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23-04-2014
Alien species gateways to European Seas
A recent IES article provides useful information to help target national and European measures to prevent future introductions of marine alien species to European Seas.
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18-04-2014
Guidance on monitoring of marine litter in European seas
© EU, 2014A JRC guidance document for monitoring marine litter in European seas provides recommendations and information to support the establishment of monitoring programmes to help achieve good environmental status of European seas.
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16-04-2014
EU’s invasive alien species blacklist
The European Parliament voted to accept a Regulation to draw up a blacklist of the most damaging invasive alien species (IAS) in the EU, in an effort to tighten and coordinate controls within Member States to prevent the spreading of such IAS.
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14-04-2014
Parasite species may not be as abundant as currently predicted
Asn IES article recently published in the International Journal for Parasitology on the assessment of parasite biodiversity suggests that current predictions are likely to severely overestimate global parasite diversity.
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14-04-2014
Well-advanced winter crops would now welcome rain
The latest MARS Crop Monitoring in Europe Bulletin finds that the exceptionally mild spring conditions throughout Europe advanced winter cereal development, and prospects are generally good.
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08-04-2014
Finding the best options to mitigate nitrogen water pollution from agriculture
Photo: E. Testa, © EUIES scientists have recently published an article that highlights the value of models in exploring mitigation options to reduce nitrogen in water from agricultural sources, and to support the implementation of measures in Member States.
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04-04-2014
The Copernicus Era begins: Sentinel-1a successfully launched
The EU successfully launched the Sentinel-1a, the first satellite of the EU’s Copernicus Earth observation project, will provide all-weather, day and night radar imaging for land and ocean services.
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03-04-2014
GuidosToolbox 2.0 – finding pathways and connectivity in image data
The IES has recently launched version 2.0 of the free pattern analysis software collection GuidosToolbox. The newly added features extend the fields of application of the toolbox, and should be of interest to anyone involved in spatial pattern analysis and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
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02-04-2014
The European week of bees and pollination
Photo: H. Scheeren, © JRCOn the occasion of the European week of bees and pollinators (31 March – 2 April), IES Director Maria Betti presents the work of the JRC on mapping and assessing pollination services in Europe at a high-level conference ‘A new spring for bees’ at the European Parliament.
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01-04-2014
New scientific breakthrough in modelling the carbon cycle
The IES co-authored an article published in PNAS that shows how recent advances in monitoring technology can greatly improve measurements of the photosynthetic output of cropland and grassland ecosystems.
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28-03-2014
Global Partnership for enhanced resilience to flood risk
Photo: D. Vanham; © JRCThe Global Flood Partnership, co-led by the JRC and the Dartmouth Flood Observatory, was launched in March 2014. It will provide globally applicable flood monitoring and forecasting tools and services, and short- and long-term flood risk assessment tools.
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24-03-2014
Continued mild crop conditions across Europe
The latest MARS Crop Monitoring in Europe Bulletin finds that the exceptionally mild winter conditions throughout Europe and the favourable start to spring resulted in promising prospects for the season.
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11-03-2014
Copernicus Expert Group - Call for Expressions of Interest
Calls for expressions of interest for participation in the Copernicus Expert Group are open throughout the lifetime of the Copernicus programme, but are encouraged by 28 March 2014.
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07-03-2014
Monitoring the environmental impact of waste management with lifecycle-based indicators
An IES article investigates the use of quantitative lifecycle-based indicators in quantifying and monitoring the environmental effects of European waste management.
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03-03-2014
Rising flood losses require increased EU adaptation efforts
Photo: Max Mayorov; flickr.comA JRC article in Nature Climate Change investigates the financial risks posed by large-scale floods across the EU, which could potentially cost €23.5 billion by 2050.  
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27-02-2014
Greater efforts required to improve the state of European seas
photo: J. MaesThe IES has published an in-depth report on EU Member States’ submissions regarding the first phase of their implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
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25-02-2014
Reference Report on the management of contaminated sites in Europe
The JRC has published a Reference Report led by the IES, which presents the current state of knowledge on the management of contaminated sites in Europe. In order to track the progress of the management of contaminated sites, the new report summarises the information obtained from 27 EIONET National Reference Centres for Soil during the 2011-2012 data collection campaign organised by the European Soil Data Centre, managed by the JRC.
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25-02-2014
DEVOTool – helping select marine biodiversity indicators
A new software tool to help select marine biodiversity indicators has been launched within the DEVOTES FP7 project, of which the JRC is a partner.
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24-02-2014
Exceptionally mild and wet winter
The latest MARS Crop Monitoring Bulletin reports that conditions from the beginning of this year have been exceptionally wet in several parts of western Europe, and very mild throughout the subcontinent.
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19-02-2014
Impacts of the EU Cohesion Policy on land use
An IES report investigates the territorial and environmental impacts of the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, which represents about 1/3 of the EU budget.
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18-02-2014
SCRR Peter Wilson Lecture: Running out of Land - a new Global Challenge
On 10 February 2014, Dr Alan Belward gave the annual SCRR Peter Wilson lecture to a packed lecture theatre and overspill area at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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14-02-2014
Highlight: Launch of the Soil Atlas of Latin America and the Caribbean
The first ever comprehensive overview of the soils of Latin America and the Caribbean, coordinated by the JRC in collaboration with soil scientists from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, was launched at the the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago on 14 February 2014. The Atlas was funded by the European Commission's DG Development and Cooperation - EUROCLIMA Programme. 
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07-02-2014
JRC support to Commission's Recommendation on shale gas
Following an impact assessment carried out by the IES, the Commission adopted a Recommendation that invites EU Member States to adopt minimum standards in order to address environmental and health concerns related to shale gas extraction.
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06-02-2014
Pan-European flood hazard mapping
In a recent article, the JRC presented a new pan-European flood hazard map, the first of its kind at 100-metre resolution.
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06-02-2014
Launch of the Life Cycle Data Network – call for contributions
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29-01-2014
Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas
A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns was launched at the Science Policy Symposium for Freshwater Life.
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28-01-2014
Running out of Land… a new Global Challenge
On 10 February 2014, IES Head of Unit Alan Belward will give a lecture at the Royal Society of Edinburgh entitled 'Running out of Land - a new Global Challenge', in which he introduces some of the policies that impact global land-use and highlights the role of Earth-imaging satellites in responding to these.
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27-01-2014
Hardening of winter cereals significantly delayed
The first MARS Crop monitoring in Europe bulletin of 2014 reports that the hardening of winter cereals is significantly delayed in western and central Europe.
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23-01-2014
Healthier diets can lead to greater water savings across all EU regions
A recent study by the IES finds that switching to vegetarian diets or healthy diets that are low in oils and sugar could lead to substantial reductions in water consumption in all EU regions.
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20-01-2014
The ENVIFOOD Protocol – facilitating consumer choice for greener products
Photo by TowerGirl, flickr: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcodeThe ENVIFOOD Protocol version 1.0 provides specific guidance for assessing the environmental impact of food, feed and drink products throughout their full lifecycles.
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17-01-2014
The Carbon Calculator – facilitating low-carbon farming
In collaboration with DG Environment, the JRC has recently finalised the Certification of Low Carbon Farming Practices project, which involved the development of the Carbon Calculator - a tool for assessing the environmental performance of farming activities.
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17-01-2014
Call for abstracts for the INSPIRE 2014 Conference
The call for abstracts for the INSPIRE 2014 Conference has been published (deadline 14 March 2014), and the public consultation on INSPIRE implementation is still open until 24 February 2014.

