COSMO Model Licence

Last updated: March 2013

The COSMO model allows for three different applications, namely:

The consortium COSMO is responsible for the development and maintenance of the NWP application, whereas the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, is responsible for ART and the CLM community for CLM.

Free licences
The use of the COSMO model (NWP, ART, CLM) is completely free of charge for all research applications.
Additionally, for national (hydro-)meteorological services in developing countries, i.e. in countries which belong to the lower-middle-income economies in the World Bank list), a free licence is available for the operational use of the COSMO model. DWD also provides lateral boundary data (up to 120h) to these services in real time via the internet free of charge up to four times daily, based on the analyses at 00, 06, 12 and 18 UTC.
Licences with an annual fee
National (hydro-)meteorological services in developed countries have to pay an annual licence fee for the operational use of the COSMO model. The fee is 20.000 € per year. DWD provides lateral boundary data (up to 120h) to these national (hydro-)meteorological services in real time via the internet free of charge up to four times daily, based on the analyses at 00, 06, 12 and 18 UTC.

For more information please contact: cosmo-licence@cosmo-model.org