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See detailImpacts du changement climatique sur l’hydrologie et la gestion des ressources en eau du bassin de la Meuse : une synthèse
Bauwens, Alexandra ULg; Sohier, Catherine ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(1), 76-86

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See detailUsing agro-hydrology to adapt to climate evolutions
Degré, Aurore ULg; Sohier, Catherine ULg; Bauwens, Alexandra ULg et al

in Dewals, Benjamin; Fournier, Maité (Eds.) Transboundary Water Management in a Changing Climate (2013)

Natural phenomena such as floods, drought, erosion, nitrate leaching and plant growth are influenced by climate change. The Soil - Water Systems division of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech aims at studying these ... [more ▼]

Natural phenomena such as floods, drought, erosion, nitrate leaching and plant growth are influenced by climate change. The Soil - Water Systems division of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech aims at studying these phenomena; better understanding processes; modelling them in order to predict their change in the future and to assess their potential consequences. Then, we can propose strategies to adapt to these changes. As an agronomy faculty, we believe that adapting agriculture can play a major role in mitigating climate evolution effects at plot and catchment scales. [less ▲]

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See detailHydrological and geopedological dynamics of a forested slope
Deraedt, Deborah ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2013), 15

Though forested watersheds are really particular in terms of hydrodynamics, most of the hydrological models oversimplify the phenomena involved. More investigations are unavoidable to improve the ... [more ▼]

Though forested watersheds are really particular in terms of hydrodynamics, most of the hydrological models oversimplify the phenomena involved. More investigations are unavoidable to improve the knowledge and the modelling of this environment. Here is the aim of this study. The studied slope is located on the Houille watershed in the West of the Belgian Ardenne (50 1’47”N, 4 53’22”E) on a silty rocky soil. The site is situated under a Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (MIRB.) FRANCO) and spruce stand cover (Picea abies (L.) Karst). It is about 160 meters long with a North-West facing slope between 7 and 55%. The goal of the study is : - to characterise the hydrological and pedogeological dynamics along a forested slope, - to compare these dynamics with the tree growth. For the geopedological part of the study, eight pits were dug to describe the soil and take some soil samples used for granulometric, chemical, etc. analysis. We have used geophysical methods (Electrical Resistivity Tomography and Ground Penetrating Radar) to estimate the soil depth. As for the hydrological part of this study, moisture sensors (capacitive and TDR) have been installed in the pits along the slope. A dye tracing test has been performed to underline the preferential flow and the importance of the subsurface flow. Several trees have been equipped with dendrometers and some measures of the LAI and the height of the trees are planned. [less ▲]

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See detailLow flow regionalisation in the Walloon Region
Grandry, Maud ULg; Verstraete, Arnaud; Gailliez, Sébastien et al

Report (2012)

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See detailMapping overland flow hazard in order to enhance citizens’ awareness of head catchment hydrology
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Colard, François; Degré, Aurore ULg

Conference (2012, November 15)

Between 1998 and 2004, Europe suffered from more than hundred major inundations, responsible for some 700 deaths, for the moving of about half a million of people and the economic losses of at least 25 ... [more ▼]

