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See detailCaractérisation de la couche active et du débit solide dans les rivières à charge caillouteuse du massif ardennais
Levecq, Yannick ULg; Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg; Van Campenhout, Jean ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 15)

Plusieurs techniques existent pour calculer l’épaisseur de la couche active de charriage et le débit solide des rivières. Il peut s’agir de chaînes d’érosion, de pièges à sédiments, d’échantillonneurs de ... [more ▼]

Plusieurs techniques existent pour calculer l’épaisseur de la couche active de charriage et le débit solide des rivières. Il peut s’agir de chaînes d’érosion, de pièges à sédiments, d’échantillonneurs de charge de fond de type Helley-smith, de galets marqués, ou encore du dépouillement d’archives de curages (Houbrechts et al., 2012). Ces techniques permettent également de déterminer l’impact de travaux d’aménagements ou de restauration de cours d’eau. Dans le cadre de conventions de recherches financées par la DCENN, deux techniques complémentaires ont été utilisées afin d’analyser le transport de charge de fond de rivières de Wallonie. Tout d’abord des chaînes d’érosion ont été implantées en travers du fond du lit, elles permettent de calculer l’épaisseur et la section de la couche de sédiments mobilisés lors des crues. Les puissances spécifiques des crues analysées varient entre 15 et 195 W/m² et ont généré une épaisseur de couche active comprise entre 9 et 80 mm. Ensuite, la distance parcourue par la charge de fond durant des crues mobilisatrices a été estimée à l’aide de galets marqués par des transpondeurs passifs (PIT-tags). Selon l’importance des crues, les distances moyennes de transport observées sont comprises entre 4 et 297 m. En croisant les données obtenues à l’aide de ces deux techniques, le débit solide de charge de fond a également pu être estimé. A titre d’exemple, le débit solide des rivières varie entre 0,02 t.km-2/crue et 2 t.km-2/crue, lorsque la rupture de la couche d’armurage se produit. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of sand transport in gravel-bed rivers using iron slag dated by historical studies
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg; Levecq, Yannick ULg; Petit, François ULg

Poster (2013, October 15)

De grandes quantités de scories sidérurgiques sont présentes dans les sédiments des rivières ardennaises. Ces éléments proviennent de centaines d’établissements établis le long des cours d’eau entre le ... [more ▼]

De grandes quantités de scories sidérurgiques sont présentes dans les sédiments des rivières ardennaises. Ces éléments proviennent de centaines d’établissements établis le long des cours d’eau entre le 14ème et le 19ème siècle. Lors de l’exploitation, ces déchets étaient rejetés à proximité des sites sidérurgiques, voire directement déversés dans les cours d’eau. Cela signifie que depuis plusieurs siècles, de grandes quantités de scories de taille variée, se sont mélangées aux alluvions naturelles. Leur couleur et leur éclat les différencient aisément des éléments naturels. Les lieux et périodes d’exploitations sont connus précisément grâce à de nombreuses sources historiques, ce qui rend les scories particulièrement utiles comme marqueurs du déplacement des sédiments dans les cours d’eau (Houbrechts et al., 2011). Dans plusieurs rivières du massif ardennais, des échantillons de sédiments sableux ont été prélevés en aval d’anciens sites métallurgiques. La concentration en scories a été mesurée dans la fraction des sables grossiers (1680 – 2360 µm). La dispersion longitudinale des scories permet d’estimer la vitesse d’avancée des alluvions sableuses. Les sables grossiers constituent une part importante des sédiments transportés dans le fond du lit des cours d’eau. En effet, le suivi d’un piège à sédiment dans un cours d’eau ardennais (la Chavanne) à montré qu’ils représentent plus de 90 % de la charge solide transportée sur le fond des rivières. La présence de scories dans le lit des cours d’eau permet également d’estimer l’épaisseur de la couche active de charriage durant les derniers siècles. [less ▲]

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See detailFlux des sédiments en suspension dans les rivières du bassin de la Meuse : proposition d'une typologie régionale basée sur la dénudation spécifique des bassins versants
Van Campenhout, Jean ULg; Hallot, Eric ULg; Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 15)

L'érosion des sols peut être appréhendée à l'échelle du bassin versant en quantifiant le transport sédimentaire en suspension à son exutoire. Environ 2.000 mesures de concentration des matières en ... [more ▼]

