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Our unique task is the gathering of information about the atmosphere and the subsurface and the translation of that information to risks to the community


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  • Foto: Jacob Kuiper

    Probability for an Elfstedentocht is now 1 in 12 years

    Every winter the Netherlands hopes there will be another Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour). Scientists from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and the Netherlands Environmental Assesment Agency (PBL) computed that the probability to have a period cold enough for an Elfstedentocht is now about 1 in 12 years, against roughly 1 in 5 years a century ago. If we manage to keep global warming within 2ºC of the late 19th century temperature, as agreed in Paris, the probability remains 5% per year. However, if global warming continues unchecked the probability is about 1% in 2050 and even smaller afterwards, so that only one or two more of these skating tours will ever be possible.
  • Mt. Scenery on Saba

    BES Expedition 2019 – Saba & St. Eustasius

    A volcano monitoring network for Mount Scenery and The Quill in the Caribbean Netherlands.
  • An atmospheric river

    The role of atmospheric rivers in compound events along the Dutch coast

    The combination of two extreme events, like heavy local precipitation and high surge levels, can have a more devastating impact than their single-hazard equivalents. Researchers from R & D Weather and Climate Models at KNMI shed light on atmospheric rivers, one of the mechanisms causing these "compound events".

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The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

Is the dutch national weather service. Primary tasks of KNMI are weather forecasting, and monitoring of weather, climate and seismic activity. KNMI is also the national research and information centre for meteorology, climate, air quality, and seismology