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See detailA new approach for time-lapse data weighting in ERT
Lesparre, Nolwenn ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg; Kemna, Andreas et al

in Geophysics (in press)

Applications of timelapse inversion of electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) allows monitoring variations in the subsurface that play a key role in a variety of contexts. The inversion of timelapse data ... [more ▼]

Applications of timelapse inversion of electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) allows monitoring variations in the subsurface that play a key role in a variety of contexts. The inversion of timelapse data provides successive images of the subsurface properties showing the medium evolution. Images quality is highly dependent on the data weighting determined from the data error estimates. However, the quantification of errors in the inversion of timelapse data has not yet been addressed. We propose a methodology for the quantification of timelapse data error based on the analysis of the discrepancy between normal and reciprocal readings acquired at different times. We apply the method to field monitoring data sets collected during the injection of heated water in a shallow aquifer. We tested different error models to show that the use of an appropriate time-lapse data error estimate yields significant improvements in terms of imaging. An adapted inversion weighting for time-lapse data implies that the procedure does not allow an over-fitting of the data, so the presence of artifacts in the resulting images is greatly reduced. Our results demonstrate that a proper estimate of time-lapse data error is mandatory for weighting optimally the inversion in order to obtain images that best reflect the medium properties evolution through time. [less ▲]

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See detailDeveloping suitable methods for effective characterization of electrical properties of root segments
Ehosioke, Solomon ULg; Phalempin, Maxime; Garré, Sarah ULg et al

Conference (2017, April 28)

Developing suitable methods for effective characterization of electrical properties of root segments Solomon Ehosioke (1), Maxime Phalempin (2), Sarah Garré (3), Andreas Kemna (4), Sander Huisman (5 ... [more ▼]

Developing suitable methods for effective characterization of electrical properties of root segments Solomon Ehosioke (1), Maxime Phalempin (2), Sarah Garré (3), Andreas Kemna (4), Sander Huisman (5), Mathieu Javaux (2), and Frédéric Nguyen (1) (1) Department of Architecture, Geology, Environment & Constructions, university of Liege, Liège, Belgium, (2) Earth and Life Institute, Environmental Science, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, (3) Biosystems Engineering Department, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liege, Gembloux, Belgium, (4) Department of Geophysics, Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn, Germany, (5) Agrosphere (IBG3), Forschungszentrum Ju¨lich GmbH, Ju¨lich, Germany The root system represents the hidden half of the plant which plays a key role in food production and therefore needs to be well understood. Root system characterization has been a great challenge because the roots are buried in the soil. This coupled with the subsurface heterogeneity and the transient nature of the biogeochemical processes that occur in the root zone makes it difficult to access and monitor the root system over time. The traditional method of point sampling (root excavation, monoliths, minirhizotron etc.) for root investigation does not account for the transient nature and spatial variability of the root zone, and it often disturbs the natural system under investigation. The quest to overcome these challenges has led to an increase in the application of geophysical methods. Recent studies have shown a correlation between bulk electrical resistivity and root mass density, but an understanding of the contribution of the individual segments of the root system to that bulk signal is still missing. This study is an attempt to understand the electrical properties of roots at the segment scale (1-5cm) for more effective characterization of electrical signal of the full root architecture. The target plants were grown in three different media (pot soil, hydroponics and a mixture of sand, perlite and vermiculite). Resistance measurements were carried out on a single segment of each study plant using a voltmeter while the diameter was measured using a digital calliper. The axial resistance was calculated using the measured resistance and the geometric parameters. This procedure was repeated for each plant replica over a period of 75 days which enabled us to study the effects of age, growth media, diameter and length on the electrical response of the root segments of the selected plants. The growth medium was found to have a significant effect on the root electrical response, while the effect of root diameter on their electrical response was found to vary among the plants. More work is still required to further validate these results and also to develop better systems to study the electrical behaviour of root segments. Findings from our review entitled “an overview of the geophysical approach to root investigation”, suggest that SIP and EIT geophysical methods could be very useful for root investigations, thus more work is in progress to develop these systems for assessing the root electrical response at various scales. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Prediction-Focused Approach: An opportunity for hydrogeophysical data integration and interpretation
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg; Klepikova, Maria et al

