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See detailIs it worth protecting groundwater from diffuse pollution with agri-environmental schemes? A hydro-economic modeling approach
Hérivaux, Cécile; Orban, Philippe ULg; Brouyère, Serge ULg

in Journal of Environmental Management (2013), 128

In Europe, 30% of groundwater bodies are considered to be at risk of not achieving the Water Framework Directive (WFD) ‘good status’ objective by 2015, and 45% are in doubt of doing so. Diffuse ... [more ▼]

In Europe, 30% of groundwater bodies are considered to be at risk of not achieving the Water Framework Directive (WFD) ‘good status’ objective by 2015, and 45% are in doubt of doing so. Diffuse agricultural pollution is one of the main pressures affecting groundwater bodies. To tackle this problem, the WFD requires Member States to design and implement cost-effective programs of measures to achieve the ‘good status’ objective by 2027 at the latest. Hitherto, action plans have mainly consisted of promoting the adoption of Agri- Environmental Schemes (AES). This raises a number of questions concerning the effectiveness of such schemes for improving groundwater status, and the economic implications of their implementation. We propose a hydro-economic model that combines a hydrogeological model to simulate groundwater quality evolution with agronomic and economic components to assess the expected costs, effectiveness, and benefits of AES implementation. This hydro-economic model can be used to identify cost-effective AES combinations at groundwater-body scale and to show the benefits to be expected from the resulting improvement in groundwater quality. The model is applied here to a rural area encompassing the Hesbaye aquifer, a large chalk aquifer which supplies about 230,000 inhabitants in the city of Liege (Belgium) and is severely contaminated by agricultural nitrates. We show that the time frame within which improvements in the Hesbaye groundwater quality can be expected may be much longer than that required by the WFD. Current WFD programs based on AES may be inappropriate for achieving the ‘good status’ objective in the most productive agricultural areas, in particular because these schemes are insufficiently attractive. Achieving ‘good status’ by 2027 would demand a substantial change in the design of AES, involving costs that may not be offset by benefits in the case of chalk aquifers with long renewal times. [less ▲]

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See detailDownscaling transient climate change with a stochastic weather generator for the Geer catchment, Belgium
Blenkinsop, Steve; Harpham, C.; Burton, A. et al

in Climate Research (2013)

The coarse resolution of climate models creates the need for future scenarios which are downscaled to an appropriate spatial scale. Considerable effort has been devoted to the development of downscaling ... [more ▼]

The coarse resolution of climate models creates the need for future scenarios which are downscaled to an appropriate spatial scale. Considerable effort has been devoted to the development of downscaling methods but a number of important issues remain in the development of robust, usable climate scenarios. These include the incorporation of various sources of uncertainty into future scenarios and the production of scenarios at timescales relevant to planners. This paper describes a new procedure which addresses these issues by producing a multi-model ensemble of transient climate change scenarios. This method couples an existing stochastic rainfall model to a new, transient implementation of a weather generator, using changes projected by an ensemble of regional climate model (RCM) experiments. The methodology is demonstrated by the generation of transient scenarios of daily rainfall, temperature and potential evapotranspiration (PET) for the Geer catchment in Belgium for the period 2010 to 2085. The utility of these scenarios is demonstrated by assessing the changes projected by the simulated time series of several temperature indices. The Geer is projected to experience a decrease in the occurrence of frost days with a corresponding shortening of the frost season and lengthening of the growing season. By examining a large ensemble of transient scenarios the range of uncertainty in these projections is assessed, but further, it is suggested that additional information on the projected timing of specified threshold events or system responses may be provided which could aid planners in assessing the likely timescales of required interventions and adaptation responses. [less ▲]

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See detailAn object-oriented hydrogeological data model for groundwater projects
Wojda, Piotr; Brouyère, Serge ULg

in Environmental Modelling & Software (2013)

Geological and hydrogeological data are expensive to obtain in the field but are crucial for specific hydrogeological studies, from hydrogeological water balances to groundwater flow modelling and ... [more ▼]

Geological and hydrogeological data are expensive to obtain in the field but are crucial for specific hydrogeological studies, from hydrogeological water balances to groundwater flow modelling and contaminant transport, or for more integrated environmental investigations where groundwater plays a role. In this context, hydrogeological data are collected, transformed and exchanged at different scales, from local to international levels and between numerous institutions ranging from environmental consulting companies to the national and international environmental administrations. To guarantee that these exchanges are possible and meaningful, a clear structure and meta-information on applied hydrogeological data models is required. To make one step towards seamless management of groundwater projects, a new hydrogeological data model has been developed: Hg2O. It is described using object-oriented paradigms and it follows the recommendations of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/TC211), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and the European Geospatial Information Working Group. Hydrogeological features are organized in packages of spatial feature datasets. The observations and measurements related to these features are organized in a seperate package. A particular focus is on specialized hydrogeological field experiments such as hydraulic and tracer tests. Two first implementations in the proprietary desktop ArcGIS environment and in the open-source web-based Web2GIS platform are presented, focusing on their respective standards support. [less ▲]

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See detailDélivrable 14 (B) : Rapport Final du Projet Pollusol 2 : Introduction générale / Analyse transversale des résultats / Conclusions et perspectives
Pereira, Benoït; Titeux, Hugues; Schneider, Arnaud et al

Report (2012)