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10-01-2014
Global drought frequency, duration and severity from 1951 to 2010
IES scientists have recently published a paper in the International Journal of Climatology that provides an overview of the global areas most hit by drought events in the past 60 years.
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09-01-2014
Highlight January 2014: Europe to suffer more severe and persistent droughts
© EU; Photo: C. Gardi

The JRC and the University of Kassel carried out a study which reveals that droughts in Europe are expected to be more frequent and intense by the end of this century. The results were published in January in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, an open access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

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09-01-2014
European floods
Photo by Roman Hobler, via flickrEFAS flood alerts issued to the UK and Ireland
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20-12-2013
2015 designated the International Year of Soils
The United Nations General Assemly has designated 5 December as World Soil Day and declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils
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17-12-2013
Organic carbon stock in agricultural soils
An IES article describing a new model for estimating pan-European organic carbon in agricultural soils was published in Global Soil Biology.
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16-12-2013
No frost kill expected in the near future
The latest MARS crop monitoring in Europe bulletin reports that winter cereals are hardening well in large parts of Europe, making them more tolerant of low winter temperatures.
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13-12-2013
Feeling INSPIRED? The Commission wants your opinion
Public consultation on the implementation of the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community - INSPIRE Directive (2007/2/EC)
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10-12-2013
INSPIRE Implementing Rules on interoperability
Milestone INSPIRE Regulation on the published on the Implementing Rules on interoperability of spatial data sets and services.
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09-12-2013
MARS Bulletin - 2013 campaign review
The latest MARS Bulletin summarises the 2012-13 campaign, which has been marked by an unusually prolonged winter for western and central Europe and heavy rainfall in May and June.
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06-12-2013
Human impacts on the Mediterranean and Black Sea ecosystems
A JRC study finds that much of the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, and EU territorial waters is heavily impacted by human activities.
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05-12-2013
World Soil Day
On the occasion of the World Soil Day, the JRC has launched the French version of the European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity.
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02-12-2013
Monitoring fires in protected areas worldwide
The Joint Research Centre today launched a web tool to monitor the fire activity in protected areas worldwide.
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27-11-2013
Recent warming of Mediterranean waters: How much is due to climate change?
An article by IES scientists published today finds that anthropogenic causes of the warming of the Mediterranean Sea could be masked by the effect of naturally occurring multidecadal oscillations in sea surface temperature.
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26-11-2013
Warsaw Climate Summit – dealing new challenges
COP19 set the timetable to prepare for COP21, agreed to establish an international mechanism for loss and damage, and agreed on a REDD+ framework.
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25-11-2013
Good start to winter crops
The latest MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin reports that winter sowing activities and crop establishment have progressed well under favourable weather conditions.
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22-11-2013
A model for the assessment of habitat conservation in the EU
A recent JRC Scientific and Policy Report by IES scientist J. Maes presents a model to assess habitat conservation status in Europe, and how this may change in the future as a function of drivers of change of biodiversity.
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20-11-2013
G2 – a dynamic soil erosion model
A recently published IES article illustrates the application of a the G2 model, a new model for erosion which resulted from the cooperation of the IES and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
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08-11-2013
The Emissions Gap Report 2013
The IES contributed to the Emissions Gap Report 2013, which warns of the urgency in curbing greenhouse gas emissions if we are to prevent dangerous climate change.
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04-11-2013
IES signs Collaboration Agreement with IASS
On 30 October, on the occasion of the Global Soil Week in Berlin, IES Director Maria Betti and the Director of the Potsdam Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Klaus Töpfer, signed a 5-year Collaboration Agreement that aims to foster cooperation of the two institutes in the field of sustainable soil management.
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04-11-2013
Highlight November 2013 - Good news on global CO2 emissions
IES scientists G. Janssens-Maenhout and M. Muntean are co-authors of the ‘Trends in Global CO2 Emissions – 2013 Report’, which reports a first sign of a slowdown in the annual increase in global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2012. The report, the latest in an annual series produced jointly by the JRC and the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, was published on 31 October 2013.
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30-10-2013
The eStation, Earth observation processing server
The JRC recently presented the new developments of its eStation, a dedicated processing server for the operational environmental monitoring of land condition in Africa. They are described in an article published in Ecological Informatics.
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25-10-2013
Water requirements by livestock in Europe
The JRC released a series of maps of water requirements by livestock in Europe. They were published in the Ecosystem Services journal.
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23-10-2013
IPCC adopts 2013 KP LULUCF supplement
The IES co-authored the 2013 Revised Supplementary Methods and Good Practice Guidance Arising from the Kyoto Protocol (2013 KP LULUCF supplement), which was recently adopted by the IPCC.
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22-10-2013
IES featured in Euronews programme on air pollution research
IES scientists were interviewed in a Euronews futuris feature which shows how the IES uses an automatic monitoring station on board a commercial cruise ship to measure air pollution over the Western Mediterranean.
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21-10-2013
Satisfactory summer crop yield forecast for the EU
The latest MARS crop monitoring bulletin shows that yield forecasts are on or above the five-year average for many summer crops.
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17-10-2013
Highlight October 2013 - Climate Change 2013 – "the heat is on"
The IPCC released the 'Climate Change 2013: the Physical Science Basis – Summary for Policymakers' on 27 September 2013. This is a 20-page summary of an over 2,000-page document which describes the latest knowledge about the state and causes of global climate change, based on physical science evidence. It was prepared by 258 experts from around the world, including the IES. The Summary confirms that climate change is a reality and that the planet has been warming increasingly rapidly since the mid-20th century, and finds that it is “extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of observed warming since the mid-20th century”.
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17-10-2013
Defining common management objectives for aquatic ecosystems
The IES supported the recent Commission Decision establishing the values of the Member State water monitoring system classifications, by facilitating a large-scale intercalibration exercise involved hundreds of EU experts.
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15-10-2013
Bridging the gap between ecosystem modelling tools and geographic information systems
The IES co-authored an article that proposes a new framework for implementing interdisciplinary model interoperability in order to better understand the spatial dynamics between climate, ocean chemistry, marine food webs, and human systems, and their combined impacts on ecosystems.
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15-10-2013
IES awarded ISESS 2013 Best Scientific Paper Award
The IES was among the authors awarded the Best Scientific Paper Award in the ISESS 2013 conference.
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11-10-2013
New method to study mountainous terrains with satellite imagery
An article descirbing a new method developed by the IES which obtained remarkable results in correcting surface shapes of satellite imagery to study mountainous terrains has been published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.
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10-10-2013
Global methane emissions sources and sinks from 1980 to 2010
The JRC contributed to the Global Carbon Project, which evaluated global methane sources and sinks from 1980 to 2010. Results were recently published in Nature Geoscience.
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04-10-2013
Introducing BioMA to Macedonia
The JRC's Biophysical Model Applications platform (BioMA was recently used by the Republic of Macedonia in preparing their Third National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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02-10-2013
The economic benefits of adapting to river floods
IES scientists co-authored an article that presents the first appraisal of the socio-economic impacts of river floods in the EU in view of climate and socio-economic changes. They find that adaptation to such flood risk could be highly cost-effective.
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02-10-2013
Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook
IES scientist G. Dubois is one of the 17 international contributing authors of the ‘Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook’ (GBIO) report, which was released today.
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02-10-2013
Aerosols and Climate Extremes
The IES co-authored an article that illustrates the significant effect of aerosols on climate extremes such as floods and droughts. The article finds that a global reduction of aerosols can greatly enforce the global warming effect of greenhouse gases.
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27-09-2013
Latest IPCC report on climate science
The first document of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of Working Group I (WGI), was presented today. Findings were based on models including the IES EDGAR database.
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23-09-2013
Towards a European Green Infrastructure – connecting Natura 2000 forest sites
The IES has developed a model to carry out pan-European harmonised assessments of the connectivity of protected areas, which could help map and build a ‘Green Infrastructure’ in Europe and guide forest conservation and restoration efforts.
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16-09-2013
Above-average EU crop yields forecasted - mixed outlook for maize
The latest MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin maintains the forecast of above-average yields for EU-28 winter cereal crops in 2013. The season for these crops has now finished, in general with good weather conditions during the harvest across Europe.
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13-09-2013
Highlight September 2013 - Mapping and assessing Europe’s pollination potential

