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See detailRegional urban groundwater body risk assessment of contaminants using remotely sensed multi-resolution land-cover data
Batelaan, Okke; Dujardin, Juliette; Jamin, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2013, September 15)

Contaminated sites are often the result of past relatively anarchic economical and industrial development. The last decades stakeholders are more aware of the risks posed by these sites. Within the Frac ... [more ▼]

Contaminated sites are often the result of past relatively anarchic economical and industrial development. The last decades stakeholders are more aware of the risks posed by these sites. Within the Frac-Weco project an integrated framework for the assessment, at regional scale, of the risks posed by these contaminated sites on water resources and ecosystems has been developed. The methodology is based on the calculation of contaminant fluxes reaching the receptors providing a way of estimating the level of exposure/degradation of these receptors at the groundwater body scale. The most important contamination problems at regional scale are located around old urban and industrialized areas. The land-cover distribution in these zones is of prime importance because it determines the spatial variation of groundwater recharge, which is the main vector of contaminant leaching from soil surface to groundwater. To obtain detailed information about land cover for groundwater recharge modeling, a stratified satellite image classification approach was adopted combining land-cover mapping at pixel level for the studied area as a whole with sub-pixel estimation of imperviousness within built-up zones. The obtained land-cover data is used as an input in the WetSpass model to simulate groundwater recharge at high resolution in spatially complex urban areas. In the next step the simulated groundwater recharge is used as an input in a regional scale groundwater flow and transport model simulating contaminant dispersion through the aquifer. Modeling results are further used to calculate a quality index for the whole groundwater body based on threshold values defined specifically for each contaminant. The approach proposed has been applied on the RWM073 groundwater body corresponding to the alluvial deposits of the Meuse River, Liège (Belgium). The high-resolution groundwater recharge estimations obtained by integrating remote sensing in the modeling procedure allow a better identification of the potential sources of contaminants and enable a proper quantification of total fluxes of contaminants from brownfields into the groundwater. The developed framework for regional risk assessment results in a global quality indicator for the groundwater body which can be used as input for decision-making. [less ▲]

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See detailA heat injection and pumping experiment in a gravel aquifer monitored with crosshole electrical resistivity tomography
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Wildemeersch, Samuel ULg; Jamin, Pierre ULg et al

in EarthDoc - Near Surface Geosciences 2013 - 19th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (2013, September)

Thermal tracing experiments are becoming common in hydrogeology to estimate parameters governing heat transport processes and to study geothermal reservoirs. Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) has ... [more ▼]

Thermal tracing experiments are becoming common in hydrogeology to estimate parameters governing heat transport processes and to study geothermal reservoirs. Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) has proven its ability to monitor salt tracer tests, but few studies have investigated its performances in thermal tracing experiments. In this study, we monitor the injection and pumping of heated water using crosshole ERT in a panel crossing the main flow direction. Difference inversion time-lapse images clearly show the heterogeneous pattern of resistivity changes, and thus temperature changes, highlighting the existence of preferential flow paths in the aquifer. Comparison of temperature estimates from ERT and direct measurements in boreholes show the ability of ERT to quantify the temperatures in the aquifer and to draw the breakthrough curves of the thermal tracer with a relative accuracy. Such resistivity data may provide important information to improve hydrogeological models. Our study proves that ERT, especially crosshole ERT, is a reliable tool to follow thermal tracing experiments. It also confirms that ERT should be included to in situ techniques to characterize heat transfer in the subsurface and to monitor geothermal resources exploitation. [less ▲]

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See detailOpal-CT precipitation in a clayey soil explained by geochemical transport model of dissolved Si (Blégny, Belgium)
Ronchi, Benedicta; Barao, A.L.; Vandevenne, F. et al

Poster (2013, August 25)

Opal-CT precipitation controlling dissolved Si export Dissolved Si (DSi) exported by rivers are controlled by geological, hydrological and biological cycle processes [1]. The DSi concentrations measured ... [more ▼]

