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.

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.


The flexible statistics and data analysis approach MATLAB (FSDA) Toolbox extends MATLAB and statistics toolbox to support a robust and efficient analysis of complex data sets.


GEM-E3 is an applied general equilibrium model that covers the interactions between the Economy, the Energy system and the Environment. It is well suited to evaluate climate and energy policies, as well as fiscal issues.

The GEM-E3 model has been used for several Directorates General of the European Commission, as well as for national authorities. The GEM-E3 modelling groups are also partner in several research projects, and analyses based on GEM-E3 have been published widely.

Map of Europe showing the different regions

The Geospatial Risk and Resilience Assessment Platform (GRRASP) can be used for the analysis of complex networked systems taking into consideration cross-sectoral and cross-border interdependencies.

Collaborating DGs: 
DG Migration and Home Affairs

An inventory of burned areas at monthly time periods for the year 2000 at a resolution of 1 km2 has been produced using SPOT-VGT satellite data. In this product, estimates of burned area and number of burn scars for four broad vegetation classes and reported at the country level for the year 2000 are presented using data taken from the inventory. Over 3.5 million km2 of burned areas were detected in the year 2000, of which approximately 80% occurred in areas described as woodlands and shrublands.


A new, global, burnt area product has been developed, from time series of SPOT-VGT data, and validated. Burnt areas are reported at a resolution of 1 km for seven fire years (2000 to 2007). A modified version of a Global Burnt Area (GBA) 2000 algorithm is used to compute global burnt area. The total area burnt each year (2000–-2007) is estimated to be between 3.5 million km2 and 4.5 million km2. The total amount of vegetation burnt by cover type according to the Global Land Cover (GLC) 2000 product is reported. Validation was undertaken using 72 Landsat TM scenes.


The Global Crisis Atlas is a service of the Commission that provides a catalogue of digital maps produced by its in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre, to meet the needs of the European External Action service (EEAS) and the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI). The service is financed by the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace.
The Global Crisis Atlas is intended to increase the awareness of geographic and crisis related issues, to provide the information basis to support decision making in potential crisis situations and in planning projects.

Global Crisis Atlas
Collaborating DGs: 
Service for Foreign Policy Instruments