Participant 11 – Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Land Management & Natural Hazards Unit (JRC), Italy

Institute description: The Joint Research Center (JRC) is a Directorate General of the European Commission whose main mission is to provide customer driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of European Union policies in order to create a safer, cleaner, healthier and more competitive Europe. The JRC also participates in projects with a large number of partners in the member States, and liaises with a variety of non-EU and global scientific and standard-setting bodies. The Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) is a division of JRC carrying a number of interdisciplinary research activities. The IES will be involved in the present proposal through the Unit Land Management and Natural Hazards. Soil activities within the JRC are concentrated in a specific JRC Action, called "Soil Data and Information Systems" (SOIL). The SOIL Action operates the European Soil Portal where Data, Maps, Research Reports and publications are available for the scientific Community and the public (e.g. European Soil Data Center (ESDAC): and the European Soil Portal:
Role in the project: participating in WPs 3-9.

Past experience: Within FP5-7 of the EU, JRC has been involved, in more than 100 projects, of which around 15-20 devoted to soil aspects ( Current soil related EU-funded projects are SoilTREC, Ecofinder, Digisoil, iSoil, eSoter, Geoland-2, Safeland.

Involved personnel

  • Dr. Luca Montanarella. Coordinating large international research projects; soil scientist, Head of European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN), Head of the JRC action “Soil Data and Information Systems”. He has a broad experience of managing scientific projects, from regional to European scales, and he is a referential author in soil studies for the European Commission.
  • Panos Panagos (MBA). GIS, Database Management and Web Development. Responsible for the European Soil Portal and involved in the implementation of the European Soil Data Center (ESDAC). Expert in economical evaluation and statistical processes. Takes part is several large international programs (Geoland 2, SoilTrec, Digisoil).
  • Martha Dunbar (MSc).
  • Dr Ciro Gardi. Responsible of Soil Biodiversity in Soil Action. He is editor in the Soil Biodiversity Atlas of Europe. Land use, agronomic management and soil quality, with particular emphasis on soil degradation process and soil organic matter. Takes part is several large international programs (Ecofinder). 





  • Jones, A., Jeffery, S., Gardi, C., Montanarella, L., Marmo, L., Miko, L., Ritz, K., Peres, G., Römbke, J., van der Putten, W. (2010). European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity, EUR24375. European Commission, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg
  • Blum, W., Busing, J., Montanarella, L. Research needs in support of the European thematic strategy for soil protection. Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 23, No. 10–11, 2004, Elsevier Ltd
  • Jones, R. J. A.; Hiederer, R.; Rusco, E.; Montanarella, L. (2005). Estimating organic carbon in the soils of Europe for policy support. European Journal of Soil Science Volume 56 Issue 5, pp. 655-671
  • C. Gardi, C. Bosco, E. Rusco, L. Montanarella, 2010. Land Use Sustainability Index (LUSI) at territorial scale based on Corine Land Cover, Management of Environmental Quality, 21(5): 680-694.
  • A. Jones, V. Stolbovoy, E. Rusco, A. R. Gentile, C. Gardi, B. Marechal, L. Montanarella, 2009. Climate change in Europe. 2. Impact on soil. A review. Agron. Sustain. Dev. 29:423–432.
  • C. Gardi, L. Montanarella, D. Arrouays, A. Bispo, P. Lemanceau, C. Jolivet, C. Mulder, L. Ranjard, J. Römbke, M. Rutgers, C. Menta, 2009. Soil biodiversity monitoring in Europe: ongoing activities and challenges. European Journal of Soil Science, 60:807-819.
  • Gardi C., Sconosciuto F., 2007. Evaluation of carbon stock variation in Northern Italian soils over the last seventy years. Sustainabilty Science, 2:237-243.
  • Panagos, P., Van Liedekerke, M., Montanarella, L., Jones, R.J.A. Soil organic carbon content indicators and web mapping applications (2008)Environmental Modelling and Software, Volume 23• Issue 9: pp 1207-1209,