Opal-CT precipitation controlling dissolved Si export Dissolved Si (DSi) exported by rivers are controlled by geological, hydrological and biological cycle processes [1]. The DSi concentrations measured in a river of an upstream catchment in eastern Belgium (Blégny, Land of Herve) don’t vary seasonally (6.91±0.94mgL-1; n=363). Si concentrations in pore water are often higher and vary more (8.65±3.65mgL-1; n=128). The decrease of DSi along the flowpath of water is due to sink processes, i.e. precipitation, adsorption or uptake by vegetation. As the DSi in the river does not show any seasonal variation, uptake by vegetation can be ruled out [1] whereas precipitation or adsorption can control the DSi drained by the stream water. This hypothesis is confirmed by XRD and DeMaster analysis. At 0.1m depth the soil is constituted of 62% quartz, 7% K-feldspar, 6% plagioclase, 3.2% carbonates, 18.9% Al-clay, 1.47% Kaolinite, 0.63% Chlorite and 0.2% amorphous Si, probably of biogenic origin. At 1.5m depth, the amounts of several minerals (35.8% quartz, 0.6% K-feldspars, 0.9% plagioclase, Al-clay 14.7%) drop drastically. Carbonates, chlorite and kaolinite are absent whereas 40.4% opal-CT appears. The precipitation of opal-CT controls the DSi export of this catchment. Development of geochemical transport model To descripe DSi export from a catchment a geochemical transport model is developped in HP1 which couples the water flux model Hydrus with the geochemical model PHREEQC [2]. Our model is based on the conceptual model developped in [3]. First results show different DSi export dynamics in the unsaturated zone than in the aquifer due to different pCO2 values and varying soil moisture conditions. Further development of the model will help to find out the reason of opal-CT precipitation in this setting. [1]Fulweiler, Nixon (2005) Biogeochemistry 74:115–130. [2] Simunek, Jacques, van Genuchten, Mallants (2006) JAWRA 42:1537-1547. [3] Ronchi et al. (2013). Silicon, 5(1), 115–133. [less ▲]

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See detailThe usefulness of outcrop analogue air permeameter measurements for analyzing aquifer heterogeneity: quantifying outcrop hydraulic conductivity and its spatial variability
Rogiers, Bart; Beerten, Koen; Smeekens, Tuur et al

in Hydrological Processes (2013)

Saturated hydraulic conductivity (K) is one of the most important parameters determining groundwater flow and contaminant transport in both unsaturated and saturated porous media. Although several well ... [more ▼]

Saturated hydraulic conductivity (K) is one of the most important parameters determining groundwater flow and contaminant transport in both unsaturated and saturated porous media. Although several well-established laboratory methods exist for determining K, in situ measurements of this parameter remain very complex and scale dependent. Often, the limited accessibility of subsurface sediments for sampling means an additional impediment to our ability to quantify subsurface K heterogeneity. One potential solution is the use of outcrops as analogues for subsurface sediments. This paper investigates the use of air permeameter measurements on outcrops of unconsolidated sediments to quantify K and its spatial heterogeneity on a broad range of sediment types. The Neogene aquifer in northern Belgium is used as a case study for this purpose. To characterize the variability in K, 511 small-scale air permeability measurements were performed on outcrop sediments representative over five of the aquifer’s lithostratigraphic units. From these measurements, outcrop-scale equivalent K tensors were calculated using numerical upscaling techniques. Validation of the air permeameter-based K values by comparison with laboratory constant head K measurements reveals a correlation of 0.93. Overall, the results indicate that hand-held air permeameters are very efficient and accurate tools to characterize saturated K, as well as its small-scale variability and anisotropy on a broad range of unconsolidated sediments. The studied outcrops further provided a qualitative understanding of aquifer hydrostratigraphy and quantitative estimates about K variability at the centimetre-scale to metre-scale. [less ▲]

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See detailHeat transfer characterization in a shallow aquifer using heat and dye tracer tests
Wildemeersch, Samuel ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg; Hermans, Thomas ULg et al

Conference (2013, July 22)

Very low enthalpy geothermal systems (open or closed) are increasingly considered for heating or cooling houses and offices using groundwater energy combined with heat pumps. However, the design and the ... [more ▼]

Very low enthalpy geothermal systems (open or closed) are increasingly considered for heating or cooling houses and offices using groundwater energy combined with heat pumps. However, the design and the impact of current shallow geothermal systems are often set up and assessed in a semi-empirical way. In our country, this situation seems accepted by most of the private partners but not by the authorities and responsible administrations evaluating the impact on groundwater with a mid- to long-term perspective. A rigorous methodology is needed based on a physically based estimation of heat transfer parameters. In this study, the simultaneous use of heat and dye tracers allows estimating simultaneously heat transfer and solute transport parameters in an alluvial aquifer. The experimental field site, located near Liege (Belgium), is equipped with 21 piezometers drilled in the alluvial deposits of the Meuse River. These alluvial deposits are composed of a loam layer (3 m) overlying a sand and gravel layer which constitutes the alluvial aquifer (7 m). The tracing experiment consisted in injecting simultaneously heated water and a dye tracer in a piezometer and monitoring the evolution of groundwater temperature and tracer concentration in a series of control panels set perpendicularly to the main groundwater flow. Results showed drastic differences between heat transfer and solute transport due to the main influence of thermal capacity of the saturated porous medium. The tracing experiment was then simulated using a numerical model and the best estimation of heat transfer and solute transport parameters is obtained by calibrating this numerical model using inversion tools. The developed concepts and tests may lead to real projects of various extents that can be now optimized by the use of a rigorous and efficient methodology at the field scale. [less ▲]

