JRC News

  1. 16 Feb 2015

    Rainfall is more likely to cause soil erosion in the Mediterranean and Alpine regions than in Northern Europe.  This becomes evident from a new set of data that the JRC has collected on the erosive force of rainfall in different parts of Europe.

  2. 12 Jan 2015

    The JRC authored a chapter of the recently published Soil Atlas 2015, which was produced by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), and Le Monde Diplomatique.

  3. 1 Jan 2015

    On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution which declared 2015 the first ever International Year of Soils (IYS).

    The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. It was officially launched on 5 December 2014, the first official UN World Soil Day.

    The specific objectives of the IYS 2015 are to:

  4. 5 Dec 2014

    Today, 5 December, is World Soil Day, which celebrates the importance of soil as a vital contributor to ecosystems' functioning, food, water and energy security, and as a mitigator of biodiversity loss and climate change. World Soil Day aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness of their importance in our lives.

  5. 28 Nov 2014

    JRC scientists published a joint study on the use of metabarcoding to characterise soil biodiversity.

    The paper presents the opportunities and challenges of this relatively new methodology, and proposes solutions to facilitate its common application.

  6. 18 Nov 2014

    The JRC’s Soil Atlas of Latin America and the Caribbean was recently presented to the wider soil science community of Latin America in Cuzco, Peru, at the XX Latin American Congress of Soil Science. It was very well received by all present as a very valuable awareness-raising product and contribution to the improved assessment of the soil resources of Latin America.

  7. 5 Nov 2014

    The JRC recently released a map providing the most updated picture of topsoil organic carbon (OC) content at the European Union scale. This map was built to answer the increasing demand for accurate soil organic carbon data for global environmental and climatic modelling. As the greatest terrestrial carbon pool, soils play a key role in climate change regulation processes.

  8. 30 Oct 2014

    The JRC contributed to a book on peatlands management recently published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which provides solutions to safeguard and preserve natural peatlands from degradation.

    The JRC’s contribution focuses on peatlands mapping, which is necessary to evaluate their state, estimate their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and monitor the management practices used on them.


  9. 19 Aug 2014

    At its very productive Second Plenary Assembly (22-24 July, Rome), the Global Soil Partnership endorsed the Plans of Action of four of its five pillars of action (Pillar 3 is still under development), the result of which can be seen as an “almost complete blueprint for action”1 for the international soil community.

  10. 16 Jun 2014

    In a recently published article, JRC scientists present a new harmonised, high-resolution (500 m), soil erodibility map of 25 EU Member States (for which data were available). They found that the incorporation of stoniness as a factor of soil composition significantly affected estimates of soil erodibility.