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 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.

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.


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


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.

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.


Collection of Good Agriculture and Environmental Conditions defined by Member States since 2007


This application is a web-enabled version of a tool that is on display in our JRC Visitor Centre in Ispra. It can show citizens how they can contribute to make our transport system more sustainable.

As such it delivers on one of the priorities of the Energy Union Communication with its "vision of an Energy Union with citizens at its core, where citizens take ownership of the energy transition".

Green Driving Tool
GuidosToolbox: Graphical User Interface for the Description of Image Objects and their Shapes

The free GuidosToolbox software contains generic raster image processing routines to analyse a variety of image object attributes such as pattern, fragmentation, distance, connectivity and network coherence.


Happy Onlife is a game and a toolkit for children and adults, aimed at raising awareness of the risks and opportunities of internet and promoting the best online practices.

Happy Onlife