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See detailDendrochronological analysis of large tropical trees: a new approach combining photogrammetry, image processing and GIS tools
Latte, Nicolas ULg; Bauwens, Sébastien ULg; Bonnet, Stéphanie ULg et al

Conference (2014, January 17)

Tree-ring analysis of tropical trees is especially time-consuming for the largest trees. Because of large dimensions and irregular shapes, the tree-ring measurements are generally achieved (semi-)manually ... [more ▼]

Tree-ring analysis of tropical trees is especially time-consuming for the largest trees. Because of large dimensions and irregular shapes, the tree-ring measurements are generally achieved (semi-)manually directly from wood samples. The aim of this study is to present a new approach of tree-ring measurements combining photogrammetry, image processing and GIS tools that is appropriate for very large wood samples. Disks are sawed from felled trees above buttress. Small diameters holes are drilled to the disk surface to be later used as control points. Images are taken with an off-the-shelf camera and assembled with PhotoScan in order to produce an orthoimage of the green disk surface. After drying, disks are sanded (grain 80-400) and scanned with a flatbed scanner (A3 size) at high resolution (1200-2400 dpi). The scans are then mosaicked together with Autopano into one single image. Based on the control points of the green orthoimage, the ‘dry’ image is georeferenced and rectified. Using a GIS environment, tree-rings are delimited and ring widths and/or areas measured. Disks are entirely digitalized into high resolution images (0.02-0.04mm per pixel) offering a wide range of analysis possibilities. The image-based procedure reduces cost of disk handling and transportation, facilitates data processing and transfer and, is adaptable to any type of wood samples. [less ▲]

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See detailUn complexe d’espèces d’Afzelia des forêts africaines d’intérêt économique et écologique (synthèse bibliographique)
Donkpegan, Segbedji ULg; Hardy, J. Olivier; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(2),

The purpose of this review is to provide a knowledge update and a comprehensive literature review of the genus Afzelia, a complex of sister species exploited for their timber in Central Africa. The ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this review is to provide a knowledge update and a comprehensive literature review of the genus Afzelia, a complex of sister species exploited for their timber in Central Africa. The distribution of Afzelia species in Africa suggests that the tree has made various adaptations due to ecological factors. However, on the basis of only vegetative criteria, it is difficult to distinguish species in forest inventory, and this could compromise the sustainable management approach promoted by the populations of Central African countries. We show that the genus remains generally understudied, although some of its species are considered by the IUCN as being under threat. Therefore, the ecological and genetic aspects of our investigations should prove relevant to the future cultivation of Afzelia. [less ▲]

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See detailLes indicateurs de la pression du cerf élaphe sur la végétation du sous-bois en forêts feuillues tempérées : synthèse bibliographique
Lehaire, François ULg; Ligot, Gauthier ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(2), 262-272

During the last decades, the populations of large herbivores have increased. Consequently, their pressure on forest vegetation has been exacerbated and has reached in some forests levels that reduced the ... [more ▼]

During the last decades, the populations of large herbivores have increased. Consequently, their pressure on forest vegetation has been exacerbated and has reached in some forests levels that reduced the diversity of forest ecosystem services. Assessing the balance between timber production and hunting remains a crucial question for forest users (foresters, hunters) and requires reliable tools such as ecological indicators. This paper reviews the ecological indicators that characterize the pressure of red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) on understory vegetation in temperate deciduous forest. Such indicators monitor the cover, height, stem density, biomass and species diversity of different indicator plant groups. These plant groups embrace species belonging to herbaceous stratum, forest regeneration or particular species such as bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) and bramble (Rubus fruticosus L.). The choice of indicator plants, as it affects considerably the performance of the ecological indicator of deer pressure on understory vegetation, must be carried out with caution taking into account plant abundance and palatability. The reviewed indicators help to understand the relationships between biodiversity, carrying capacity and deer populations. They are intended to forest managers that would like to monitor red deer pressure in regards to forest management goals and forest sustainability. [less ▲]

