JRC News

  1. 17 Nov 2015

    Today marks the launch of the European Microbiology Expert Group (EMEG) website, which provides information on the implementation of alternative methods for testing the microbiological drinking water quality under the EU Drinking Water Directive (Council Directive 98/83/EC of 3 November 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption).

    According to the Drinking Water Directive, EU Member States can use alternative methods for testing the microbial quality of drinking water.

  2. 16 Nov 2015

    A recently published JRC article describes the effects of atmospheric forcing changes on the Mediterranean Sea’s primary productivity rate over the coming century. It finds that, although the average overall primary production rate will be almost unchanged, climate change will lead to a reduction in primary production in the western basin, and an increase in the eastern basin.

  3. 22 Oct 2015

    Two new, certified reference materials (CRMs) have been produced for perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in fish tissue and drinking water. The CRMs will provide traceability and comparability of analytical results for the analytes. These measurements are particularly relevant in the fields of environmental and food analysis because of the high persistence and hazardous biological effects of PFASs.

  4. 16 Jul 2015

    The results of a recently carried out proficiency test (PT) on the analysis of trace elements in natural seawater demonstrated the challenges for laboratories because of low levels of trace elements and high salt concentration in the seawater. The use of proper standard analytical methods, such as ISO 17294-2, and sensitive techniques, notably coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was crucial to obtaining a good performance.

  5. 1 Jul 2015

    IES scientist Anna Malagó has received the Best Oral Presentation Award for her presentation on ‘Karst SWAT hydrological modeling at large and regional scale: the case study of the island of Crete’ at this year’s Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) International Conference.

  6. 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.

  7. 13 Mar 2015

    A recently published JRC report describes a methodological framework for the biophysical assessment and economic valuation of water ecosystem services in Europe.

    The methodology aims to help understand how multiple pressures can affect the delivery and value of such services. It is flexible, can be applied at different scales/locations and is easy to follow, presenting the basic concepts and assumptions to be established before the analysis, and a ‘shopping bag’ of appropriate tools to assess and value ecosystem services.

  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  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.