Between 1998 and 2004, Europe suffered from more than hundred major inundations, responsible for some 700 deaths, for the moving of about half a million of people and the economic losses of at least 25 billions Euros covered by the insurance policies. Within this context, EU launched the 2007/60/CE directive. This directive aims at a better evaluation of the risks and a better coordination of prevention, protection and crisis management. In most countries, inundation maps only include rivers’ overflowing. In Wallonia (southern part of Belgium), it was decided to include overland flows and mudflows in the flood hazard map. Indeed, the cleaning operations for a village after a storm can lead to an estimated cost of 11 000 €. Average construction cost of retention dams to control off-site damage caused by floods and muddy flows was valued at 380 000€, and yearly dredging costs associated with these retention ponds at 15 000€. A specific study in Gembloux (25 000 inhabitants) estimated the mean annual cost for the runoff damages to 20 000€. This cost only consists of the physical damages caused to the settlements and movable properties of the residents as well as the emergency operations of the firemen and the city. On top of damages to public infrastructure (clogging of trenches, silting up of retention ponds) and to private property, runoff and mud flows generate a significant loss of arable land. Yet, the soil is not an unlimited resource. Moreover, sediments’ transfer to watercourses alters their physical and chemical quality. And that is not to mention the increased psychological stress for people. But head catchment hydrology is not well known. Mapping the overland flood and mud flow hazard over a 17000 km² region is a real challenge. This contribution will present the pragmatic methodology used in Wallonia. In accordance with the Directive, different maps are produced (25, 50 and 100 years of return period and an extreme scenario). Local characteristics are taken into account: rainfall statistics, soil data, land use and relief. They are used to assess runoff production and transfer to an outlet identified as the point where runoff enters the permanent river network. Peak discharge values are used as basis for the mapping. The maps locate the water paths using a colour chart based on the peak discharge. Summer 2011 and spring 2012 storm events as well as a survey made at the municipalities’ level allowed us to validate in some ways the maps produced. Whereas this first approach at regional scale includes uncertainties, the aim of these maps is currently to prompt recognition of the runoff inundation hazard. It is of major importance for soil conservation and citizens’ protection. Above all, it should contribute to lower the damages by early prevention during the design of town-planning projects. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de la recharge des eaux souterraines en Région wallonne : apport de la modélisation EPICgrid et applications
Sohier, Catherine ULg; Grandry, Maud; Gailliez, Sébastien et al

Poster (2012, October 10)

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See detailHydrological instrumentation of a pilot catchment in view to improve the soil loss modeling: focus on the spatial distribution of erosion and deposition (loamy region, Belgium)
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg

Poster (2012, July 02)

Nowadays, lots of catchments are affected by inundations or mudflows which are the consequences of excessive runoff and accelerated erosion. That generates also a significant loss of arable land. Yet, the ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, lots of catchments are affected by inundations or mudflows which are the consequences of excessive runoff and accelerated erosion. That generates also a significant loss of arable land. Yet, the soil resource is not an unlimited commodity. Moreover, sediments’ transfer to watercourses alters their physical and chemical quality. The watershed management should aim at both limiting erosion and enhancing deposition in appropriate zones. Therefore, the global objective of this work is to acquire hydropedological data in order to better quantify the erosion and deposition phenomenon in Belgium. The poster presents the field monitoring put in place in our experimental watershed. Indeed, observed quantitative data are essential but still limited. Particularly, we lack observations spatially distributed on the watershed. The watershed is a 124 ha agricultural zone in the loamy region. Its slopes range from 0% to 9%. Instrumentation includes a weather station with disdrometer, discharge measurement at the outlet coupled with water sampling. Fields observations are done to determine the texture redistribution and compared with a previous soil survey realised in 1958. Moreover, regular flights above the area will allow us to obtain a very accurate DEM using Lidar technology (5cm pixel) and observing the relief evolution. The CAESAR model will be tested on this watershed. It aims at representing both erosion and sedimentation and estimates the net erosive flows. This model is based on the Einstein-Brown equations and needs an initial digital elevation model, hourly rainfalls, soil texture, etc. It produces a digital elevation models’ evolution through time. [less ▲]

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See detailTransposability and evaluation of pedotranfer functions for predicting properties of water retention on soils of low chelif. Algeria
Touil, Sami; Saidi, Djamel; Degré, Aurore ULg

Poster (2012, July)

An important question remains about PTF’s transposability to others agropedoclimatic contexts. Models developed and validated in a particular bioclimatic context, were relatively little tested in other ... [more ▼]

An important question remains about PTF’s transposability to others agropedoclimatic contexts. Models developed and validated in a particular bioclimatic context, were relatively little tested in other contexts. The evaluation of PTF to estimate water retention at field capacity pF 2.5 (-330 hPa) and at wilting point pF 4.2 (-15000 hPa) of some soils of Lower Cheliff is presented. [less ▲]