An IES article on how pollination services are delivered at the European scale finds that the yield of crops that are pollinated by insects, such as bees, could fall by 25-32% if such pollination were no longer available. This finding gives further weight to the argument that biodiversity and ecosystem services are crucial to food security and human welfare, and must be protected.
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11-09-2013
EU topsoils analysed
Within the Land Use/Land Cover Area Frame Survey (LUCAS), the IES has published data and a JRC technical report on the first ever harmonised topsoil sampling exercise carried out on the European Union (EU) as a whole. 
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09-09-2013
EASIN to support proposed Regulation on invasive alien species
The Commission has published a proposal for a new Regulation on the prevention and management of the import of invasive alien species (IAS) to Europe, which will be supported by the JRC's European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN).
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04-09-2013
Guardian angels and virtual worlds – a brave new Digital Earth
An IES co-authored article posted online in the International Journal of Digital Earth examines a number of recent technological and semantic developments and how these can contribute to the advanced Digital Earth concept.
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30-08-2013
Dry conditions in Eritrea impede crops and pasture growth
The IES has published a report on ‘Crop and pasture monitoring in Eritrea’, which finds that the crop growing season has been significantly delayed due to late rains.
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30-08-2013
Modelling the effects of CAP policy options on farmland biodiversity
An article co-authored by IES scientists models the effects that various CAP scenarios are likely to have on farmland bird populations, as a proxy for their effects on farmland biodiversity.
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28-08-2013
Highlight August 2013 - 2013 fire season in Europe

While the first part of the 2013 fire season has been fairly mild, unusually hot weather brought severe fire episodes to the UK and Ireland in March-April, and some relatively large fires were observed in Greece in May. Significant fire activity in the Mediterranean countries started in July. During August, moderately mild conditions continued in most of the EU, with the exception of Portugal that has been severely affected by several fires larger than 1 000 ha, especially during the second half of the month.