Conference (2017, April 28)

Hydrogeophysics is an interdisciplinary field of sciences aiming at a better understanding of subsurface hydrological processes. If geophysical surveys have been successfully used to qualitatively ... [more ▼]

Hydrogeophysics is an interdisciplinary field of sciences aiming at a better understanding of subsurface hydrological processes. If geophysical surveys have been successfully used to qualitatively characterize the subsurface, two important challenges remain for a better quantification of hydrological processes: (1) the inversion of geophysical data and (2) their integration in hydrological subsurface models. The classical inversion approach using regularization suffers from spatially and temporally varying resolution and yields geologically unrealistic solutions without uncertainty quantification, making their utilization for hydrogeological calibration less consistent. More advanced techniques such as coupled inversion allow for a direct use of geophysical data for conditioning groundwater and solute transport model calibration. However, the technique is difficult to apply in complex cases and remains computationally demanding to estimate uncertainty. In a recent study, we investigate a prediction-focused approach (PFA) to directly estimate subsurface physical properties from geophysical data, circumventing the need for classic inversions. In PFA, we seek a direct relationship between the data and the subsurface variables we want to predict (the forecast). This relationship is obtained through a prior set of subsurface models for which both data and forecast are computed. A direct relationship can often be derived through dimension reduction techniques. PFA offers a framework for both hydrogeophysical “inversion” and hydrogeophysical data integration. For hydrogeophysical “inversion”, the considered forecast variable is the subsurface variable, such as the salinity. An ensemble of possible solutions is generated, allowing uncertainty quantification. For hydrogeophysical data integration, the forecast variable becomes the prediction we want to make with our subsurface models, such as the concentration of contaminant in a drinking water production well. Geophysical and hydrological data are combined to derive a direct relationship between data and forecast. We illustrate the process for the design of an aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES) system. An ATES system can theoretically recover in winter the heat stored in the aquifer during summer. In practice, the energy efficiency is often lower than expected due to spatial heterogeneity of hydraulic properties combined to a non-favorable hydrogeological gradient. A proper design of ATES systems should consider the uncertainty of the prediction related to those parameters. With a global sensitivity analysis, we identify sensitive parameters for heat storage prediction and validate the use of a short term heat tracing experiment monitored with geophysics to generate informative data. First, we illustrate how PFA can be used to successfully derive the distribution of temperature in the aquifer from ERT during the heat tracing experiment. Then, we successfully integrate the geophysical data to predict medium-term heat storage in the aquifer using PFA. The result is a full quantification of the posterior distribution of the prediction conditioned to observed data in a relatively limited time budget. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterizing root system characteristics with Electrical resistivity Tomography: a virtual rhizotron simulation
Rao, Sathyanarayan; Ehosioke, Solomon ULg; Lesparre, Nolwenn et al

Conference (2017, April 24)

Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) is more and more used for monitoring soil water content in a cropped soil. Yet, the impact of roots on the signal is often neglected and a topic of controversy. In ... [more ▼]

Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) is more and more used for monitoring soil water content in a cropped soil. Yet, the impact of roots on the signal is often neglected and a topic of controversy. In several studies related to soil-root system, it has been showed that the measured root mass density statistically correlates with the electrical conductivity (EC) data obtained from ERT. In addition, some studies suggest that some roots are more electrically conductive than soil for most water content. Thus, higher EC of roots suggest that it might have a measurable impact on ERT signals. In this work, virtual rhizotrons are simulated using the software package called R-SWMS that solves water and solute transport in plant root-soil system, including root growth. The distribution of water content obtained from R-SWMS simulation is converted into EC data using pedo-physical models. The electrical properties of roots and rhizosphere are explicitly included in the EC data to form a conductivity map (CM) with a very detailed spatial resolution. Forward ERT simulations is then carried out for CM generated for various root architectures and soil conditions to study the impact of roots on ERT forward (current and voltage patterns) and inverse solutions. It is demonstrated that under typical injection schemes with lateral electrodes, root system is hardly measurable. However, it is showed that adding electrodes and constraints on the ERT inversion based on root architecture help quantifying root system mass and extent. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of undisturbed ground temperature on the design of closed-loop geothermal systems: A case study in a semi-urban environment
Radioti, Georgia ULg; Sartor, Kevin ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

in Applied Energy (2017)

