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  1. Disaster risk management

    Natural and man-made hazards continuously threaten population in Europe and beyond. Managing risks associated with hazards is based on sound policy making in prevention, preparedness, response, and reconstruction activities. The JRC carries out extensive ...

    30 April 2014

  2. Technological accidents triggered by natural disasters

    Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, storms, etc., can damage chemical plants or oil and gas pipelines, causing the release of hazardous materials. These accidents are also called Natech accidents. Currently, there is little knowledge on the dy ...

    02 September 2015

  3. Space technologies for disaster risk reduction and response

    Measuring and anticipating the effects of future natural hazards is important in order to implement measures to mitigate the effects of disasters. In all phases of crisis management, satellite-derived information plays an essential role as a synoptic, ind ...

    02 September 2015

  4. Preventing industrial accidents

    Chemical installations, petrochemical and oil refineries, and storage facilities are hazardous installations which need to be safe and secure from internal (technical failure, human error, etc.) and external (natural hazards, terrorist attacks, etc.) even ...

    02 September 2015

  5. Hazards and risks of climate change impacts

    Due to Climate Change, frequencies of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and heat waves are expected to increase in the future. The JRC works on predicting and making impact assessments of such events. Floods To increase preparedness for floo ...

    01 September 2015

  6. Floods

    The JRC’s research on floods focuses on improving preparedness and response during a flood crisis, mainly through early warning and monitoring systems, but also through the assessment of mitigation and prevention measures. It has developed several systems ...

    01 September 2015

  7. Fires

    Forest fires occur regularly all over Europe and it is very likely that the damage they cause will increase in the future. The JRC monitors European forests to continually assess the risk of fires, provide early alerts and provide information on active fi ...

    01 September 2015

  8. Earthquakes and tsunamis

    Earthquakes are the natural hazard that generates the largest number of human casualties in the modern society.  Likewise, it is estimated that they are responsible for about 35% of the economic losses generated by natural disasters. Tsunamis are among th ...

    18 May 2015

  9. Desertification and drought

    Drought and desertification are closely related phenomena. Persisting over months or years, drought can affect large areas and may have serious environmental, social and economic impacts. While drought is a natural phenomenon, whose impacts can be exacerb ...

    18 May 2015

  10. Atmospheric dispersion

    Atmospheric dispersion models  are used to estimate or to predict the downwind concentration of air pollutants or harmful substances emitted from sources. They have widespread use in situations such as emergency response, the planning of policies and stra ...

    30 April 2014

  11. Natural and man-made hazards

    Natural and man-made hazards include, for instance, droughts, desertification, floods, fires, earthquakes and dispersion of radioactive gases in the atmosphere.  They have significant social, environmental and economic impacts. The JRC carries out extensi ...

    18 May 2015

  12. Global Flood Partnership Conference 2016

    29 Jun 2016 to 01 Jul 2016 The 6th Annual Conference of the Global Flood Partnership will take place in Ispra on 29, 30 June and 1 July. Fifty flood experts from organisations like the JRC, NASA, ECMWF, the World Food Program, the Red Cross and Red Cresce ...

    24 June 2016

  13. Building a resilient Europe in a globalised world

    30 Sep 2015 Resilience determines the capacity to successfully deal with difficult events and to adapt and overcome adversity, and in a changing world creates stability, which in turn promotes job creation, economic growth and environmental sustainability ...

    28 October 2015

  14. UN’s World Humanitarian Summit – Europe’s take in rethinking actions

    23 May 2016 At the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, key priorities advanced by the EU at the summit include: investment in resilience, efficient and effective financing, respect for international humanitarian law, preventing and ending crises, and br ...

    23 May 2016

  15. 1st International Workshop on Resilience

    20 Sep 2016 How do we use resilience-based seismic engineering to steward our built environment and make it safer, resilient and sustainable in the future? It is the objective of this workshop to assess and develop strategies on how to improve community r ...

    22 September 2016

  16. Ethiopia: JRC teams up with UNICEF to locate lifesaving groundwater

    20 May 2016 Many areas in Ethiopia are currently facing water-related emergencies due to El Niño-induced drought, which has left 5.8 million people across the country without access to safe water. The JRC has provided satellite images of the worst affecte ...

    20 May 2016

  17. An integrated simulation tool for analyzing the Operation and Interdependency of Natural Gas and Electric Power Systems

    In this paper, we present an integrated simulation tool for analysing the interdependency of natural gas and electric power systems in terms of security of energy supply. In the first part, we develop mathematical models for the individual systems. In par ...

    15 July 2016

  18. Arctic Council Workshop on Resilience

    13 Mar 2016 to 15 Mar 2016 As part of this year's Arctic Science Summit Week (12-18 March 2016), IES scientist Julian Wilson will participate in the Arctic Council Workshop on Resilience as a nominated member of the workshop steering committee.   Fur ...

    11 March 2016

  19. HOTLAB 2016- Annual meeting on hot laboratories and remote handling

    02 Oct 2016 to 06 Oct 2016 JRC Karlsruhe has the pleasure to organise the HOTLAB 2016 Conference, the 53 rd Annual meeting on 'hot' laboratories and remote handling in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). HOTLAB 2016 w ...

    06 March 2016

  20. Nanomaterials for application in agriculture, feed and food

    Background: Nanotechnology applications can be found in agricultural production, animal feed, food processing, food additives and food contact materials (hereinafter referred to as agri/feed/food). A great diversity of nanomaterials is reported to be curr ...

    22 July 2016

  21. Climate resilient and low carbon development

    09 Mar 2016 At the 9th of March’s External Cooperation Info Point, IES scientist Apollonia Miola will give a presentation in which she will speak about "Climate resilient and low carbon development- the new JRC global index to support the EU’s Global ...

    02 March 2016

  22. Cosmetics Europe compilation of historical serious eye damage/eye irritation in vivo data analysed by drivers of classification to support the selection of chemicals for development and evaluation of alternative methods/strategies: the Draize eye test Ref

    A thorough understanding of which of the effects assessed in the in vivo Draize eye test are responsible for driving UN GHS/EU CLP classification is critical for an adequate selection of chemicals to be used in the development and/or evaluation of alterna ...

    15 July 2016

  23. New modelling data points to a surge in extreme weather events in Europe under global warming

    18 Apr 2016 Researchers at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have joined forces with different European modelling groups to produce a new and more consistent set of multiple climate-hazard modelling data. The key findings of the s ...

    15 April 2016

  24. Workshop on Risk Assessment for Natural-Hazard Impact on Hazardous Chemical Installations

    16 Mar 2016 This training workshop will give an overview of the risks of natural-hazard impact on hazardous chemical facilities and provide hands-on training on the JRC's RAPID-N tool for rapid Natech risk assessment and mapping to support decision m ...

    17 March 2016

  25. European droughts set to become more prevalent by the end of the century

    01 Apr 2016 A recently published JRC report investigates the trends and impacts of past and future meteorological drought events in Europe, and the implications of a projected drier future for southern Europe and a wetter future for northern Europe. Meteo ...

    01 April 2016