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  1. 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

  2. Interpretation of maps on the assessment of the Human-Environment system productivity into dedicated land degradation maps

    Land degradation is a complex and multidimensional issue. Mapping active degradation at continental or global level is virtually impossible given the local scale of the processes involved. However, patterns of human-environment interactions that are likel ...

    29 July 2016

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Calculating the costs of droughts in Europe

    05 Feb 2016 A recently published JRC article describes a new method to assess and predict the economic and physical damages caused by droughts. The tool could help policymakers develop drought management practices that would help improve food and energy s ...

    05 February 2016

  7. 2°C increase: more intense floods and droughts in Europe

    22 Jan 2016 A JRC co-authored study finds that a 2°C rise in global temperature – the threshold agreed in the Paris climate agreement – is still expected to lead to a significant increase in floods and droughts in many regions of Europe, particularly in s ...

    22 January 2016

  8. Mapping global patterns of drought risk: an empirical framework based on sub-national estimates of hazard, exposure and vulnerability

    A global map of drought risk has been elaborated at the sub-national administrative level. The motivation for this study is the observation that little research and no concerted efforts have been made at the global level to provide a consistent and equita ...

    23 May 2016

  9. Global analysis of food and nutrition security situation in food crisis hotspots

    This report provides a global overview of food insecurity due to different crises and natural disasters to support programming of the Pro-resilience Actions (PRO-ACT) funding mechanism, a component of the Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC) thematic ...

    28 April 2016

  10. JRC Annual Report 2015

    Discover the work of the JRC in 2015 in our online annual report Report on the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the JRC’s work carried out in 2015. An overview is given of the scientific achievements and activities. lbna27501enn_new_2. ...

    14 May 2016

  11. International Day for Disaster Reduction- JRC tools and analyses

    13 Oct 2015 The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is observed on 13 October every year to encourage communities and governments to take part in building more disaster-resilient societies. With its long-standing expertise in this area, the JR ...

    13 October 2015

  12. UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction- JRC participation

    14 Mar 2015 to 18 Mar 2015 The JRC will participate at the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. JRC involvement is outlined below. For more information on the complete conference, please visit the conference website.   14 March   Technolo ...

    04 March 2015

  13. JRC water portal

    http://water.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ The JRC water portal serves as the gateway to JRC’s information systems on freshwater and marine water resources, providing access (for view and download) to water data, publications, and maps, as well as to water projects a ...

    15 January 2015

  14. Europe hit by one of the worst droughts since 2003

    20 Aug 2015 Much of the European continent has been affected by severe drought in June and July 2015, one of the worst since the drought and heat wave of summer of 2003, according to the latest report by the JRC’s European Drought Observatory (EDO). The d ...

    20 August 2015

  15. Second Copernicus satellite: better data for JRC research

    23 Jun 2015 On 23 June, Sentinel-2A was launched from Kourou, French Guiana.  It is the second satellite in the joint European Union and European Space Agency Copernicus programme, following the launch of Sentinel in April 2014. Sentinel-2A will provide s ...

    23 June 2015

  16. European Drought Observatory

    EDO http://edo.jrc.ec.europa.eu/edov2/php/index.php?id=1000 The available data and tools of the European Drought Observatory (EDO) website includes free data, analysis tools such as one for comparing indicators, and the opportunity to download data for of ...

    01 September 2015

  17. Map viewer European Drought Observatory

    EDO Map viewer European Drought Observatory The European Drought Observatory (EDO) map viewer allows a user to apply different layers of data related to droughts onto the map of Europe. In addition, the maps are archived, so data is available since 2003. ...

    30 April 2014

  18. Climate change impact on hydrological cycles

    FLOODS-Climate Change Climate change impact on hydrological cycles This webpage provides information about the climate change impacts on hydrological resources and cycles; floods, droughts, water resources. Environment and climate change Safety and securi ...

    30 April 2014

  19. Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation

    FAPAR Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation 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 ...

    30 April 2014

  20. World Atlas of Desertification

    WAD http://wad.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ Climate change is expected to expand the world’s fragile drylands through an increased frequency, duration and severity of droughts. This may lead to an accelerated rate of desertification which, in turn, is likely to incr ...

    30 April 2014

  21. Meteorological Droughts in Europe. Events and Impacts- Past Trends and Future Projections.

    Observational records from 1950 onwards and climate projections for the 21st century provide evidence that droughts are a recurrent climate feature in large parts of Europe, especially in the Mediterranean, but also in western, south-eastern and central E ...

    21 February 2016

  22. The 2015-2016 El Niño event: expected impact on food security and main response scenarios in East and Southern Africa

    El Niño is a periodic climate phenomenon defined by anomalously warm sea surface temperatures in the eastern and central tropical Pacific Ocean which affect local weather worldwide and generally leads to increased drought risk at global level. In 2015, si ...

    22 January 2016

  23. ADO: a prototype of African Drought Observatory for drought monitoring and forecasting

    The African Drought Observatory (ADO) has been developed based on the experience of the European Drought Observatory (EDO) and on several tested drought products. The Map Viewer makes available drought-relevant information provided as maps of drought indi ...

    20 January 2016

  24. Global Drought Information System Workshop

    18 Dec 2014 A group of international experts convened in Pasadena, USA, to discuss the next steps in coordinating global and regional information on drought understanding, monitoring, forecasting and management. The “International Global Drought Informati ...

    18 December 2014

  25. Drought risk in Kenya

    30 Apr 2014 A recent JRC report on the current food security situation in Kenya finds that, due to a poor 2013-2014 short rains season, northern and northeastern parts of Kenya are affected by drought, and agricultural crop production in the southwest is ...

    14 November 2014