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  1. Water governance

    Rivers and seas are a common resource for the countries that share their basins. A key example in Europe is the Danube river which is 2 800 km long, passes through 10 countries and receives water from 19 countries. The JRC’s activities focus on assessing ...

    02 September 2015

  2. Water biodiversity

    Freshwater ecosystems are among the most degraded and threatened ecosystems at the global scale. Given the likelihood that demand for available water resources in Europe and worldwide will increase in the future, water ecosystem services need to be protec ...

    02 September 2015

  3. Water

    Water represents a societal challenge. On a planet where 70% of the surface is covered by water, only 1% of this amount is actually usable freshwater. In the European Union, water scarcity and droughts already affect one third of the European territory an ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Sentinel-3 data to allow closer look at Black Sea environmental state

    22 Jun 2016 A major oceanographic campaign led by the JRC is underway in the Black Sea. It will allow scientists to thoroughly examine the biological and optical features of a marine region of utmost political and economic importance that is highly influe ...

    22 June 2016

  5. 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

  6. Ocean acidification exacerbated by emissions from ships on major shipping routes

    08 Jun 2016 The theme of the 2016 World Oceans Day celebrated on 8 June is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet". The day coincides with the official publication of a new JRC study simulating the impact of SO 2 emissions from ships on ocean acidification. ...

    09 June 2016

  7. Global precipitation like you’ve never seen it before!

    03 Jun 2016 Accurate information on precipitation (i.e. rainfall and snowfall) is a prerequisite for almost any scientific undertaking related to hydrological issues. An international team of researchers headed by scientists from the Joint Research Centre ...

    03 June 2016

  8. From concept to reality: novel surface water reference materials used in two laboratory intercomparisons

    27 May 2016 Scientists from 11 research organisations – including the JRC-  have demonstrated the quality and applicability of whole water reference materials for the determination of organic contaminants in natural waters. This work is supporting the imp ...

    27 May 2016

  9. 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

  10. Could dams replace glaciers in the Alps?

    20 May 2016 Future summer water shortages, expected as a consequence of ongoing glacier retreat could be substantially mitigated by water management in reservoirs. This is the result of a study led by the JRC and the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL. ...

    20 May 2016

  11. 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

  12. Fighting marine eutrophication requires nutrient input reductions

    17 May 2016 In a recently published technical report that assesses coastal and marine eutrophication based on data from ecosystem modelling, JRC scientists find increasing eutrophication problems that will require further nutrient reduction measures.   Th ...

    17 May 2016

  13. The potential of water infrastructure to accommodate solar PV systems in Mediterranean islands

    Electricity production in Mediterranean islands currently depends heavily on imported fossil fuels. This strategy has several disadvantages and has been accused of hindering the islands’ sustainable development. In the present research an integrated appro ...

    21 July 2016

  14. EU-AU-IIASA Evidence and Policy Event

    30 Aug 2016 to 02 Sep 2016 In a complex world, evidence-based policymaking can enhance the effectiveness of public policies. To develop the necessary skills for improving practices in better integrating evidence into policy-making, the European and Africa ...

    27 July 2016

  15. Guidelines on assessing the environmental added value of an environmental technology in a life-cycle perspective at the proposal stage

    Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) is a new tool enabling the verification of the performance claims put forward by developers of innovative environmental technologies. The EU-ETV programme, launched in 2011 by DG-ENV, is supported by Technical W ...

    15 July 2016

  16. Guidelines on Auditing Test Bodies

    Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) is a new tool enabling the verification of the performance claims put forward by developers of innovative environmental technologies. The EU-ETV programme, launched in 2011 by DG-ENV, is supported by Technical W ...

    15 July 2016

  17. China-EU Workshop on Water & Air

    14 Mar 2016 to 15 Mar 2016 This joint China-EU Workshop on Water & Air policy will provide an opportunity for policy makers, experts and stakeholders to examine the policy challenges and the responses to these major environmental threats, including th ...

    11 March 2016

  18. EcoSummit 2016

    29 Aug 2016 to 01 Sep 2016 'The 5th International EcoSummit Congress, EcoSummit 2016- Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change, will take place at The Corum Convention Centre, Montpellier. This conference series was founded in 1996 in Copenhagen ...

    11 March 2016

  19. A new indicator maps and quantifies invasive alien species in the Mediterranean

    22 Apr 2016 A newly developed index identifies areas of the Mediterranean Sea which are most affected by non-native, invasive alien species introduced through the Suez Canal, by aquaculture or through shipping. The top invaders appear to be algae, accordi ...

    22 April 2016

  20. JRC’s food waste article selected as an ERL highlight of 2015

    20 Apr 2016 A JRC article published in August 2015 on consumer food waste in the EU has been selected as one of the 25 pioneering articles published in the recently published Environmental Research Letters (ERL) highlights of 2015. The 25 highlights were ...

    20 April 2016

  21. Using benthic algae to assess the quality of European lakes and rivers

    30 Mar 2016 Phytobenthos, the plants that live on or near the bottom of rivers and lakes, are among the biological quality elements indicated by the Water Framework Directive as biological monitors of the ecological status of rivers and lakes. A recently ...

    30 March 2016

  22. 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics

    07 Feb 2016 to 12 Feb 2016 Ecohydraulics is central to many challenges facing river and water resource management around the world. It links the disciplines of hydraulics with aquatic ecology, water engineering, fluvial geomorphology and biogeochemistry. ...

    05 January 2016

  23. Understanding the role of iron in the oceanic sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide: measurement quality matters

    23 Mar 2016 JRC scientists estimated, in collaboration with Plymouth University (UK), the combined uncertainty for the determination of the dissolved iron amount content in seawater. The latter is measured to elucidate the biogeochemical cycling of this e ...

    23 March 2016

  24. CERTIFICATION REPORT The certification of the mass fractions of hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) in fish tissue: ERM®-CE100

    This report describes the production of ERM®-CE100, a fish (biota) material certified for the mass fractions of hexachlorobenzene and hexachlorobutadiene. This material was produced following ISO Guide 34:2009 [] and is certified in accordance to ISO Guid ...

    29 June 2016

  25. CERTIFICATION REPORT: The certification of the concentration of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in surface water: ERM®-CA100

    This report describes the production of ERM®-CA100, a surface water material certified for the concentrations of naphthalene, anthracene, fluoranthene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, benzo[k]fluoranthene, benzo[a]pyrene and indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene. The material was ...

    27 June 2016