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See detailObserved and simulated time evolution of HCl, ClONO2, and HF total column abundances
Kohlhepp, R; Ruhnke, R; Chipperfield, M P et al

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2012), 12(7), 3527--3556

Time series of total column abundances of hydrogen chloride (HCl), chlorine nitrate (ClONO2), and hydrogen fluoride (HF) were determined from ground-based Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra ... [more ▼]

Time series of total column abundances of hydrogen chloride (HCl), chlorine nitrate (ClONO2), and hydrogen fluoride (HF) were determined from ground-based Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra recorded at 17 sites belonging to the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) and located between 80.05°N and 77.82°S. By providing such a near-global overview on ground-based measurements of the two major stratospheric chlorine reservoir species, HCl and ClONO2, the present study is able to confirm the decrease of the atmospheric inorganic chlorine abundance during the last few years. This decrease is expected following the 1987 Montreal Protocol and its amendments and adjustments, where restrictions and a subsequent phase-out of the prominent anthropogenic chlorine source gases (solvents, chlorofluorocarbons) were agreed upon to enable a stabilisation and recovery of the stratospheric ozone layer. The atmospheric fluorine content is expected to be influenced by the Montreal Protocol, too, because most of the banned anthropogenic gases also represent important fluorine sources. But many of the substitutes to the banned gases also contain fluorine so that the HF total column abundance is expected to have continued to increase during the last few years. The measurements are compared with calculations from five different models: the two-dimensional Bremen model, the two chemistry-transport models KASIMA and SLIMCAT, and the two chemistry-climate models EMAC and SOCOL. Thereby, the ability of the models to reproduce the absolute total column amounts, the seasonal cycles, and the temporal evolution found in the FTIR measurements is investigated and inter-compared. This is especially interesting because the models have different architectures. The overall agreement between the measurements and models for the total column abundances and the seasonal cycles is good. Linear trends of HCl, ClONO2, and HF are calculated from both measurement and model time series data, with a focus on the time range 2000–2009. This period is chosen because from most of the measurement sites taking part in this study, data are available during these years. The precision of the trends is estimated with the bootstrap resampling method. The sensitivity of the trend results with respect to the fitting function, the time of year chosen and time series length is investigated, as well as a bias due to the irregular sampling of the measurements. The measurements and model results investigated here agree qualitatively on a decrease of the chlorine species by around 1%yr-1. The models simulate an increase of HF of around 1%yr-1. This also agrees well with most of the measurements, but some of the FTIR series in the Northern Hemisphere show a stabilisation or even a decrease in the last few years. In general, for all three gases, the measured trends vary more strongly with latitude and hemisphere than the modelled trends. Relative to the FTIR measurements, the models tend to underestimate the decreasing chlorine trends and to overestimate the fluorine increase in the Northern Hemisphere. At most sites, the models simulate a stronger decrease of ClONO2 than of HCl. In the FTIR measurements, this difference between the trends of HCl and ClONO2 depends strongly on latitude, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. [less ▲]

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See detailLa globalisation : cinq thèses et trois scénarios
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

Conference (2012, April)

La communication reprend l'idée de Zaki Laïdi, selon laquelle au-delà de l'accélération des flux économiques, la globalisation doit être considérée comme un transformation des représentations du monde. Il ... [more ▼]

La communication reprend l'idée de Zaki Laïdi, selon laquelle au-delà de l'accélération des flux économiques, la globalisation doit être considérée comme un transformation des représentations du monde. Il propos d'apppliquer cette logique à quelques grands travaux sociologiques récents sur la globalisation et montrer comment ces travaux eux-mêmes contribuent à faconner des "imaginaires" au sens de Zaki Laïdi [less ▲]

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See detailA new species of Caprella (Crustacea: Amphipoda) from the Mediterranean Sea
Sturaro, Nicolas ULg; Guerra-García, José Manuel

in Helgoland Marine Research (2012)

A new caprellid amphipod, Caprella tavolarensis n. sp., is described based on specimens collected from a Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadow at the Tavolara- Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area ... [more ▼]

A new caprellid amphipod, Caprella tavolarensis n. sp., is described based on specimens collected from a Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadow at the Tavolara- Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area (Sardinia, Mediterranean Sea). The species is close to Caprella liparotensis, but can be clearly distinguished by smaller size, presence of a short rostrum, body elongate and dorsally smooth, absence of serrate carina on the basis of gnathopod 2 and pereopods, mouthparts scarcely setose, absence of Wne setae on peduncle of antenna 1 and absence of swimming setae on antenna 2. The number of caprellid species reported from the Mediterranean Sea has increased from 23 (1993) to 41 (2010), consequently, further taxonomical studies should be addressed to properly estimate the total amphipod diversity in the Mediterranean Sea. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluating COSMO’s lake module (FLake) for an East-African lake using a comprehensive set of lake temperature profiles
Thiery, Wim; Martynov, Andrey; Darchambeau, François ULg et al

Conference (2012, April)

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See detailPresentation of the report about degradation inhibitors and metal additives impact on solvent degradation
Léonard, Grégoire ULg

Report (2012)