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See detailLe patron urbain, un facteur influençant l'impact de l'urbanisation sur les écosystèmes: les cas de Kisangani et de Lubumbashi (RDC)
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in PACODEL (Ed.) Colloque international Territoires périurbains: développement, enjeux et perspectives dans les pays du sud (2013, December 19)

Les dynamiques et patrons paysagers de deux villes entre deux années (Kisangani entre 2002 et 2010 ; Lubumbashi entre 2002 et 2008, en République Démocratique du Congo) ont été étudiés afin d’évaluer leur ... [more ▼]

Les dynamiques et patrons paysagers de deux villes entre deux années (Kisangani entre 2002 et 2010 ; Lubumbashi entre 2002 et 2008, en République Démocratique du Congo) ont été étudiés afin d’évaluer leur influence sur l’impact de l’extension et/ou densification de ces villes, et plus particulièrement de leur zone périurbaine, sur leurs écosystèmes internes et périphériques. En effet, le patron paysager occupe une place fondamentale dans l’hypothèse centrale de l’écologie du paysage, appelée pattern-process paradigm puisqu’il influence les processus écologiques et inversement. Sa description et son analyse sont donc particulièrement importantes (Bogaert et al. 2004; Coulson et al. 1999). Les indices de composition, communément utilisés en écologie du paysage, décrivent entre autres le patron en quantifiant la présence et le nombre de taches issues des différentes classes du paysage (Alberti 2008). D’autre part, les villes ne cessant d'augmenter leur emprise sur les paysages dont elles font partie, l'étude des espaces qui les ceinturent, le phénomène de leur extension dans les régions rurales ainsi que les schémas conceptuels de leur morphologie et dynamique interne sont plus que jamais des sujets d'actualité (Bhatta et al., 2010; Borsdorf et al., 2002; De Blij, 1977; Gaston, 2010; Halleux, 2006). Paradoxalement, les scientifiques de différentes disciplines peinent à donner une définition, des caractéristiques et des limites acceptées par tous aux notions se rattachant aux différentes zones présentes dans le gradient urbain-rural. Cette étude se distingue des autres, généralement subjectives, par son approche quantifiée et objective. Pour chacune des deux villes, deux images SPOT 5 ont été classifiées sur base d’une approche orientée-objet (Definiens 2013). Ensuite, des indices de composition paysagère ont été évalués afin 1) d’identifier l’étendue de chaque zone (urbaine, périurbaine, rurale) au sein du gradient urbain-rural en utilisant les définitions de zones proposées par André et al. (sous presse), 2) de décrire ces différentes zones en quantifiant les caractéristiques morphologiques les plus couramment citées avant d’en borner les valeurs (André et al. 2012) et 3) de quantifier la dynamique des différentes zones au cours de la dernière décade. Ensuite, les similarités et différences entre ces villes ainsi que la pertinence et les faiblesses de la méthode ont été identifiées et discutées. Les résultats de cette étude ont pour ambition de contribuer à une meilleure compréhension et prise en compte du rôle du patron paysager dans la résistance potentielle des écosystèmes naturels à l’extension et/ou la densification d’une ville donnée. [less ▲]

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See detailUtilisation des drones comme outil de suivi de travaux de restauration : génération de séries temporelles d'orthomosaïques à très haute résolution et de modèles numériques de surface
Michez, Adrien ULg; Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Geerts, Cédric ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 15)

D'une invention initialement militaire, les drones - et les applications qui dérivent de leurs utilisation - tendent à se banaliser au sein du domaine civil. En terme d'applications géographiques, les ... [more ▼]

