EU Science Hub

Scientific tools & databases

The range of work carried out at the JRC includes the

  • compilation of databases
  • development of software and modelling tools

On the basis of our open data principles we publish tools and databases with clear descriptions for each entry here on the Science Hub.

The tools and databases are categorised by name and acronym, but can be filtered by research area, keyword and JRC institute responsible for the coordination of the particular entry. 

To search specific datasets or collections, the JRC Data Catalogue opens access to our data.

The purpose of the GMOINFO system is to publish information regarding notifications submitted from the applicants to the Member States Competent Authorities about deliberate field trials and placing on the market for cultivation, food, feed and processing, of genetically modified organisms, as defined in Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 March 2001.

Collaborating DGs: 
DG Health and Food Safety

The GMOMETHODS database provides reliable and harmonized information on EU reference methods for detection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). These methods are DNA-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays that have been validated according to the principles and requirements of international standards and can assure therefore consistent and reproducible results in the analysis.


The Central Core DNA Sequence Information System (CCSIS) is an implementation of a DNA sequence database integrated with bioinformatics tools to give support to the European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food & Feed (EU-RL GMFF) as foreseen by the Commission Regulation (EC) No 641/2004.


The eStation 2.0 is an Earth observation processing system developed by the JRC  for automatic acquisition, processing, visualisation and analysis of key environmental indicators derived from Earth observation data.

eStation 2.0
Collaborating DGs: 

The LULUCF (Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry) sector is part of the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventories that parties to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) must prepare, with different obligations for developed and developing countries.

LULUCF Activities
Screenshot of the application

The Global Surface Water Explorer is a water dataset developed in the Copernicus Programme. This maps the location and temporal distribution of water surfaces at the global scale over the past 32 years and provides statistics on the extent and change of those water surfaces.

The dataset, produced from Landsat imagery (courtesy of the United States Geological Study (USGS) and NASA) will support applications including water resource management, climate modelling, biodiversity conservation and food security.

EU-Forest is a high-resolution tree occurrence dataset for Europe.


Modelling the forest carbon budget is an essential prerequisite to assess the climate change mitigation impact of different forest management scenarios. For this reason, the JRC has been applying and testing the Carbon Budget Model (CBM-CFS3) of the Canadian Forest Sector, developed by Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Canadian Forest Service (CFS), since 2009.


The Water Project Toolkit (WPT) aims to promote the sustainable development of the water sector. Based on internationally agreed principles, it serves as a guide for all those involved in developing the water sector, such as governments, service providers, stakeholders in civil society, research, academia, other higher education institutions, and international organisations involved in development of water resources management.

Collaborating DGs: 
Directorate General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid

This portal disseminates cartographic information related to EU's coasts and seas both as maps and open data.

The European Atlas of the Seas
Collaborating DGs: 
DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Eurostat, DG Mobility and Transport, DG Regional and Urban Policy