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See detailMultivariate statistics to understand the geochemical processes induced by groundwater pollution Multi-scale applying
Gesels, Julie ULg; Joniau, Claire; Batlle-Aguilar, Jordi et al

Conference (2013, June 07)

Different hydrogeochemical approaches (classical diagrams, spatial distribution maps, geochemical equations and multivariate statistics) are combined to obtain a global understanding of the ... [more ▼]

Different hydrogeochemical approaches (classical diagrams, spatial distribution maps, geochemical equations and multivariate statistics) are combined to obtain a global understanding of the hydrogeochemical processus at regional and at local scale. [less ▲]

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See detailCarte hydrogéologique de Wallonie, Bütgenbach-Büllingen 50/7-8, Losheimergraben 50A/5
César, Emilie; Ruthy, Ingrid ULg; Dassargues, Alain ULg

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See detailCarte hydrogéologique de Wallonie, Bütgenbach-Büllingen 50/7-8, Losheimergraben 50A/5, 1/25.000 : [notice explicative]
César, Emilie; Ruthy, Ingrid ULg; Dassargues, Alain ULg

Book published by Service Public de Wallonie, DGARNE - Version provisoire : juin 2013 (2013)

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See detailMulti-scale aquifer characterization and groundwater flow model parameterization using direct push technologies
Rogiers, Bart; Vienken, T; Batelaan, Okke et al

in Novel Methods for Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring: From Theory to Practice (2013, May)

Groundwater flow and contaminant transport models are used to support decision making regarding waste disposal options, sites contaminated by surface or subsurface sources, or to develop and test cost ... [more ▼]

Groundwater flow and contaminant transport models are used to support decision making regarding waste disposal options, sites contaminated by surface or subsurface sources, or to develop and test cost-effective groundwater remediation schemes. Such models are influenced by different sources of uncertainty, including those due to spatial variability in aquifer and aquitard properties including hydraulic conductivity (K). However, quantifying spatial variability in K remains challenging. Classical drilling techniques for shallow heterogeneous unconsolidated sedimentary deposits involving continuous coring are expensive and time-consuming, especially when the area of interest exceeds several tens of km². Alternative techniques such as direct push technologies use hydraulic rams, supplemented with vehicle weight, or high-frequency hammering, to advance small-diameter tools into the subsurface. These tools are typically used for cost-effective geotechnical characterization of unconsolidated deposits; recent developments also allow for hydraulic characterization. The depth of investigation is up to ~40 m, depending on the tools used (i.e applied load) and sediment properties (friction). Up to now, only a limited number of studies document using this type of data to parameterize regional groundwater flow models. To fill this gap, this study aims at parameterizing a regional groundwater flow model using data from various types of direct push technologies. We discuss the characterization of an area (~60 km²) near the nuclear zone of Mol/Dessel (Belgium), using various direct push technologies. Most of the measurements are concentrated in an area of 200×400 m². The data include 265 cone penetration tests (CPTs), 113 pore pressure dissipation tests (PPDTs), 17 direct push injection logs (DPIL), 6 hydraulic profiling tool (HPT) logs and 19 direct push slug tests (DPST). Resulting K values, either calculated or estimated, and the corresponding spatial variability are compared with that of borehole and outcrop studies. The benefit of using standard CPT data for the parameterization of an aquitard at the study site has previously been shown. The approach is now applied to the aquifer units and incorporates new direct push data for the entire upper ~40 m of the hydrogeological domain. The effect of the 3D heterogeneous hydraulic conductivity field on the performance of the groundwater flow model is discussed; the value of the different direct push technologies is equally addressed. [less ▲]

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See detailDerivation of flow and transport parameters from outcropping sediments of the Neogene aquifer, Belgium
Rogiers, Bart; Beerten, K.; Smeekens, T. et al

in Geologica Belgica (2013), 16(3), 129-147

Centimetre-scale saturated hydraulic conductivities (K) are derived from air permeability measurements on a selection of outcrops of the Neogene aquifer in the Campine area, Belgium. Outcrop sediments are ... [more ▼]

