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.

ENSEMBLE is a web-based platform for the inter-comparison and evaluation of atmospheric chemistry transport and dispersion models.

Collaborating DGs: 
DG Environment, DG Migration and Home Affairs

The Environmental Marine Information System (EMIS) has been developed to facilitate access to scientific and technical environmental products and relies on biological and physical variables generated from both hydrodynamic models and satellite remote sensing. A number of these variables and advanced products are available to the scientific and managerial community through a geographic information system (GIS) tool, enabling the user to create maps and conduct basic regional assessments.


The European Railway Accident Information Links (ERAIL) database ensures that the information relevant to the safety of the railways in the EU Member States is accessible and transparent to all interested parties and stakeholders in the railway domain. The JRC supports the European Railway Agency (ERA) in its task of collecting and proving public access to investigation reports and a biennial report on safety performance, based on Common Safety Indicators (CSIs), national reports on safety and accidents and its own information.

Collaborating DGs: 
DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

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 EU-Aid Explorer is a unique web tool that provides easy access to clear, complete and accurate data on development and humanitarian aid around the world. Maps and graphs are used to visualize which donor is active where, which sectors and countries receive how much assistance and how funding changes over time.

EU Aid Explorer
Collaborating DGs: 
DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), DG International Cooperation and Development, European Anti-Fraud Office

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


The EMAR knowledge base aims to synthesize the public outputs from Euratom research projects on ageing mechanisms of materials used to construct European nuclear power plants (NPPs).

The knowledge base is designed so that the research findings from all the relevant projects are presented in concise, easily accessible and navigable synthesis reports. 


EURL ECVAM Database on Alternative Methods to Animal Experimentation (DB-ALM) is a publicly accessible collection of alternative method summaries and protocols.

It focuses primarily on methods submitted to EURL ECVAM for validation, and those identified in ad hoc reviews of the literature and end-users in specific application areas between 2000 and 2019.

The EURL ECVAM Genotoxicity and Carcinogenicity Consolidated Database is a database that compiles available genotoxicity and carcinogenicity data relating to chemicals that are Ames positive.

The EURL ECVAM Search Guide provides search principles and procedures, suggested search terms and user guidance together with an inventory of information resources to support untrained database users in finding information on relevant alternative strategies and methods on the Internet.

Developed by the JRC's EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM), the Search Guide was first published as a handbook in 2012 by the EU Bookshop.