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Belgium
Regional Association VI (Europe)

General Information

population 11 195 138 (*)
land area (km2) N/A
GDP (million USD) 524 806 (*)
WMO Member since 1951-02-02
QMS status whole NMS
decadal temp. anomalies (**) 1.06255 °C
local weatherweather forecast
* World Bank (2013) ** The Global climate (2001-2010)

Institutional Arrangements

National Meteorological or Hydrometeorological Service:

(IRM/KMI/RMI)
Website http://www.meteo.be
Responsible Ministry The Federal government of Belgium
PR with WMO Dr Daniel GELLENS
International organizations (unknown)

Hydrology

National Hydrometeorological Service
Hydrological adviser Emmanuel ROULIN

Aviation

Meteorological Authority
Meteorological service provider
Institutional information
Composition of the WMO (PUB5) update
Permanent Representative
Dr GELLENS Daniel Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Basic Systems)
Hydrological Adviser
Mr ROULIN Emmanuel Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Hydrology) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Agricultural Meteorology)
Joint WMO-IOC Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology
Dr DEHENAUW David Technical Commission Individual Members (Joint WMO-IOC Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology)
Commission for Basic Systems
Lt. Colonel DEGLUME Etienne Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Basic Systems) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology)
Mr NICOLAÏ Bart Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Basic Systems) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology) Technical Commission Group member (Task Team on MSTA User Needs (TT/MSTA-UN) (Co-Chairs)) Technical Commission Group member (CAeM Focal Point on Operational Meteorological Data Exchange)
Dr GELLENS Daniel Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Basic Systems)
Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation
Lt. Colonel DEGLUME Etienne Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Basic Systems) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology)
Mr GONZALEZ Luis Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation)
Mr NICOLAÏ Bart Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Basic Systems) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology) Technical Commission Group member (Task Team on MSTA User Needs (TT/MSTA-UN) (Co-Chairs)) Technical Commission Group member (CAeM Focal Point on Operational Meteorological Data Exchange)
Commission for Hydrology
Mr ROULIN Emmanuel Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Hydrology) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Agricultural Meteorology)
Commission for Atmospheric Sciences
Dr VANNITSEM Stéphane Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Atmospheric Sciences)
Dr TERMONIA Piet Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Atmospheric Sciences)
Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology
Mr NICOLAÏ Bart Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Basic Systems) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology) Technical Commission Group member (Task Team on MSTA User Needs (TT/MSTA-UN) (Co-Chairs)) Technical Commission Group member (CAeM Focal Point on Operational Meteorological Data Exchange)
Lt. Colonel DEGLUME Etienne Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Basic Systems) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology)
Commission for Agricultural Meteorology
Mr ROULIN Emmanuel Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Hydrology) Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Agricultural Meteorology)
Commission for Climatology
Mr VANDIEPENBEECK M. Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Climatology)
Dr TRICOT Christian Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Climatology)
BUDO Quentin Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Climatology)
Institutional Information update
Title of the National Meteorological or Hydrometeorological Service (NMS)Institut Royal Météorologique
Title of institution with authority over NMSThe Federal government of Belgium
Legal status of the NMSGovernment agency with commercial activities
Legislative act regulating meteorology (or hydrometeorology)None
NMS areas of responsibilitiesMeteorologyClimatemagnétisme, paléomagnétisme, ionosphère
Provision of meteorological services for aviationThe Service is neither the Meteorological Authority (as per ICAO Annex 3) nor the met service provider for aviation