Centimetre-scale saturated hydraulic conductivities (K) are derived from air permeability measurements on a selection of outcrops of the Neogene aquifer in the Campine area, Belgium. Outcrop sediments are of Miocene to Quaternary age and have a marine to continental origin. Grain size analyses for the same outcrops and corresponding K predictions using previously developed models are also presented. We discuss outcrop hydrogeological properties and quantify the heterogeneity within the outcrops in detail using geostatistical variography. Moreover, outcrop-scale K values, their anisotropy and dispersivities are numerically calculated as a means to upscale such small-scale measurements to a larger scale commensurate with the scale of flow and transport modelling. By studying the small-scale variability as observed in outcrops, we gain crucial understanding of the larger-scale behaviour of the corresponding hydrogeological units within the Neogene aquifer, the most important groundwater reservoir of Flanders. The results of this study will equally improve conceptual hydrogeological model building and parameterization. [less ▲]

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See detailEaux souterraines, enjeux et défis actuels
Dassargues, Alain ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

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See detailCoupling heat and salt tracer experiment for the estimation of heat transfer and solute transport parameters
Wildemeersch, Samuel ULg; Jamin, Pierre ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2013, April 22)

Geothermal energy is a promising source of energy in the context of sustainable development. Therefore, very low enthalpy geothermal systems (open or closed) are increasingly considered for heating or ... [more ▼]

Geothermal energy is a promising source of energy in the context of sustainable development. Therefore, very low enthalpy geothermal systems (open or closed) are increasingly considered for heating or cooling houses and offices using groundwater energy. However, prior to the development of such systems, a feasibility study and an impact study of the system on groundwater ressources are required. Thereliability of such studies is highly dependent on the quality of the estimation of heat transfer parameters. This highlights the necessity of estimating properly such parameters. The objective of this study is to combine the use of heat and salt tracers to estimate simultaneously heat transfer and solute transport parameters in an alluvial aquifer. Additionally, coupling heat and salt tracing experiments is particularly useful for comparing heat transfer and solute transport processes occurring in the subsurface. An experimental field site, located near Liege (Belgium), is equipped with 21 piezometers drilled in the alluvial deposits of the Meuse River. These alluvial deposits are composed of a loess layer (3 m) overlying a sand and gravel layer which constitutes the alluvial aquifer (7 m). The coupled tracing experiment consists in injecting simultaneously heated water and salt in a piezometer and monitoring the evolution of groundwater temperature and salt concentration in a series of control panels set perpendicularly to groundwater flow. This coupled tracing experiment is then simulated using a numerical model. The estimation of heat transfer and solute transport parameters is obtained by calibrating this numerical model using inversion tools. The present study proposes a methodology coupling heat and salt tracing experiment for estimating heat transfer parameters at the field scale. Furthermore, this coupled tracing experiment shows that the comportment of heat and solute in the subsurface presents key differences. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of heterogeneity of diffusion parameters on chloride transport in low-permeability argillites
Huysmans, Marijke; Dassargues, Alain ULg

in Environmental Earth Sciences (2013), 68(7), 1835-1848

Understanding flow and transport in low-permeability media is very important in the context of nuclear waste disposal, oil and gas reservoirs and long term evolution of groundwater systems. In low ... [more ▼]

Understanding flow and transport in low-permeability media is very important in the context of nuclear waste disposal, oil and gas reservoirs and long term evolution of groundwater systems. In low-permeability media, transport by diffusion is often the most important mass transport process. This study investigates the effect of the heterogeneity of diffusion parameters on mass transport in low-permeability media. A geostatistical approach for integrating heterogeneity of diffusion parameters in groundwater flow and transport models is proposed and applied to the Toarcian argillites in France which are studied in the framework of feasibility of storing radioactive waste in deep clayey massifs. Stochastic fields of the diffusion parameters of the Toarcian argillites (France) are generated based on 64 measured values of diffusion coefficient and diffusion accessible porosity and used as input for a 3D local-scale groundwater flow and transport model. The chloride concentrations computed by these heterogeneous models are compared to the measured chloride concentrations and to concentrations calculated with a model in which the Toarcian argillites are subdivided into several homogeneous zones. The heterogeneous simulations result in a slightly better correspondence between measured and calculated values and have the additional advantage that the measured diffusion coefficient values in the Toarcian are perfectly honored in the model. This study shows that small-scale variability of diffusion parameters has a significant effect on solute concentrations and omitting this heterogeneity may be a problem in transport calculations in low-permeability media, depending on the specific setting and objectives of the study. [less ▲]

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See detailCarte hydrogéologique de Wallonie, Fléron-Verviers 42/7-8
Ruthy, Ingrid ULg; Dassargues, Alain ULg

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