JRC News

  1. 18 Dec 2014

    A group of international experts convened in Pasadena, USA, to discuss the next steps in coordinating global and regional information on drought understanding, monitoring, forecasting and management.

  2. 12 Dec 2014

    Supply and Installation of systems for detection of illicit trafficking and inadvertent movement of nuclear and radioactive materials at borders of Republic of Tajikistan.

  3. 27 Aug 2014

    The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) is actively helping the European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) monitor two forest fires currently raging in Greece. It forecasts that the fire danger will remain very high for the next two days, reaching extreme values by tomorrow, Thursday 28 August, but will decrease thereafter.

  4. 12 Aug 2014

    Between October 2013 and July 2014, despite abundant rainfall in most of Europe, the south-eastern Iberian Peninsula (the Murcia and Valencia regions, and eastern Andalucía) was affected by mean and long-term precipitation deficits, leading to significant soil moisture deficits. In the same period, temporary rainfall shortages occurred also in France, Germany and Belgium, but their possible effects were likely insignificant due to subsequent rainfall events.

  5. 1 Jul 2014

    The 10th anniversary workshop of the HEPEX (Hydrological Ensemble Prediction Experiment) initiative was hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Maryland, USA from 24-26 June 2014.

  6. 23 Jun 2014

    The European Fire Database is an important component of the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), the focal point of information on forest fires in Europe established by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Directorate General for Environment. Containing over 2.3 million individual fire event records, it is the largest repository of information on individual fire events in Europe.  

  7. 16 Jun 2014

    In a recently published article, JRC scientists present a new harmonised, high-resolution (500 m), soil erodibility map of 25 EU Member States (for which data were available). They found that the incorporation of stoniness as a factor of soil composition significantly affected estimates of soil erodibility.

  8. 13 Jun 2014

    The JRC recently published a paper in Global Change Biology on tropical deforestation rates and carbon losses over the past two decades.

  9. 6 Jun 2014

    A recent climatic early warning report on the irregular rainfall situation experienced in the current season by the Horn of Africa warns of a significant moisture deficit in large parts of the region. The report, which is based on satellite-derived observations, was prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Global Information and Early warning System on food and agriculture (GIEWS), in collaboration with the JRC.

  10. 30 Apr 2014

    A recent JRC report on the current food security situation in Kenya finds that, due to a poor 2013-2014 short rains season, northern and northeastern parts of Kenya are affected by drought, and agricultural crop production in the southwest is below average. As of the date of publishing, rainfall for the 2014 long rains is also late by 20 days in large parts of the country, further aggravating the situation and making continuous monitoring crucial.