Title of primary legislative act determining NMS functionsRoyal Executive Order of April 8, 2002 pertaining to the organic regulations of the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium
Other regulatory framework applicable to NMS functions'' Bijzondere wet tot de Hervorming der Instellingen '' of August 8, 1980.
Mandate for provision of climate servicesYes
Unit dedicated to climate-related activitiesYes
NMS is the sole authority for providing climate services in the countryYes
National drought policyNo
Gender distribution of staffTotal:181Male:143Female:38
Number of staff by professional category
Management: Male:17,Female:3,Total:20
Meteorologists: Male:20,Female:3,Total:23
Meteorological Technicians: Male:6,Female:,Total:6
Hydrologists: Male:,Female:,Total:0
Hydrological Technicians: Male:,Female:,Total:0
Climatologists/Climate Services: Male:15,Female:5,Total:20
Researchers: Male:60,Female:14,Total:74
Support Staff: Male:26,Female:12,Total:38
Other: Male:,Female:,Total:
Number of staff with university degreeTotal:77Male:65Female:12
Number of staff by age categoryLess than 20 years:020-30 years:1130-40 years:5140-50 years:55Over 50 years:64
Number of staff due to retire in next 5 yearsManagement:2Meteorologist:1Meteorological Technician:Hydrologist:Hydrological Technician:Climatologist/Climate Services:4Researchers:11Support Staff:2Other:18
Staffing trend in recent 3-5 yearsNo significant year-to-year changemais une baisse lente progressive
Areas in which NMS staff training is needed (in order of priority)1:langues2:sciences3:4:
Fellowships requested under the WMO Fellowship Programme in 2016-2017No
Total annual budgeteuros 15.000.000
Main sources of fundingGovernment
Percentage of budget coming from non-government budget6
Budget trend in the recent 3-5 yearsSteadily decreasing
Sources of funding for improving the hydrometeorological infrastructure, etc.National agencies
Development/strategic plan in place in NMS, covering the next 3-5 yearsNo
Communications capacity and outreachA presence on social media channelsA capacity for reaching out to the general public through information materials, activities, etc.
Quality Management System (QMS) in useYes
Status of QMS implementationQMS implemented for the whole NMSfor partial NMHS
National committee or platform composed of ministries, agencies and other stakeholders in place at the national ro sub-national levels, which coordinates Disaster Risk Reduction activitiesYes
NMS membership in national committee or platform coordinating DRR activitiesYes
Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS) in place in the countryYes
Monitoring and forecasting systems in place for multiple hazards occurring simultaneously or cumulatively over timeYes
MHEWS warning of potential cascading impactsYes
Number of people per 100,000 covered by early warning information through local governments or through national dissemination mechanisms in your countryTotal:80000Men:45000Women:35000
Percentage of local governments in the country having a plan to act on early warnings80
Accessible, understandable, usable and relevant disaster risk information and assessment available to people at the national and local levelsYes
NMS contribution and/or engagement in these risk assessmentsYes
Hazard, exposure and vulnerabilty information used in country as an input into emergency planning and the development of warning messagesYes
Performance of MHEWS evaluated in the countryYes
Feedback and lessons learned translated into improvements of the MHEWSYes
NMS engaged in performance reviews of the national MHEWS/DRR platformYes
A national WIGOS governance mechanism in placeNo
A national WIGOS partnership agreement in place for integration and open-sharing of observations from NMS and non-NMS sourcesNo
Number of staff trained in OSCAR/Surface1
A national process in place for acting on quality problem information received from the WIGOS Data Quality Monitoring SystemNo
A National WIGOS Implementation Plan adopted/approvedNo
Communication systems used to access data and productsWIS dedicated networks (World Weeather Watch GTS)RMDCN
Country participation in WMO Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) scheme for the collection and transmission of meteorological observations at seaNo
Number of marine meteorological and oceanographic observing stations operated in the countryBy NMS:0By institutional partners (non_NMS):20By private partners:?
Marine meteorological and oceanographic observing data shared and exchanged with WMONo
Collaborative agreements or partnerships in the country concerning integrated marine meteorological and oceanographic observationsYes
Status of climate data rescue at NMS> 50-75% data rescued
