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Weather & Climate Models

The department Research and Development of Weather and Climate models (RDWK) investigates and develops research tools for weather and air quality prediction applications and climate models. We work on detailed physical processes, data assimilation, long term climate projections and practical applications including storm surge forecasts and statistics of extremes. RDWK participates in a number of international projects directed towards a variety of weather and climate related research and development areas and acts as the Netherlands Focal Point to the IPCC.

RDWK is structured in 3 clusters: Mesoscale modelling develops tools for regional numerical weather prediction (NWP) and climate analyses; Large scale modelling focuses on global climate and atmospheric chemistry; Postprocessing and Analysis develops statistical analyses, applications and climate services.

RDWK consists of about 45 research professionals (including PhD and technical support staff). We have a strong international network, and most activities are executed in collaboration with partners in e.g. HIRLAM/Harmonie, EC-Earth, ECMWF and universities.

Contracts from Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, funding organisation NWO, the European Copernicus program and European research programs provide roughly half of the annual portfolio. The other half is basic funding for servicing the weather forecast centre, climate scenarios and strategic research.

Some recent and ongoing activities and projects: development of the NWP model system Harmonie, and its tailoring to the needs of the KNMI Early Warning Centre is embedded in the HIRLAM consortium work program, and focuses on data assimilation and ensemble prediction. The KNMI’14 climate change scenarios will be followed by a new generation of generic and specific scenarios in the timeframe 2018-2020, focusing on future weather applications, urban scenarios and sea level rise. Contributions to the international EC-Earth program focuses on the development of high resolution projections and the coupling of atmospheric chemistry in the Earth System Model configuration. Observations and climate models are used to attribute causes of past climate change and extreme weather events.  The KNMI Climate Explorer is a web-based climate data browser, used by many students, researchers and practicioners worldwide. Other research topics include air quality forecasting, extreme precipitation statistics, sea level rise, and evaluation of weather alerts.

News

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    DOWA (Dutch Offshore Wind Atlas) project granted

    Ine Wijnant (RDWD) has succesfully led the proposal DOWA, now funded, in which ECN, KNMI and partners join forces to to extend the KNMI North Sea Wind Atlas with years 2013-2019 and to make another atlas for 2008-2017 with a better representation of the diurnal cycle and an option for further downscaling with LES (Large-Eddy Simulation).
  • Karin van der Wiel (RDWK)

    Karin van der Wiel receives AGU Award

    The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has given Karin van der Wiel the prestigious James R. Holton Award.
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Projects

  • CRIME

    Cloud Representation, IMprovement and Evaluation in the HARMONIE model
  • HARATU

    An improved turbulence scheme for Harmonie-Arome
  • CAMS_42

    Development of Global Reactive Gases Aspects for the Copernicus Atmospere Monitoring Service
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