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ERAWATCH Logo ERAWATCH Logo
May 07 2009

ERAWATCH, the European Commission's on-line information platform on research systems and policies in Europe, has published its 2008 Analytical Country Reports on research in individual EU Member States. The reports assess the performance of national research systems and enable the comparison of one country with another. This is the first time all 27 Member States have been covered.

Prof. Patrick Cunningham Prof. Patrick Cunningham speaking at the JRC Ispra site
May 05 2009

Ireland's Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Patrick Cunningham, made an extensive tour of over ten laboratories during a three-day visit to the JRC's Ispra site before chairing the African Session of the remote sensing conference in Stresa (Italy). During a guest lecture to staff he outlined his vision of the greatest challenges facing the planet today.

visitors at ISRSE-33 expo ISRSE-33: the exhibition presents latest innovations and technological developments
May 05 2009

Scientists, engineers, policy-makers and industry representatives from around the world are gathering in Stresa, Italy, for the 33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE). Jointly organised by the JRC and the International Center for Remote Sensing of Environment (Tucson, USA), the conference will focus on the use of Earth Observation systems and airborne techniques for understanding and managing our environment and natural resources.

JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news
Apr 30 2009

The April edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here. It features an editorial by William Stokes of the US Interagency Centre for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM), on the signing of a cooperation agreement on validating alternatives to animal testing with the JRC. This month's edition also covers news of the JRC's involvement in disaster management in earthquake-struck L'Aquila, on assessing the environmental performance of buildings and studying the impact of climate change on ecosystems in the Adriatic Sea.

river April 2009: floodings in Northern Italy
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Apr 29 2009

On Friday, 24 April, a flood warning for the river Po in northern Italy was issued by the European Flood Alert System (EFAS). EFAS, which is currently under development and hosted by the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), sent the flood alert to the regional water authorities (ARPA-SIM, Emilia-Romana), national partner organisations and the Italian Environment and Protection Institute (Instituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale). The system forecasted a high probability of flooding for the Po from 27 April onwards with a peak of the flood wave between the 28th and 29th. The EFAS alert was thus sent 4-5 days in advance, which confirms the system's potential as and effective early warning system.

damaged building Damaged building in L'Aquila (Italy), following earthquake in April 2009
©EC (2009)
Apr 28 2009

Following the earthquake of 6 April 2009 near L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Italy, the European Commission-operated Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) has been closely following the situation on the ground in an effort to support management of the disaster.

In the first phases of the event, maps and situation reports produced by the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) have been used in order to give an overall assessment to the MIC and to all civil protection agencies in Europe.

Two JRC experts also participated, along with an international team of engineers, in a post-earthquake field reconnaissance mission to survey damage to buildings and lifelines and examine geotechnical failures with a view to improving design and retrofitting. By sharing assessment techniques and methods, the presence of international experts contributes to the effectivness of operations. European experts from France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and the JRC collaborated with engineers of the Italian Civil Protection in the damage assessment to private buildings, as well as to buildings of historic and artistic value.

Closely supported by JRC-IPSC, the MIC is the operational heart of the Community Mechanism for Civil Protection. It serves as a communications hub at the centre of emergency relief operations, disseminates information on civil protection preparedness and supports co-ordination, facilitating the provision of European assistance through the Mechanism.

The core mission of IPSC's European Laboratory for Structural Assessment is to carry out research on structural behaviour of buildings and performs vulnerability assessment of civil infrastructures. 

Further IPSC scientific and technical crisis management tools include the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), providing a platform for stakeholders in international disaster response to exchange disaster-related information and automated analysis of satellite images for the processing, interpretation and analysis of geo-spatial data, which helps to quantify damages following conflicts or humanitarian and natural disasters.

Counting of cells prior to culture Alternatives methods to animal testing: Counting of cells prior to culture
©EC (2007)
Apr 27 2009

Global efforts to promote alternatives to testing on animals have received a significant boost today, 27 April, through the signing of a cooperation agreement by the JRC and a number of international bodies tasked with the validation of alternative test methods.

brochure cover JRC-Ispra: A 50 Year Pictorial History
Apr 23 2009

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the JRC Ispra site, a brochure on the site's evolution through the decades has been produced.

infrared image Infrared image showing heat loss from a residential building
©EC Audiovisual Library
Apr 23 2009

The JRC has published a report on possible additional policies aimed at improving the environmental performance of buildings. Authored by Andreas Uihlein and Peter Eder of the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), the report assesses the various barriers to energy efficiency and looks at measures necessary to overcome them.

JRC Annual report 2008 JRC Annual report 2008
Apr 22 2009

The JRC Annual Report 2008, published today, provides an overview of the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the JRC’s work carried out in 2008.

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