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26-08-2013
Crop outlook good despite recent hot weather
The latest MARS ‘Crop monitoring in Europe’ bulletin (Vol. 21 No. 8), published on 26 August 2013, forecasts above-average cereal crop yields for the EU-28.
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23-08-2013
IES among Atmospheric Environment’s most downloaded articles
A review paper on  particulate matter source apportionment using receptor models, led by IES scientist C. Belis, is among the most downloaded articles in Atmospheric Environment in the first half of 2013.
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23-08-2013
Future North Atlantic Oscillation shifts likely to affect European mortality rates
An IES-authored paper shows how the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) influences the distribution of particulate matter in Europe and the concomitant human health effects caused by future shifts in the NAO mean state.
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21-08-2013
European forests may be reaching their limits as carbon sinks
An IES co-authored article fines that European forests may be reaching their saturation point as a carbon sink. Unless forest policies and management strategies are revised, the assumption that forests will provide a persistent carbon sink for decades to come may no longer be valid.
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19-08-2013
River Basin Network on Water Framework Directive and Agriculture
The JRC has published the final report on the Pilot River Basin (2010-12) exercise, which assessed agricultural measures in the EU river basin management plans and studied specific issues related to WFD implementation in the agricultural sector.
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14-08-2013
Severe drought in Namibia threatens thousands
The IES prepared a report on agricultural drought conditions in Namibia that found that crops are likely to have been affected by the recent severe drought and may have failed in some places, and pastures cannot support livestock to their normal extent.
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12-08-2013
New method to study the long-term effects of climate change on vegetation
The JRC described its new method to study the long-term effects of climate change on vegetation in a recent article published in Remote Sensing.
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09-08-2013
Fire Report 2012
The JRC report 'Forest Fires in Europe, Middle East and North Africa 2012’, published today, shows how 2012 was well above average in terms of fire events, ranking third in terms of area burned over the past 12 years.
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05-08-2013
New method to analyse chemical contaminants in marine waters
JRC-IES scientists describe a new multi-compound method developed for the analysis of polar organic chemical contaminants in marine water samples in a recently published article in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.
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05-08-2013
Environmental impacts of cultured meat production
IES scientist H. Tuomisto has found significant potential environmental benefits of cultured meat in terms of GHG emissions, land use, water use and fuel resources.
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30-07-2013
Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services
A review of the global assessment of marine and coastal ecosystem services (MCES) highlights knowledge gaps regarding each ecosystem service, and proposes an improved MCES classification system.
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24-07-2013
Highlight July 2013 - Deforestation rates improving in Africa
An article authored by the IES shows that deforestation over the Congo Basin, the second largest area of rainforest after the Amazon, has slowed since 2000 compared with the previous decade, with net deforestation falling from an estimated 0.16% per year for the period 1990–2000 to 0.10% per year for the period 2000–2010.
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22-07-2013
Good crop yields predicted for the EU-28
The latest MARS Crop Monitoring Bulletin forecasts good crop yields for the EU-28.
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17-07-2013
An Early Warning System for Global Drought
The IES co-authored an article on progress made towards a Global Drought Early Warning System (GDEWS), which aims to provide access to improved and efficient modelling and forecasting tools on a worldwide basis, and improve the speedy delivery of early warnings of drought events.
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16-07-2013
Volunteered Geographic Information – tapping the potential of the public
The IES has recently published an article in Applied Geomatics on how the standards being developed for Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) could be applied to VGI.
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15-07-2013
Severe drought in Angola
At the request of the EU Delegation in Angola, the JRC prepared a detailed ad-hoc report on seasonal crop monitoring in Angola which details the effects of the current Angolan drought on crop productivity.
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11-07-2013
Improving access to information on alien species in Europe
A peer-reviewed article by IES scientists proposes the creation of a harmonised network of online interoperable web services on alien species in Europe.
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10-07-2013
Threats to EU soil biodiversity
IES scientists co-authored a recently published article on a study carried out on potential threats to soil biodiversity in the EU. According to the study results, intense land exploitation is estimated to be the main pressure on soil biodiversity in the EU today.
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05-07-2013
Atmospheric methane in the first decade of the 21st century
IES scientist P. Bergamaschi was the lead author on an article published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, entitled “Atmospheric CH4 in the first decade of the 21st century - Inverse modelling analysis using SCIAMACHY satellite retrievals and NOAA surface measurements”.
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04-07-2013
Setting up an early warning system for drought in Africa
A group of European and African scientists from the EU's DEWFORA project, which aims to help provide drought early warning and mitigation in Africa, recently visited local farmers in South Africa.
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03-07-2013
Special report on the effects of recent flooding on crops in Central Europe
On the request of DG Agriculture, the MARS Unit published a report on the effects of recent flooding and high rainfall in Central Europe on the main staple crops.
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03-07-2013
Monitoring marine health using genomics
A collaborative viewpoint paper co-written by the IES on using genomics technology to observe the marine environment has recently been published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin.
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27-06-2013
The Covenant of Mayors – 5 years on
“The Covenant of Mayors in Figures – 5-year Assessment” report, co-authored by IES and IET scientists, was published on 24 June 2013 on the occasion of the Covenant of Mayors 5th anniversary.  Over 400 signatories attended this anniversary meeting, which was addressed by President Barroso and former California governor and environmentalist Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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27-06-2013
Highlight June 2013 - Severe floods in Europe

In June 2013, severe flooding in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, led to the Danube and the Elbe swelling to near 100-year highs. Up to 21 deaths were reported as a result of these floods, with thousands of residents being evacuated. Heavy rains in northern Spain and southwestern France towards the middle of June led to flash floods that killed three people, with hundreds evacuated from their homes. The IES contributed to the crisis management activities by monitoring and reporting on the current flood situation through the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS).