This paper presents temperature measurements in four Borehole Heat Exchangers (BHEs), equipped with fiber optics and located in a semi-urban environment (campus of the University of Liege, Belgium). A 3D ... [more ▼]

This paper presents temperature measurements in four Borehole Heat Exchangers (BHEs), equipped with fiber optics and located in a semi-urban environment (campus of the University of Liege, Belgium). A 3D numerical model is also presented to simulate the heat loss from the surrounding structures into the subsurface. The mean undisturbed ground temperature was estimated from data during the preliminary phase of a thermal response test (water circulation in the pipe loops), as well as from borehole logging measurements. The measurements during water circulation can significantly overestimate the ground temperature (up to 1.7 C in this case study) for high ambient air temperature during the test, resulting in an overestimation of the maximum extracted power and of the heat pump coefficient of performance (COP). To limit the error in the COP and the extracted power to less than 5%, the error in the undisturbed temperature estimation should not exceed ±1.5 °C and ±0.6 °C respectively. In urbanised areas, configurations of short BHEs (length < 40 m) could be economically advantageous (decreased installation and operation costs) compared to long BHEs, especially for temperature gradient lower than 0.05 °C/m. [less ▲]

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See detail3D electrical resistivity tomography of karstified formations using cross-line measurements
Van Hoorde, Maurits; Hermans, Thomas ULg; Dumont, Gaël ULg et al

in Engineering Geology (2017), 220

The acquisition of a full 3D survey on a large area of investigation is difficult, and from a practitioner’s point of view, very costly. In high-resolution 3D surveys, the number of electrodes increases ... [more ▼]

The acquisition of a full 3D survey on a large area of investigation is difficult, and from a practitioner’s point of view, very costly. In high-resolution 3D surveys, the number of electrodes increases rapidly and the total number of electrode combinations becomes very large. In this paper, we propose an innovative 3D acquisition procedure based on the roll-along technique. It makes use of 2D parallel lines with additional cross-line measurements. However, in order to increase the number of directions represented in the data, we propose to use cross-line measurements in several directions. Those cross-line measurements are based on dipole-dipole configurations as commonly used in cross-borehole surveys. We illustrate the method by investigating the subsurface geometry in a karstic environment for a future wind turbine project. We first test our methodology with a numerical benchmark using a synthetic model. Then, we validate it through a field case application to image the 3D geometry of karst features and the top of unaltered bedrock in limestone formations. We analyze the importance of cross-line measuring and analyze their capability for accurate subsurface imaging. The comparison with standard parallel 2D surveys clearly highlighted the added value of the cross-lines measurements to detect those structures. It provides crucial insight in subsurface geometry for the positioning of the future wind turbine foundation. The developed method can provide a useful tool in the design of 3D ERT survey to optimize the amount of information collected within a limited time frame. [less ▲]

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See detailRapport des prospections géophysiques ESO-ESU
Nguyen, Frédéric ULg; Hermans, Thomas ULg

Report (2017)

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See detailComparison of temperature from DTS and ERT with direct measurements during heat tracer experiments in heterogeneous aquifers
Nguyen, Frédéric ULg; Hermans, Thomas ULg; Jamin, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2016, September 27)

Geothermal field characterization and heat tracer experiments often rely on scarce temperature data collected in boreholes. Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) and distributed temperature sensing (DTS ... [more ▼]

Geothermal field characterization and heat tracer experiments often rely on scarce temperature data collected in boreholes. Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) and distributed temperature sensing (DTS) have the potential to provide spatial information on temperature changes in the subsurface. In this contribution, we show how DTS and ERT have been used to investigate the heterogeneity of a heterogeneous aquifer during a heat tracing experiment under forced gradient conditions. Optic fibers were installed in the heat injection well and in two piezometers intersecting the main flow directions at 8 m from the injection well. These piezometers were also equipped with ERT. The DTS measurement in the injection well clearly shows the two-layer nature of the aquifer. After the end of injection, the temperature in the bottom part of the well decreases faster than in the upper part due to the higher water fluxes. Those results are confirmed by DTS measurements in natural flow conditions during a heating wire test. DTS and ERT in the cross-panel both show the vertical and lateral heterogeneity of the aquifer. Temperatures only increase significantly in the bottom part of the aquifer where advection is predominant. However, strong differences are observed laterally. ERT additionally shows that the hot plume is divided in two main flow paths, which is confirmed by direct temperature measurements. The comparison of DTS and ERT shows that one of the well is suffering from water mixing. Indeed, temperature from DTS are homogeneous over the whole tichkness of the aquifer, whereas ERT temperature, less affected by local variations, are varying. Our study demonstrate the value of spatially distributed measurements for the monitoring of heat tracer experiment and highligths the issue of multilevel sampling. The detailed temperature measurements can be subsequently used in hydrogeological model to better estimates heat flow and transport parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitored tracer experiment using the vadose zone experimental setup (VZES) for studying water and pollutant recharge processes in a brownfield
Fernandez de Vera, Natalia ULg; Beaujean, Jean; Jamin, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2016, July 26)

Contaminant transport characterization in the vadose zone of industrial contaminated sites requires in situ technologies that provide information representative of complex heterogeneous systems. However ... [more ▼]

Contaminant transport characterization in the vadose zone of industrial contaminated sites requires in situ technologies that provide information representative of complex heterogeneous systems. However, finding the appropriate methodology is a challenge, as there is a risk of losing data resolution when capturing the spatial variability of the subsurface. An alternative method is provided by The Vadose Zone Experimental Setup (VZES) which combines surface and cross-borehole geophysical methods with a vadose zone monitoring system (VMS). When geophysical imaging is combined with in-situ hydraulic and chemical information at multiple depths of the vadose zone, detailed characterization of contaminant transport in heterogeneous systems is obtained. The system was installed at an industrial contaminated site in Belgium. A saline tracer infiltration test was performed over a heterogeneous vadose zone composed of backfilled materials underlined by unsaturated fractured chalk. Surface and cross-hole Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) measurements were carried out over a 5 day period, following tracer injection. Results from time-lapse imaging reveal high resistivity variations at 0-0.5m depth, indicating that most of the tracer remained in the upper backfilled deposits. This is coincident with the results from sampled waters across the vadose zone, as no tracer was detected below 0.5m depth. Lower resistivity differences were observed laterally, indicating tracer migration in different directions via preferential flow paths. Lateral migration was found to be dominant over vertical transport in the absence of rain events. Three months after the injection, a geophysical survey was performed and combined with in situ continuous hydraulic and chemical information at multiple depths of the vadose zone. Results from geophysical imaging and water sample analyses indicate vertical movement of the tracer, which reached 4 m depth. Information obtained from continuous measurements of water content reveal that the tracer was transferred via preferential flow. The activation of such flow mechanism occurred as a response to rainfall episodes, resulting in water percolation and tracer transport towards higher depths. The results of the investigations demonstrate that the VZES is an effective method in identifying pathways and mechanisms of transport within a heterogeneous conductivity fields. The implementation of this methodological concept at industrial contaminated sites contributes to improve the development of site conceptual models for soil and groundwater protection and remediation. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative characterization and calibration of salt water intrusion models with electrical resistivity tomography
Beaujean, Jean; Hermans, Thomas ULg; Vandenbohede, Alexander et al

Poster (2016, July 26)

Groundwater quality and coastal ecosystems in coastal areas are among the most vulnerable as they are threatened by excessive groundwater withdrawals, sea level rise and storm events potentially leading ... [more ▼]

Groundwater quality and coastal ecosystems in coastal areas are among the most vulnerable as they are threatened by excessive groundwater withdrawals, sea level rise and storm events potentially leading to salt water intrusions or infiltration into fresh water aquifers. The environmental protection and sustainable management of these groundwater resources often involves the development and calibration of a groundwater model subsequently used to forecast the total dissolved solid content (TDS). However, groundwater models are often built based on a limited number of sparse data due to borehole availability. Geophysical methods can provide spatially and temporally distributed data for hydrogeological modeling at relatively limited costs. In particular, electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) is very sensitive to the conductivity of pore water which is directly linked to the TDS content. The method is therefore well-suited for the monitoring of salt water intrusions. However, the inversion of ERT data involves a regularization process so that the resulting tomogram is only an estimate of the true resistivity distribution, suffering from smoothing and varying resolution. In many cases, the interpretation of ERT remains qualitative and skewed. In this contribution, we propose two different methods to improve the information content that can be extracted from ERT data. First, we show with a field example from Belgium how alternative regularization methods can be developed to integrate independent information into the inversion process of ERT. This enabled us to obtain a resistivity distribution much closer to the one observed in validation boreholes. Then, a site-specific petrophysical relationship is used to derive the TDS content of the aquifer from ERT tomograms. This can be directly used as input in the calibration process of a hydrogeological model. We also show how it is possible to counterbalance the effect of resolution loss with depth for surface ERT by filtering the results relative to their sensitivity. We show that this filtering is mandatory to use the ERT-derived information for calibrating a hydrogeological model. In a second example, we show how a fully coupled inversion approach can be used to directly invert geophysical data together with hydrogeological data for the calibration of hydrogeological models. At each iteration of the calibration, the simulated TDS content is transformed in a resistivity distribution using a parameterized petrophysical relationship and forward geophysical modeling yields the geophysical response. We show that this approach enables to better estimate the hydrogeological parameters of the simulated coastal aquifer than with an uncoupled approach if the conceptual model is sufficiently representative. With those two examples, we demonstrate the usefulness of ERT in the monitoring of salt water intrusions, both qualitatively to identify most vulnerable zones and quantitatively to estimate ERT-derived TDS contents or geophysical data and calibrate hydrogeological models. An innovative approach may consist in a conjunctive use of filtered geophysically-derived and geophysical data within the coupled hydrogeophysical inversion framework. Such an uncoupled-coupled approach based on a resolution threshold approach may offer a promising developing trend in hydrogeophysical inversion. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the α-polarization of bacterial suspensions: SIP measurements on four bacterial strains
Pilawski, Tamara ULg; Tappe, Wolfgang; Zimmermann, Egon et al

Poster (2016, June 06)

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See detailHeat tracer test in an alluvial aquifer: field experiment and inverse modelling
Klepikova, Maria; Wildemeersch, Samuel; Hermans, Thomas ULg et al

in Journal of Hydrology (2016), 540

Using heat as an active tracer for aquifer characterization is a topic of increasing interest. In this study, we investigate the potential of using heat tracer tests for characterization of a shallow ... [more ▼]

Using heat as an active tracer for aquifer characterization is a topic of increasing interest. In this study, we investigate the potential of using heat tracer tests for characterization of a shallow alluvial aquifer. A thermal tracer test was conducted in the alluvial aquifer of the Meuse River, Belgium. The tracing experiment consisted in simultaneously injecting heated water and a dye tracer in an injection well and monitoring the evolution of groundwater temperature and tracer concentration in the pumping well and in measurement intervals. To get insights in the 3D characteristics of the heat transport mechanisms, temperature data from a large number of observation wells closely spaced along three transects were used. Temperature breakthrough curves in observation wells are contrasted with what would be expected in an ideal layered aquifer. They reveal strongly unequal lateral and vertical components of the transport mechanisms. The observed complex behavior of the heat plume is explained by the groundwater flow gradient on the site and heterogeneities in the hydraulic conductivity field. Moreover, due to high injection temperatures during the field experiment a temperature-induced fluid density effect on heat transport occurred. By using a flow and heat transport numerical model with variable density coupled with a pilot point approach for inversion of the hydraulic conductivity field, the main preferential flow paths were delineated. The successful application of a field heat tracer test at this site suggests that heat tracer tests is a promising approach to image hydraulic conductivity field. This methodology could be applied in aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES) projects for assessing future efficiency that is strongly linked to the hydraulic conductivity variability in the considered aquifer. [less ▲]

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See detailElectromagnetic Investigation of the Pb-Zn deposit of Lontzen, Belgium
Evrard, Maxime ULg; Pirard, Eric ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg

in First International Conference: MINING IN EUROPE, ABTSRACT volume (2016, May)

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See detailTime lapse imaging of water content with geoelectrical methods: on the interest of working with absolute water content data
Dumont, Gaël ULg; Pilawski, Tamara ULg; Robert, Tanguy et al

Poster (2016, April 21)

The electrical resistivity tomography is a suitable method to estimate the water content of a waste material and detect changes in water content. Various ERT profiles, both static data and time-lapse ... [more ▼]

The electrical resistivity tomography is a suitable method to estimate the water content of a waste material and detect changes in water content. Various ERT profiles, both static data and time-lapse, where acquired on a landfill during the Minerve project. In the literature, the relative change of resistivity ( Delta rho/rho ) is generally computed. For saline or heat tracer tests in the saturated zone, the Delta rho/rho can be easily translated into pore water conductivity or underground temperature changes (provided that the initial salinity or temperature condition is homogeneous over the ERT panel extension). For water content changes in the vadose zone resulting of an infiltration event or injection experiment, many authors also work with the Delta rho/rho or relative changes of water content Delta theta /theta (linked to the change of resistivity through one single parameter: the Archie’s law exponent “m”). This parameter is not influenced by the underground temperature and pore fluid conductivity ( rho_w) condition but is influenced by the initial water content distribution. Therefore, you never know if the loss of / signal is representative of the limit of the infiltration front or more humid initial condition. Another approach for the understanding of the infiltration process is the assessment of the absolute change of water content ( Delta theta ). This requires the direct computation of the water content of the waste from the resistivity data. For that purpose, we used petrophysical laws calibrated with laboratory experiments and our knowledge of the in situ temperature and pore fluid conductivity parameters. Then, we investigated water content changes in the waste material after a rainfall event ( Delta theta = Delta theta /theta * theta ). This new observation is really representatives of the quantity of water infiltrated in the waste material. However, the uncertainty in the pore fluid conductivity value may influence the computed water changes ( Delta theta =k*m*(rho_w)^1/2 ; where “m” is the Archie’s law exponent). Using these two complementary approaches, we analyzed the effect a major rainfall (20-30 mm in 2 hours) that occurred on the test site, characterized by a vegetalized and relatively dry zone and a devegatelized and humid zone. We intended to prove that most of the information contained in the Delta theta /theta distribution is the initial water content distribution in the ground.Water addition in dry zones resulting in large relative changes. The computation of the Delta theta is necessary to demonstrate preferential infiltration through the capping in a restricted zone of the vegetalized area. [less ▲]

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See detailHeat tracer test in an alluvial aquifer: field experiment and inverse modelling
Klepikova, Maria; Wildemeersch, Samuel; Jamin, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

Using heat as an active tracer for aquifer characterization is a topic of increasing interest. In this study, we investigate the potential of using heat tracer tests for characterization of a shallow ... [more ▼]

Using heat as an active tracer for aquifer characterization is a topic of increasing interest. In this study, we investigate the potential of using heat tracer tests for characterization of a shallow alluvial aquifer. A thermal tracer test was conducted in the alluvial aquifer of the Meuse River, Belgium. The tracing experiment consisted in simultaneously injecting heated water and a dye tracer in a piezometer and monitoring the evolution of groundwater temperature and tracer concentration in the recovery well and in monitoring wells. To get insights in the 3D characteristics of the heat transport mechanisms, temperature data from a large number of observation wells distributed throughout the field site (space-filling arrangement) were used. Temperature breakthrough curves in observation wells are contrasted with what would be expected in an ideal layered aquifer. They reveal strongly unequal lateral and vertical components of the transport mechanisms. The observed complex behavior of the heat plume was explained by the groundwater flow gradient on the site and heterogeneity of hydraulic conductivity field. Moreover, due to high injection temperatures during the field experiment a temperature-induced fluid density effect on heat transport occurred. By using a flow and heat transport numerical model with variable density coupled with the pilot point inverse approach, main preferential flow paths were delineated. [less ▲]

