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.

EXITO, the exercise event Injection toolkit, was developed by the JRC in order to help the moderators of large scale, multi-party exercises. It has been designed as a communication and coordination tool to keep track of the execution of complex exercises with large number of injects and players. It enables the exchange of events and reports among users by managing a Master Event List (MSEL); massively injecting events; and collecting feedback from the exercise players. EXITO is web based and can be integrated with a Content Management System (CMS) like Drupal.

Collaborating DGs: 
DG Migration and Home Affairs

EXITO-Narrator is a web-based exercise management tool, which focuses on the story-telling aspect of a scenario, and is therefore particularly adept at driving high level political exercises.

Collaborating DGs: 
DG Migration and Home Affairs, DG Mobility and Transport

Information on Farm Advisory Systems set up by Member States


The FATE data portal displays the geographic layers offered by the Rural, Water and Ecosystem Resources Unit. In addition, it features a simple data query interface for finding requested data and layers. There are three map types: one for nutrient pressures, nitrate vulnerable zones and for chemical monitoring.


The JRC collects and maintains fisheries and aquaculture data transmitted by EU Member States under the remit of the Data Collection Framework (DCF) regulation. The datasets are assessed by teams of independent experts participating in working groups convened by the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) whose scientific advice is used to inform the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) decision making process.

Collaborating DGs: 
DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

The JRC's FACET exposure tool is a downloadable software to estimate consumers' exposure to food flavourings, food additives and substances that can migrate from food contact materials into food.

It contains databases of chemical concentrations for food flavourings and food additives, industry data on retail packaging composition, chemical occurrence data or their prediction, and food consumption diaries, which are then combined into probabilistic dietary exposure models.


Download meteo data derived from global atmospherical models.


The database of forest cover maps provides the user with a high level of spatial detail as well as geometric and thematic accuracy on the spatial distribution of European forests. This mapping service is needed for forest protection and conservation, forest resource analysis and climate change research. The service is provided by the European Forest Data Centre (EFDAC), which is a central point for forest information at the European level in support to relevant EU policies.

Forest Cover Maps

The forest pattern viewer, another service provided by EFDAC, displays the level and type of forest presence within Europe. The interactive tool allows the user to navigate through different themes and indicators. EFDAC is a central point for forest information at the European level, and supports relevant EU policies.

EFDAC Map Viewer

The Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) is an indicator of the state and productivity of vegetation and has been recognized as a fundamental surface parameter for environmental studies by international organizations, like the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). This quantity represents the fraction of the solar energy which is absorbed by vegetation and therefore plays the role of a battery during the plant photosynthetic process.