News and Events for Researchers

More than half of Europe’s forests vulnerable to climate-related hazards, study finds

Climate change has made Europe’s forests more vulnerable to hazards like fires, insect outbreaks, windthrows, or a combination of these three, according to a new JRC study.

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Drought in Central Europe. Dried up field North of Leipzig, Germany. Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ

Shorter but more intense - Changes in the European droughts

Drought periods in Europe are shorter but more intense since the beginning of the 20th century. Moreover high temperatures, often accompanying these droughts, cause greater water loss from the soil. This has a significant negative effect on...

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Doctoral dissertation: Snowfall microphysics in surface-based and radar observations

A researcher of the Finnish Environment Institute, Jussi Tiira, has studied the impact of snow growth processes on snowfall, and further their manifestation in radar observations. The results are expected to improve quantitative snowfall estimation...

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Research green roof on the UFZ site in Leipzig Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

BlueGreen infrastructures for a new and resource-efficient urban neighbourhood

The UFZ is developing a management concept for handling rainwater in a cooperative design effort with the city of Leipzig, businesses and the investor.

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Study finds positive impact of trade agreements on agri-food sectors

The EU trade agenda is set to have an overall positive impact on the EU economy and the agri-food sector, according to a new study published today.

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Environmental sustainability of energy generation from forest biomass

A new JRC report on the use of woody biomass for energy production in the EU shows the need to recognise that sustainability of bioenergy remains a complex issue with no one-size-fits-all answers, but that win-win and lose-lose forest management...

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EU fishing fleet's profits decrease but remain positive despite COVID-19

COVID-19 severely affected the EU fishing fleets but their average profits are predicted to have remained positive in 2020, according to the JRC’s Annual Economic Report on the EU Fishing Fleet 2020.

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The EU post-COVID recovery – strongly connected to all Sustainable Development Goals

The social and economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis will generate a more sustainable, fair, just and resilient EU, in line with the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals. The EU Recovery Plan will be a strong instrument for...

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FINMARI and INAR RI both granted a status on the Finland’s national roadmap for research infrastructures

FINMARI and INAR RI, two key research infrastructures for the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, have been granted a status on the Finland’s national roadmap for research infrastructures.

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Tractor spreads nitrogen-based fertiliser on field. Photo: AdobeStock Countrypixel

Dynamics in the root zone

Nutrient contamination of groundwater as a result of nitrogen-based fertilisers is a problem in many places in Europe. Calculations by a team of scientists led by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) have shown that over a period of...

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