JRC News

  1. 22 Jun 2016

    A major oceanographic campaign underway in the Black Sea will allow scientists to thoroughly examine the biological and optical features of a marine region of utmost political and economic importance that is highly influenced by the inflow of the Danube river.

  2. 8 Jun 2016

    The theme of the 2016 World Oceans Day celebrated on 8 June is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet". The day coincides with the official publication of a new JRC study simulating the impact of SO2 emissions from ships on ocean acidification.

    The modelling study found that along major shipping lanes, sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions from ships can further ocean acidification with a rate that is twofold with respect to that caused by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

  3. 11 May 2016

    JRC scientists organised a proficiency test for the determination of 12 trace elements in seawater for 46 laboratories from 26 different countries. The results showed that analysis of low concentration levels of the trace elements combined with the high saline content of seawater is challenging for a significant number of laboratories.

  4. 27 Apr 2016

    The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have adopted a policy proposal that will guide the actions of the European Union in the Arctic region.

  5. 23 Mar 2016

    JRC scientists estimated, in collaboration with Plymouth University (UK), the combined uncertainty for the determination of the dissolved iron amount content in seawater. The latter is measured to elucidate the biogeochemical cycling of this element and its role in the oceanic sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The study revealed that the measurement uncertainty is easily underestimated, and the analysis of iron in seawater still poses challenges.

  6. 26 Feb 2016

    A new habitat model, developed by the JRC and partner scientists, detects areas and periods where Atlantic bluefin tuna prefers to feed and spawn. Covering most of the areas where this species lives and the entire area subject to fisheries, the model provides concrete recommendations on when and where grounds should be closed to increase yield and stability of this fishery sector in the long term.

  7. 25 Jan 2016

    The health of the oceans and coastal seas is vital for the future well-being of Europe, and globally. Livelihoods of 3 billion people worldwide are linked to marine and coastal biodiversity. A new report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and the JRC stresses the importance of integrated management of marine and coastal resources to promote their conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way.

  8. 14 Jan 2016

    Thanks to tracking data of fishing vessels, it is possible to derive information about the fishing habits of coastal communities and to know, for example, which are the areas where they fish more frequently. This information is crucial to tailor policy and management strategies to boost blue growth.

  9. 23 Dec 2015

    Scientific advice by the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF), coordinated by the JRC, has contributed to define 2016 fishing opportunities which were agreed upon by EU ministers last week.

  10. 20 Nov 2015

    This week's declaration of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), a partnership of EU28, the European Commission and 15 Mediterranean countries, focused on closer cooperation to promote growth, jobs and investments deriving from the marine and maritime sectors.