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See detailDétection de l'érosion dans un bassin versant agricole par comparaison d'images multidates acquises par drone
Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Pierrot-Deseilligny, Marc et al

Conference (2014, June 26)

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See detailGISER - Gestion intégrée Sol Erosion Ruissellement - rapport d'activités année 3
Bielders, Charles; Degré, Aurore ULg; Demarcin, Pierre ULg et al

Report (2014)

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See detailDEM time series of an agricultural watershed
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Swerts, Gilles ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2014), 16

the field data come from plot scale studies, the watershed scale seems to be more appropriate to understand them. Currently, small unmanned aircraft systems and images treatments are improving. In this ... [more ▼]

the field data come from plot scale studies, the watershed scale seems to be more appropriate to understand them. Currently, small unmanned aircraft systems and images treatments are improving. In this way, 3D models are built from multiple covering shots. When techniques for large areas would be to expensive for a watershed level study or techniques for small areas would be too time consumer, the unmanned aerial system seems to be a promising solution to quantify the erosion and deposition patterns. The increasing technical improvements in this growth field allow us to obtain a really good quality of data and a very high spatial resolution with a high Z accuracy. In the center of Belgium, we equipped an agricultural watershed of 124 ha. For three years (2011-2013), we have been monitoring weather (including rainfall erosivity using a spectropluviograph), discharge at three different locations, sediment in runoff water, and watershed microtopography through unmanned airborne imagery (Gatewing X100). We also collected all available historical data to try to capture the “long-term” changes in watershed morphology during the last decades: old topography maps, soil historical descriptions, etc. An erosion model (LANDSOIL) is also used to assess the evolution of the relief. Short-term evolution of the surface are now observed through flights done at 200m height. The pictures are taken with a side overlap equal to 80%. To precisely georeference the DEM produced, ground control points are placed on the study site and surveyed using a Leica GPS1200 (accuracy of 1cm for x and y coordinates and 1.5cm for the z coordinate). Flights are done each year in December to have an as bare as possible ground surface. Specific treatments are developed to counteract vegetation effect because it is know as key sources of error in the DEM produced by small unmanned aircraft systems. The poster will present the older and more recent changes of relief in this intensely exploited watershed and notably show how unmanned airborne imagery might be of help in DEM dynamic modelling to support soil conservation research. [less ▲]

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See detailWhich measurement strategies to improve spatial erosion and deposition patterns modelling?
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Maugnard, Alexandre; Swerts, Gilles ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2014), 16

Validation of the erosion models requires field data. To date, many authors continue to highlight the paucity of accurate field observations and long-term enough studies. The fields observations are often ... [more ▼]

Validation of the erosion models requires field data. To date, many authors continue to highlight the paucity of accurate field observations and long-term enough studies. The fields observations are often put aside because these measures are difficult to obtain: weighty experimental devices, climatic dependence, . . . Hence the models are evolving and propose refined calculation procedures including for instance the calculation of landscape evolution. The need of field data therefore increases and new measuring strategies should arise. In the centre of Belgium we choose an agricultural watershed quite representative of the local context. It covers 124 ha of loamy soil with more than 90% of arable land and a weak proportion of forest and artificial lands. The slope ranges between 0 and 9%. Instrumentation on the watershed includes meteorological observations and discharge measurement coupled with water sampling at different outlets. The weather data (radiation, temperature, wind velocity, relative humidity and rainfall) and discharge measurement (comparison between Doppler and pressure sensors) will allow us to model the hydrological behaviour of the catchment. Rainfall readings (tipping buckets) are completed with erosivity readings (disdrometer). Erosivity, together with soil data, land use and agricultural practices observations on field, will be used as entry in the Landsoil model. The sediment samplings at 3 points in the catchment will give an insight of the sediment delivery of 3 subcatchments. The Landsoil model calculates the evolution of the DTM through time. This cannot be compared to measurements at the outlet and requires further data collection. Older elevation data and/or archaeological data are a possible source of information even if their precision remains scarce in our context. 1950’s soil surveys are on the contrary really informative since they detail the horizons depth in a spatial way and can be compared to new observation across the watershed. Coupled with unmanned aerial system, they should allow us to test the model performances and improve our knowledge of the spatial patterns of erosion and deposition. [less ▲]

