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See detailPromouvoir des approches innovantes de recherche-développement en matière de GIRE au Burkina Faso
Wellens, Joost ULg; Diallo, Mamadou; Gardin, Nicolas et al

in Global Water Partnership - Toolbox: Integrated Water Resources Management (2008), CS 322

Le bassin du Kou, situé dans le sud-ouest du Burkina Faso, est depuis quelques décennies le théâtre de différentes formes de conflits liés à toute une série de problèmes que l’on rencontre généralement ... [more ▼]

Le bassin du Kou, situé dans le sud-ouest du Burkina Faso, est depuis quelques décennies le théâtre de différentes formes de conflits liés à toute une série de problèmes que l’on rencontre généralement dans des zones irriguées. Dans le bassin du Kou, les aménagements hydro-agricoles couvrent un e superficie totale de près de 2.000 ha ; il s’agit des périmètres privés maraîchères et horticoles, et d’un grand périmètre de 1.200 ha réalisé par l’Etat. Malgré la présence de sources importantes, d’une nappe phréatique facilement exploitable et d’un cours d’eau pérenne, la plupart des utilisateurs se retrouvent régulièrement confrontées à des pénuries d’eau résultant d’une extension de l’agriculture irriguée. Depuis 1987 les autorités politiques et administratives ont entrepris de rechercher avec les usagers concernés les voies pour circonscrire les menaces résultant de cette situation par la création d’un Comité ‘provisoire’ de Gestion du Bassin du Kou (CGBK). Malgré l’imagination dont il a fait preuve et les nombreuses réalisations à son actif, il aura fallu attendre l’année 2008 pour voir la naissance d’un Comité Local de l’Eau (CLE), inspiré des expériences du CGBK. Celui-ci s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une GIRE décentralisée voulue par l’Etat burkinabé. La particularité de ce CLE est la montée en puissance en son sein de l’action de la société civile. Cette dernière s’est engagée à la mise en chantier d’une innovation institutionnelle: un Observatoire de l’Eau (OE). Il a pour vocation d’appuyer les pouvoirs publics dans le développement de programmes ’études relatifs à la gestion des ressources en eau. A travers l’élaboration d’une base de données spatialisée, l’OE se concentre sur la mise en place d’outils de contrôle et de suivi des ressources en eau et de leur exploitation. Les outils et études développés sont restitués et discutés lors des réunions du CLE. Il s permettent au CLE de mieux prévoir des futurs conflits liés à l’eau et servent également comme outil d’arbitrage. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Hybrid Finite-Element Mixing-Cell method: a new flexible method for large scale groundwater modelling
Orban, Philippe ULg; Brouyère, Serge ULg; Wildemeersch, Samuel ULg et al

Conference (2008)

Interest of end-users and policy makers for understanding and managing water systems at the regional scale has increased for years. At this scale, groundwater models of different complexity ranging from ... [more ▼]

Interest of end-users and policy makers for understanding and managing water systems at the regional scale has increased for years. At this scale, groundwater models of different complexity ranging from black-box models to physically based distributed models have been used in various hydrogeological conditions. Black-box models, such as transfer functions, have been applied for example to model groundwater in large scale hydrological models, to model karstic systems, in particular for the interpretation of isotopic data. Their concepts are simple and attractive because they require relatively few data. The main drawbacks are however that modelling results are not spatially distributed and their predictive capability is questionable due to the semi-empirical nature of process descriptions. On the contrary, due to a more advanced description of ongoing processes, physically-based distributed models are expected to have better predictive capabilities than black-box models. However, because such models require more data, they are generally applied for case studies that are better characterized from a hydrogeological point of view, for which the distribution of water levels or solute concentrations in the groundwater systems are needed. For large-scale modelling purposes, black-box models and physically-based distributed models have both proved their utilities and have their own justifications, advantages and disadvantages. However, few attempts have been made to combine the advantages of these two categories of approaches in a unified modelling application. A new flexible modelling approach, the Hybrid Finite-Element Mixing-Cell method (HFEMC), has been developed that allows combining in a single model, and in a fully integrated way, different mathematical approaches of various complexities for groundwater modelling in complex and large scale environments. This method has been implemented in the groundwater flow and solute transport numerical code SUFT3D. The approach has been first tested and illustrated using basic and advanced “synthetic” examples that allow validating and discussing its advantages over existing modelling concepts. The HFEMC approach is now applied for the development of a large scale groundwater flow and solute transport model in different groundwater basins in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Hybrid Finite-Element Mixing-Cell method: a new flexible method for modelling mine water problems
Brouyère, Serge ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg; Wildemeersch, Samuel ULg et al

in Rapantova, N.; Hrkal, Z. (Eds.) Mine Water and the Environment Proceedings of IWMA 2008 (2008)