D'une invention initialement militaire, les drones - et les applications qui dérivent de leurs utilisation - tendent à se banaliser au sein du domaine civil. En terme d'applications géographiques, les micro-drones (< 2 kg) occupent un segment nouveau dans les techniques d’acquisition d'informations, à mi-chemin entre deux segments plus classiques, représentés par les techniques d'acquisitions « terrain » (LiDAR terrestre, lever topographique, cartographie GPS, ..) et l'imagerie aérienne (caméra métrique, LiDAR aérien, imagerie satellitale). A l'aide d'un micro-drone X100 (Gatewing-Trimble), l'Unité GRFMN a effectué différents survols du projet de restauration du ruisseau du Morby, entrepris dans le cadre du projet Life+ Walphy. Les survols ont permis la réalisation d'orthomosaïques et de MNS (à l'aide d'Agisoft Photoscan) aux différentes étapes du chantier. Une évaluation de la qualité des MNS photogrammétriques générés est réalisée sur base de données LiDAR aérien disponible sur la zone. Une comparaison des coûts sera également réalisée entre les différentes techniques d'acquisition de données topographiques déployées sur le site lors du projet : MNS photogrammétriques UAV et caméra large format, LiDAR aérien. [less ▲]

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See detailANALYSE SPATIO-TEMPORELLE DES DÉGÂTS D’ÉCORCEMENT DANS LES PLANTATIONS RÉSINEUSES EN RÉGION WALLONNE
Ligot, Gauthier ULg; Lehaire, François ULg; Gheysen, Thibaut et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2013), 126

Les dégâts d’écorcement inquiètent de très nombreux gestionnaires forestiers. Depuis plus de 10 ans, des inventaires sont réalisés annuellement et des outils de diagnostic ont été développés afin d’en ... [more ▼]

Les dégâts d’écorcement inquiètent de très nombreux gestionnaires forestiers. Depuis plus de 10 ans, des inventaires sont réalisés annuellement et des outils de diagnostic ont été développés afin d’en quantifier l’ampleur en Région wallonne. L’examen de ces données met en évidence le rôle prépondérant des densités de cerfs ainsi que de la structure du paysage, de la rigueur des hivers et de la capacité d’accueil du milieu. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling the Distribution of Marketable Timber Products of Private Teak (Tectona grandis L.f.) Plantations
Fonton, Noël Houédougbé; Atindogbé, Gilbert; Akossou, Arcadius Y. et al

in Open Journal of Forestry (2013), 3(4), 115-121

Management of marketable products of private plantations will not be sustainable without class girth be-ing identifiable readily. Modeling marketable products is a key to obtain good fitness between ... [more ▼]

Management of marketable products of private plantations will not be sustainable without class girth be-ing identifiable readily. Modeling marketable products is a key to obtain good fitness between observed and theoretical girth distribution. We determine the best parameter recovery method with the Weibull function for two sylvicultural regimes (coppice and high forest). Data on stand variables were collected from 1101 sample plots. The three Weibull function parameters were estimated with three parameters re-covery methods: the maximum likelihood method, the method of moments and the method of percentiles. Stepwise regression and the simultaneously re-estimated parameter using the Seemingly Unrelated Re-gression Estimation were applied to model each parameter. The results indicated that the three methods successfully predicted girth size distributions within the sample stands. The method of moments was the best one with lowest values of Reynolds error index and Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistic however the syl-vicultural regimes. The Weibull parameter distribution model developed for each of the two sylvicultural regimes was quite reliable. [less ▲]

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See detailAerial surveys using an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS): comparison of different methods for estimating the surface area of sampling strips
Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Linchant, Julie ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Tropical Conservation Science (2013), 6(4), 506-520

Conservation of natural ecosystems requires regular monitoring of biodiversity, including the estimation of wildlife density. Recently, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have become more available for ... [more ▼]

Conservation of natural ecosystems requires regular monitoring of biodiversity, including the estimation of wildlife density. Recently, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have become more available for numerous civilian applications. The use of small drones for wildlife surveys as a surrogate for manned aerial surveys is becoming increasingly attractive and has already been implemented with some success. This raises the question of how to process UAS imagery in order to determine the surface area of sampling strips within an acceptable confidence level. For the purpose of wildlife surveys, the estimation of sampling strip surface area needs to be both accurate and quick, and easy to implement. As GPS and an inertial measurement units are commonly integrated within unmanned aircraft platforms, two methods of direct georeferencing were compared here. On the one hand, we used the image footprint projection (IFP) method, which utilizes collinearity equations on each image individually. On the other hand, the Structure from Motion (SfM) technique was used for block orientation and georeferencing. These two methods were compared on eight sampling strips. An absolute orientation of the strip was determined by indirect georeferencing using ground control points. This absolute orientation was considered as the reference and was used for validating the other two methods. The IFP method was demonstrated to be the most accurate and the easiest to implement. It was also found to be less demanding in terms of image quality and overlap. However, even though a flat landscape is the type most widely encountered in wildlife surveys in Africa, we recommend estimating IFP sensitivity at an accentuation of the relief. [less ▲]

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See detailHeight competition between Quercus petraea and Fagus sylvatica natural regeneration in mixed and uneven-aged stands
Ligot, Gauthier ULg; Balandier, Philippe; Fayolle, Adeline ULg et al

in Forest Ecology & Management (2013), 304

We monitored in situ natural regeneration in 23 uneven-aged stands. We modelled height growth in the regeneration of Quercus petraea and Fagus sylvatica. Beech saplings grew faster than oak saplings at ... [more ▼]

We monitored in situ natural regeneration in 23 uneven-aged stands. We modelled height growth in the regeneration of Quercus petraea and Fagus sylvatica. Beech saplings grew faster than oak saplings at all light levels. Oak gained greater benefit from direct radiation than did beech. Canopy opening is insufficient to promote oak over beech regeneration. [less ▲]

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See detailClassification of riparian forest species (individual tree level) using UAV-based Canopy Height Model and multi-temporal orthophotos (Vielsalm, Eastern Belgium)
Michez, Adrien ULg; Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Toromanoff, François ULg et al

Poster (2013, September 09)

Introduction : Despite their relatively low area coverage, riparian forests are central landscape features providing several ecosystem services. Nevertheless, they are critically endangered in European ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Despite their relatively low area coverage, riparian forests are central landscape features providing several ecosystem services. Nevertheless, they are critically endangered in European countries by human pressures (livestock grazing, land use conflicts, canalizations, waste water, ...) andalso by natural hazards such as the recent black alder (Alnus glutinosa) extensive decline caused by Phytophthora alni. In this study UAV is used to improve the characterization of riparian areas. Riparian forest species are identified at the individual tree level. The health condition of black alder is assessed. For this purpose a computer based approach has been developped, with low needs of specific operator ability or training. Methods : We used the Gatewing X100 to acquire 16 aerial photographs datasets (7 in classic RGB and 9 in RG NIR) during 5 days (form Augustus to October 2012). We processed a CHM in ArcGIS by combining a national Digital Terrain Model with a photogrammetric DSM generated from a single flight photographs dataset with the "MicMac" opensource platform. The 16 orthophotos were computed with Agisoft Photoscan. Based on the CHM and some basic vegetation index (mean NDVI), a classification/segmentation process was developped in eCognition allowing tree crown extraction. An amount of 113 metrics were computed in eCognition for every tree crown object. The metrics were both derived from the CHM raster and spectral information. Metrics were computed by band (object spectral mean and CHM mean, Harralick entropy, Skewness) but also with band combination (Green NDVI and NDVI). A reference dataset was also acquired through a field survey of 624 individual tree positions accurately localized. The health condition of the black alder was recorded during the field survey. A supervised classification algorithm was developed in R (Random Forest package). Results : Several classification trees were assessed trough global accuracy using the Out Of Bag (OOB) error. The best global accuracy (82%) was obtained when distinguishing the black alder (with no regards for health condition during field survey) from the rest of riparian forest objects. The global accuracy tended to decline when other species were added. When separating healthy black alders from those with symptoms, the global accuracy is 77%. Conclusions : Our study highlights the potential of UAV-based multitemporal orthophotos to identify riparian forest species and health conditions at the tree level. Future studies will focus on quick radiometrics corrections. This could improve global accuracy by reducing the variability caused by illumination conditions [less ▲]

