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Good neighbours in the mining business
Computer models to predict the whole-of-life environmental impact of
proposed mining projects.

  Economical and ecological concrete
Sprayed concrete for tunnel linings, with less waste and lower health risks to workers than existing systems.
  Remote sensing makes sense for mining
Analysis of aircraft and satellite-generated earth observation data, used in mineral prospecting and mine environmental monitoring.
  Keeping tabs on water quality
A simple, cheap, efficient wastewater chemical analysis system for use in small treatment plants.
  Reliable data on sea pollution
Constructing an effective European marine environmental monitoring network, based on agreed test methods.
  Keeping a close watch on urban pollution
JRC develops simple, inexpensive, accurate air quality monitoring techniques
  Tracking chemicals which pose a danger to ecosystems
Multidisciplinary research, tracking the harmful effects of chemicals on ecosystems
  Understanding and predicting how pollutants are dispersed in the atmosphere
Computer models to predict how pollutants are dispersed in the atmosphere
  Evaluating the extent to which the ozone layer has deteriorated
Two related projects monitor the true state of the ozone layer over the northern hemisphere
  Understanding the influence of coastal ecosystems on the greenhouse effect
Studying the role of coastal zones in the carbon cycle, and their influence on the greenhouse effect
  Visualising and analysing sea bottoms and seabeds
Three projects use advanced sonar technology to produce maps of ocean beds
  ELSA, or how to construct earthquake-proof building
The JRC’s ELSA laboratory conducts advanced research into the design of earthquake-proof civil engineering structures

Cleaning up workplace air
Measuring carcinogenic aromatic hydrocarbon levels in the workplace atmosphere


Cutting down on chromium
Determining toxic chromium levels in water and welding dusts


Controlling dioxin pollution
More accurate dioxin trace analysis


Protecting marine shellfish
Monitoring organotin levels in marine shellfish


Preventing mercury poisoning
Testing for methyl mercury in food and the environment


Removing the risks of PCBs and PAHs
Measuring polychlorobiphenyl and polycyclic hydrocarbon in freshwater sediments

  Measuring metal accessibility in the environment
Toxic materials leaching into groundwater from soil and sediment
  Testing the water
Best practice and reference materials for groundwater contamination analysis
Breathable cities
An illuminating study on the links between pollution, respiratory illnesses and death rates in fifteen European towns.
Mediterranean desertification
Diverse situations call for diverse measures if we are to keep the desert at bay in this region.
Closing in on El Niņo
Did scientists have a way of warning the world, months in advance, of approaching disasters like El Niņo in the winter of 1997/98?
In deep waters: the Greenland
Analysing sub arctic waters has given us an improved understanding of climate change.
Exploring the Mediterranean
Variations in water temperature and salinity, increasing pollution of various types - some fifty laboratories are giving the Med a health check.
Vegetation, a "green" eye for SPOT
The first system designed to observe forests and crops by satellite, Vegetation opens up interesting possibilities for the study and management of the plant world.
Molecular tools for biodiversity
Analysis techniques to help us understand and manage the richness of plant and animal life.
One league under the seas
A presentation of Siren, an autonomous remote-controlled instrument for oceanographic research.
  The benefits of biodiversity
The first study to be carried out at continental level shows the positive effects of biodiversity on agriculture.
Climate change - transformation of society
To what extent could it be possible to forecast the effects of climate change? How could Europe's regions be affected?
Mountain lakes: a precious barometer
Fragile mountain lakes are very sensitive to air pollution, and, as such, very accurate barometers.
Defences against avalanches
Can seemingly random risks such as avalanches be forecasted? Scientists are developing models and conducting simulations to warn of imminent disaster.
Deadly algae
What are the physico-chemical and biological phenomena causing the recent proliferation of toxic micro-algae on Europe's beaches?
How do museums breathe?
Scientists are studying works of art to assess the harmful effects of humidity, heat, light … and too many visitors.