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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
A recent Conservation Nature article by global experts, including JRC scientists Luca Montanarella and Alberto Orgiazzi, finds a significant mismatch in global patterns of overlap between aboveground and soil biodiversity.
Biodiversity - the variety of life on the planet - has been in the global spotlight lately, with suggestions of a sixth mass extinction caused by human activities. However, although up to one quarter of terrestrial biodiversity lives in soil, the main focus of attention has mainly been on aboveground biodiversity.
Electric power generated by photovoltaic (PV) modules depends on the intensity of the light that illuminates them as well as on their temperature. Thus, in order to properly design a PV installation, we need to know how much sunlight will shine on it on average and how the PV modules respond to the environmental conditions that are typical for the chosen location. How can this information be collected and put together for planning future PV systems?