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See detailUncertainty assessment of ephemeral gully identification, characteristics and topographic threshold when using aerial photographs in agricultural settings
Maugnard, Alexandre; Cordonnier, Hélène; Degré, Aurore ULg et al

in EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS (2014)

Manual digitizing on aerial photographs is still commonly used for characterizing gully erosion over large areas. Even when automated detection procedures are implemented, manual digitizing is frequently ... [more ▼]

Manual digitizing on aerial photographs is still commonly used for characterizing gully erosion over large areas. Even when automated detection procedures are implemented, manual digitizing is frequently being resorted to in order to constitute reference datasets used for training and validation. In both cases, manual digitizing entails some subjective decisions on behalf of the operator, which introduces uncertainty into the resulting datasets. To assess the magnitude of this uncertainty, 11 experienced operators were asked to digitize and classify ephemeral gullies (EGs) on cropland following a standardized methodology. The resulting 11 datasets were compared in terms of number, type and location of EGs. Furthermore, for EGs located on a welldefined runoff flow concentration axis, the slope versus contributing area topographic thresholds required for initiating gully channels were assessed using four thresholding methods, and compared across the 11 datasets. The operators identified 259 different EGs. However, the number (52–139) and sum total length (8.9–23.7 km) of EGs varied widely across operators. Only 34% of the EGs were digitized by more than half of the operators, and 7% were identified by all. Identification of EGs located on a well-defined flow concentration axis proved least subjective. The longer the EG and the more fields the EG crossed, the larger the number of operators that were able to identify it. EGs were also most easily identified when located in sugar beet fields as compared to other crops. EG classification and topographic threshold lines were also found to be strongly operator-dependent. Quantile regression appeared to be one of the most robust thresholding methods. Operator subjectivity when digitizing EGs on orthophotographs introduces uncertainty that should be taken into account in future remote sensing-based studies of EG erosion whenever they rely, in part or in full, on manual photograph interpretation. [less ▲]

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See detailGISER - Gestion intégrée Sol Erosion Ruissellement - rapport d'activités année 2
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Maugnard, Alexandre; Demarcin, Pierre ULg et al

Report (2013)

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See detailEstimation of the fascine efficiency in terms of runoff infiltration and sediments deposition
Degré, Aurore ULg; Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Cantreul, Vincent ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2013), 15

Runoff inundations and mudflows are more and more frequent phenomena. In 2011, Belgium had a lot of its municipalities affected by this problematic. Since then, mitigation measures are more and more set ... [more ▼]

Runoff inundations and mudflows are more and more frequent phenomena. In 2011, Belgium had a lot of its municipalities affected by this problematic. Since then, mitigation measures are more and more set up in agricultural watersheds. The fascines are one of these measures which allow to protect the public and private infrastructures and in the same way, which don’t reduce the famers productivity. They consist in branches faggots piled up between two rows of stakes. These linear constructions are mainly put in place across concentrated runoff axis in order to slow down the water and to filter the mud. Only few quantifications of their effectiveness (in terms of flow and concentration water reduction) exist and are however needed to better recommend these types of mitigation measures. Our experiment aims at measuring discharge and mud concentration reduction due to the fascines in a completely defined context. The tests were realised through fascines planted in field border. A watertight surface of 2,45m to 0,80m carries the water to the fascines. Three types of fascines were tested (willow wood fascine, straw fascine, straw compacted fascine), three different water flows were applied (0,5L/s, 3L/s and 6L/s) and three water concentration in dry soil (13g/L, 26g/L, 38g/L) were used. The different factor combinations were tested. The results show that we can expect a reduction of 60% of the flow for the biggest water flows (proportional efficiency with the water flow). The factor interaction study doesn’t allow to see a difference between the type. About the sediment water concentration, the filtration can reach 50%, the fascine with wood faggots showing a better efficiency. Finally, the difference between the fascine type show that straw fascine can support a biggest watershed (25 hectares) than the wood faggot fascine can (5-10 hectares) but during a smaller return period (one year against five years). [less ▲]

