Data Services

KNMI has many streams of actual basic data from national and international sources. Making actual meteorological basic data available is a task of KNMI. This is done under the Open Data policy, whereby no services are provided such as technical support or security of data delivery. KNMI has a paid option for data downloads where various services are provided.

Data with a service

When making KNMI data available, agreements can be made about extra services that KNMI offers. This includes increased availability and technical support. Details and information about these services and rates can be found under KNMI data products. A basic scheme is laid down in the standard KNMI Service Level Agreement (SLA).

National Meteorological Services and Meteorological Organizations in Europe

KNMI can also advise and provide services in making meteorological data available from and on behalf of European Meteorological organizations. This includes national fellow weather institutes of European countries, the European Center for Medium-Term Forecasts (ECMWF), the European Meteorological Satellite Organization (EUMETSAT) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). KNMI represents the Netherlands with international organizations and also with ECOMET, the ECOnomic interest grouping of the National METeorological Services of the European Economic Area. KNMI is a member of the partnership of European National Weather Services, known as EUMETNET.

KNMI is fully compliant with the Open Data policy for its own data as it is pursued at European and national level. This does not (always) apply to the policy pursued by other (international) foreign organizations, with the result that in a number of cases deviating license conditions and license costs apply. For more details, consult the KNMI data service or view the websites of the relevant organizations.

Market and Government

The relationships between market and government are regulated, among other things, by the Competition law. When it comes to making operational, weather-related products and services available outside the government, the policy principle is that the existing market conditions are not affected. The duties of the Minister are restrictive when it comes to supplying processed data to parties outside the national government.

What products and services are provided in the field of weather is largely determined by the demand of clients or buyers; with the exception of the so-called basic tasks. The basic tasks include scientific research, general weather reports, weather warnings, national climate scenarios and maintaining the national monitoring network.

Law and regulation Meteorology and Seismology

Below we refer to the law and regulation of tasks Meteorology and Seismology that came into force on January 1st, 2016: