High quality meteorology pays off
DMI has provided meteorological information for 135 years and its warning and forecasting duties reach well beyond the Danish border including the oceans surrounding us and the world’s largest island, Greenland. Performing these tasks requires precise measurements, advanced modeling, powerful computers and skilled meteorologists. Good meteorology is therefore not free, but it pays off, since it increases both safety and efficiency. At a daily cost of only 0.07 DKK to each of us DMI is not really that expensive.
We benefit daily from increased safety and efficiency. Fishermen, constructors and farmers all have need of meteorological services when they carry on their trades. Each of us base decisions on account of the weather. Can I hang out the laundry to dry? Can I ride the bike to work? Should I order more fuel for the furnace? These are all daily questions which benefit from accurate weather forecasting. That is why we have DMI.
DMI’s predictions do not limit themselves to the next few days, but look into the 22nd century, where scientists expect very different meteorological conditions than the ones we have today: heavier precipitation, longer droughts, and higher sea levels during storm surges. These are just a handful among many more. As responsible minister of Climate and Energy I need DMI’s expertise because they deliver information about where, how fast and how much the climate changes, so that we collectively can influence these developments and adapt to the inevitable changes. It is definitely hard to see into the future, but we have to try - and DMI is our best option.