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See detailCartographie du risque d’érosion hydrique à l’échelle parcellaire en soutien à la politique agricole wallonne (Belgique)
Maugnard, Alexandre; Bielders, Charles; Bock, Laurent ULg et al

in Étude et Gestion des Sols (2013), 20(2), 127-141

L’érosion hydrique des sols pose le problème de la protection de la ressource « sol » mais également de la prévention des impacts environnementaux et sociétaux qui y sont associés tels que la dégradation ... [more ▼]

L’érosion hydrique des sols pose le problème de la protection de la ressource « sol » mais également de la prévention des impacts environnementaux et sociétaux qui y sont associés tels que la dégradation de la qualité des eaux de surface, l’envasement des retenues d’eau et des bassins d’orage ou encore les inondations boueuses. Afin de cibler au mieux les mesures de lutte anti-érosives, il convient d’identifier les parcelles agricoles les plus à risque d’érosion. Mettant à profit la disponibilité d’importantes bases de données en matière de climat, sol, topographie, parcellaire et occupation du sol, une procédure automatisée de calcul de l’aléa érosion hydrique potentielle à l’échelle parcellaire, adaptée du modèle RUSLE, a été mise au point pour la Wallonie (Belgique). La carte de l’aléa érosion potentielle montre une sensibilité maximale à l’érosion hydrique en Ardenne et Haute-ardenne, en raison du relief accentué et d’une érosivité plus importante des pluies. Pour les principales zones agro-pédologiques de Wallonie, un suivi des principales cultures (céréales d’hiver, mais, betterave, pomme de terre, colza, lin) a également été réalisé, permettant d’estimer le facteur cultural C des principales successions culturales et ainsi l’érosion effective. La prise en compte de l’occupation du sol fait cette fois ressortir un aléa maximal dans les régions (sablo-)limoneuses et le Condroz, en raison des superficies importantes de grandes cultures industrielles. En Ardenne et Haute Ardenne, l’aléa d’érosion effective est faible en raison d’une couverture végétale dominée par les prairies permanentes. Enfin, sur base de la carte numériques des sols de Wallonie, une classification de la vulnérabilité des sols à l’érosion a été établie à partir du volume de sol pouvant être exploité par les racines. La vulnérabilité apparaît élevée sur une majorité du territoire wallon, à l’exception des Régions (sablo-)limoneuses et de la Région jurassique. Un indice d’érosion, calculé comme le rapport de l’érosion potentielle (aléa) sur l’érosion tolérable (vulnérabilité) permet de calculer le risque d’érosion hydrique et, par conséquent, de cibler au mieux les parcelles pour lesquelles l’érosion constitue une menace majeure pour leur valorisation durable. Une gestion appropriée de ces parcelles par un choix judicieux en termes d’occupation du sol (forêt, prairie, rotations culturales) et de pratiques culturales (p.ex., TCSL, inter-cultures) devrait permettre d’y réduire les risques de dégradation des sols par érosion hydrique. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatial distribution of erosion and deposition on an agricultural watershed
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2013), 15

To better understand the agricultural landscapes evolution becomes an essential preoccupation and, for this, it is needed to take into account the sediments deposition, in a distributed way. As it is not ... [more ▼]

To better understand the agricultural landscapes evolution becomes an essential preoccupation and, for this, it is needed to take into account the sediments deposition, in a distributed way. As it is not possible in practice to study all terrestrial surfaces in detail by instrumenting sectors to obtain data, models of prediction are valuable tools to control the current problems, to predict the future tendencies and to provide a scientific base to the political decisions. In our case, a landscape evolution model is needed, which aims at representing both erosion and sedimentation and dynamically adjusts the landscape to erosion and deposition by modifying the initial digital elevation model. The Landsoil model (Landscape design for Soil conservation under soil use and climate change), among others, could fulfil this objective. It has the advantage to take the soil variability into account. This model, designed for the analysis of agricultural landscape, is suitable for simulations from parcel to catchment scale, is spatially distributed and event-based. Observed quantitative data are essential (notably to calibrate the model) but still limited. Particularly, we lack observations spatially distributed on the watershed. For this purpose, we choose a watershed in Belgium (Wallonia) which is a 124 ha agricultural zone in the loamy region. Its slopes range from 0% to 9%. To test the predictions of the model, comparisons will be done with: - sediment measurements which are done with water samplings in four points on the site to compare the net erosion results; - sediment selective measurements (depth variation observed along graduated bares placed on site) to compare the erosion and deposition results; - very accurate DSM’s (6,76 cm pixel resolution X-Y) obtained by the drone (Gatewing X100) each winter. Besides planning what the landscape evolution should be, a revision of the soil map (drew in 1958) is organized to compare with the past situation and establish how the landscape moved in 50 years. The first results of the sediment measurements and of the pictures of the drone will be showed in the presentation. [less ▲]

