KNMI is an operational centre, responsible for weather forecasting, for observing weather and climate, and for the monitoring of seismic activity
KNMI is the national research and information centre for climate, climatic change and seismology.
Research at KNMI is, therefore, both applied as well as theoretical:
Applied Research: aimed at improving the quality, usefulness and accessibility of meteorological and oceanographical data (observations and model data), in support of operational forecasting and other applications of weather and waves.
Climate Research: Research on oceanography; boundary layer processes, clouds and radiation in the atmosphere; the chemical composition of the atmosphere (e.g. ozone); climate variability research; the analysis of climate, climate variability and climatic change, and model support.
Policy support to the Dutch Government with respect to climate and climatic change and coordination of the Dutch activities in the field of climate monitoring.
Seismology: Research on and monitoring of seismic activity (earthquakes).