Weather satellites provide raw data for weather and climate models. EUMETSAT collects this raw data and distributes the processed data to weather institutes in its member countries, such as the Dutch KNMI. The institutes themselves contribute to the processing of the data. How does this work, how are the data distributed, and what is SURF’s role?
The public knows The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) for its weather images and the accompanying weather forecasts. KNMI produces these weather forecasts based on weather data provided by land-based weather stations and weather satellites. Before the raw weather data can be used, it must be processed to create usable data that can be read into weather and climate models. The weather institutes do this for each other.
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