JRC News

  1. 17 Jun 2015

    A case study published by the JRC, in collaboration with CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research), found significant differences in the values of forest change estimates in Tanzania reported by American researchers, the JRC and the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. 1 Jan 2015

    On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution which declared 2015 the first ever International Year of Soils (IYS).

    The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. It was officially launched on 5 December 2014, the first official UN World Soil Day.

    The specific objectives of the IYS 2015 are to:

  3. 22 Dec 2014

    The JRC recently published an article on the use of pan-tropical biomass maps to report greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

  4. 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.

  5. 3 Dec 2014

    The JRC co-edited a book on optical remote sensing applied to ocean climate investigations, together with the European Space Agency and the Space Dynamic Laboratory of the Utah University, and with the contribution of many international experts.

  6. 17 Nov 2014

    A recently published PLOS ONE article, co-authored by the JRC, finds that, in the absence of strong saltwater inflows, the deep areas of the Baltic Sea would become less saline and more anoxic, while near-bottom average conditions could improve in shallower areas.


    The study simulates the changes in salinity, nutrients and oxygen dynamics in the Baltic Sea area by accurately modelling the effects of Major Baltic Inflows (MBIs) during the period 1991–2009, and comparing the results with those of a scenario in which these strong saltwater inflows are supressed.


  7. 5 Nov 2014

    The JRC recently released a map providing the most updated picture of topsoil organic carbon (OC) content at the European Union scale. This map was built to answer the increasing demand for accurate soil organic carbon data for global environmental and climatic modelling. As the greatest terrestrial carbon pool, soils play a key role in climate change regulation processes.

  8. 29 Sep 2014

    IES scientists were recently interviewed at the JRC’s ABC-IS forest flux monitoring station in Ispra for Euronews SCI-TECH futuris feature on the role of forests in the global climate equation.

  9. 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.

  10. 24 Apr 2014

    A recently published IES article investigates how climate change is likely to impact land vegetation and the carbon cycle across Europe. It studies the impact of hydroclimatic variables on vegetation across Europe, by analysing anomalies in precipitation, temperature and FAPAR (the Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation) during the period 1998-2011. The analysis was based on ESA satellite-measured FAPAR values, and high-resolution climate and land cover data, from the EU’s ENSEMBLES and CORINE databases respectively.