We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
On June 16, 2020 the Commissioner Ferreira and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría launched the joint Cities in the World Report. The report examines the growth of metropolitan areas over the past 40 years using the unique and revolutionary JRC Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) data and methodology.
A recent JRC study analysed the EU space programme for the Arctic. It found that overall Europe's space assets for Earth observation (EO), satellite navigation (SatNav), satellite communications (SatCom) and space situational awareness (SSA, i.e. space weather in the context of this study) are contributing to addressing the specific needs of this region and its local communities.
Despite the key role science plays in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, disaster science represents only 0.22% of the world’s total scholarly output.
The data suggests that countries focus their research on disaster types with high domestic relevance. Asia appears to have a central position in the disaster science field.
Disaster science has also an overall degree of international collaboration of 20%, which is slightly higher than the global average in all fields of science of around 18% during the time period covered.
The JRC is supporting the European Commission in assessing the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck Afghanistan and Pakistan on 26 October through up-to-date situation reports and maps. In this mountainous region with poor infrastructure, satellite-derived maps are particularly useful to understand the location and extent of the damages.
The European Commission has published a call for expression of interest to launch a limited number of risk and recovery activations through its COPERNICUS Emergency Management Service for Risk & Recovery.