JRC News

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 24 Sep 2014

    On 15 and 16 September 2014, the JRC welcomed a distinguished group of Brazilian and European water management experts and decision makers to a very successful and informative workshop entitled ‘Adaptive Water Management facing Climate Change: Comparing Brazilian and European Experiences’.


  8. 8 Jul 2014

    The JRC recently published the results of a co-authored study on the risks posed by chemical pollutant mixtures in the environment. This work is part of the first EU-wide campaign to test the use of biological based assay (bioassays) for assessing water quality in Europe, following the recommendations of the communication of the European Commission on the effects of chemicals (COM(2012) 252), calling for a greater effort to understand and assess the risks associated with chemical mixtures.

  9. 7 Jul 2014

    A recent JRC co-authored paper provides ecological water quality targets for lakes in Europe. The study provides an ecology-based definition for the "good" status of lake waters, based on criteria including the low probability of occurrence of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms, the low probability of a significant decline in macrophytes (aquatic plants that provide oxygen, cover and food for fish), and clear water.

  10. 8 Apr 2014

    IES scientists have recently published an article that highlights the value of models in exploring mitigation options to reduce nitrogen in water from agricultural sources, and to support the implementation of measures in Member States.

    Nitrogen pollution, caused by excess nitrogen in water, is a widespread, costly and challenging environmental problem.