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See detailDistribution, leaching and flux measurements of contaminants in the vadose zone of industrial contaminated sites: a review
Fernandez de Vera, Natalia ULg; Vanclooster, Marnik; Brouyère, Serge ULg

Report (2012)

This document is a review of state of science regarding flux measurement technologies in the vadose zone. Initially, a description of distribution and leaching of inorganic contaminants in the vadose zone ... [more ▼]

This document is a review of state of science regarding flux measurement technologies in the vadose zone. Initially, a description of distribution and leaching of inorganic contaminants in the vadose zone is provided. Such description is followed by a review of vadose zone techniques that are applied for measuring contaminant fluxes. At the end of the document the applicability of such techniques to industrial contaminated sites is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution de la tomographie et du bruit sismique à la characterisation des dépôts alluviaux dans le bassin du Kou (Burkina Faso)
Sauret, Elie ULg; Beaujean, Jean ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg et al

Conference (2012, November)

Abstract The alluvial plain of the Kou basin is located in the southwest of Burkina Faso. In this basin, the main surface water resource for agricultural needs is constituted by a small perennial river ... [more ▼]

Abstract The alluvial plain of the Kou basin is located in the southwest of Burkina Faso. In this basin, the main surface water resource for agricultural needs is constituted by a small perennial river, but in recent years this resource is insufficient to satisfy the uses in agriculture. The alluvial plain which extends from either side of this river banks is expected to have the potential for constituting an alternative water supply for agricultural needs. However, the characterisation of the alluvial plain is still superficial though the plain extension and the nature of the deposits are roughly known. The objective of this study is to improve the characterisation of the alluvial plain, in particular the heterogeneity and the thickness of the deposits, using geophysical methods, namely Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) and Horizontal and Vertical Spectral Ratio (H/V SR). The ERT and H/V SR methods are non invasive geophysical techniques, simple, efficient, robust and easy-to-use geophysical tools in alluvial environment based respectively on the soil resistivity and the resonant frequency of superficial materials. In upstream of the alluvial plain, near the river, these methods were used to map the sandy to sandy-thin deposits (0-5m) and the unfractured bedrock. Downstream they highlight fractured and deconsolidated bedrock drawing a V-shaped geometry of deposits. This geometry is due to the faults and the magmatic intrusions. The bottom of the V-shaped would be filled mainly by fractured/deconsolidated bedrock materials and the edges by the clay and laterites deposits. The alluvial plain would be relatively thicker downstream of the study area (approximately 30 to 50m). A correlation is obtained between ERT images and resonance frequencies determined on the H/V profiles. From a hydrogeological point of view, downstream of the study area, the alluvial plain would constitute an important aquifer with a high porosity and thick deposits. This aquifer could be easily accessible with rudimentary structures (such as sumps) and could constitute a supplementary water source, for irrigation activities in this second region of Burkina Faso. [less ▲]

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See detailDiffuse urban and industrial groundwater pollution with metallic trace elements: a comparison between affected and unaffected areas
Gesels, Julie ULg; Dollé, Fabien ULg; Leclercq, Julie et al

Poster (2012, September 20)

For metalic trace elements, spatially distributed background concentrations will be defined as a function of geological and hydrogeological context and considering the impact of diffuse pollution.

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See detailA regional flux-based risk assessment approach for multiple contaminated sites on groundwater bodies
Jamin, Pierre ULg; Dollé, Fabien ULg; Chisala, Brenda et al

in Journal of Contaminant Hydrology (2012), 127(1-4), 65-75

In the context of the Water Framework Directive (EP and CEU, 2000), management plans have to be set up to monitor and to maintain water quality in groundwater bodies in the EU. In heavily industrialized ... [more ▼]

In the context of the Water Framework Directive (EP and CEU, 2000), management plans have to be set up to monitor and to maintain water quality in groundwater bodies in the EU. In heavily industrialized and urbanized areas, the cumulative effect of multiple contaminant sources is likely and has to be evaluated. In order to propose adequate measures, the calculated risk should be based on criteria reflecting the risk of groundwater quality deterioration, in a cumulative manner and at the scale of the entire groundwater body. An integrated GIS- and flux-based risk assessment approach for groundwater bodies is described, with a regional scale indicator for evaluating the quality status of the groundwater body. It is based on the SEQ-ESO currently used in the Walloon Region of Belgium which defines, for different water uses and for a detailed list of groundwater contaminants, a set of threshold values reflecting the levels of water quality and degradation with respect to each contaminant. The methodology is illustrated with first results at a regional scale on a groundwater body-scale application to a contaminated alluvial aquifer which has been classified to be at risk of not reaching a good quality status by 2015. These first results show that contaminants resulting from old industrial activities in that area are likely to contribute significantly to the degradation of groundwater quality. However, further investigations are required on the evaluation of the actual polluting pressures before any definitive conclusion be established. [less ▲]

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See detailFlux-based Risk Assessement of the impact of Contaminants on Water resources and ECOsystems
Jamin, Pierre ULg; Dujardin, Juliette; Crèvecoeur, Sophie et al

Report (2012)

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See detailFlux-based risk assessment of the impact of contamnants on water ressources and ecosystems - FRAC-WECO.
Jamin, Pierre ULg; Dujardin, J.; Crévecoeur, Sophie et al

Report (2012)

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