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18-06-2013
High cereal yields forecast despite weather extremes
The latest MARS Crop monitoring in Europe bulletin reviews crop growth conditions across the EU-27 for the spring period, from March to early June. Despite the extreme weather events experienced over the period of review, total cereal yield forecasts are higher than last year for the EU-27 as a whole.
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12-06-2013
Assessing the risk of farmland abandonment in the EU
The JRC has published a new report on farmland abandonment in the EU, in support to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development.
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12-06-2013
The burning truth – forest fires in Europe
An article co-authored by IES scientists on the main causes of forest fires in Europe and published in the March edition of Environmental Management reports that changes in societal patterns have led to less fires being caused deliberately and more due to negligence, given the current land use / land cover change patterns.
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04-06-2013
EU GHG emissions at lowest levels since 1990
IES scientists contributed to a recently published report that find that greenhouse gas emission in 2011 were at their lowest level since 1990.
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30-05-2013
Highlight May 2013 - EEA-JRC report on Environment and human health
A call for an integrated policy approach to address interlinked challenges
The European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) have published a new joint report on ‘Environment and Human Health’ that takes stock of the most pertinent environment and health issues prevailing today and their policy implications. Recognising the systemic challenges to ecosystem resilience and services, the EEA-JRC report makes the case for a more integrated take on health issues.
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23-05-2013
European crops catching up after a long winter
The latest MARS bulletin reports that increased temperatures over the past month and a half have boosted vegetation growth. The current prospects for EU-27 yields are about average.
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07-05-2013
A new approach for better air quality predictions
An IES-authored article presenting a new approach for improving air quality predictions has recently been published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions.
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02-05-2013
Insuring future food security
The IES has today published the workshop proceedings of a technical workshop held in May 2012 on ‘the challenges of index-based insurance for food security in developing countries’.
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30-04-2013
He who hesitates is lost: Why conservation in the Mediterranean Sea is necessary and possible now
IES scientist S. Katsanevakis is co-author of an article published in Marine Policy that calls for urgent action to protect marine biodiversity and ecosystems of the Mediterranean Sea.
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30-04-2013
The water footprint of the EU for different diets
A peer-reviewed article co-authored by the IES finds that reducing meat consumption could help make significant water footprint (WF) savings.
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26-04-2013
Highlight April 2013 - Soil Atlas of Africa

The European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, presented the JRC’s new Soil Atlas of Africa at the European Commission and African Union Commission College-to-College meeting in Addis Ababa on Friday 26 April. The Soil Atlas of Africa is the latest in a series of soil atlases produced by the JRC, which are essential references for a non-renewable resource that is fundamental for life on this planet.

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24-04-2013
Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services
IES scientists have co-authored a discussion paper, published this month by DG Environment, of an analytical framework for ecosystem assessment under the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.
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23-04-2013
ES&T - best science paper of 2012
A paper co-authored by IES scientists on 'Exposure Assessment for Estimation of the Global Burden of Disease Attributable to Outdoor Air Pollution’ has been selected as the Environmental Science & Technology Best Science Paper of 2012.
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22-04-2013
MARS Bulletin highlights crop cycle delays
The latest MARS Bulletin (vol. 21 No.4) reports significant delays in winter crop development and spring sowing in much of Europe.
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22-04-2013
A blueprint for mapping and modelling ecosystem services
IES scientists co-authored a paper published in Ecosystem Services that puts forward a blueprint for mapping and modelling ecosystem services.
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18-04-2013
Threats to the soil resource base of food security in China and Europe
JRC report: ‘Threats to the soil resource base of food security in China and Europe’ - a summary of a Sino-EU Panel on Land and Soil (SEPLS) seminar regarding urban development, land degradation and intensive agriculture in both Europe and China.
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17-04-2013
Forest cover in African dry ecosystems – latest results
A new peer-reviewed article by IES scientists gives the first consistent and robust estimates of forest cover and change in dry Africa with known statistical precision at continental and ecoregion scales.
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16-04-2013
IES contribution to the review of EU air policy
The IES was among the scientific experts that met with policy makers to agree recommendations for the Informal Meeting for Ministers for Environment on the further development of air policy in the EU.
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15-04-2013
Invasion of European Seas - Increasing trend of new marine alien species
IES peer-reviewed article entitled ‘Invading European Seas: Assessing pathways of introduction of marine aliens’ finds increasing trends in new introductions of alien marine species in European seas.
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12-04-2013
IES makes major contribution to measuring environmental performance in the EU
IES developed methods for measuring the environmental performance of products and organisations that were put forward in a new Commission proposal for standard EU methods.
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09-04-2013
IES scientist receives Remote Sensing Best Paper Award 2013
IES scientist F. Achard and ex-IES scientist S. Fritz are among the authors awarded the Remote Sensing Best Paper Award 2013, receiving 2nd prize in the category “Articles”.
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05-04-2013
Identifying conservation priorities in the Mediterranean Sea
The IES co-authored an article that reviews conservation priorities in the Mediterranean Sea, which has been published today in the open access PLOS ONE journal.
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28-03-2013
IES helping to combat desertification
The IES is a major contributor to UNCCD CST-3/2nd Scientific Conference and CRIC 11, which will be held on April 9 to 19, in Bonn, Germany
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25-03-2013
Crop monitoring in Europe bulletin published
The MARS unit Crop Monitoring in Europe bulletin Vol. 21 No. 3 (2013), which covers the period December 2012-March 2013, has been published today.
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12-03-2013
INSPIRE powering Safety, Mobility and Sustainability
The IES participation in and conclusions of the "Safety, Mobility Sustainability and More - Powered by INSPIRE' Conference", held in Brussels, 4-5 March 2013
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12-03-2013
IES scientist recognised as top-cited author
IES scientist and head of the Air and Climate Unit, Elisabetta Vignati, has been recognised as a top-cited author by the Atmospheric Environment journal.
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05-03-2013
eHabitat, a multi-purpose Web Processing service for ecological modelling
IES scientists co-authored an article published in Environmental Modelling & Software in March 2013, which describes eHabitat, a basic Web Processing Service (WPS) for computing the likelihood of finding ecosystems with equal properties to those of a particular region or niche area.
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27-02-2013
Danube Atlas – Hazard and Risk Maps
The Danube Floodrisk Project, on which the JRC acted as observer/advisor, has produced a detailed glossy hardcover Atlas and CD of flood hazard and risk maps of the Danube.
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25-02-2013
Dehardening of winter cereal crops in western and southern Europe
The latest Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, covering the period from 15 January-1st March, was published on 25 February 2013 (MARS Bulletin Vol. 21 No. 2 (2013)).
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18-02-2013
European Landslide Susceptibility Map (ELSUS1000) v1
Version 1 of the European Landslide Susceptibility Map (ELSUS1000) is available to download. It was produced jointly the JRC and others as part of the work of the European Landslide Expert Group. Together with a number of ancillary spatial datasets, the map is freely available through the European Soil Portal.
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15-02-2013
Forest monitoring with Landsat
On the occasion of the launch of Landsat 8, NASA and the USGS have published a book which includes a chapter on forests based on interviews with IES scientists on how the IES uses Landsat data for forest monitoring.
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14-02-2013
JRC to set up the new EU's bioeconomy observatory
On 14 February 2013, Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn launched the bioeconomy observatory, which will be set up by the JRC on behalf of RTD.
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14-02-2013
Highlight February 2013 - Launch of the latest Landsat satellite