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See detailCity pattern as a factor influencing the impact of urbanization on ecosystems - A diachronic analysis of the dynamic of two cities: Kisangani and Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2013, September 06)

The patterns and dynamics of two cities between two years (2002 and 2010 for Kisangani; 2002 and 2008 for Lubumbashi, both part of the Democratic Republic of Congo) have been examined in order to estimate ... [more ▼]

The patterns and dynamics of two cities between two years (2002 and 2010 for Kisangani; 2002 and 2008 for Lubumbashi, both part of the Democratic Republic of Congo) have been examined in order to estimate how they influence the impact of extension and/or of densification on urban internal and peripheral ecosystems. For each city two SPOT 5 images were classified with a oriented-object supervised approach; then composition landscape metrics (built area proportion index, anthropized surface proportion index, equitability index of area proportion of classes, dominant class index, dominant class proportion index) have been evaluated in order to 1) identify the extend of each area (urban, suburban, rural) within the urban-rural gradient, 2) quantify the most commonly cited morphological characteristics to describe these different areas and 3) quantify the dynamic of the different areas during this decade. Landscape ecology assumes that the landscape pattern description is important because, according to the central hypothesis called “pattern-process paradigm”, the ecological processes influence landscape structure and vice versa. Composition metrics, which are commonly used in landscape ecology, describe the pattern among other things in quantifying the presence and the number of patches from the various classes within the landscape. This study singularizes itself from the subjective ones by its quantified and objective approach. The similarities and differences between these cities, relevance and gaps in the method have then been identified and discussed. The results of this study are aimed to be used by urban planners for the evaluation of the potential resistance of internal and peripheral natural ecosystems to the extension and/or the densification of a given city, taking into account its pattern and dynamic. It might help them in their choice between different planning alternatives. [less ▲]

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See detailCity pattern as a factor influencing the impact of urbanization on ecosystems - A diachronic analysis of the dynamic of two cities: Kisangani and Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Nunes Silva, Carlos (Ed.) Colonial and postcolonial urban planning in Africa (2013, September 06)

The patterns and dynamics of two cities between two years (2002 and 2010 for Kisangani; 2002 and 2008 for Lubumbashi, both part of the Democratic Republic of Congo) have been examined in order to estimate ... [more ▼]

The patterns and dynamics of two cities between two years (2002 and 2010 for Kisangani; 2002 and 2008 for Lubumbashi, both part of the Democratic Republic of Congo) have been examined in order to estimate how they influence the impact of extension and/or of densification on urban internal and peripheral ecosystems. For each city two SPOT 5 images were classified with a oriented-object supervised approach; then composition landscape metrics (built area proportion index, anthropized surface proportion index, equitability index of area proportion of classes, dominant class index, dominant class proportion index) have been evaluated in order to 1) identify the extend of each area (urban, suburban, rural) within the urban-rural gradient, 2) quantify the most commonly cited morphological characteristics to describe these different areas and 3) quantify the dynamic of the different areas during this decade. Landscape ecology assumes that the landscape pattern description is important because, according to the central hypothesis called “pattern-process paradigm”, the ecological processes influence landscape structure and vice versa. Composition metrics, which are commonly used in landscape ecology, describe the pattern among other things in quantifying the presence and the number of patches from the various classes within the landscape. This study singularizes itself from the subjective ones by its quantified and objective approach. The similarities and differences between these cities, relevance and gaps in the method have then been identified and discussed. The results of this study are aimed to be used by urban planners for the evaluation of the potential resistance of internal and peripheral natural ecosystems to the extension and/or the densification of a given city, taking into account its pattern and dynamic. It might help them in their choice between different planning alternatives. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing drones to count the elephants: a new approach of wildlife inventories
Linchant, Julie ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Lisein, Jonathan ULg et al

