JRC News

  1. 9 Apr 2015

    DOPA Explorer 1.0 is the JRC's latest web-based interface which provides a simple way to explore nearly 16 000 of the world's protected areas.

  2. 6 Feb 2015

    Covering all rural and urban areas in the EU, the new European settlement map created by the JRC provides the first comprehensive overview of all built-up areas in Europe.

  3. 14 Oct 2014

    The World Standards Day, celebrated internationally on 14 October, puts the focus on the benefits of standards and harmonised measurements for global and regional economies, as well as for societies. Around 70% of the JRC work is related in one way or another to standardisation. Our scientists provide scientific and technical support in a range of areas from environmental monitoring to critical infrastructure protection, and from food and feed safety to nuclear safety and security.

  4. 25 Aug 2014

    The latest MARS crop monitoring in Europe bulletin, published today, reports that overall EU-28 cereal yield forecasts for 2014 remain favourable, at the level of last year and above the average of the past five years (+6.1%). Yield prospects for grain maize are excellent at the moment, with forecast yields 11% above the level of last year and the past five years' average.

  5. 30 Jun 2014

    Better data retrieval and access, greater interoperability of data and improved coordination across the EU top the list of benefits perceived by both data producers and users of spatial information on the environment. Key changes suggested refer to improving communication and coordination, and to reducing the complexity of technical specifications as much as possible.

  6. 17 Sep 2013

    A huge potential for crisis management is locked in the geospatial information that people send to each other on the web. This Volunteered Geographical Information (VGI), such as pictures published on Flickr or text messages sent via Twitter with geographic and temporal references can provide timely and cost-effective information.

  7. 24 May 2013

    A new map developed by the JRC provides a more accurate picture of how population is distributed in the EU. With a resolution of 100 x 100 metres, the map allows visual, quantitative and qualitative comparisons between different territories, cities and regions. This is thanks to the combination of statistical population data reported at commune level with several detailed cartographic datasets on the location of residential areas.

  8. 22 Jun 2012

    A recent paper, co-authored by JRC scientists and published in the Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, assesses the achievement of the first generation of Digital Earth virtual globes and envisages future developments.

  9. 25 Apr 2012

    On Wednesday 25 April, JRC released a report which describes a platform for the exchange and harmonisation of geographic and environmental data across the EU-27, aimed to better address water management, disaster mitigation, public health, agriculture and nature protection. This will translate into reducing costs of public administration and into clear benefits for the citizen, ranging from improved emergency services to a healthier everyday environment.

  10. 27 Feb 2012

    The JRC has released the first version of the INSPIRE Geoportal, which allows users to access spatial and environmental data from many different sources across Europe in one single search. The fact that different actors will now have access to the same information is particularly useful in dealing with emergencies that involve many different actors, such as large forest fires or cross border rescue operations, and will efficiently support collaborative efforts to prevent environmental damage and compare and reduce energy consumption across different sectors and countries.