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.
The JRCs research on floods focuses on improving preparedness and support during a flood crisis. The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) forecasts the potential for floods in Europe up to ten days in advance and communicates this information to EU member states. It is based on a hydrological modelling system which is coupled with meteorological forecasts. The system is further integrated into a wider modelling framework in order to simulate the impact of climate and land-use change on hydrological extremes.