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  1. 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

  2. Sensitivity of burned area in Europe to climate change, atmospheric CO2 levels, and demography: A comparison of two fire-vegetation models

    Global environmental changes and human activity influence wildland fires worldwide, but the relative importance of the individual factors varies regionally and their interplay can be difficult to disentangle. Here we evaluate projected future changes in b ...

    23 April 2016

  3. Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre

    DRMKC Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre The Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) aims at enhancing the EU and Member States resilience to disasters and their capacity to prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies through a strengthen ...

    05 November 2015

  4. Towards a science and technology roadmap for disaster risk reduction

    27 Jan 2016 Over a thousand scientists, policymakers and practitioners are gathering in Geneva this week to agree on concrete ways that science and technology can contribute to managing disaster risk and reducing disaster losses, as envisaged by the Senda ...

    27 January 2016

  5. Development of a Global Fire Weather Database

    The Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index (FWI) System is the mostly widely used fire danger rating system in the world. We have developed a global database of daily FWI System calculations, beginning in 1980, called the Global Fire WEather Database (GFWED) ...

    17 April 2016

  6. Seasonal forecasting of fire over Kalimantan, Indonesia

    Large-scale fires occur frequently across Indonesia, particularly in the southern region of Kalimantan and eastern Sumatra. They have considerable impacts on carbon emissions, haze production, biodiversity, health, and economic activities. In this study, ...

    01 April 2016

  7. European Crisis Management Laboratory

    ECML The European Crisis Management Laboratory acts as a research, development and test facility for ICT focused solutions which integrate devices, applications, and crisis management related information sources to support crisis management needs, such as ...

    19 May 2015

  8. Estimating burned area in Mato Grosso, Brazil, using an object-based classification method on a systematic sample of medium resolution satellite images

    This paper presents a new approach for estimating burned areas at a regional scale, using a systematic sample of medium spatial resolution satellite images. This approach is based on a pan-tropical deforestation survey developed by the Joint Research Cent ...

    03 March 2016

  9. Historical Analysis of U.S. Onshore Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Accidents Triggered by Natural Hazards

    Incidents at U.S. onshore hazardous liquid pipeline systems were analyzed with an emphasis on natural hazards. Incidents triggered by natural hazards (natechs) were identified by keyword-based data mining and expert review supplemented by various data sou ...

    18 March 2016

  10. 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

  11. Exceptionally quiet fire season in 2014

    18 Sep 2015 The JRC technical report ‘Forest Fires in Europe, Middle East and North Africa 2014’ has been released today. This is the 15 th issue of the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) annual report on forest fires, produced by the JRC in ...

    18 September 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. EFFIS helps combat forest fires in Greece

    20 Jul 2015 The severe forest fires that took hold in Greece on 17 July have been brought mostly under control following the EU’s immediate response to Greece’s activation of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism on Friday afternoon. Within a matter of hours ...

    20 July 2015

  14. Using Science for Disaster Risk Reduction

    16 Mar 2015 The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction kicked off in Sendai, Japan, on 14 March. Several thousand participants are attending the four-day conference where also JRC Director-General, Vladimir Šucha, is presenting the role and ...

    16 March 2015

  15. European Forest Fire Information System- current situation map

    EFFIS Current situation- European Forest Fire Information System The EFFIS (European Forest Fire Information System) Current Situation map viewer displays the most up to date information on the current fire situation in Europe and the Mediterranean area, ...

    30 April 2014

  16. Global Burnt Area

    GBA2000 Global Burnt Area An inventory of burned areas at monthly time periods for the year 2000 at a resolution of 1 km2 has been produced using SPOT-VGT satellite data. In this product, estimates of burned area and number of burn scars for four broad ve ...

    30 April 2014

  17. Global Burnt Area 2000-2007

    L3JRC Global Burnt Area 2000-2007 A new, global, burnt area product has been developed, from time series of SPOT-VGT data, and validated. Burnt areas are reported at a resolution of 1 km for seven fire years (2000 to 2007). A modified version of a Global ...

    30 April 2014

  18. Science for development

    In support of EU policies, the JRC develops tools and provides analyses on a wide range of vital issues such as food security, crises management, energy and environmental monitoring. The JRC also relies on the cooperation with international partners to be ...

    01 December 2015

  19. Burnt areas from forest fires halved in 2013

    22 Sep 2014 In 2013, forest fires burnt 305 904 hectares in the EU. 95% of this area (291 101 hectares) was located in the five larger EU countries of the Mediterranean region: Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece, with some severe fire events also t ...

    22 September 2014

  20. Forest Fires in Europe, Middle East and North Africa 2014

    This is the 15th issue of the EFFIS annual report on forest fires for the year 2014. This report is consolidated as highly appreciated documentation of the previous year's forest fires in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In its different section ...

    29 October 2015

  21. EFFIS supports EU firefighting assistance to Greece

    27 Aug 2014 The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) is actively helping the European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) monitor two forest fires currently raging in Greece. It forecasts that the fire danger will re ...

    27 August 2014

  22. Severe forest fire in Sweden

    05 Aug 2014 The largest forest fire in Sweden's recent history is raging through the Sala and Surahammar municipalities in Västmanland County, Sweden. Nearby villages have been evacuated, and the fire has been declared a national emergency. Emergency ...

    05 August 2014

  23. Harmonising information on fire events: the European Fire database

    23 Jun 2014 The European Fire Database is an important component of the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), the focal point of information on forest fires in Europe established by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Directorate General fo ...

    23 June 2014

  24. Assessment of areas of selective logging and burned forests in Mato Grosso State, Brazil, from satellite imagery

    This paper presents a semi-automated procedure for mapping degraded forest areas in Mato Grosso state, Brazil, from medium (30m) resolution satellite imagery. In the Brazilian Amazon region forest degradation in the context of UNFCCC REDD+ (i.e. considere ...

    15 September 2015

  25. Monitoring fires in protected areas worldwide

    02 Dec 2013 Between 3.5 and 4.5 million square kilometres of land surface are burnt every year. More than half of this burnt surface is in Africa, which has more than 6000 protected areas across 50 countries. The Joint Research Centre today launched a web ...

    02 December 2013