IES Head of Unit Alan Belward attended the successful launch of NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) on Monday, 11 February 2013, from the Vanderberg Air Force Base in California. LDCM is on course to reach a sun-synchronous polar orbit of 705 kilometres above Earth by April.

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13-02-2013
A high-resolution population grid map for Europe
An article by JRC scientists F. Batista e Silva, J. Gallego and C. Lavalle, entitled 'A high-resolution population grid map for Europe', has been published in the Journal of Maps, 2013.
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12-02-2013
IES scientist awarded EGU Ian McHarg Medal
IES scientist and Head of Unit Alessandro Annoni has been awarded the 2013 Ian McHarg Medal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) for his work in Earth and Space Science Informatics.
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06-02-2013
Livestock greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation potential in Europe
An article co-authored by the JRC reports on a study that examined greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU livestock sector (including GHG emissions from the production and consumption of livestock products), and reviews available mitigation options.
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05-02-2013
Bio-economy and sustainability
A JRC Scientific and Policy report, entitled “Bio-economy and sustainability: a potential contribution to the Bio-economy Observatory”, outlines the concept of bio-economy and its drivers, distinguishes bio-economy sectors from eco-industries, and reviews the EU policy approach to the bio-economy, provides a snapshot of the bio-economy, explores options for its measurement and monitoring, and reviews current standardisation and research activities.
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05-02-2013
Marine monitoring in the EU
A JRC Short Communication entitled “Marine monitoring in the European Union: how to fulfill the requirements of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive in an efficient and integrated way” has been published in Marine Policy.
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31-01-2013
EU forest carbon content equivalent to 9 years of CO2 emissions
According to the results of the new JRC-IES report "A European map of living forest biomass and carbon stock", the total carbon stock in European forests amounts to approximately 9 900 million tonnes, which is equivalent to the total amount of CO2 emitted by the whole EU in approximately 9 years.
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30-01-2013
Highlight January 2013: 2013 – European Year of Air
The European Commission has declared 2013 the “Year of Air”. Its objectives are to revise the EU Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution, raise awareness about air quality and pollution, encourage Member States to cooperate more efficiently and to launch more effective measures to improve air quality.
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21-01-2013
Winter crops hardening well, no frost kill so far
The first MARS crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin of 2013, reports that the hardening of European winter crops is well advanced, and predicts no frost kill damage before February.
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18-01-2013
Towards a global harmonised system to monitor biodiversity
A study co-authored by the JRC published today in Science advocates a global, harmonised observation system for delivering regular and timely data on biodiversity change.
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08-01-2013
INSPIRE Conference 2013 - call for contributions
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19-12-2012
Highlight December 2012 - DOHA 2012: UNFCCC COP18
The 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which was held in Doha, Qatar, from the 26th November to 7th December 2012, is generally deemed to have been a success in making progress towards and preparing the ground for the 2015 talks.
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18-12-2012
Winter hits Europe, but winter cereals hardening well
The December edition of the MARS ‘Crop Monitoring in Europe’ bulletin reports that winter cereal hardening is progressing well despite erratic weather patterns experienced throughout Europe from late November to mid-December.
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13-12-2012
The EU’s Water Footprint
An article authored by IES scientists D. Vanham and G. Bidoglio entitled “A review on the indicator water footprint for the EU28” has been published in the Ecological Indicators journal.
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07-12-2012
First systematic report of global forest land use and change 1990-2005
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has today published a report co-edited with IES scientists F. Achard, R. Beuchle, A. Brink, H. D. Eva, P. Mayaux, J. San-Miguel-Ayanz and H.-J. Stibig which presents the key findings of the global remote sensing survey of forests they have been carrying out since 2008.
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03-12-2012
Balancing the Scales in the Global Land Use Marketplace
As part of the Dublin City of Science 2012, IES scientist Alan Belward gave a very well received talk on competition in the global land use marketplace at the Alchemist Café in Dublin on the evening of the 21st November 2012.
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27-11-2012
The highs and the lows of the 2011-2012 crop campaign
Weather extremes lead to below average cereal yields for the EU
The MARS November Crop Monitoring in Europe bulletin forecasts that total cereal yields for the EU will be 5.7% below last year’s campaign, and 2.7% below the 5-year average. These discrepancies are mainly due to falls in grain maize yield.
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26-11-2012
Remote sensing of the Environment - Uncovering Hidden Perspectives
The work of Senior IES scientist Michel Verstraete in interpreting the reflectance of the Earth’s surface is featured in NASA’s recently published 2012 'Sensing Our Planet', an annual publication highlighting recent achievements based on remote sensing data generated with NASA space-borne Earth Observation (EO) instruments.
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20-11-2012
Land and soil degradation after Rio+20
IES publications were very well received at a conference on Land and soil degradation hosted by DG ENV and the European Parliament
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15-11-2012
Highlight November 2012: Water availability and quality to 2030
Water availability and quality to 2030 - Two new JRC assessments on the effects of combinations of measures on water availability and water quality to 2030 in support of the European Commission’s ‘Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources’, which was launched by DG Environment on 14/11/2012.
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14-11-2012
Observing global forests from space
A new book entitled Global Forest Monitoring from Earth Observation, which has been co-edited by IES scientist Frédéric Achard, has been published today, the 14th November 2012, by CRC Press.
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09-11-2012
Air & Climate – Conversations about Molecules and Planets, with Humans in between
IES scientist and Head of the Climate Risk Management Unit of the IES, Frank Raes, has recently published a book of conversations that he held over the past few years with leading thinkers in the area of air and climate.
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31-10-2012
Highlight October 2012 - BIOPAMA and DOPA recognised in CBD COP11 decision
For the first time ever, a COP decision of the CBD refers to JRC activities. The decision, regarding Protected Areas (UNEP/CBD/COP/11/L.9), was taken at the COP11 of the CBD and explicitly mentions the analytical tools of the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) and the BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management in the ACP countries) project it supports.
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29-10-2012
Analysing water sector interrelationships in developing countries
A paper co-written by the IES on the development of a dataset to help understand the interrelations between different sectors was recently published in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.
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23-10-2012
IES joins Landsat Science Team of Experts
IES scientist Dr Alan Belward joins an international team of expert scientists and engineers that have been selected by the USGS and NASA to provide input critical to the success of the next Landsat mission.
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15-10-2012
IES scientist interviewed about the European Soil Bureau Network
An interview with IES scientist Luca Montanarella has been published in the latest issue of International Innovation. In the article entitled ‘Soil – it’s in our hands’, Luca highlights the role and achievements of the European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN), which is coordinated and operated by the IES.
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01-10-2012
New IES Director
Dr Maria Betti took up the position of Director of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability on the 1st October 2012. 

