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European SDG Handbook
Feb 11 2020

A new European Handbook for SDG Voluntary Local Reviews offers to policy makers, researchers and practitioners an inspirational framework to set up Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs).

VLRs are a fundamental instrument to monitor progresses and sustain the transformative and inclusive action of local actors towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Performance of simulated river flow versus observed time series
Performance of simulated river flow versus observed time series at 1226 calibration stations, calculated with the Kling-Gupta efficiency (KGE). KGE=1 means perfect match between simulated and observed flows, while negative KGE indicate poor skills.
Dec 20 2019

The JRC has released a new dataset of daily stream flows in all large world rivers for the period 1980- 2018, opening new opportunities in the assessment of global water resources and natural hazards.

Jan 25 2017

Changes in climate are already having wide-ranging impacts on ecosystems, the economy and on human health and well-being in Europe, according to the report ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016’, launched today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Jun 03 2016

Accurate information on precipitation (i.e. rainfall and snowfall) is a prerequisite for almost any scientific undertaking related to hydrological issues. An international team of researchers headed by scientists from the Joint Research Centre has released a novel global precipitation dataset, with high spatial and temporal resolutions (0.25° and 3 hourly, respectively), called Multi-Source Weighted-Ensemble Precipitation (MSWEP).

Feb 02 2016

A JRC-led article published in Remote Sensing last week presents a new method for mapping river properties using remote sensing. The new method provides a tool for monitoring and characterising the hydromorphological status (physical characteristics of the shape, boundaries and content) of river systems along the entire channel network and through time, opening novel and significant perspectives to river science and management, notably for planning and targeting actions at the large scale.

Aug 24 2015

JRC scientists have supported the European Commission's Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) with information and analysis on the flood crisis in Myanmar/Burma which followed a period of unusually heavy precipitation starting mid-July. By the beginning of August the country began to experience the most severe flooding in decades, while heavy rainfall continued during the first half of the month.


ECHO Daily Map of 6 August 2015, including GloFAS forecast

Jul 01 2014

The 10th anniversary workshop of the HEPEX (Hydrological Ensemble Prediction Experiment) initiative was hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Maryland, USA from 24-26 June 2014.