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 Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) is a web-based platform that in case of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and cyclones, sends automatic alerts via e-mail, fax or SMS to the international first responders community. GDACS combines information on the event, the population in the affected area and the vulnerability of that population to derive an alert level that indicates the probability for a catastrophic situation with needs for international humanitarian intervention.

Acronym: 
GDACS
Collaborating DGs: 
DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)

This webpage provides the data sources that were used to create the GEM Travel Time to Major Cities map.

Acronym: 
GEM-data sources

A new map of Travel Time to Major Cities - developed by the European Commission and the World Bank - captures the connectivity and the concentration of economic activity. The map shows how accessible some parts of the world have become whilst other regions have remained isolated. Accessibility - whether it is to markets, schools, hospitals or water - is a precondition for the satisfaction of almost any economic need.

Acronym: 
GEM-Travel time to major cities

The Global Flood Detection System web application publishes the results of a new processing technique for remote sensing data that allows near real-time detection of flooded areas worldwide. GFDS provides maps, alerts, and the raw data for users ranging from emergency managers and public authorities to scientists and web developers.

Acronym: 
GFDS
Collaborating DGs: 
DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)

The main objectives of the Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) are: 1) To build a globally-consistent, multi-scale and detailed representation of built-up areas with free public access through standard protocols – nominal target information production scales are 1:10K and 1:50K. 1:500K and other more general scales are derived by aggregation.

Acronym: 
GHSL
Collaborating DGs: 
DG Regional and Urban Policy

The JRC coordinated and implemented the Global Land Cover 2000 Project (GLC 2000) in collaboration with a network of partners around the world. The general objective is to provide for the year 2000 a harmonised land cover database over the whole globe. The year 2000 is considered as a reference year for environmental assessment in relation to various activities, in particular the  Ecosystem-related International Conventions of the United Nations. In fact, the GLC2000 dataset was used in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

Acronym: 
GLC2000
GMIS Primary Production Climatology SEAWIFS December

The Global Marine Information System (GMIS) facilitates access to satellite remote sensing data (such as ocean colour).

Acronym: 
GMIS

The Global Multi-country model (GM), jointly developed by the JRC and DG ECFIN, has been designed in 2014 to complement the model QUEST to support the EC in its macroeconomic surveillance, monitoring and forecasting tasks. It is regularly used to contribute to the Spring and Autumn releases of the European Economic Forecasts by providing model-based drivers identification of forecast of GDP.

Acronym: 
GM
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.

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.

Acronym: 
GMOMETHODS

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