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25-09-2012
European 2012 maize yields projected to be 20% less than in 2011
The August September MARS Bulletin finds that EU-27 grain maize yields are lower than expected in southern and eastern Europe.
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17-09-2012
PRESS-2 - Evaluating how ecosystems benefit society
A new report led by the IES was published today by the PEER network. The report, entitled A spatial assessment of ecosystem services in Europe: Methods, case studies and policy analysis - phase 2 - Synthesis report”, describes case studies on scenarios and monetary valuation for ecosystem services.
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14-09-2012
Highlight September 2012: EASIN, the European Alien Species Information Network
On 14 September 2012, the JRC launched the European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN). This network, the first of its kind in Europe, aims to improve access to data and information regarding alien species in Europe. EASIN is designed to assist policy makers and scientists in their efforts to tackle Alien (non-native) Species invasions. It allows users to explore information on the currently reported 16 000 alien species from over 40 distributed online resources through a network of interoperable web services, following internationally recognised standards and protocols.
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17-08-2012
Highlight August 2012: Regional summer extremes

Summer times are a-changin'… Europe experiences regional extremes

Europe has experienced regional extremes of floods, fires and droughts in 2012. In late April, temperatures reached all-time highs in central and Eastern Europe; temperatures climbed well above the seasonal norms, while Western Europe experienced weeks of heavy rain. Meanwhile, a hosepipe ban had been implemented in the UK until July, as groundwater levels had been at record low levels following a two-year drought.
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14-08-2012
IES study finds air quality improved as a result of EU policies
Schembari C., Cavalli F., Cuccia E., Hjorth J., Calzolai G. , Pérez N., Pey J., Prati P., Raes F. (2012): Impact of a European directive on ship emissions on air quality in Mediterranean harbours, Atmospheric Environment
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14-08-2012
European Forest Fire Information System: current situation in Europe
2012 has been characterised by high numbers of fires in Europe, with critical episodes in southern Europe in July and high fire danger conditions in August.
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13-08-2012
EuroGEOSS project featured in the latest edition of International Innovation
An interview with IES scientist Max Craglia about the EuroGEOSS project was published in Research Media’s August edition of International Innovation – ‘Accelerating Progress – How science must lead the way to a healthier planet’.
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08-08-2012
Strong IES presence at the IGARSS 2012 Conference
The JRC was widely represented at this year's IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS).
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07-08-2012
IES interviewed by SKY TG 24 about forest fires in Europe
IES scientist Jesús San Miguel gave a live interview to SKY TG24 on Tuesday 7th August about EFFIS and the forest fire situtation in Europe.
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30-07-2012
Highlight July 2012 - Trends in Global CO2 emissions continued upwards in 2011

In July 2012, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) launched their annual report 'Trends in global CO2 emissions', which found that global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) reached an all-time high of almost 34 billion tonnes in 2011. In China, average emissions of CO2 increased by 9% to 7.2 tonnes per capita, while in the European Union, they dropped by 3% to 7.5 tonnes per capita. At 17.3 tonnes per capita, the United States are still among the greatest emitters of CO2.

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18-07-2012
Per capita CO2 emissions in China reach EU levels
Olivier J.G.J., Janssens-Maenhout G., Peters J.A.H.W. (2012): Trends in global CO2 emissions - 2012 report, PBL Publishers
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10-07-2012
EFFIS – Spain experiences largest fire events in ten years
EFFIS sent an update to the EU's MIC on the severe fire situation in Spain in early July.
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10-07-2012
Latest Food Security Bulletin on the Horn of Africa
The bulletin reports that, despite an overall cereal deficit, particularly in in Sudan and South Sudan, food security indicators in the Horn of Africa have been generally improving.
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03-07-2012
INSPIRE Conference 2012 a huge success
With over 1 200 participants, 20 dedicated workshops, 48 parallel sessions, and more than 200 presenters, the INSPIRE Conference 2012 was the biggest to date.
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02-07-2012
Printed edition of selected articles of the 2011 IJSDIR
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26-06-2012
High Nature Value Farming in Europe
- 35 European countries – experiences and perspectives
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25-06-2012
Nature article on the temperature sensitivity of respiration in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
On 20 June 2012, an article co-authored by IES scientist A. Cescatti entitled ‘Reconciling the temperature dependence of respiration across timescales and ecosystem types’ was published in Nature, the international weekly journal of science.
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20-06-2012
IES strengthens its ties with Brazilian Research Institutes
In May 2012, IES scientist René Beuchle participated in the GEOBIA 2012 conference where he presented the Global Forest Resource Monitoring (TREES-3) Action process for an object-based automatic updating of a tropical forest cover change assessment, and also met with EMBRAPA, the Brazilian National Agricultural Research Corporation, to discuss possible future research collaboration with the various EMBRAPA offices at Campinas.
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18-06-2012
Highlight June 2012: INSPIRE Conference 2012

The INSPIRE Conference 2012 took place from Saturday 23rd – Wednesday 27th June 2012 at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) in Istanbul, Turkey. The theme of this year's event, which was co-organised by the JRC and the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, was "Sharing environmental information, sharing innovation".

