JRC News

  1. 5 Jan 2015

    The JRC, in collaboration with the Italian coast guard service, has developed a new method to verify whether ship positions reported with the Automatic Identification System (AIS) are correct. This effective method does not need any additional sensors or technologies and it makes it possible to validate reported data and detect unintentionally incorrect, jammed or deliberately falsified information reported by ships.

  2. 25 Aug 2014

    The latest MARS crop monitoring in Europe bulletin, published today, reports that overall EU-28 cereal yield forecasts for 2014 remain favourable, at the level of last year and above the average of the past five years (+6.1%). Yield prospects for grain maize are excellent at the moment, with forecast yields 11% above the level of last year and the past five years' average.

  3. 30 Jun 2014

    Better data retrieval and access, greater interoperability of data and improved coordination across the EU top the list of benefits perceived by both data producers and users of spatial information on the environment. Key changes suggested refer to improving communication and coordination, and to reducing the complexity of technical specifications as much as possible.

  4. 31 Mar 2014

    Under the lead of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Dartmouth Flood Observatory (University of Colorado), the Global Flood Partnership was launched earlier this month. It is a unique international forum aimed at developing a global flood observation and modelling infrastructure for managing and forecasting flood risk at a global scale.

  5. 23 Dec 2013

    The JRC recently presented the new developments of its eStation, a processing server for the environmental monitoring of land condition in Africa. The improvements are described in an article published in the Ecological Informatics journal.

  6. 6 Nov 2013

    JRC scientists obtained remarkable results in correcting surface shapes of satellite imagery to study mountainous terrains, with a combination of topographic correction algorithms and statistical methods. The JRC presented its new method in a recently published article in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.

  7. 17 Sep 2013

    A huge potential for crisis management is locked in the geospatial information that people send to each other on the web. This Volunteered Geographical Information (VGI), such as pictures published on Flickr or text messages sent via Twitter with geographic and temporal references can provide timely and cost-effective information.

  8. 19 Aug 2013

    The JRC described its new method to study the long-term effects of climate change on vegetation in a recent article published in Remote Sensing, a journal about science and application of remote sensing technology.

  9. 24 May 2013

    A new map developed by the JRC provides a more accurate picture of how population is distributed in the EU. With a resolution of 100 x 100 metres, the map allows visual, quantitative and qualitative comparisons between different territories, cities and regions. This is thanks to the combination of statistical population data reported at commune level with several detailed cartographic datasets on the location of residential areas.

  10. 27 Feb 2013

    Forest fragmentation is the process of breaking up forest area into individual patches leading to an increase in forest edge length and to isolation of forest fragments. In Europe, this is mainly caused by human activities such as clearing for roads, agriculture and urban settlements or forest fires.