L'érosion des sols peut être appréhendée à l'échelle du bassin versant en quantifiant le transport sédimentaire en suspension à son exutoire. Environ 2.000 mesures de concentration des matières en suspension ont permis d'estimer les débits solides annuels en fonction des débits liquides observés dans ces cours d'eau. Une méthodologie simple a été mise en place et appliquée à un réseau de 80 stations, à l’exutoire de bassins versants d’une superficie comprise entre 16 et 2.900 km² situées en région wallonne. Des différenciations régionales ont pu être mises en évidence en fonction du substrat et de l'occupation du sol des bassins versants. La granulométrie des particules transportées et la proportion de matière organique complètent l'analyse et confirment les différenciations observées selon les régions agro-géographiques. L’impact de la fréquence d’échantillonnage (et de sa synchronisation avec les débits de crue) sur l’estimation de la dénudation annuelle a été mis en évidence, ainsi que la grande variabilité interannuelle, qui est fonction de l’intensité et de la hauteur des précipitations. L’érosion des sols est ainsi très sensible aux événements extrêmes. Par ailleurs, l’intérêt de longues campagnes de mesures est souligné. Des données issues de travaux antérieurs ont également été intégrées à la base de données. Son interprétation a permis de définir les meilleurs sites susceptibles d’accueillir à long terme un réseau de mesure en continu de la concentration des matières en suspension en Wallonie. [less ▲]

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See detailL’effet des barrages de castors sur le système hydrographique
Denis, Anne-Cécile ULg; Petit, François ULg; Levecq, Yannick ULg et al

Poster (2013, October)

L’augmentation croissante des populations de castors sur nos rivières ces dernières années n’est pas sans conséquence notamment sur la géomorphologie et l’hydrologie des fonds de vallée. En effet, les ... [more ▼]

L’augmentation croissante des populations de castors sur nos rivières ces dernières années n’est pas sans conséquence notamment sur la géomorphologie et l’hydrologie des fonds de vallée. En effet, les barrages construits par les castors constituent des pièges à sédiments susceptibles d’entrainer une incision en aval par déficit en sédiments. La présence de barrages a également pour principal effet de réduire localement la vitesse du courant et de réguler les débits. De plus, les barrages créés par les castors constituent de véritables obstacles à l’écoulement qui peuvent engendrer une modification du tracé du cours d’eau voir du style fluvial. Enfin, en cas de destruction des barrages, le lâcher soudain d’un volume d’eau conséquent peut engendrer un effet « domino » sur les barrages situés en aval entrainant une évacuation importante des sédiments et une incision du cours d’eau. En région Wallonne, il existe plus de 150 barrages de castor. Une analyse récente de leur localisation montre que le castor s’installe principalement sur des rivières ardennaises de dimension modeste mais également sur des rivières de Lorraine et de Famenne. Les barrages sont généralement observés sur des cours d’eau plutôt incisé, en tête de bassin et dans des plaines alluviales plutôt étroites. Différents stades et modes de construction des barrages ont été mis en relation avec la morphologie des rivières. Il en ressort que ces différences impliquent des processus spécifiques de rupture éventuelle de ces barrages. Ces différents aspects ont été plus particulièrement étudiés dans deux rivières ardennaises (la Chavanne et la Lienne). [less ▲]

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See detailStream incision and sediment wave consecutive to three centuries of timber floating in the Morvan Massif (Central France)
Gob, Frédéric ULg; Jacob-Rousseau, Nicolas; Le Drezen, Yann et al

Conference (2013, August 30)

The upper catchment of the Yonne River is nowadays usually considered as having been scarcely impacted by human activity. At the Seine basin scale, the gravel bed streams flowing down the small forested ... [more ▼]

The upper catchment of the Yonne River is nowadays usually considered as having been scarcely impacted by human activity. At the Seine basin scale, the gravel bed streams flowing down the small forested massif of the Morvan are even considered as of high ecological quality. However, this perception of the river changes completely once one looks back to the recent past. Indeed, these streams have been subject to intensive industrial activity for more than 300 years, between the 16th and early 20th centuries, as Paris’ need for timber fuel amplified. The Yonne River and all of its tributaries were heavily modified to facilitate the transportation of timber logs towards Paris through floating on the Morvan’s dense network of streams and the Yonne’s and Seine’s main channel. This activity has led to intense modifications of sediment flux still easily observable on the present river morphology, 90 years after the floating activity ended. Every single stream of the upper Yonne catchment was equipped with small ponds allowing the generation of water releases, flushing the logs downstream. Historical archives allowed the discharges and the frequency of these flushes to be calculated. Artificial floods developing specific stream powers of over 250 W/m² were generated several times per week during wintertime in steep-sided streams that were 4 to 5 m wide. Such energy generated a drastic increase in sediment transport and led to erosion and massive incision of the beds. A few kilometers downstream, when the small tributaries joined the main valley, the Yonne River had a larger bed and gentler slope. Artificial floods were thus less powerful there (specific stream powers lower than 80 W/m²) and sediment transport conformed more to natural conditions. Considering the huge amount of sediment supply from upstream and the slowing down of the sediment flux, the Yonne river bed aggrades. A perched riverbed today lies up to 1.5m higher than the floodplain and may be seen on more than 25 km of the course. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing the success of river restoration projects through Geomorphology
Peeters, Alexandre ULg; Verniers, Gisèle; De le Court, Bernard et al

