The weather is erratic, the earth surface moves and climate changes. For the safety and welfare of the Netherlands it is important to understand the risks and opportunities these natural phenomena provide. As part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the KNMI advises on and warns society to reduce the risks in the field of weather, climate and seismology and to limit damage and injuries. With high-quality knowledge and technology plus an extensive observation network, KNMI offers products and services that contribute to the safety, accessibility, sustainability and prosperity of the Netherlands.

The unique task of KNMI is the gathering of information about the atmosphere and the subsurface and the translation of that information to risks to the community. They strive to make their high-quality knowledge and information in the area of weather, climate, and seismology operationally available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, they continuously extend and deepen this knowledge in co-operation with research institutes, universities and businesses. As a scientific institute KNMI also participates in the international research community and contributes, for example, to the process and reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).