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See detailL’hydrologie, une partenaire de la géomorphopédologie pour une gestion transéchelle des grands enjeux environnementaux
Degre, Aurore ULg; Sohier, Catherine ULg; Colard, François ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2011), S2(15), 699-707

Unsaturated soil and subsoil are often called “critical zone” considering their major interfacing role in our environment. Dealing with solute transfer or water and soil conservation, hydrologic research ... [more ▼]

Unsaturated soil and subsoil are often called “critical zone” considering their major interfacing role in our environment. Dealing with solute transfer or water and soil conservation, hydrologic research relies on pedologic descriptions. It is the case from micro to macro scale analysis. Hydrodynamic parameters are derived from pedologic information on soil. They allow hydrologists to quantify and spatially describe the dynamic exchanges between water, soil, crops and atmosphere. The modelling of water and solute transfer through soil and vadose zone also needs them. The paper presents some research highlights on soil behaviour, hydrological modelling and forecasting under climate change. Erosion is another major topic. Soil is a poorly renewable resource. Soil conservation and soft hydraulic management in watersheds deserve more attention. They can help limiting nutrient and sediment transfer to surface water. Again, pedologic information is the starting point of conceptualization and modelling. Furthermore, the Soil Map of Belgium includes information on geomorphology and landscape descriptions which date from decades. They are of first importance to calibrate and validate detachment, transport and sedimentation models. In the current context of high environmental concern, it is demonstrated how hydrology and pedology have to be partners in order to deal with such major issues. [less ▲]

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See detailErosion and rainfall erosivity under climate change: rainfall simulation and soil losses measurement at field scale
Kummert, Nora ULg; Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Degre, Aurore ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2011), 13

Soil and water conservation is a big issue of this century. The soil is a non renewable resource. As we know, the change in climate brings more short erosive rainfall with a high capacity to take away the ... [more ▼]

Soil and water conservation is a big issue of this century. The soil is a non renewable resource. As we know, the change in climate brings more short erosive rainfall with a high capacity to take away the topsoil. Moreover, topsoil contains all the nutrients the plants needs. It is now essential that we found a new balance between productivity and durability. Impacts of new agricultural techniques on soil structure are already studied in different countries (i.e. Beckers et al., 2010; Walh et al., 2004; Malone et al., 2003). But what are the impacts on erosion? That is a question with few answers. And this is where our experiment comes, in order to link erosion and future erosion with management practices. Two ways exist to act against soil losses: enhancing soil structure or increasing vegetation cover. Our study aims at measuring soil losses and runoff under different practices and for a future scenario of climate change. This study explores new practices and measures their effects on erosion and runoff under a future rainfall. We focus on two cultures: sugar beet and maize. Each is tested under three different systems. For sugar beet soil structure impact is monitored: three tillage systems are tested: winter ploughing, fall ploughing and fall topsoiling. For maize vegetation cover impact is monitored: three seeding systems are studied: classical seeding (75 cm interrow), classical seeding with Ray-grass seeding in the interrows, and distributed seeding (obtained with a grains seeder). Rainfall simulation has been chosen for the study so the impacts of climate change can also be tested. A future rainfall was calculated based on a climate change scenario for Belgium (CCI-HYDR project, Willems, 2006-2010). A basic current rainfall of 100 years return period and 30 minutes duration (correspondent intensity: 70 mm/h) entered into the model gives the new rainfall. After the application of the scenario, the new rainfall has an intensity of 80 mm/h. This is our future rainfall used in this experiment. The simulations of this rainfall were carried on during the main crop season (between June and August). Three simulations were performed on sugar beet and two on maize on plots with the dimensions: 3 m length and 90 cm and 120 cm width respectively for sugar beet and maize (corresponding to two rows of the main culture). During each simulation soil losses and runoff quantities were measured. From the first year experiment, some tendencies can be observed. The topsoiling on sugar beet culture seems to produce less soil losses when the winter ploughing gives the lower quantities of runoff. The distributed seeding for the maize culture gives the lower rates for both soil losses and runoff quantities. Our experiment will be repeated at least for the next two years with new future rainfall to be tested. The climatic conditions are an important factor which can modify the behavior of soil response under rainfall event. More research has to be done in order to improve our knowledge of runoff and erosion phenomenon at smaller scale. [less ▲]