Conference (2013, August 30)

In the context of the Water Framework Directive’s goal of attaining “good ecological status”, a LIFE+ project (called Walphy), co-funded by the European Union and the Service Public de Wallonie, was ... [more ▼]

In the context of the Water Framework Directive’s goal of attaining “good ecological status”, a LIFE+ project (called Walphy), co-funded by the European Union and the Service Public de Wallonie, was launched in 2009. It aims to undertake experimental river restoration projects and to assess their success on the basis of ecological and geomorphological monitoring. Geomorphological monitoring differs depending on the type of restoration project: improvement of longitudinal continuity or transversal continuity. Restoration projects involving longitudinal continuity concern courses where obstacles impede the free movement of fish and sediment. In the Bocq basin, many of these obstacles (old weirs between 1 and 3 m high) have been removed. The release of sediment was studied using traced pebbles (PIT tags), which enable the recovery of bedload transport to be highlighted. Additional monitoring is based on the comparison of topographic surveys and cross-sections carried out pre- and post-removal. This can show a recovery of the natural transport of sediment when stream bed aggradation is observed downstream from the removed dam. Restoration projects involving transversal continuity concern straightened courses with artificial banks and therefore poor stream-floodplain connectivity. These works consist of enhancing river channels and restoring meanders or banks. Geomorphological monitoring is also based on surveys conducted pre- and post-restoration work. Some reaches have been improved by the reintroduction of spawning gravel. Several methods were used to characterize the clogging of this gravel reintroduction (hydraulic conductivity, wooden stakes). In addition, the mobility of this gravel was monitored using traced pebbles (PIT tags). Finally, restoration works and their stability and resistance to erosion are considered in relation to flood characteristics (discharge, recurrence, specific stream power and shear stress). [less ▲]

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See detailTime-history of the gravel sheet in Ardennian rivers over the last 100,000 years
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg; Denis, Anne-Cécile ULg; Juvigné, Etienne ULg et al

Poster (2013, August 27)

It is generally held that, in north-western Europe, the main part of the gravel sheets under river beds were deposited during the Weichselian period in a periglacial environment. However, other parameters ... [more ▼]

It is generally held that, in north-western Europe, the main part of the gravel sheets under river beds were deposited during the Weichselian period in a periglacial environment. However, other parameters such as propagation of knickpoints in fluvial networks may also influence incision or aggradation. However, only few studies have dated the periods of formation of the gravel sheets and have described their properties. The first aim of this research was to determine the thickness of the gravel sheets still remaining under the river beds and to estimate the potential incision of these rivers before reaching the bedrock. Then we tried to answer a number of other questions: When did these thick gravel deposits fill the valley bottom? When were the lowest terraces abandoned? When did the rivers incise the bedrock? What is the morphology of the bedrock under the gravel layer? Numerous boreholes were made by percussion drilling in different floodplains of the Ardenne Massif and core samples were taken, down to the bedrock. Afterwards, different volcanic tephra from the Late Pleistocene were used as stratigraphic markers to date the relative periods of terrace formation and to reconstruct the past evolution of the gravel sheets. Pollen and metallurgic slag were also used to date the periods of bed level evolution. In the Ardennian massif, the thickness of the gravel sheet beneath the river beds is very variable (from 10 m in the downstream part of the Ourthe River to less than 1 m in the upper catchments). In some valleys, weathered bedrock has been observed under the gravel sheet to a thickness of several meters. Different phases of accumulation and incision over the last 100,000 years have been dated. Some evolutions can be clearly linked to climate changes but some modifications of bed levels also occurred during the Weichselian period and could be a response to the propagation of knickpoints in the fluvial networks. [less ▲]