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25-05-2012
Highlight May 2012: Science for Water Thematic Report

Science for Water - JRC Thematic Report
On 22 May 2012, the JRC launched a new thematic report entitled ‘Science for Water’. This report aims to give a comprehensive overview of the work of the Commission's in-house science service, the JRC, in relation to global water challenges. In each of the six chapters, the detailed policy context is cited, showing clearly how and where the JRC is providing its scientific and technical support to water-related policies.

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15-05-2012
ILCD Handbook Reference Report
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26-04-2012
Highlight April 2012: Goespatial World Forum

Geospatial technologies for harmonised environmental information
From 23-27 April, more than 3 500 participants will attend the Geospatial World Forum at the RAI Convention Centre, in Amsterdam (NL). The theme of the forum is “Geospatial Industry and World Economy”. It will address the utility of geospatial technologies in various industries that contribute to the world economy. Quick and easy access to data related to a variety of domains, including water management, disaster mitigation, statistics, public health, civil protection, agriculture and nature protection, will improve business opportunities and help reduce costs of public administrations. This will also translate into clear benefits for the citizen, ranging from improved emergency services to a healthier everyday environment.

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04-04-2012
Planet under pressure 2012 Conference
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27-03-2012
CLIMATE-ADAPT: a new tool for climate adaptation policy-making
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14-03-2012
Highlight_ii March 2012

Water at the interface of science and policy
With more than 25 000 participants, the 6th World Water Forum is the world's largest meeting about water. It is held every three years, with the current one being held in Marseille, France, from the 12 to 17 March. The World Water Forum addresses the challenges of sustainable development related to the water distribution. Its objective is to make water a high priority on all political agendas.

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05-03-2012
Highlight March 2012

The Congo Basin – a role model for tropical forest management
The 'Forests of the Congo Basin - State of the Forest 2010' report was launched in Douala, Cameroon, at the Annual meeting of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) on 1st March, 2012. It provides a comprehensive and detailed assessment of the status of the forests in the Congo Basin. It also looks at deforestation patterns, points to trends in sustainable forest management and highlights threats to biodiversity. This was done to help decision-makers in Central Africa come up with information-based solutions for improved management of forests and natural resources.

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13-02-2012
Highlight February 2012 - The State of Soil in Europe

The IES has released a JRC Reference Report entitled ‘The State of Soil in Europe’, which is published in collaboration with the European Environment Agency and DG Environment. The report provides a comprehensive overview of our present understanding of soil resources and degradation processes across Europe. It concludes that further research and improved data collection is needed to advance our knowledge of soil functions and provide the scientific base for policy makers. Coupled with steps to heighten public awareness of the importance of soil, the report will help people to better understand the need to protect this vital resource.

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09-02-2012
Renewable energies in Africa
New report published on mapping the potential of renewable energy sources in Africa
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25-01-2012
INSPIRE Conference 2012 - Call for papers
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16-01-2012
January Highlight 2012

Study co-authored by the JRC on climate change mitigation published in Science
A scientific paper published on 13.02.2012 by Science shows that a limited number of air quality measures can substantially mitigate global warming and have significant benefits for human health and agriculture.

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22-12-2011
Climate negotiations in Durban: a success or a failure?
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19-12-2011
EFFIS going global
EFFIS plans to extend operations to the MENA region
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12-12-2011
IES at the Eye On Earth Summit
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26-11-2011
16 Steps to a Better Future – Fast Action required
IES contributes to recent UNEP Report on Climate Protection Actions, which defines 16 measures that can save millions of lives, protect crops and limit climate change.
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25-11-2011
GEOCAP Conference, Tallinn, Estonia
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21-11-2011
IES scientist has the last word on remote sensing
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14-11-2011
IES scientist gives keynote speech at the Pecora 18 Symposium, USA
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21-10-2011
Chinese University invites IES scientist to present findings
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26-09-2011
3rd CRAM Workshop – co-organised by the JRC in Africa
100 Scientists Gather in Nairobi to Improve Famine Prevention Strategies
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21-09-2011
New PEER report published: A spatial assessment of ecosystem services in Europe
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08-09-2011
EnviroInfo Conference - JRC Ispra 5-7 October 2011
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08-08-2011
IES FOODSEC Action interviewed by the Wall Street Journal
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02-08-2011
EFFIS in the press
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29-06-2011
Towards harmonised environmental information in Europe: have your say on standards that will affect everybody's life
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29-06-2011
5th INSPIRE Conference 27th June - 1st July 2011 Edinburgh, Scotland
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25-02-2011
Registration to the JRC Open Day for participants to the SETAC Conference
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18-01-2011
INSPIRE Conference 2011 Call for papers
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01-04-2010
Prior Information on 2010 procurements < €60,000
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08-01-2010
INSPIRE Conference 2010 Call for papers
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03-11-2009
METIER Final Conference - link for web streaming
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29-06-2009
Authors-Reviewers Meeting on Science and Economics Foundation "TEEB - D0" (July 6-8, Ispra)
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30-04-2009
33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (May 4-8, Stresa)
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23-06-2008
Over 100 European School Students visit the JRC on the 24th June
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20-06-2008
The INSPIRE Conference 2008
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29-05-2008
First virtual global conference on climate change
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10-03-2008
New international system for early flood warning in the Danube River Basin
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06-03-2008
A coordinated and stronger EU disaster response at home and abroad
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08-01-2008
Publication of the Photovoltaic Status Report 2007
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08-01-2008
IES at Group on Earth Observations (GEO) event in Cape Town
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