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See detailData-driven selection of the minimum-gradient support parameter in time-lapse focused electrical imaging
Nguyen, Frédéric ULg; Kemna, Andreas; Robert, Tanguy et al

in Geophysics (2016), 81(1), 1-5

We have considered the problem of the choice of the minimum-gradient support (MGS) parameter in focused inversion for time-lapse (TL) electric resistivity tomography. Most existing approaches have relied ... [more ▼]

We have considered the problem of the choice of the minimum-gradient support (MGS) parameter in focused inversion for time-lapse (TL) electric resistivity tomography. Most existing approaches have relied either on an arbitrary choice of this parameter or one based on the prior information, such as the expected contrast in the TL image. We have decided to select the MGS parameter using a line search based on the value of the TL data root-mean-square misfit at the first iteration of the nonlinear inversion procedure. The latter was based on a Gauss-Newton scheme minimizing a regularized objective function in which the regularization functional was defined by the MGS functional. The regularization parameter was optimized to achieve a certain target level, following the Occam principles. We have validated our approach on a synthetic benchmark using a complex and heterogeneous model and determined its effectiveness on electric tomography TL data collected during a salt tracer experiment in fractured limestone. Our results have determined that the approach was successful in retrieving the focused anomaly and did not rely on prior information. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrical resistivity tomography to monitor enhanced biodegradation of hydrocarbons with Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1 at a pilot scale
Masy, Thibaut ULg; Caterina, David; Tromme, Oliver et al

in Journal of Contaminant Hydrology (2016), 184

Petroleum hydrocarbons (HC) represent the most widespread contaminants and in-situ bioremediation remains a competitive treatment in terms of cost and environmental concerns. However, the efficiency of ... [more ▼]

Petroleum hydrocarbons (HC) represent the most widespread contaminants and in-situ bioremediation remains a competitive treatment in terms of cost and environmental concerns. However, the efficiency of such a technique (by biostimulation or bioaugmentation) strongly depends on the environment affected and is still difficult to predict a priori. In order to overcome these uncertainties, Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) appears as a valuable non-invasive tool to detect soil heterogeneities and to monitor biodegradation. The main objective of this study was to isolate an electrical signal linked to an enhanced bacterial activity with ERT, in an aged HC-contaminated clayey loam soil. To achieve this, a pilot tank was built to mimic field conditions. Compared to a first insufficient biostimulation phase, bioaugmentation with Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1 led to a HC depletion of almost 80% (6900 to 1600 ppm) in 3 months in the center of the contaminated zone, where pollutants were less bioavailable. In the meantime, lithological heterogeneities and microbial activities (growth and biosurfactant production) were successively discriminated by ERT images. In the future, this cost-effective technique should be more and more transferred to the field in order to monitor biodegradation processes and assist in selecting the most appropriate remediation technique. [less ▲]

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See detailFlow cytometry community fingerprinting and amplicon sequencing for the assessment of landfill leachate cellulolytic bioaugmentation
Kinet, Romain ULg; Dzaomuho, Phidias; Baert, Jonathan ULg et al

in Bioresource Technology (2016)

Flow cytometry (FCM) is a high throughput single cell technology that is actually becoming widely used for studying phenotypic and genotypic diversity among microbial communities. This technology is ... [more ▼]

Flow cytometry (FCM) is a high throughput single cell technology that is actually becoming widely used for studying phenotypic and genotypic diversity among microbial communities. This technology is considered in this work for the assessment of a bioaugmentation treatment in order to enhance cellulolytic potential of landfill leachate. The experimental results reveal the relevant increase of leachate cellulolytic potential due to bioaugmentation. Cytometric monitoring of microbial dynamics along these assays is then realized. The Flow FP package is used to establish microbial samples fingerprint from initial 2D cytometry histograms. This procedure allows highlighting microbial communities' variation along the assays. Cytometric and 16S rRNA gene sequencing fingerprinting methods are then compared. The two approaches give same evidence about microbial dynamics throughout digestion assay. There are however a lack of significant correlation between cytometric and amplicon sequencing fingerprint at genus or species level. Same phenotypical profiles of microbiota during assays matched to several 16S rRNA gene sequencing ones. Flow cytometry fingerprinting can thus be considered as a promising routine on-site method suitable for the detection of stability/variation/disturbance of complex microbial communities involved in bioprocesses. [less ▲]

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