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See detailL’hydrologie, une partenaire de la géomorphopédologie pour une gestion transéchelle des grands enjeux environnementaux
Degre, Aurore ULg; Sohier, Catherine ULg; Colard, François ULg et al

Conference (2010, November 24)

La zone insaturée du sol et du sous-sol est souvent qualifiée de zone critique, étant donné son rôle d’interfaçage entre les compartiments aérien et souterrain de notre environnement. Dans les thématiques ... [more ▼]

La zone insaturée du sol et du sous-sol est souvent qualifiée de zone critique, étant donné son rôle d’interfaçage entre les compartiments aérien et souterrain de notre environnement. Dans les thématiques du transfert des solutés ou de la conservation des eaux et des sols, les recherches d’hydrologie et d’hydraulique agricole s’appuient sur les informations pédologiques et ce depuis une échelle extrêmement locale jusqu’à la vision régionale de la gestion environnementale. Le rôle des descriptions pédologiques dans la gestion et la protection des ressources naturelles est donc majeur. La dérivation des paramètres hydrodynamiques depuis les descriptions pédologiques des sols permet à l’hydrologue de quantifier et de représenter spatialement la dynamique des échanges eau-sol-végétation-atmosphère, les déplacements de l’eau dans le sol et la vadose ainsi que les déplacements et les transformations des solutés. L’hydrologue en retire des indicateurs de pression sur les ressources hydriques de surface et souterraine. Il calcule des flux d’eau, de nutriments et de sédiments à un pas de temps très fin et durant de longues périodes (plus de 30 années). Les recherches présentées ici couvrent la modélisation hydrologique physiquement basée à l’échelle régionale qui vise l’analyse prospective (au-delà de 2020) des mesures envisagées pour limiter les pollutions diffuses d’origine agricole, tout comme des modélisations physiques détaillées en sites expérimentaux. L’érosion hydrique des sols est un autre un enjeu majeur de gestion environnementale. Le sol étant une ressource peu renouvelable, les techniques de conservation des sols et l’aménagement hydraulique des bassins versants ruraux nécessitent la plus grande considération. Elles sont un outil supplémentaire de limitation des apports au cours d’eau (tant en termes de sédiments qu’en termes de nutriments). Là encore, les descriptions pédologiques permettent de cibler les sols les plus sensibles. De plus, les cartes des sols qui incluent une interprétation géomorphologique permettent de confronter les modèles d’arrachement, de transport et de dépôt de sédiments aux observations des pédologues faites lors des premiers levés et actuellement en cours. Ces observations de terrain, réalisées à plusieurs dizaines d’années d’intervalle, constituent un gisement de données précieux et quasiment unique pour la validation des modèles hydrologiques de perte en sol et de dépôt et en vue de l’étude morphodynamique des bassins versants. Il reste actuellement des besoins en termes de description pédologique. Ils ont trait à la caractérisation plus fine de certains sigles, où l’introduction d’éléments relatifs à la dynamique des flux pourrait s’avérer pertinente. Toutefois, on peut constater que dans le contexte actuel et crucial de préservation des ressources eau et sol, l’hydrologie et la science du sol sont réaffirmées comme des partenaires forts de gestion des grands enjeux environnementaux. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing structure potential in soil and water conservation: monitoring top soil hydrology from micro to field scale.
Kummert, Nora ULg; Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Roisin, Christian et al

in Wollesen de Jonge, Lis; Moldrup, Per; Lindblad Vendelboe, Anders (Eds.) 1st international conference and exploratory workshop on soil architecture and physico-chemical functions "CESAR" (2010)

Soil structure is a key parameter influencing erosion and water transfers. This paper describes an experiment that covers different aspects of soil structure. Three tillage systems are tested: reduced ... [more ▼]

Soil structure is a key parameter influencing erosion and water transfers. This paper describes an experiment that covers different aspects of soil structure. Three tillage systems are tested: reduced tillage, and two ploughing systems. At micro-scale, analyses are tomography which study images to determine porosity characteristics (connectivity, size, number…) and pF curves where total available water and effective porosity are deducted. At field scale, soil losses and runoff are collected and measured after rainfall simulation on plots for the different tillage systems. The comparison of the results for both scales shows the links between phenomenons at those scales. [less ▲]

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