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SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland)DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark)EC JRC - European Commission, Joint Research CentreIRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France)CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom)Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany)CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Researchpeer


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NOS – the new free software for the analysis of ecological networks
06 October 2017, JRC
A new, free software suite for the analysis of ecological networks has been released. The suite, which is named ‘NOS’ (Node Overlap and Segregation Software) and whose features are described in detail in a recently published paper led by JRC scientist Giovanni Strona, includes a user-friendly online interface, a Python package, a standalone executable program, and an R package (available from CRAN at

The MEKROU project – promoting sustainability in the Mékrou basin
05 October 2017, JRC
A scientific-technical workshop organised by the JRC and the AGRHYMET Regional Centre was held in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from 19-23 September 2017 with the technical services of the national ministries (Agriculture and Hydrology) and meteorological services of Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger - the three countries involved in the MEKROU project. The objective of the workshop was to discuss the implementation and results of the hydro-agro-meteorological models developed by the JRC in the frame of the project in collaboration with the technical services and national research institutions.

New scientific report confirms positive economic trends for EU fishing fleet
29 September 2017, JRC
According to the latest Annual Economic Report, the overall economic performance of the EU fleet improved again in 2015. While still marginally profitable in 2009, the EU fleet registered record-high net profits of EUR 798 million in 2015, and estimates for 2016 and 2017 point towards further profitability gains. However, the report also confirms that economic performance stagnates where fleets depend on stocks which are still subject to overfishing or overexploitation.

The effects of climate change are felt particularly acutely in developing countries. Photo: UFZ / André Künzelmann
Climate insurance is rarely well thought out in agriculture
27 September 2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ
Internationally subsidised agricultural insurance is intended to protect farmers in developing countries from the effects of climate change. However, it can also lead to undesirable ecological and social side effects, as UFZ researchers and their US colleagues at the University of Oregon have explained in a review article in the latest issue of Global Environmental Change.