity as a national data and knowledge centre for weather, climate research and seismology.

KNMI is the national institute for weather, climate research and seismology. It disseminates weather information to the public at large, the government, aviation and the shipping industry in the interest of safety, the economy and a sustainable environment.

Climate research at KNMI focuses on observing, understanding and predicting changes in climate systems. Our selection of research topics is based on the state of international and Dutch climate research and on questions posed by the government and the public, such as: how does our climate change? What are the causes of climate change? What will our future climate be like?


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AAP Image/Supplied by the Department of Defence, Bradley Richardson

People could’ve prepared for the floods better if the impacts of weather forecasts were clearly communicated

Improved warnings are unlikely to protect houses, but it means people can prepare – they can move possessions, reach vulnerable loved ones and evacuate in a timely manner.
Sydney’s summer was the hottest on record. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Climate change’s signature was writ large on Australia’s crazy summer of 2017

New South Wales has just had its hottest summer on record – an event that was made 50 times more likely by humans’ impact on the climate.
Scorching temperatures in Jammu, northern India. This month has seen records smashed in nearby Rajasthan. Jaipal Singh/EPA

What is going on with India’s weather?

The city of Phalodi has set a temperature record for India, hitting 51°C. Until now, India’s smog problem has curbed extreme temperatures. But that could be about to change.
Storm’s-a-coming… TEKN Photography/Flickr

The future will bring hurricanes to Europe

Damaging hurricanes are familiar along the US east coast, with the recent hurricane Sandy a dramatic example. In Europe we are unused to such dramatic weather and the widespread destruction that hurricanes…


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