Services provided by NMSPublic Weather Services
Warning Services:(Impact-based forecast and warning servicesExtreme heat)
Climate Services
Marine Services:(Marine safety forecast and warning services for high seas, coastal waters and portsCoastal hazards forecasting and warnings)
Agrometeorological Services
Hydrological Services:()
Drought ServicesClimate ResearchHydrological ResearchOther hydrological (please specify) :Other any type (please specify):
Impact-based forecast and warning services produced/provided by NMSYes
NMS involvement in a drought monitoring and early warning systemNo
NMS use of a Flash Flood Guidance System for issuing flash flood warningsNo
Preparation and dissemination of marine forecasts or warning services by NMS as a Preparation Service of the Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service (WWMIWS) within the framework of the Global Marine Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)Yes
Forecasts and warnings received by NMS from the marine MetArea Issuing Service under GMDSSNot applicable
NMS use of cooperative mechanisms, such as mentoring and sharing of expertise, in order to support Members in need to resolve existing deficiencies in the provision of marine meteorological servicesNo
User communities/sectors to which NMS provides climate products/information and estimated importance of users in various sectors for the NMS
Sector: Government Rating: 3Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate change projections
Sector: Local authoritiesRating: 1Services: data services
Sector: ScientificRating: 3Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate change projections
Sector: Water resourcesRating: 4Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate change projections,tailored products
Sector: AgricultureRating: 3Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics
Sector: Human healthRating: 3Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate change projections
Sector: Environmental protectionRating: 3Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate change projections
Sector: Emergency planning and responseRating: 2Services: data services,climate change projections
National Hydrological Service (NHS) combined with the National Meteorological Service in a single entity
Exact title of NHS
Title of the institution with the authority over the service
Legal status of the NHS
Name(s) of the main institution(s) responsible for operational hydrology
Legislative act regulating hydrology (or hydrometeorology, or similar) in the country
Title of the primary legislative act determining the NHS mandate
NHS areas of responsibility
Flood management plan(s) established or under developmentYes
NHS membership in a national committee or platform coordinating disaster risk reduction activities
Gender distribution of NHS staffTotal:Male:Female:
Number of NHS staff (by professional category)
Management: Male:,Female:,Total:
Hydrologists: Male:,Female:,Total:
Hydrological Technicians: Male:,Female:,Total:
Climatologists/Climate Services: Male:,Female:,Total:
Researchers: Male:,Female:,Total:
Support Staff: Male:,Female:,Total:
Other: Male:,Female:,Total:
Number of NHS staff with university degree
Number of NHS staff by age categoryLess than 20 years:20-30 years:30-40 years:40-50 years:Over 50 years:
Number of NHS staff due to retire in the next 5 yearsManagement:Hydrologist:Hydrological Technician:Climatologist/Climate Services:Researchers:Support Staff:Other:
Staffing trend in the recent 3-5 years
Fellowships requested by NHS under the WMO Fellowships Programme in 2016-2017
Total annual budget of the NHS
Main sources of funding
Percentage of budget coming from non-government budget
Trend of the government component of the budget during the recent 3-5 yearsSteadily decreasing
Sources of funding for improving the hydrological infrastructure, etc.
Quality Management System (QMS) for hydrology in use in the countryNo
Status of QMS implementation
Impact-based forecast and warning services produced/provided by NHS staff
Flash flood warnings issued by NMS
Flash Flood Guidance System used for issuing flash flood warnings
Access to quantitative subseasonal or seasonal hydrological forecasts by sectoral users in the country
Use of flood hazard, exposure and vulnerability information in the country to carry-out risk assessments at the national, provincial and local levels
Relationships maintained by NHS with users of information products to understand their needs and level of satisfaction with the services provided
Regional Working Structure updateNo data available
Commissions update