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See detailRégionalisation des débits d'étiage en Région wallonne
Gailliez, Sébastien ULg; Grandry, Maud ULg; Verstraete, Arnaud et al

Conference (2012, April 26)

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See detailSurface water diffuse pollution by PPP: focus on runoff & erosion
Bah, Boubacar Billo ULg; Vandendael, Laurent; Oger, Robert ULg et al

Conference (2012, April 04)

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See detailGISER - Gestion intégrée Sol Erosion Ruissellement - rapport d'activités année 1
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Maugnard, Alexandre; Demarcin, Pierre ULg et al

Report (2012)

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See detailInfluence de l'état d'ameublissement et de la rugosité du sol des parcelles agricoles sur l'exactitude de l'altitude des points de contrôle positionnés au GPS
Ouedraogo, Mohamar ULg; Debouche, Charles ULg; Degre, Aurore ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2012), 16(1), 33-44

Our goal in this study is to estimate through ranges of variation, the impact of agricultural parcels soil’s tilth and roughness, due to cultivation techniques, on the exactness of ground control points ... [more ▼]

Our goal in this study is to estimate through ranges of variation, the impact of agricultural parcels soil’s tilth and roughness, due to cultivation techniques, on the exactness of ground control points elevation surveyed by RTK (Real Time Kinematic) GPS (Global Positioning System). So, 16 point’s elevations which were located each 100 mm on a transect have been surveyed first by using a total station (TS), and then a RTK GPS in 2 parcels (3 transects per parcel). Cultivation techniques on those parcels were different. The parcel 1 was tilled, and the soil of parcel 2 was prepared for cereal cropping. Then, the analysis of variance has been applied on the differences of TS and RTK GPS elevations data to estimate the confidence interval of ground control points elevation due (i) to soil tilth, whereas the times series statistical method have been applied on elevation data to estimate the confidence interval due (ii) to soil roughness. The confidence intervals of points elevation are estimated being (i) [51 mm; 57 mm], (ii) [-4 mm; 4 mm] for parcel 1, and (i) [97 mm; 113 mm], (ii) [-35 mm; 23 mm], for parcel 2. Results show that ground control point’s elevations exactness is influenced by soil tilth and soil roughness. In conclusion, we can admit that soil tilth and soil roughness have significant impact on the exactness of ground control points located on agricultural parcels. This impact must be considered in DEM errors evaluation of agricultural watershed. [less ▲]

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See detailMieux comprendre et évaluer la réserve en eau des sols forestiers
Ridremont, François ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg; Claessens, Hugues ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (2012), 116

La ressource en eau constitue un des facteurs déterminants de l’adaptation de nos écosystèmes forestiers aux bouleversements climatiques annoncés. L’évaluation de la réserve en eau des sols devrait amener ... [more ▼]

La ressource en eau constitue un des facteurs déterminants de l’adaptation de nos écosystèmes forestiers aux bouleversements climatiques annoncés. L’évaluation de la réserve en eau des sols devrait amener à une meilleure perception de la vulnérabilité des stations forestières au stress hydrique et à des recommandations de gestion plus précises quant au choix des essences à implanter et aux techniques de sylviculture. Cet article introductif rappelle quelques fondamentaux concernant l’économie en eau d’un sol et la capacité des arbres à puiser l’eau stockée. [less ▲]

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See detailLa dendroécologie : un outil pour affiner nos connaissances sur l'autécologie des essences forestières
Latte, Nicolas ULg; Debruxelles, Jérôme ULg; Sohier, Catherine ULg et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2012), (116),

La dendrochronologie est une discipline de plus en plus utilisée dans la recherche forestière pour évaluer l'impact du climat sur la croissance des arbres. Elle permet de lire l'histoire des arbres dans ... [more ▼]