Mine closure is often accompanied by a stop in dewatering operations. This generally induces groundwater rebound in the mined rock system with short and long term consequences that may be disastrous: soil ... [more ▼]

Mine closure is often accompanied by a stop in dewatering operations. This generally induces groundwater rebound in the mined rock system with short and long term consequences that may be disastrous: soil instabilities such as landslides and subsidence reactivation, flooding, flooded basement and acid mine drainage. Modelling tools can be very advantageous and efficient in helping understanding and managing such problems, however, classical modelling approaches have proved to be relatively unsuited to such contexts. Because of the former mining operations, the underground geological system is strongly disturbed (excavated, fractured and collapsed zones, galleries, large shafts, etc.). Using complex spatially distributed modelling approaches such as 3D finite elements usually lead to strong difficulties related to the lack of data, the complexity of geological and hydrogeological conditions (complex geometry, non Darcian fluxes…). On the other hand, using a simplified approach such as black-box models often leads to oversimplification of the reality: particularly when interactions between the mined system and its surrounding geological and hydrogeological environment are very important. A new modelling approach is developed for simulation of the groundwater flow in such complex environments. It combines, in a single fully integrated simulator, a representation of the unmined area by a classical finite element modelling technique, together with conceptualisation of the worked areas and galleries by a group of mixing cells connected by pipes. The whole assembled groundwater flow model allows an accurate estimation and representation of (a) water infiltration (precipitations, river losses …) through the unsaturated zone reaching the exploited area (recharge of boxes) and (b) water exchanges with adjacent aquifers. The model can estimate the flow of groundwater in and around the minefield and the mean water level in the boxes. It is also capable of considering water exchanges between different mined zones, through connection pathways such as old roadways galleries and shafts. Modelling concepts and equations are described and illustrated using basic and advances validation examples. A real case application corresponding to an abandoned coalfield in the region of Liège (Belgium) is used to illustrate the suitability and efficiency of the approach. [less ▲]

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See detailGroundwater vulnerability assessment using physically based modelling: from challenges to pragmatic solutions
Popescu, Ileana Cristina; Gardin, Nicolas; Brouyère, Serge ULg et al

in Refsgaard, J. C.; Kovar, K.; Haarder, E. (Eds.) et al Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling: Credibility in Modelling (2008)

Numerous groundwater vulnerability and risk mapping techniques have been developed taking into consideration a variable number of factors. The most common techniques are based on calculation of an index ... [more ▼]

Numerous groundwater vulnerability and risk mapping techniques have been developed taking into consideration a variable number of factors. The most common techniques are based on calculation of an index expressing the protective effect of underground formations overlying the groundwater resource. The limitation of most of these methods is related to their use of a qualitative definition of groundwater vulnerability, as opposed to a definition based on a quantitative description of contaminant migration. A physically-based point of view and definition of the vulnerability is proposed and based on three factors describing a pollution event, which are the contaminant transfer time from the hazard location to the 'target', the contamination duration at the 'target' and the level of contaminant concentration reached at the 'target'. This concept allows a clear distinction between conventional aspects and physically-based results in the building of a final vulnerability indicator. This methodology has the further advantage to consider the possible impact of runoff conditions occurring at the land surface and possibly leading to lateral contamination of groundwater through downstream preferential infiltration features. Practically, this method needs to describe and simulate the pollutant migration in the unsaturated zone and possibly in the saturated zone in order to assess the breakthrough curve at the 'target'. Preliminary application is illustrated on a case-study located in a limestone basin in Belgium. Perspectives are proposed towards a generalisation of the vulnerability concept for risk assessment within a pressure - state - impact framework. [less ▲]

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See detailHydrogeological study of Somes-Szamos transboundary alluvial aquifer
Dassargues, Alain ULg; Drobot, Radu; Lenart, Laszlo et al

in Technical/Scientific Issues of Transboudary Water Management: Experience from around the world (2008)

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See detailUtilisation des techniques de traçage en hydrogéologie. Investigation et quantification des interactions rivière-nappe par traçage, monitoring des niveaux d'eau et modélisation
Brouyère, Serge ULg; Batlle-Aguilar, Jordi