Commission for Hydrology

NameWorkgroups
Prof. WILLEMS Patrick  

Commission for Atmospheric Sciences

NameWorkgroups
Mr VAN DER AUWERA Ludo  
Dr DE BACKER Hugo  
Focal Points update

DRR Focal Points of RAs, TCs and TPs

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points for Information and Public Affairs

NameCountryRole
Mr CHRISTIAENS Marc Belgium focal-point

Focal Points for RTH

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points for WIS Metadata matters

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points of CBS Lead Centers on Data Quality Monitoring (Land Surface)

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Point for Education and Training

NameCountryRole
Mr WINDMOLDERS Raf Belgium focal-point
Mr LETEN Dr Jozef Belgium focal-point

National Focal Point for Weather Radar Metadata

NameCountryRole
Ms MELANITIS Dimitra Belgium focal-point

National Focal Point on Matters Related to Weather Pub. No. 9, Volume A (Observing Stations)

NameCountryRole
Mr GELLENS Daniel Belgium focal-point

National Focal Points for Codes and Data Representation Matters

NameCountryRole
Mr GELLENS Daniel Belgium focal-point

National Focal Points for Monitoring and Evaluation system

NameCountryRole
Mrs MAES Barbara Belgium focal-point
Mrs HONNAY Eve Belgium focal-point
Mr GELLENS Daniel Belgium focal-point

National Focal Points for OSCAR/Surface

NameCountryRole
Mr SOTELINO Luis Gonzalez Belgium focal-point

National Focal Points for PWS

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for the Country Profile Database

NameCountryRole
Mrs HONNAY Eve Belgium focal-point
Mr GELLENS Daniel Belgium focal-point
Mrs MAES Barbara Belgium focal-point

National Focal Points for the RMDCN

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for the Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for WIGOS

NameCountryRole
Dr DE BACKER Hugo Belgium focal-point

National Focal Points on Matters Related to Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and related Climatological matters (RBCN)

NameCountryRole
Dr TRICOT Christian Belgium focal-point

National Focal Points on Matters Related to the Regional Basic Synoptic Network (RBSN)

NameCountryRole
Mr GELLENS Daniel Belgium focal-point

National Focal Points on the Implementation Plan for the Evolution of the Global Observing System (EGOS-IP)

NameCountryRole
Mr DEWITTE Steven Belgium focal-point

National Focal Points on WIS matters

NameCountryRole
Mr DEKEYZER Stephane Belgium focal-point

National Gender Focal Points

No Focal Point nominated

SWFDP Global Production Centre Focal Points

No Focal Point nominated

SWFDP Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre Focal Points

No Focal Point nominated

Observations
Surface and upper-air stations (OSCAR/Surface) update
Daniel GELLENS
Catalogue of Meteorological Bulletins (Volume C1) updateNo data available
Radars update
Global Atmosphere Watch - Stations update
Monitoring update

WIGOS data quality monitoring (details)

WIS Availability & monitoring (details)

World Wide Weather data submission monitoring (details)

Country information
WMO Information System update

WIS centres

Name Centre type Principal GISC Secondary GISC CBS Endorsement Technical Commission Manual on WIS status
NMC  NC  Toulouse    Approved by Cg/EC  CBS  Equals WIS Manual 

GTS links

remote endpoint type speed national endpoint
Toulouse  IP  96  Brussels 
Exeter  IP  16  Brussels 

Availability & monitoring

INFOHYDRO updateNo data available
Regional Centres update

For WMO Information System centres please also see the widget "WMO Information System" above

Name Type City
Regional Radiation Centre   RRC   Uccle    
WMO Library update
Climate Normals (1961-1990) update

Station: UCCLE

Alerting Authorities Registry (CAP) update
Title Description More Info
Belgium: Institut Royal Météorologique   A WMO Member [Belgium] identifies Institut Royal Météorologique as an alerting authority for hazard threats of these CAP categories: Met.   http://alerting.worldweather.org/authorities.php?recId=17
Cooperation
VCP Requests updateNo data available
Fellowships update

Hosted Fellowships

Training Institution Purpose of study Home Country Description Type of study Study period
University of Liege  To pay termination allowance at the completion of his studies in Belgium.  Rwanda Hydrology  Others (Specify)  2004-09 - 2005-09 
University of Liege  Currently studying at the Universit‚ de LiŠge.  Democratic Republic of the Congo Hydrology  Others (Specify)  1970-01 - 1970-01 
Not Specified  To study PhD Meteorology in Belgium for 3 years from 1 Feb 2006 to 31 Jan 2009.  Congo Meteorology  Meteorological Forecasting  2006-02 - 2009-01 
University of Liege  To pursue a one year course at the University of Liege  Côte d'Ivoire Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2008-09 - 2009-08 
University of Belgium  To puruse BSc on Marketing and Communication at the University in Belgium.  Mali Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2010-09 - 2013-08 
IRM    Democratic Republic of the Congo Climatology    2016-09 - 2017-03 
GFCS Projects updateNo data available
Projects updateNo data available