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. 3 Jun 2016

    Accurate information on precipitation (i.e. rainfall and snowfall) is a prerequisite for almost any scientific undertaking related to hydrological issues. An international team of researchers headed by scientists from the Joint Research Centre has released a novel global precipitation dataset, with high spatial and temporal resolutions (0.25° and 3 hourly, respectively), called Multi-Source Weighted-Ensemble Precipitation (MSWEP).

  4. 27 May 2016

    Scientists from 11 research organisations – including the JRC -  have demonstrated the quality and applicability of whole water reference materials for the determination of organic contaminants in natural waters. This work is supporting the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive.

  5. 23 May 2016

    The EU’s commitments to address the greatest humanitarian crises of our time will be supported by a series of Commission tools and platforms, some of which were developed by the JRC or in cooperation with partner organisations.

  6. 20 May 2016

    Future summer water shortages, expected as a consequence of ongoing glacier retreat could be substantially mitigated by water management in reservoirs.

  7. 20 May 2016

    Satellite images of the worst affected districts, due to El Niño-induced drought, are being used to locate deep water and organise drilling of wells.

  8. 17 May 2016

    In a recently published technical report that assesses coastal and marine eutrophication based on data from ecosystem modelling, JRC scientists find increasing eutrophication problems that will require further nutrient reduction measures.

     

    The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) aims to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) of the EU's marine waters by 2020, and to protect marine resources (upon which many economic and social activities depend).

  9. 22 Apr 2016

    A newly developed index identifies areas of the Mediterranean Sea which are most affected by non-native, invasive alien species introduced through the Suez Canal, by aquaculture or through shipping. The top invaders appear to be algae, according to a JRC study.

    Species that made their way through the Suez Canal show highest concentration in the eastern parts of the basin, while those introduced by shipping are mostly present in many central and north-western sites. Two high-impact areas were evident around the Italian peninsula due to species introduced by aquaculture.

  10. 20 Apr 2016

    A JRC article published in August 2015 on consumer food waste in the EU has been selected as one of the 25 pioneering articles published in the recently published Environmental Research Letters (ERL) highlights of 2015.

    The 25 highlights were chosen on the basis of referee endorsement, scientific impact, advances made in the field, novelty and broad appeal, and as epitomising the very best in interdisciplinary work at the nexus of research and policy groups.