Conference (2013, August 29)

The use of UASs (Unmanned Aerial Systems) in wildlife survey is still recent but the fast development of this technology shows great possibilities and it could soon become an inevitable tool in wildlife ... [more ▼]

The use of UASs (Unmanned Aerial Systems) in wildlife survey is still recent but the fast development of this technology shows great possibilities and it could soon become an inevitable tool in wildlife management. The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility of inventories by UAS to survey large mammals in the Nazinga Game Ranch in the south of Burkina Faso. The Gatewing X100TM equipped with a Ricoh GR III camera was used to test the animal reaction as it passed, and their visibility on the images. A set of more than 7000 images was collected and observations revealed that only elephants (Loxodonta africana) were easily visible while medium and small sized mammals were not. At a height of 100 m the easy observation of elephant allows experts to enumerate them on images and no reaction was recorded as the UAS passed. We therefore implemented an aerial strip sample count along transects used for the annual wildlife foot count. A total of 34 elephants has been recorded on 4 transects, each overflown twice. The elephant density was estimated at 2.47 elephants/km2 with a coefficient of variation (CV%) of 36.10 %. UAS inventory of elephants is promising but improvements need to be done. The main drawback of our UAS was its autonomy. If we wish to replace manned aircraft survey of large areas (about 1000 km of transect per day vs 40 km for our UAS), increased endurance of small UAS is a requirement and the monitoring strategy should be adapted according to the sampling plan. Also, the UAS is as expensive as a second-hand light aircraft. However the logistic and flight implementation are easier, the running costs are lower and its use is safer. With technological evolution making civil UASs more efficient, they will be able to compete with light aircrafts for aerial wildlife surveys. [less ▲]

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See detailFine-scale analysis of ungulate-vehicle collisions in Southern Belgium
maron, Julie; Lehaire, François ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg et al

Poster (2013, August)

Ungulate-vehicle collisions (UVC) are an increasing phenomenon in many European countries. These road accidents are a threat to wildlife populations but also to human safety and generate high economic ... [more ▼]

Ungulate-vehicle collisions (UVC) are an increasing phenomenon in many European countries. These road accidents are a threat to wildlife populations but also to human safety and generate high economic costs. Wallonia, the Southern part of Belgium, is also affected by the UVC problem and offers an interesting study area because of its very dense road network and increasing big game populations. The aim of our study was to determine where and when UVC hotspots occurred along highways in Wallonia, in order to provide recommendations regarding the location and design of mitigation measures. The study site is located in Wallonia (Southern Belgium) in the provinces of Liege and Namur (5,875 km²). Ungulates species present in this area are wild boar, roe deer and red deer. The UVC data were collected by the police and covered the period between 2008 and 2011 (n= 2,704). We analyzed the landscape and road-related variables of sections with high UVC risk in contrast with section of low risk. The landscape and road-related variables related to the location of UVC were highlighted using a generalized linear model (GLM) with simulated pseudo-absences. Concerning traffic accidents, the most involved game species are wild boar (37% of all casualties). That’s why the amount of data on wild boar was higher than for the other species. The results of the spatial and temporal analysis of wild boar-vehicle collisions (WVC) are therefore more accurate than for the other species. Consequently we decided to focused on the wild boar in the present poster. Temporal analysis showed strong variations in the WVC frequency over time, on the daily and seasonal scale. These critical periods correspond to the activity periods of the species (more UVC at night and during autumn and winter). The study also points out a negative correlation between the occurrence of UVC and the traffic volume (R² = 9.79%). This result doesn’t match with the literature but can be explained if we assume that when traffic increase, the road represents a more impassable barrier for animal species. As expected we also noticed a positive correlation between game density and UVC risk. These results indicate clear spatial and temporal clustering of WVC. Identification of hotspots enables us to identify the priority areas where mitigation measures must be considered. For further research, the accuracy of the police data should be improved in order to predict more exactly the risk of UVC. This would also make the mitigation measures more cost-effective. [less ▲]