Conference (2007, June 08)

Ce séminaire visait à présenter à des étudiants de l'EIER les grands principes des techniques de traçage en hydrogéologie, accompagné d'une illustration avec des résultats d'investigations menées sur un ... [more ▼]

Ce séminaire visait à présenter à des étudiants de l'EIER les grands principes des techniques de traçage en hydrogéologie, accompagné d'une illustration avec des résultats d'investigations menées sur un site contaminé. [less ▲]

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See detailIntermediate report on the development of the Geer hydrological model (surface and subsurface water) for climatic change scenario on that sub-catchment
Goderniaux, Pascal ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg; Dassargues, Alain ULg et al

Report (2007)

In the framework of Workpackage BASIN R3 Meuse, the Hydrology Group of the University of Liège (Belgium) is developing a hydrological model of the Geer sub-catchment, in order to assess climate change ... [more ▼]

In the framework of Workpackage BASIN R3 Meuse, the Hydrology Group of the University of Liège (Belgium) is developing a hydrological model of the Geer sub-catchment, in order to assess climate change impacts on groundwater reserves. This report describes the calculation code used, the general hypotheses chosen to develop the model, the conceptual model, the climate change scenarios and the final objectives of the study. [less ▲]

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See detailExemple d'étude hydrogéologique d'un système rivière-aquifère: Flémalle test site
Batlle-Aguilar, Jordi; Brouyère, Serge ULg

Conference (2007, April 18)

Cette présentation des investigations menées pour quantifier les échanges nappe - rivière au droit d'une friche industrielle fortement contaminée

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See detailLa Méthode de Dilution Ponctuelle avec Volume Fini de Traceur (FVPDM): une nouvelle technique de traçage pour le monitoring des flux de Darcy
Brouyère, Serge ULg; Batlle-Aguilar

Conference (2007, April 18)

Cette présentation décrit les principe de la technique de traçage puits unique FVPDM

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See detailTowards an integrated methodology for groundwater protection
Brouyère, Serge ULg; Popescu, Ileana Cristina ULg

Conference (2007, April 11)

This presentation reviews different aspects of groundwater pollution and protection to try to identify guidelines for an integrated approach for groundwater protection and management

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See detailSelected groundwater studies of EU project AquaTerra leading to large-scale basin considerations
Barth, J. A. C.; Kalbus, E.; Schmidt, Christina ULg et al

in Water Practice & Technology (2007), 2(3),

Several local groundwater studies within the EU project AquaTerra in the Basins of the Meuse, Elbe point at significant influences of groundwater on surface water, while the Brévilles Catchment shows a ... [more ▼]

Several local groundwater studies within the EU project AquaTerra in the Basins of the Meuse, Elbe point at significant influences of groundwater on surface water, while the Brévilles Catchment shows a distinct problematic of pesticide loading to groundwater. Further modeling studies are currently being developed. In the Danube Basin no specific groundwater studies were carried out in the framework of AquaTerra. However on larger scales geochemical proxies such as strontium isotope ratios can give an insight into groundwater contributions to the river that reflects an integral signal of the environmental status of the Basin. Future local groundwater studies should be further correlated to the environmental status of rivers nearby. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrated approach for assessing climate change impacts on a regional chalky aquifer in Belgium
Goderniaux, Pascal ULg; Brouyère, Serge ULg; Dassargues, Alain ULg

in Changes in water resource systems: methodologies to maintain water security and ensure integrated management (2007)

An integrated hydrological model was developed in order to study the potential effects of climate change on groundwater resources. This model considers most hydrological processes in a physically ... [more ▼]

An integrated hydrological model was developed in order to study the potential effects of climate change on groundwater resources. This model considers most hydrological processes in a physically consistent way. More particularly, groundwater flows are modelled using a spatially distributed finite element approach. The river-aquifer interactions are explicitly taken into account in the model, as well as the spatial heterogeneity of the chalk geology characteristics. After a detailed calibration on the last 30 years and validation on recent periods, quantitative interpretations can be drawn from the ground¬water model results. Considering IPCC climate change scenarios, it appears that, on a multi-annual basis, most tested scenarios predict a decreasing trend in groundwater levels in the Geer Basin. These first results indicate that groundwater deficits may be expected in the future in Belgium. Moreover, at this stage of the study, this trend is computed for a very “optimistic” scenario, neglecting all other pressure changes on the groundwater resources (i.e. no change in land use and in pumping conditions). [less ▲]

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