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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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 ...

    24 May 2016

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Preparation and evaluation of sufficiently homogeneous and stable reference materials for priority hazardous substances in whole water

    We have prepared and evaluated three whole water test materials containing eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), six polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and tributyltin (TBT) with respect to homogeneity and short-term stability. The test mater ...

    29 May 2016

  17. Urban food consumption and associated water resources: The example of Dutch cities

    Full self-sufficiency in cities is a major concern. Cities import resources for food, water and energy security. They are however key to global sustainability, as they concentrate a rapidly increasing and urbanising population (or number of consumers). In ...

    27 May 2016

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. The Science of Art and Water – Water seen through the eyes of Jordanian Children

    17 Feb 2016 Under the Patronage of H.E. Dr Mohammed Thneibat, Minister of Education of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the JRC is participating in the inauguration of the exhibition on the Science and Art of Water in Jordan on 18 February 2016.    In Sep ...

    17 February 2016

  22. Alternative assessments of large scale Eutrophication using ecosystem simulations: hind-casting and scenario modelling

    The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) aims to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) of the EU's marine waters by 2020, and to protect the marine resources upon which economic and social activities depend. The progress achieved in marine mo ...

    13 May 2016

  23. AGU Fall Meeting

    14 Dec 2015 With nearly 24 000 attendees, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. Now in its 48th year, the AGU Fall Meeting brings together the entire Earth and space science communit ...

    18 December 2015

  24. Algal bloom and its economic impact

    Harmful algal blooms (HABs) represent a natural phenomena caused by a mass proliferation of phytoplankton (cyanobacteria, diatoms, dinoflagellates) in waterbodies. Blooms can be harmful for the environment, human health and aquatic life due to the product ...

    23 May 2016

  25. Assessing water ecosystem services for water resource management

    Ecosystem service concepts can offer a valuable approach for linking human and nature, and arguments for the conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems. Despite an increasing interest in the topic, the application for water resource management has ...

    04 May 2016