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See detailLe nouveau fichier écologique des essences. Pourquoi et comment ?
Claessens, Hugues ULg; Bifolchi, Eva; Cordier, Sophie ULg et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2014), (129), 60-70

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See detailRelevance of pedotopographical indicators in the assessment of spatial distributions of soil depth and soil water resources under forest stands : General Methodology
Ridremont, François ULg; Deraedt, Deborah ULg; Robert, Tanguy et al

Poster (2013, March)

Water resources constitute one of the most decisive factors of the adaptation of forest ecosystems facing climate changes. The assessment of soil water resources should lead a better understanding of ... [more ▼]

Water resources constitute one of the most decisive factors of the adaptation of forest ecosystems facing climate changes. The assessment of soil water resources should lead a better understanding of forest sites vulnerability to water stress and provide appropriate management recommendations for the choice of trees species and sylvicutlural techniques. This study aims to assess the relevance of pedotopographical indicators in the assessment of spatial distributions of soil depth and soil water resources under forest stands. The study area is located in the shale-slate stones pedological context of the Belgian Ardenne ecoregion. It falls within the constrasted relief of the Houille watershed and is 90% covered by forests. The estimation of spatial and profile distributions of water resources will be based on a multi-year monitoring of real time soil moisture content using TDR technology : subsurface (15 cm) on systematic sampling and profile (. 70 cm) on 32 local sites equipped with TDR pvc tubes. Additional laboratory analysis will be conducted to determine soil properties influencing soil water content (texture, organic matter content...). Directly impacting soil water content, soil depth and stoniness will be investigated in contrasting topographic conditions by (i) two traditional and destructive methods : 32 soil pits & 160 holes with auger soil; and (ii) an electromagnetic and non intrusive method : 5120m of Ground Penetrating Radar traces with 200 and 500 MHz antennas. The identification of soil and terrain attributes, able to explain distribution of soil water content and soil depth, will be done by digital cartographic resources exploitation : (i) Digital Elevation Model with different spatial resolutions (Lidar, 1 m2; Erruissol DEM, 100 m2; Aster DEM, 9.103m2) and (ii) Digital Soil Map of Wallonia. It is expected that the results could lead to the development of operational tools to ensure the forest site . tree species adequacy in order to increase resilience of forest ecosystems to ecological drifts. [less ▲]

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See detailRelevance of pedotopographical indicators in the assessment of spatial distribution of soil water resources under forest stands. General Methodology.
Ridremont, François ULg; Claessens, Hugues ULg

Poster (2012, February 08)

Water resources constitute one of the most decisive factors of the adaptation of forest ecosystems facing climate changes. The assessment of soil water resources should lead a better understanding of ... [more ▼]

Water resources constitute one of the most decisive factors of the adaptation of forest ecosystems facing climate changes. The assessment of soil water resources should lead a better understanding of forest sites vulnerability to water stress and provide appropriate management recommendations for the choice of trees species and sylvicutlural techniques. This study aims to confront mapping pedotopographical indicators related to the water resource richness of forest sites to the soil moisture regime. The effect of soil moisture on the forest ecosystem productivity and the bioindicator expression of flora will be study too. [less ▲]

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See detailMieux comprendre et évaluer la réserve en eau des sols forestiers
Ridremont, François ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg; Claessens, Hugues ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (2012), 116

La ressource en eau constitue un des facteurs déterminants de l’adaptation de nos écosystèmes forestiers aux bouleversements climatiques annoncés. L’évaluation de la réserve en eau des sols devrait amener ... [more ▼]

La ressource en eau constitue un des facteurs déterminants de l’adaptation de nos écosystèmes forestiers aux bouleversements climatiques annoncés. L’évaluation de la réserve en eau des sols devrait amener à une meilleure perception de la vulnérabilité des stations forestières au stress hydrique et à des recommandations de gestion plus précises quant au choix des essences à implanter et aux techniques de sylviculture. Cet article introductif rappelle quelques fondamentaux concernant l’économie en eau d’un sol et la capacité des arbres à puiser l’eau stockée. [less ▲]

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See detailHydrological behavior of a forested catena
Deraedt, Deborah ULg; Ridremont, François ULg; Claessens, Hugues ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2012), 14

At the time when the significance of water becomes more than obvious, we realize the utility of models that describe hydrological phenomena and that permit the optimization of water management. The soil ... [more ▼]