La dendrochronologie est une discipline de plus en plus utilisée dans la recherche forestière pour évaluer l'impact du climat sur la croissance des arbres. Elle permet de lire l'histoire des arbres dans les cernes de leur bois où sont enregistrés les événements du passé. Si l'on accepte le principe "d'uniformité", la manière dont les arbres ont réagi face à ces événements nous renseigne sur leur comportement futur face aux mêmes genres d'aléas. L'article présente synthétiquement le concept et les techniques de la dendroécologie, c'est-à-dire la dendrochronologie au service de l'autécologie des essences forestières, et les illustre avec quelques exemples de résultats. [less ▲]

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See detailRunoff inundation hazard cartography
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2012), 14

Between 1998 and 2004, Europe suffered from more than hundred major inundations, responsible for some 700 deaths, for the moving of about half a million of people and the economic losses of at least 25 ... [more ▼]

Between 1998 and 2004, Europe suffered from more than hundred major inundations, responsible for some 700 deaths, for the moving of about half a million of people and the economic losses of at least 25 billions Euros covered by the insurance policies. Within this context, EU launched the 2007/60/CE directive. The inundations are natural phenomenon. They cannot be avoided. Nevertheless this directive permits to better evaluate the risks and to coordinate the management measures taken at member states level. In most countries, inundation maps only include rivers’ overflowing. In Wallonia, overland flows and mudflows also cause huge damages, and must be included in the flood hazard map. Indeed, the cleaning operations for a village can lead to an estimated cost of 11 000 C˙ Average construction cost of retention dams to control off-site damage caused by floods and muddy flows was valued at 380 000C and yearly dredging costs associated with these retention ponds at 15 000C˙ For a small city for which a study was done in a more specific way (Gembloux), the mean annual cost for the damages that can generate the runoff is about 20 000C˙ This cost consists of the physical damages caused to the real estate and movable properties of the residents as well as the emergency operations of the firemen and the city. On top of damages to public infrastructure (clogging of trenches, silting up of retention ponds) and to private property by muddy flows, runoff generates a significant loss of arable land. Yet, the soil resource is not an unlimited commodity. Moreover, sediments’ transfer to watercourses alters their physical and chemical quality. And that is not to mention the increased psychological stress for people. But to map overland flood and mud flow hazard is a real challenge. This poster will present the methodology used to in Wallonia. The methodology is based on 3 project rainfalls: 25, 50 and 100 years return period (consistency with the cartography of the overflowing hazard map), with a rain duration set at 1h. The arable lands are considered as bare, except for the permanent meadows. The worst situation is envisaged, the hydrologic effect of the soil cover in the farming area being variable from a year to another according to the vegetative development and to the cultural operations. The peak discharge is chosen as the more critic parameter because it synthesizes the watershed propensity to stream, its size, and its flow network. The cartographic representation is done in a linear way along the concentrated runoff axes. Whereas this first approach at regional scale includes uncertainties, the aim of this map is currently to prompt consideration of the runoff inundation hazard during the design of urban development projects. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling of agricultural diffuse pollution and mitigation measures effectiveness inWallonia (Belgium)
Sohier, Catherine ULg; Deraedt, Deborah ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2012), 14(EGU2012), 9672

Implementation of European directives in the environmental field and, specially, in the water management field, generates a request from policy-makers for news tools able to evaluate impact of management ... [more ▼]

