JRC News

  1. 27 Feb 2013

    Forest fragmentation is the process of breaking up forest area into individual patches leading to an increase in forest edge length and to isolation of forest fragments. In Europe, this is mainly caused by human activities such as clearing for roads, agriculture and urban settlements or forest fires.

  2. 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.

  3. 21 May 2012

    The 2012 bluefin tuna fishing season is open in the Mediterranean and the Eastern Atlantic from 16 May to 14 June. By providing daily maps of the bluefin tuna preferred habitat, the JRC helps ensuring that the fishing fleet fully respects the rules during the main fishing season.

  4. 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.

  5. 5 Mar 2012

    Low level deforestation and efforts to protect land and habitat have made the Congo basin forest – the world’s second largest - a possible role model for the preservation of other tropical forest regions. The findings were published in a report co-authored by the JRC and launched at the Annual meeting of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) on 1st March 2012 in Douala, Cameroon.

  6. 5 Mar 2009

    Food insecurity is one of the greatest challenges of today with almost one billion people undernourished worldwide. This number has recently been growing due to soaring food prices. The current economic crisis and climate change prospects are among the possible aggravating factors for the years to come.

  7. 4 Aug 2010

    Total cereal production in 2010 should be close to the average from the last five years. While the yield per hectare will be 5% above average, overall cultivated areas have decreased. This agricultural year has been marked by unusual scattered weather events ranging from severe rain shortage to floods. However, the impact of poor weather on crops in some areas of the EU has been offset in other areas.

  8. 6 Jun 2013

    Since beginning of June central Europe has faced, once again, severe flooding of the rivers Elbe and Danube and their tributaries with severe damage already reported. The flood waters are threatening to cause more damage as the flood waves travel down river.

    The JRC is contributing to European emergency preparedness through raising awareness and monitoring of the events. The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) informed the relevant national authorities and the European Commission's Emergency Response Centre (ERC) several days in advance with reports of potential flooding.

  9. 15 May 2014

    The latest JRC Crop Monitoring Bulletin, published yesterday, reports contrasting and unusual weather conditions in large areas of Europe. The yield outlook is generally positive, however,

  10. 22 Feb 2010

    Satellite observation is the key instrument that will allow to double in 2010 the number of countries monitored in real time for detecting first indications of adverse agricultural outcomes. The new Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) system facilitates and accelerates the reaction time in responding to food security crises by providing a common and internationally recognised classification of their severity.

    The JRC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the American Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) are working to innovate and reinforce their food security monitoring systems and to develop more efficient early warning tools. These efforts come as a response to the 2007-2008 global food crises that significantly increased the number of countries under threat of famine.

    The JRC will this year extend the real time monitoring system it has developed to forecast food crises. The monitoring will not only cover the Horn of Africa but all of the most food insecure countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. As the Earth observation and agroclimatic data regularly received by the JRC is global, other countries outside Africa can also be monitored in case of food security crises.

    These efforts have been made possible by the new IPC system that is built on a large consensus and accepted internationally. At the same time, it avoids contradictory results deriving from the use of different scales and therefore facilitates the donors' response.

    In December 2009, the European Commission decided to allocate € 1 276 269 (more than 1.7 million US dollars) over a period of 14 months to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).Together with the JRC, FEWS NET and the other organisations involved in the development of the classification, the FAO will implement the second phase of the IPC initiative in at least 8 focus countries (6 of which located in Sub Saharan Africa) through improved technical development, field support and institutionalisation.