At the time when the significance of water becomes more than obvious, we realize the utility of models that describe hydrological phenomena and that permit the optimization of water management. The soil properties, as they have an influence both on hydrology and on plant development, are an element really essential in this type of model. But, as for tree characteristics, these properties are spatially and temporally variable. Therefore this research will specially focus on the case of forested slopes. The study will be divided into three parts. The first will characterize the vertical and the horizontal heterogeneity of the structural and hydrodynamic properties of soil. To do this, in addition to the analysis of the soil sampled along the slope, moisture sensors will be installed on different places on a slope and on different depths. For the greatest part it will be capacitive sensors whose values will be confirmed by TDR sensors. Each sensor will be inserted to cover the largest pedological and topographic variability. The second part of the study will permit to characterize the water flux repartition into the horizons down the slope. We will therefore apply a dye to surface on the top of the slope. The bottom of the slope will be equipped with an experimental system which collects water for each soil layer. The third parts will deal with the forest stand heterogeneity along the slope. We will measure characteristics such as tree height, roots repartition, stem circumference and also for different periods of the year, leaf area index (LAI). At the end of the research, we will measure tree rings for a dendrochronolocical study. The collected data will be analyzed to determine the slope effects on the soil properties, on the water flux distribution into the soil layer and on the tree characteristics. Afterwards the relations and the interactions can be conceptualized and introduced into a physical hydrological model. The studied slope is located on the Houille watershed in the West of the Belgian Ardenne. The site is situated under a Douglas fir cover (Pseudotsuga menziesii (MIRB.) FRANCO). It is about 170 meters long with an average slope of 25%. There are only few studies that attempt to connect physical models and the tree growth at the slope scale, leaving a vast untapped investigation area in the hydrological modelling. The study of this variability would afford possibility to improve hydrological models. From the point of view of the climate change, such a model would e.g. determine the best adapted species to each forest site. [less ▲]

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See detailMéthode pragmatique d’évaluation de la réserve en eau des stations forestières et cartographie à l’échelle régionale (Wallonie, Belgique)
Ridremont, François ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Claessens, Hugues ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2011), 15(S2), 727-741

The assessment of the forest sites water availability constitutes a growing concern following the awareness of the potential impact of climate change on the soil moisture regime. At the present time, the ... [more ▼]

The assessment of the forest sites water availability constitutes a growing concern following the awareness of the potential impact of climate change on the soil moisture regime. At the present time, the forest managers lack tools for a quantitative estimation of the soil water reserve. This paper presents a simple estimation method that can be adopted on field by foresters. A map of this soil water reserve at the forest site scale has been established for the Southern Belgium. After the inventory of the possible techniques, the “textural method”, based on the pedotransfert classes of Jamagne et al. (1977), has been used. The soil profiles from the Aardewerk database have eased the translation of the Jamagne et al. (1977)’s results in the Belgian textural system. Moreover, the geodatabase of the Digital Soil Map of Wallonia (DSMW), through the typology of the major soil types, has been used as mapping support of the water reserve at the regional scale. Like a first attempt of validation, the result has been compared with the bioindicator character of forest understory vegetation. The regression results show a significant relationship between the soil water reserve and the vegetation estimate, but they also indicate that the water reserve does not explain alone the moisture level expressed by the flora. It emerges that the characterization of the Walloon parent materials will constitute an undeniable support for the development of the proposed method, the transposition of foreign results leading to some bias. The use prospects of this thematic map are multiple: integration as inputs for the autecological modelling, assessment of the moisture regime for the water availability of forest sites and building of sites catalogs; as many tools to guide forest managers in their planning measures. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling of Forest Trees Autecology. An applied research at the Walloon Region scale (Belgium).
Ridremont, François ULg; Claessens, Hugues ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Hallet, Vincent; Vanclooster, Marnik (Eds.) ENVITAM and UNITER : PhD Student Day 2010 Proceedings (2010, January 12)

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See detailModelling of Forest Trees Autecology. An applied research at the Walloon Region scale (Belgium)
Ridremont, François ULg; Claessens, Hugues ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2010, January 12)

Three reasons have urged the Walloon Forest Administration (Walloon Public Service) on to solicit the help of forest researchers to bring practical responses to the adaptation of its current forests ... [more ▼]

Three reasons have urged the Walloon Forest Administration (Walloon Public Service) on to solicit the help of forest researchers to bring practical responses to the adaptation of its current forests management: (i) the progression of research in applied autecology, (ii) the development of software for the management and the analysis of georeferenced data (GIS technologies) and, (iii) the awareness of the potential negative impacts of climate change on forests. To answer to this request, this research aims to model the autecology of the main forest tree species at the Walloon Region scale (Beech, Oak, Norway Spruce, Douglas-fir and valuable broadleaves species). The results will be used to update current practical tools to assess the adequacy of forest tree species on sites, especially in the climate change context. The research is built into three main steps: • update the autecology knowledge for the targeted forest tree species through a state of the art; • compile and create different ecological parameters that can explain the major part of trees growth such as climatic, topographic, geologic, edaphic and phytosociological data gathered from forest plots or geodatabases. In the context of climate change, a particular attention will be brought on bioclimatic and soil moisture conditions because of their narrow link with the potential risk of trees ecophysiological stress; • model tree species reaction to environmental conditions with tree growth indicators. Three types of indicators with different spatio-temporal scales are foreseen: stand site index (30-50 years), periodic diameter growth (5-10 years) and tree-ring growth (1-3 years). The use of these three scales is justified by the interest presented by their cross-validations which are necessary for an accurate extrapolation of results to the entire region. Results should indicate the tree species behaviour, especially towards stress conditions. The integration of climatic data, provided by global climate models based on IPCC's climate scenarios, in autecological models could be used to assess the behaviour of forest stands in future climate conditions. From those results, we expect to identify and assess accurately the risky “sites-species pairs” to avoid in the context of a sustainable silviculture. Finally, results will be used to provide autecological synthesis and practical tools to help forest managers and foresters to identify the best “site-species pairs” (tree-site adequacy maps, sites catalogue and computer platform). [less ▲]

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