Implementation of European directives in the environmental field and, specially, in the water management field, generates a request from policy-makers for news tools able to evaluate impact of management measures aiming at reducing pressures on ecosystems. In Wallonia (Southern Region of Belgium), the Nitrate Directive (EEC/676/91) was transposed into the “Walloon action plan for nitrogen sustainable management in agriculture” (PGDA1) in 2002. In 2007, a second plan was launched to reinforce some topics (PGDA2). Furthermore, the goal of “good quality” of surface waters and groundwater imposed by the Water Framework Directive poses new challenges in water management. In this context, a “soil and vadose” hydrological model is used in order to evaluate diffuse pollutions and efficiency of mitigation measures. This model, called EPICgrid, has been developed at catchment scale with an original modular concept on the basis of the field scale “water-soil-plant” EPIC model (Williams J.R., Jones C.A., Dyke P.T. (1984). A modelling approach to determining the relationship between erosion and soil productivity. Transactions of the ASAE. 27, 129-144). The model estimates, for each HRU identified into a 1km2 grid, water and nutrients flows into the plant-soil-vadose zone system (Sohier C., Degré A., Dautrebande S. (2009). From root zone modelling to regional forecasting of nitrate concentration in recharge flows – The case of the Walloon Region (Belgium). Journal of Hydrology, Volume 369, Issues 3-4, 15 May 2009, Pages 350-359). The model is used to make prospective simulations in order to evaluate the impact of measures currently performed to reduce the effect of diffuse pollution on water surface quality and groundwater quality, at regional scale. Response of the soil-vadose zone to agricultural practices modification is analyzed for the deadlines of the Water Framework Directive: 2015, 2021 and 2027, taking into account two climatic scenarios. Simulations results showed that actual measures are not sufficient in some areas and that new actions are necessary. The EPICgrid model was also used to evaluate effectiveness of further measures that could be implemented in order to reduce agricultural diffuse pollution. The increasing of catch crops in vulnerable zones has shown a limited impact in theWalloon context. The modifications of agricultural practices such as crop rotations or mineral fertilizing amounts have shown a more significant impact on water quality. Furthermore, the farmers’ practices are evaluated each year by a measuring campaign of the soil nitrogen residue after harvest. These data allow us to improve the representativeness of the EPICgrid model in areas in which agricultural practices largely differs from regional statistics. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of raingage density, position and interpolation on rainfall-discharge modelling
Ly, Sarann ULg; Sohier, Catherine ULg; Charles, Catherine ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2012), 14(EGU2012), 2592

Precipitation traditionally observed using raingages or weather stations, is one of the main parameters that has direct impact on runoff production. This pPrecipitation data requires a preliminary spatial ... [more ▼]

Precipitation traditionally observed using raingages or weather stations, is one of the main parameters that has direct impact on runoff production. This pPrecipitation data requires a preliminary spatial interpolation prior to hydrological modeling. The accuracy of modelling result is determined bydepends on the accuracy of the interpolated spatial rainfall which differs according to different interpolation methods. The accuracy of the interpolated spatial rainfall is usually determined by cross-validation method. The objective of this study is to assess the different interpolation methods of daily rainfall at the watershed scale through hydrological modelling and to explore the best methods that provides a good long term simulation. Four versions of geostatistics: Ordinary Kriging (ORK), Universal Kriging (UNK), Kriging with External Dridft (KED) and Ordinary Cokriging (OCK) and two types of deterministic methods: Thiessen polygon (THI) and Inverse Distance Weighting (IDW) are used to produce 30-year daily rainfall inputs for a distributed physically-based hydrological model (EPIC-GRID). This work is conducted in the Ourthe and Ambleve nested catchments, located in the Ardennes hilly landscape in the Walloon region, Belgium. The total catchment area is 2908 km², lies between 67 and 693 m in elevation. The multivariate geostatistics (KED and OCK) are also used by incorporating elevation as external data to improve the rainfall prediction. This work also aims at analysing the effect of different raingage densities and position used for interpolation, on the stream flow modelled to get insight in terms of the capability and limitation of the geostatistical methods. The number of raingage varies from 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 8 to 4 stations located in and surrounding the catchment area. In the latter case, we try to use different positions: around the catchment and only a part of the catchment. The result shows that the simple method like THI fails to capture the rainfall and to produce good flow simulation when using 4 raingages. The KED and UNK are comparable to other methods for a raingage case that in which stations are located around the catchment area, especially in the high elevation catchment but the worst methods for other raingage position cases where the rainfall stations are located only at a part and mostly outside of the catchment area. However, three methods (IDW, ORK and OCK) can overcome this problem since they are more robust and can provide good performance of simulation in all raingage densities. When using 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 8 raingages in the catchment area (2908 km²), no substantial differences in model performance are observed. [less ▲]

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