Joint Research Centre (JRC)



The mission of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), a Directorate General of the European Commission (EC), is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of European Union policies. As a service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests, whether private or national.

Within the JRC, the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) aims to provide scientific-technical support to the European Union’s policies for the protection and sustainable development of the European and global environment. In particular, the IES Unit devoted to Global Environment Monitoring (GEM) has the objective of improving the understanding of interactions between terrestrial, marine and climate components of the Earth system as well as assessing the impact of changes on long-term sustainability of ecosystem services and of highlighting the consequences for the EU environment and development policies.

Role of JRC in STAGES

In the scope of this project, JRC will play a significant role in WP3 dedicated to ‘Knowledge Assessment and Gap / Need identification – Foresight’. JRC will ensure the coordination of Task 3.4, assessing the socio-economic aspects of the programme of measures to establish environmental targets and monitoring strategies for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). JRC will also be contributing to other tasks within WP3, as well as in other WPs, by identifying relevant research results at national level (WP2), liaison with key projects and initiatives, identification of MSDF stakeholders (WP4), and dissemination activities (WP5).

Description of personnel involved in the project:

Nicolas Hoepffner received his PhD in Oceanography from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Canada. He has been with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission since 1991. Currently, he is leading a group activity dedicated to ‘Protection and Conservation of European Seas’ (PROCAS). His main area of investigation concerns coastal ecosystems, phytoplankton ecology, primary production, water quality and marine satellite applications.



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