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See detailBedload dynamics in gravel bed rivers
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg; Hallot, Eric ULg; Peeters, Alexandre ULg et al

Conference (2013, August 27)

The aim of this research was threefold: 1) to improve the values of bedload mobilisation discharge in gravel bed rivers, 2) to determine the bedload velocity over the short and long term and 3) to ... [more ▼]

The aim of this research was threefold: 1) to improve the values of bedload mobilisation discharge in gravel bed rivers, 2) to determine the bedload velocity over the short and long term and 3) to quantify bedload transport and to examine bedload discharge in relation to the stream power and to the excess stream power. Since 2006, we used the PIT-tag technique in order to mark pebbles from Ardennian rivers. Ten rivers of different geomorphological properties were fitted out with PIT-tags (in 18 different sites) and 67 surveys were carried out after hydrological events. These data allow a valuable relationship between the stream power during floods and the size of the biggest elements mobilised to be proposed. This relation is obtained for medium sized rivers (50-200 km²) with bed material composed of gravel (D50 between 2 and 10 cm). Furthermore, we also obtained good relationships between the average transport distance and the excess of stream power reached during the hydrological events. In order to estimate the bedload virtual velocity over a longer time scale, we applied these relationships to the hydrological events recorded by gauging stations over more than 30 years. We obtained values of virtual velocity which are between 2 km/century for a low energy river with a sinuous bed and well developed riffle-pool sequences (Rulles River – 20 W/m² at Qb) and 11 km/century in a more powerful river with a straight channel (Aisne River – 100 W/m² at Qb) and a sub-flat bed. The propagation velocity of bedload is therefore influenced by the energy available. However, it is also necessary to take into account the river pattern, the characteristics of the armoured layer and the presence of potential trapping sites. [less ▲]

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See detailReconstitution de la dynamique d'une rivière ardennaise (La Lienne) depuis le Tardiglaciaire grâce à l'analyse géomorphologique et chronostratigraphique d'une tourbière de fond de vallée
Denis, Anne-Cécile ULg; Wastiaux, Cécile ULg; Petit, François ULg et al

in Géomorphologie : Relief, Processus, Environnement (2013), 2

The geomorphological dynamics (incision, lateral mobility, sedimentation rate) of a river typical of the Ardenne region (the Lienne River) were studied at the level of a valley floor peat deposit. This ... [more ▼]

The geomorphological dynamics (incision, lateral mobility, sedimentation rate) of a river typical of the Ardenne region (the Lienne River) were studied at the level of a valley floor peat deposit. This type of site is of major interest as the morphology of ancient fluvial deposits is preserved underneath peat deposits and pollen conserved in the peat allows different phases of the evolution of the river to be dated. The presence of pollen from the Younger Dryas above a pebble sheet perched 1.4 m above the present-day bed, as well as peat deposits from the Preboreal at the level of the present-day bed indicate that a phase of incision occurred during the Younger Dryas-Preboreal transition. Reworked Laacher See tephra was found in the upper part of the perched pebble sheet, which confirms that it had been laid down during the Younger Dryas, in a periglacial context. The Lienne River had probably multiple channels during the Preboreal. After the abandonment of one of the channels, it moved laterally, allowing the peat to spread until it occupied more than two-thirds of valley from the Atlantic phase. The use of slag from steel working as a stratigraphic marker shows low lateral mobility in the Lienne River as well as a low rate of aggradation of the alluvial plain over the last centuries. [less ▲]

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See detailL'effet des barrages de castors sur le système hydrographique
Petit, François ULg; Denis, Anne-Cécile ULg; Levecq, Yannick ULg et al

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

Estimation de la sédimentation dans les retenues provoquées par les barrages de castor. Impact en aval des barrages sur l'incision des rivières. Localisarion des barrages de castor en relation avec la ... [more ▼]

Estimation de la sédimentation dans les retenues provoquées par les barrages de castor. Impact en aval des barrages sur l'incision des rivières. Localisarion des barrages de castor en relation avec la tailled es rivières (ordination des cours d'eau). Discussion sur les conséquences éventuelles des retenues sur les débits d'étiage. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse des débits en période de tarissement : Essai d'une typologie régionale appliquée à des rivières du bassin de la Meuse (Belgique)
Gischer, Loïc; Hallot, Eric ULg; Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2012), 59

Low flow discharge was analysed in twenty-five rivers of the midlands and highlands of Belgium, particularly during periods when base flow was supplied by aquifers. Recession curves were elaborated: these ... [more ▼]

Low flow discharge was analysed in twenty-five rivers of the midlands and highlands of Belgium, particularly during periods when base flow was supplied by aquifers. Recession curves were elaborated: these were “sequence curves” and not “tangent curves”. In general, two recession coefficients may be identified. In addition, we determined the percentage of “rapid runoff flood” within a regional perspective. It is apparent that this flow varies with the level of the water table. We also tried to estimate the groundwater recharge used in Thornthwaite’s simplified model. This was undertaken by estimating the amount of rain needed before observing a significant increase in discharge, following pronounced drought episodes such as those of 1976 and 2003. Finally, working on discharges during periods of low flow, we looked at the role of beaver dams as a factor contributing to low flow, as has been suggested recently in the literature. From our observations, it appears beaver dams do not influence the characteristic low flow discharge. Furthermore, an analysis of the evolution of the characteristic low flow dicsharge in rivers where there are no beaver dams shows some variability. This leads us, first of all, to qualify the influence of beaver dams, at least on the hydrological regime of these water courses (which are always located at the top of the watershed) but also to question the relevance of characteristic low flow discharge as a descriptor of low flow. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of methods for quantifying active layer dynamics and bedload discharge in armoured gravel-bed rivers
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg; Van Campenhout, Jean ULg; Levecq, Yannick ULg et al

in Earth Surface Processes & Landforms (2012), 37

Several methods were employed in the Ardennian rivers (Belgium) to determine the depth of the active layer mobilized during floods and to evaluate the bedload discharge associated with these events. The ... [more ▼]

Several methods were employed in the Ardennian rivers (Belgium) to determine the depth of the active layer mobilized during floods and to evaluate the bedload discharge associated with these events. The use of scour chains has shown that the depth of the active layer is systematically less than the b-axis of the average particle size (D50) of the elements which compose the surface layer of the riffles. This indicates that only a partial transport exists during low magnitude floods. The bedload discharge has been evaluated by combining data obtained using the scour chains technique and the distance covered by tracers. Quantities of sediment transported during frequent floods are relatively low (0 02 t km–2) due to the armour layer which protects the subsurface material. These low values are also related to the fact that the distance calculated for mobilized bedload only applies to tracers fitted with PIT (passive integrated transponder)-tags (diameter>20 mm), whereas part of the bedload discharge is composed of sand and fine gravel transported over greater distances than the pebbles. The break-up of the armour layer was observed only once, for a decennial discharge. During this event, the bedload discharge increased considerably (2 t km–2). The use of sediment traps, data from dredging and a Helley–Smith sampler confirm the low bedload transport in Ardennian rivers in comparison to the bedload transport in other geomorphological contexts. This difference is explained by the presence of an armoured layer but also by the imbricated structures of flat bed elements which increase the resistance to the flow. Finally, the use of the old iron industry wastes allowed to quantify the thickness of the bed reworked over the past centuries. In the Lembrée River, the river-bed contains slag elements up to a depth of about 50 cm, indicating that exceptional floods may rework the bed to a considerable depth. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrohabitats survey used in river restoration
Peeters, Alexandre ULg; Hallot, Eric ULg; Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg et al

Conference (2011, October 14)

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See detailFluvial architecture of Belgian river systems in contrasting environments:implications for reconstructing the sedimentation history
Notebaert, Bastiaan; Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg; Verstraeten, G. et al

in Netherlands Journal of Geosciences - Geologie en Mijnbouw (2011), 90(1), 31-50

Accurate dating is necessary to get insight in the temporal variations in sediment deposition in floodplains. The interpretation of such dates is however dependent on the fluvial architecture of the ... [more ▼]

Accurate dating is necessary to get insight in the temporal variations in sediment deposition in floodplains. The interpretation of such dates is however dependent on the fluvial architecture of the floodplain. In this study we discuss the fluvial architecture of three contrasting Belgian catchments (Dijle, Geul and Amblève catchment) and how this influences the dating possibilities of net floodplain sediment storage. Although vertical aggradation occurred in all three floodplains during the last part of the Holocene, they differ in the importance of lateral accretion and vertical aggradation during the entire Holocene. Holocene floodplain aggradation is the dominant process in the Dijle catchment. Lateral reworking of the floodplain sediments by river meandering was limited to a part of the floodplain, resulting in stacked point bar deposits. The fluvial architecture allows identifying vertical aggradation without erosional hiatuses. Results show that trends in vertical floodplain aggradation in the Dijle catchment are mainly related to land use changes. In the other two catchments, lateral reworking was the dominant process, and channel lag and point bar deposits occur over the entire floodplain width. Here, tracers were used to date the sediment dynamics: lead from metal mining in the Geul and iron slag from ironworks in the Amblève catchment. These methods allow the identification of two or three discrete periods, but their spatial extent and variations is identified in a continuous way. The fluvial architecture and the limitation in dating with tracers hampered the identification of dominant environmental changes for sediment dynamics in both catchments. Dating methods which provide only discrete point information, like radiocarbon or OSL dating, are best suited for fluvial systems which contain continuous aggradation profiles. Spatially more continuous dating methods, e.g. through the use of tracers, allow to reconstruct past surfaces and allow to reconstruct reworked parts of the floodplain. As such they allow a better reconstruction of past sedimentation rates in systems with important lateral reworking. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact de la glace de ségrégation sur l'érosion des berges d'un ruisseau ardennais (la Chavanne, Belgique)
Wallemacq, Véronique; Petit, François ULg; Van Campenhout, Jean ULg et al

in Géomorphologie : Relief, Processus, Environnement (2011), 1

L’impact érosif de la glace de ségrégation a été analysé dans les berges d’un ruisseau ardennais (la Chavanne, Belgique), dans une région soumise à un climat tempéré. Sur une période de 19 mois (février ... [more ▼]

L’impact érosif de la glace de ségrégation a été analysé dans les berges d’un ruisseau ardennais (la Chavanne, Belgique), dans une région soumise à un climat tempéré. Sur une période de 19 mois (février 2008-septembre 2009), des mesures de recul de berges à l’aide de barres d’érosion ont montré un recul moyen d’une dizaine de centimètres. Cette érosion s’est essentiellement produite durant le mois de janvier 2009 à la suite d’une vague de froid. Par la suite, l’érosion par entraînement hydraulique des matériaux désagrégés par la glace de ségrégation a été plus lente. D’autre part, la glace de ségrégation joue un rôle majeur dans l’accélération de l’incision des chenaux de recoupement de méandres. Enfin, l’érosion latérale moyenne mesurée durant la période d’étude (10,3 cm en 19 mois) a été comparée au recul moyen des berges déterminé sur la base de comparaison diachronique du tracé de la rivière sur photographies aériennes à grande échelle (1952-1982, 1982-2007). Le recul annuel moyen des berges de la rivière s’élève à 0,24 m/a pour la première période et à 0,18 m/a pour la seconde, ce qui est supérieur à la valeur observée entre 2008 et 2009, bien que cette période ait été caractérisée par un hiver rigoureux. Ce ralentissement de l’érosion pourrait s’expliquer par une érosion fluviatile plus faible suite au développement des méandres qui semblent avoir atteint un stade de stabilité et qui tendent maintenant au recoupement. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term bedload mobility in gravel-bed rivers using iron slag as a tracer
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg; Levecq, Yannick ULg; Vanderheyden, Vincent ULg et al

in Geomorphology (2011), 126

Bedload dispersion is evaluated in gravel-bed rivers using slag elements from ironworks established along rivers in the Ardenne region, between the fourteenth and the nineteenth centuries. Large ... [more ▼]

Bedload dispersion is evaluated in gravel-bed rivers using slag elements from ironworks established along rivers in the Ardenne region, between the fourteenth and the nineteenth centuries. Large quantities of slag were dumped close to these rivers or even directly into the channels. For centuries, slag elements were dispersed in the bedload and transported by floods of varying importance. Consequently, slag may be considered as a reliable tracer to analyze bedload dispersion over several centuries. The size of slag elements was studied along 16 Ardenne rivers. The longitudinal size trend of the largest slag particles allows the effective competence of these rivers to be determined (between 19 and 129 mm for rivers where specific stream power for the bankfull discharge ranges between 20 and 134 W/m²). A direct relationship doesn’t exist between these two parameters as the size of slag elements must be considered with regard to the D50 of the bed. Selective transport was analyzed directly downstream of the input sites. The sorting distance varies from river to river and depends on the velocity of the coarse elements introduced into the river since the inception of the iron industry. Downstream of two metallurgic sites, the slag propagation fronts were located. As the periods of activity at these sites are known from historical studies, the virtual velocity of bedload movement in these rivers was estimated to be 2-4 km/century. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-disciplinary approach for sediment dynamics study of active floodplains
Gautier, E.; Corbonnois, J.; Petit, François ULg et al

in Geomorphologie (2009)

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