JRC News

  1. 3 Jul 2015

    IES Head of Unit Alan Belward gave a keynote speech this week at the Google Earth Engine User Summit 2015 entitled “Mapping Three Decades of Global Surface Water Occurrence”, in which he outlined progress on a collaborative project between the JRC and the Google Earth Engine (GEE) team on the development of global surface water occurrence and surface water seasonality maps. These maps, the first of their kind, are being created from more than 2.8 million Landsat scenes (over 820 terabytes) acquired between March 1985 and March 2015.

  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

    Crop yield forecasts for most winter cereals at EU-28 level have been lowered compared to last month’s forecast due suboptimal weather conditions.

  4. 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.

  5. 26 May 2015

    Winter crops continue to be in good shape and no major concerns for the spring sowing campaign have emerged. The yield outlook is predominantly positive.

  6. 18 May 2015

    A recent peer-reviewed paper, led by the JRC, describes a new method for measuring the structure and configuration of ecological networks, which shows that nestedness in ecological networks is less common than previously thought.

    This finding challenges the assumption that ecological networks are stable due to their inherent nestedness. It finds that most ecological networks actually tend towards patterns of segregation and specialisation, which may be the key to species coexistence.

  7. 13 May 2015

    In March this year, JRC scientist Peter Vogt delivered two workshops on the JRC’s GuidosToolbox spatial pattern analysis software in South Africa, one as a follow up to the International Symposium on Silviculture and Management of Dryland Forests, and the second on the request of the CEO of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in Pretoria within the context of the JRC-SANSA collaboration agreement and the EU-South Africa Space Dialogue.

     

  8. 4 May 2015

    JRC scientist Bruna Grizzetti is co-author of a recently published World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Science Brief on how human activities have dramatically altered the nitrogen cycle, which presents one of the main global challenges to human health, ecosystem integrity and biodiversity.

     

    Human activities have altered the global nitrogen cycle even more than the global carbon cycle. The science brief reports that the planetary boundary for nitrogen has been breached by a factor of two, making nitrogen one of the most urgent pressures on the Earth system.

     

  9. 27 Apr 2015

    The latest Monitoring Agricultural Resources (MARS) bulletin, published today, finds that  the weather conditions in most regions have been favourable for winter crop growth and spring sowings during the period of review (from 1 March to 20 April). Overall, the yield outlook is positive - close to, or somewhat above, the long-term average.

     

  10. 23 Mar 2015

     

    The latest MARS bulletin, published on 23 March 2015, finds that EU winter crops are generally in good shape and well developed due to the mild winter conditions. In general, prospects for the new season are promising.

     

    Temperatures in most of the EU-28 were close to the long-term average during the period of review (1 February - 15 March). North-eastern Europe experienced significantly warmer-than-usual conditions, with temperatures over 4°C above the long-term average.