JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
The European Commission's in-house science service
As the Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) provides evidence-based scientific and technical support to policies, including those that deal with soil and land management.
Through collaboration with the broader soil science community, the JRC collects, analyses and synthesises data and knowledge on the state of soils from across the EU and beyond to provide focused assessments of soil resources on a European and global scale, and the pressures that may cause their degradation.
As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners.