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Partner offer (competences/expertise)

The Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) has a long-standing expertise in delivering services to end users for weather and climate; both in operational weather forecasting and for specific climate-related demands from public and private stakeholders. The Scientific Service Meteorological and Climatological Research of the RMI carries out research in the domain of numerical modeling (upper-air, the surface interactions, hydrological processes, and model output statistics, and data assimilation), fundamental research and impact studies (climate and extreme weather). Currently there are 23 scientists active in this Scientific Service. The Scientific Service has a very strong link with the other Services of the RMI, in particular the operational services, where many of the developments are implemented and used operationally.

The RMI is part of the ERA4CS Consortium (H2020-690462: European Research Area for Climate Services). Within the European Research Area (ERA), this Consortium is aiming to boost research for Climate Services (CS), including climate adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk management, allowing regions, cities and key economic sectors to develop opportunities and strengthen Europe’s leadership. The RMI has an extended relevant project experience. For instance, in the H2020 ACCEPTED project (Assessment of Changing Conditions, Environmental Policies, Time-activities, Exposure and Disease), involving 11 different European partners and funded by the European network ERA-ENVHEALTH. Our contribution constituted a study of the impact of alternative adaptation scenarios on urban air-quality to a mid-century horizon accounting for the effects of changing urban climate. The RMI is also the coordinator of the national project aiming to integrate all the Belgian climate and impact modelling research into a network that provides stakeholder-based climate change information. This provides a framework for Belgium that closes the gap between top-down climate products and bottom-up end-user requirements.

The RMI can contribute to the European regional downscaling system using state-of-the-art high-resolution climate models (Giot et al., 2016). We have an extended experience with running climate runs with regional climate model and land-surface model with urban component. As a meteorological institute we have experience in translating the model data in user-tailored products. We have expertise with advanced assimilation schemes for soil initialization, climate uncertainty estimation, bias correction methods of ensemble predictions, climate data analysis focused on climate extremes and disposes of high-performance computing resources.


Exploiting the added value of climate services (a) Demonstration of climate services (IA)
Integrated European regional modelling and climate prediction system (RIA)


Dr. Bert Van Schaeybroeck
Royal Meteorological Institute Belgium
Ringlaan 3
1180 Brussels
Phone: 003223730542
Organisation: Research Organization

Responsible NCP

Marieke Zwartjes
Belgian Science Policy Office
Telephone:+32 2 238 37 42