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See detailWild boar movement ecology: what do we (don’t) know ?
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Prévot, Céline; Lehaire, François ULg et al

Poster (2013, August)

Although subject of many researches since decades, movement studies have been recently enhanced by the emergence of the movement ecology paradigm (Nathan 2008). Under this paradigm, Nathan et al. (2008 ... [more ▼]

Although subject of many researches since decades, movement studies have been recently enhanced by the emergence of the movement ecology paradigm (Nathan 2008). Under this paradigm, Nathan et al. (2008) proposed to break down movement of animal into four basic mechanistic components: i) internal states (motivation, physiology, why to move ?), ii) motion capacities (how to move ?), iii) navigation capacities and (when and where to move ?) and iv) external factors (physical environment and living organisms – conspecifics or not). Considering these four components of an individual’s movement, we reviewed literature dealing with wild boar (Sus scrofa L.), a species of important ecological and socio-economic concern, and tried to identify the key processes influencing this species’ movement. We conclude this review of the literature by highlighting the gaps in movement ecology of wild boar and suggesting further research directions under the light of the most recent used techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatial analysis of bark-stripping damage by red deer in irregular hardwood forest
Lehaire, François ULg; Mercier, Grégoire; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

Poster (2013, August)

Over the past years, the population size of red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) is following an upward trend in Wallonia. This has led to an increased pressure on vegetation as well as to forest damages of ... [more ▼]

Over the past years, the population size of red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) is following an upward trend in Wallonia. This has led to an increased pressure on vegetation as well as to forest damages of greater frequency and intensity. Among these damages, bark-stripping can be especially harmful to the timber quality due to the development of rot. The impact of these populations may thus lead to a reduction in forest productivity and to economic losses. Nevertheless, these damages doesn’t depend only on the density of red deer but also on the environmental characteristics of their habitats. The main objective of this study is to perform a spatial analysis of the occurrence of bark stripping in order to identify the environmental factor that affect the occurrence of the damages in hardwood forests. The bark-stripping damages in coniferous stands are well-known due to the fact that they are relatively frequent. Such information is however unavailable for hardwood stands. The study site (6500 hectares) is located in the Ardennes in Southern Belgium (Wallonia) and is mainly composed of beech stands. We used data of inventory campaigns that were carried out for management purposes. In each sampling unit (total of 321 units), we measured different stand characteristics and, during a second phase, the bark-stripping damages. These latter measurements concerned the presence or absence of bark-stripping on each recorded stem and damage age (presence or not of a healing roll). Only trees with dbh greater than 5 cm were taken into account. All the data were collected in hardwood stands. To perform the spatial analysis, a set of environmental variables, including landscape (distances to the natural or artificial feeding points, to watering-place, to the different types of road and to the forest paths, to refuge areas for deer and to forest edges, etc.) and tree dimension variables, have been collected. The estimated red deer density was also took into account. All these variables have been included in a fixed linear model using stepwise regression. An angular transformation was applied in order to guarantee appropriate conditions of application of the linear regressions. Over one hundred variables were tested but only six of them have a significant impact on the bark-stripping rate. This model explains only 10,2% of the bark-stripping rate. Tree dimension variables explain most of the bark-stripping rate. Thus, forest structure has an important impact on the bark-stripping probability. The roads and the human activities in general can have an impact on the bark-stripping rate. These activities can disturb the red deer feeding periods during the day and lead to important bark-stripping damages. We expected to observe other variables contributing to the model such as red deer density and altitude. The absence of effect of altitude can be explained by the fact that bark-stripping of beech trees occurs mainly in summer. The scale of the study can explain the absence of red deer density. [less ▲]

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