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JRC scientists simulated the Black Sea’s characteristics, including its currents, salt content and temperature JRC scientists simulated the Black Sea’s characteristics, including its currents, salt content and temperature
©European Union, 2017
Sep 15 2017
Using a model developed at the JRC, scientists have successfully simulated the Black Sea’s long term currents, salt water content and temperature for the first time.
Flying bird with plastic in the mouth The most visible effect of pollution on marine organisms is the entanglement of wildlife in marine litter.
©birdimagency.com H. Gladier
Mar 17 2017
Marine litter is a threat to the marine ecosystem, human health and economic activities. A new JRC report sheds light on the many effects of litter in our oceans, and highlights the severity and scale of the issue. The report confirms that plastic items have the highest direct and indirect damaging impact.
Litter in waters Two new JRC reports provide recommendations and guidance to EU Member States on how to monitor and identify sources of litter in the waters.
©Fotolia, rootstocks
Feb 23 2017

Marine litter is a threat to both the marine ecosystem and human activities. Two new JRC reports provide recommendations and guidance to EU Member States on how to monitor and identify sources of litter that reach the seas.

A large shoal of fish in the ocean Fish supply is just one of the essential ecosystem services provided by seas.
©Fotolia, Richard Carey
Oct 05 2016
A recent Scientific Reports article proposes a new approach to assessing the use and supply of marine ecosystem services, which could provide effective support for Blue Growth and European maritime policies.
Two men on a ship placing an optical instrument into the sea Deployment of an optical instrument package during the second leg of the Black Sea campaign.
©EU, 2016
Jun 22 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.

Ship at sea On busy shipping routes acid water from ships more harmful than CO2 emissions
©Fotolia, Francois Doisnel
Jun 08 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.

Cover illustration: Sea surface temperature in European seas Cover illustration: Sea surface temperature in European seas
©National Oceanography Centre, UK/Marine Systems Modelling/Andrew Coward.
Jan 25 2016

The health of the oceans and coastal seas is vital for the future well-being of Europe, and globally. Livelihoods of 3 billion people worldwide are linked to marine and coastal biodiversity. A new report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and the JRC stresses the importance of integrated management of marine and coastal resources to promote their conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way.

Oceanic Medusozoa (jellyfish) The Portuguese Man-of-War (Physalia physalis) jellyfish is potentially deadly to humans.
©fotolia, 7activestudio
Jun 25 2015

Swimming in the Mediterranean this summer will be safe, according to a scientific article co-authored by the JRC about the potential invasion of the dangerous Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish.

Breaking waves The JRC’s MSFD Competence Centre aims to help Member States achieve Good Environment Status of European seas
©Fotolia - Geoff munro
Oct 07 2014

The JRC has set up the MSFD Competence Centre (MCC) to help EU countries achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ of their marine waters by 2020, the main aim of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). In achieving this aim, the MSFD seeks to protect the fragile balance of marine ecosystems, upon which many economic and social activities such as fishing or tourism depend.

New map depicting the major soil types in Africa New map depicting the major soil types in Africa
©EU, 2013
Apr 26 2013

A 'hot off the press' copy of the Soil Atlas of Africa, coordinated by the JRC, was presented today by European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard at the meeting between the European Commission and the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa. For the first time ever, this atlas collects vital information on African soils and highlights the importance of this non-renewable resource.  With its stunning full colour maps and illustrations, it explains in a comprehensible and visually appealing way the diversity of soil across the African continent and explains why it is so important to preserve this precious resource.

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