JRC News

  1. 28 Aug 2015

    The Arctic offers new opportunities for maritime transport but its fragile marine environment needs to be protected. The JRC uses remote sensing and vessel tracking systems to map maritime activities and their trends in this area.

  2. 26 Jun 2015

    JRC scientist G. Hanke is co-author of a chapter in a recently published open access book on ‘Marine Anthropogenic Litter’, which summarises the current state of knowledge on all aspects of marine anthropogenic litter.

  3. 22 Jun 2015

    The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a regulation upgrading the EU framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector to support scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The JRC will maintain its central role under the new regulation - once adopted - and has been instrumental in the conception of the proposal, building on a longstanding experience in collecting and maintaining fisheries data reported by EU Member States.

  4. 12 Mar 2015

    Under the auspices of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the JRC helps to overcome the limitations of conventional stock assessment methods by promoting innovative approaches such as the Assessment for All (a4a) model. The exchange of such approaches between scientists at global level ensures that the best methods can be applied when developing management advice for fisheries, but also highlights the need for more research in fish stock assessment.

  5. 3 Mar 2015

    A JRC-organised session on coastal and marine ecosystem services generated a lot of interest and positive feedback from the participants at last month’s annual Association of the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO) 2015 meeting in Granada, Spain.

     

    This year’s ASLO meeting, the theme of which was “Aquatic Sciences: Global And Regional Perspectives — North Meets South”, was attended by more than 5 000 scientists from all over the world.

     

  6. 4 Dec 2014

    A recently published article, led by the JRC, reviews the impacts of invasive alien marine species on ecosystem services and biodiversity in Europe. The review identifies 86 alien marine species, within 13 phyla, which have significant (negative and/or positive) impacts on ecosystem services and biodiversity in European seas. It classifies the type of impact, comments on the methods applied for assessing the impact and the related inferential strength, and reports on information gaps.

     

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

     

  9. 6 Nov 2014

    A JRC co-authored paper, published in PLOS ONE yesterday, provides new insights on a previously overlooked mechanism of surface water fertilisation, which could help explain why the Alboran Sea is one of the most productive (from phytoplankton to fish) areas of the Mediterranean.

     

  10. 1 Oct 2014

    A JRC article published yesterday in Frontiers Press investigates how human activities have influenced biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea through the introduction of alien species.