JRC News

  1. 2 Aug 2007

    Figures released by the Joint Research Centre's European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) show that burned land area in 2007 at 3376 square kilometres is already reaching 2006 totals and that July has been the worst month on record.

  2. 28 Aug 2007

    According to the JRC's European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), 183 987 hectares were burnt in Greece between 24 and 26 August, during the major forest fires that have ravaged that country. This brings the provisional figure to this point in the 2007 forest fire season in Greece to 268 834 hectares. The concentration of damage in the Peloponnese coincides with the fire danger maps produced by EFFIS Fire Danger system that shows the Peloponnese as being the area of Greece with highest meteorological fire risk. However, the forecasts for the coming days show that the fire risk in Greece in general and the Peloponnese in particular will reduce.

  3. 2 Oct 2007

    The 2007 MARS PAC annual conference - the thirteenth - will be held in collaboration with the Spanish Paying Agency FEGA, from 12 to 14 November at the Palacio de Congresos, Madrid.

  4. 15 Feb 2008

    The latest satellite technologies offer a vital tool in the battle to eliminate illegal logging from Africa, while at the same time helping to ensure food security and sustainable development and improve international disaster relief efforts across the continent, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) was told today.

  5. 19 Mar 2008

    The GlobCover is an initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA) that was launched in 2004. The GlobCover initiative develops a service for the generation of a global land cover map for the year 2005 at 300 m resolution (from the MERIS sensor onboard the ENVISAT satellite. The project is led by an international network of partners including the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Environmental Agency (EEA), the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the Global Observations of Forest Cover and Global Observations of Land Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD).

  6. 27 Mar 2008

    Today the JRC and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) signed a collaboration agreement that will allow both institutions to combine their efforts in addressing the environmental challenge currently posed by climate change, with a clear focus on developing countries.

    The agreement foresees the provision of data generated by the JRC’s African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory for Sustainable Development to African countries via EUMETCast, EUMETSAT’s near-real-time broadcast system for environmental data. Earth observation contributes effectively to monitoring weather, climate and the environment. EUMETSAT, an operator of weather, climate and environmental monitoring satellites, and the JRC have decided to strengthen their links in this domain.The collaboration will improve scientific knowledge and product development in the field of climate monitoring, allowing both organisations to contribute effectively to monitoring the climate, in support of the Implementation Plan of the Global Climate Observing System, created in 1992 by the United Nations to ensure that observations and information needed to address climate-related issues are obtained and made available to all potential users.

    Based on the organisations’ respective experience in Earth observation applications in developing countries, the collaboration will allow both EUMETSAT and the JRC to cooperate in contributing to the extension of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) to ACP countries.

    At the signing ceremony, Dr. Roland Schenkel, Director-General of the JRC said: “Ensuring strong links between a research-based policy support organisation - the JRC - and an operational organisation – EUMETSAT - both involved in the field of Earth observation, will greatly facilitate the difficult process of transforming research results into operational products that can be delivered on a sustainable and regular basis to users.”

  7. 16 Jul 2008

    The downscaled population density grid produced by the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen and hosted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) is attracting more and more interest. The number of grids downloaded from the EEA data service since its launch online in 2004 has grown from 207 for that year to 1408 in 2007 and 902 in just the first 5 months of 2008.

    The JRC's population density grid combines information on population per commune using the CORINE Land Cover (COoRdinate INformation on the Environment) and LUCAS (Land Use and Cover Area frame Statistical survey) systems. Initially produced in 1999 at the request of Eurostat and EEA for the analysis of rural area typologies, the 5th version of the grid is now extensively used for a number of purposes. The population density grid is used, for example, to compute accessibility indicators including the average distance of dwellings to services, to monitor the implementation of the EC Directive on noise restrictions at airports and to assess the impact of floods.

    Improving the production of these grids is the main project of the European Forum for Geostatistics, an initiative of National Statistical Institutes supported by Eurostat and closely related to INSPIRE. The next workshop, to be held in Bled, Slovenia, on 1-3 October 2008 , will address the theme of "integration of statistics and geography for sustainable development".

  8. 16 Sep 2008

    The European Commission’s earth observation activities, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) have been re-launched today by European Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen under the name of Kopernikus. The name change was officially announced at a dedicated conference in Lille organised in conjunction with the current French presidency of the EU.  

  9. 17 Dec 2008

    A new global map released today by the Joint Research Centre and published in the World Bank’s World Development Report 2009 measures urbanisation in the new perspective of Travel Time to 8,500 Major Cities. The map fills an important gap in our understanding of economic, physical and social connectivity.

  10. 15 Feb 2009

    As a result of transatlantic cooperation in the field of environmental mapping technologies, a powerful pattern recognition programme developed by researchers at the JRC is being adopted by specialists in a number of U.S. federal agencies including the U.S. Department for Agriculture’s Forest Service and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).