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

Conference (2012, November 15)

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

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

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

Poster (2012, July 02)

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

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

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

Report (2012)

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

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2012), 14

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

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

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See detailEvaluation of the pedogenesis effects on the fractionation of metallic trace elements in solid wastes from industrial activities
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Liénard, Amandine ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

Poster (2011, July 04)

This work aims at contributing to a better knowledge of the reactivity of metal-bearing phases to evaluate the risks of metal trace elements (MTE) transfers in soil-plant-water system. The high proportion ... [more ▼]

This work aims at contributing to a better knowledge of the reactivity of metal-bearing phases to evaluate the risks of metal trace elements (MTE) transfers in soil-plant-water system. The high proportion of the MTE on this type of sites seems to be mobilized only by particularly aggressive conditions but unstable bearing mineral phases have also been observed in smaller proportions. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation des effets de la pédogenèse sur le fractionnement des éléments traces métalliques dans des déchets solides d'activités industrielles
Pineux, Nathalie ULg

Master's dissertation (2010)

Les sols des sites calaminaires sont constitués, entre autres, de phases minérales porteuses d'éléments traces métalliques (ETM, en particulier le zinc, le plomb et le cadmium). Celles-ci sont ... [more ▼]

Les sols des sites calaminaires sont constitués, entre autres, de phases minérales porteuses d'éléments traces métalliques (ETM, en particulier le zinc, le plomb et le cadmium). Celles-ci sont susceptibles d'évoluer dans le temps sous l'action des facteurs météoriques et biologiques, ce qui engendre une redistribution des ET vers des compartiments qui sont caractérisés par des dynamiques différentes, et généralement une augmentation de leur mobilité. Outre la durée d'évolution, la nature des phases minéralogiques originelles porteuses d'ET est probablement un élément important à prendre en considération dans la mobilité des ET. Différentes techniques analytiques ont été combinées afin de déterminer cette spéciation : la microscopie électronique à balayage, les extractions chimiques (simples et séquentielles) et les tests de phytotoxicité. Les résultats ont mis en évidence l’association majoritaire du zinc, du plomb et du cadmium avec le compartiment organique du sol, la grande proportion de phases porteuses stables (silicates, oxydes de fer) et la faible contrainte de ces sols sur la germination de l’orge et du maïs. Il semble que la grande proportion des ETM présents dans ce type de sites ne sera remobilisée que par des conditions particulièrement agressives. Il reste cependant que des phases porteuses instables ont également été observées (sulfates) et que la fraction adsorbée et/ou liée aux carbonates est, après le compartiment organique, celle contenant proportionnellement le plus de plomb et de cadmium (éléments les plus préoccupants pour l’environnement). Les teneurs totales en ETM dans ces sols étant considérables, cette dernière fraction contient dès lors malgré tout de très fortes teneurs en ETM en valeurs absolues. De plus, la végétation typique et peu luxuriante présente sur ces sites laisse quand même supposer un effet de ces fortes teneurs en ETM. Il faut se garder de juger de la dangerosité environnementale uniquement sur base de ces tests, ce travail n’en donnant qu’une première approche. Pour évaluer plus précisément le fonctionnement de ce système, des comparaisons temporelles pour connaître la réactivité de la matière organique devraient être réalisées et des méthodes microscopiques plus fines et des tests impliquant davantage l’ensemble du cycle de la plante devraient être utilisés. La connaissance de cette spéciation doit permettre de prévoir le risque de transfert des ETM dans les systèmes sol-plante-eau suite à des modifications physico-chimiques du milieu et éventuellement, de mettre au point des solutions de décontamination adaptées. [less ▲]

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