Literature review about impact of additives on solvent degradation

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See detailExpansion of the main auroral oval at Jupiter : evidence for Io’s control over the Jovian magnetosphere
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Poster (2012, April)

In spring 2007, New Horizons' Jupiter fly-by provided a unique opportunity for the largest observation campaign dedicated to the Jovian aurora ever carried out by the Hubble Space Telescope. UV images of ... [more ▼]

In spring 2007, New Horizons' Jupiter fly-by provided a unique opportunity for the largest observation campaign dedicated to the Jovian aurora ever carried out by the Hubble Space Telescope. UV images of the aurora have been acquired on a quasi-daily basis from mid-February to mid-June 2007. Polar projection of the auroral emissions clearly show a continuous long-term expansion of main oval additionally to day by day variations. The main oval moved so much that the Ganymede footprint, which is usually located equatorward of the main emissions, has even been observed inside of it. Simultaneously, the occurrence rate of large equatorward isolated auroral features increased over the season. These emission patches are generally attributed to injections of depleted flux tubes. On 6th June, one of these features exceptionally moved down to the Io footpath. The Io footprint seemed to disappear while the footprint moved through this patch of emission. This disappearance is a unique case among all the UV images of the aurora acquired during the last 12 years. We suggest that all these changes seen in the Jovian aurora are evidence for a major reconfiguration of the magnetosphere induced by increased volcanic activity on Io. Indeed, New Horizons observed particularly intense activity from the Tvashtar volcano in late February 2007. Moreover, sodium cloud brightening caused by volcanic outbursts have also been seen in late May 2007. According to our interpretation, repeated volcanic outbursts beefed up the plasma torus density and its mass outflow rate. This caused the corotation breakdown boundary to migrate closer to Jupiter. Consequently, the main auroral oval moved equatorward. As heavy flux tubes move outward, sparsely filled ones should be injected into the inner magnetosphere in order to conserve the magnetic flux in this region. This phenomenon could explain the large number of injection signatures observed in May-June 2007. Such a cloud of depleted flux tubes probably disrupted the Io-magnetosphere interaction, leading to an abnormally faint Io footprint. [less ▲]

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See detailDISco: a Distributed Information Store for Network Challenges and Their Outcome
Martin, Sylvain ULg; Chiarello, Laurent ULg; Leduc, Guy ULg

in Keeney, John; Serrat, Joan (Eds.) 5th International workshop on Distributed Autonomous Network Management Systems (2012, April)

We present the design of DISco, a storage and communication middleware that enables distributed and task-centric autonomic control of networks. DISco allows multi-agent identification of anomalous ... [more ▼]

We present the design of DISco, a storage and communication middleware that enables distributed and task-centric autonomic control of networks. DISco allows multi-agent identification of anomalous situations (challenges) and assists coordinated remediation that will maintain service at an acceptable level, although degraded. The history of agents decisions, their context and outcomes is tracked as the situation evolves, and information is automatically gathered and organised to ease further human-assisted diagnosis. We then explore the feasibility of using state of the art peer-to-peer publish/subscribe and storage systems as building blocks for this service. The ability of those systems to support range queries and aggregation will be a key factor for their suitability to the task. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgium’s political elites and the crisis
Dodeigne, Jérémy ULg; Sinardet, Dave; Reuchamps, Min ULg

Conference (2012, April)

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See detailRèglement 1346/2000 relatif aux procédures d'insolvabilité
Wautelet, Patrick ULg; Leunen, Charles-Antoine

in van Drooghenbroeck, Jean-François (Ed.) Droit judiciaire européen et international (2012)

This paper presents an overview of court practice in relation to Regulation 1346/2000. The focus is on cases decided by the ECJ, Belgian and French courts. Reference is also made to the most important ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an overview of court practice in relation to Regulation 1346/2000. The focus is on cases decided by the ECJ, Belgian and French courts. Reference is also made to the most important cases decided by English courts. Cases are presented and discussed in relation to the various provisions of the Regulation to which they relate. For each case, an abstract is included, followed by (critical) comments. This overview appeared in a book presenting the main European regulations dealing with European procedural law (jurisdiction of courts, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments). The book is part of a series edited by Prof. Georges de Leval (University of Liège), which collects court practice in relation to procedural law. [less ▲]

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See detail"Le lieu géométrique de toutes les agitations" : écrivains fictifs et prix littéraires
Dozo, Björn-Olav ULg; Lacroix, Michel

in Dozo, Björn-Olav; Glinoer, Anthony; Lacroix, Michel (Eds.) Imaginaires de la vie littéraire. Fiction, figuration, configuration (2012)

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See detailFIRST, a high dynamic range imager, mounted on the 3-m Shane Telescope
Huby, Elsa ULg

Scientific conference (2012, April)

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See detailDo Identities Matter More than Party Interests in Ethno-Territorial Politics? Conceptual and Empirical Insights from Multilevel and Deeply Divided Belgium
Reuchamps, Min ULg; Dodeigne, Jérémy ULg; Sinardet, Dave

Conference (2012, April)

In territorial politics, identities are a chief variable of the political life. By definition, the ethno-linguistic identities play(ed) an important role in the political dynamics of several highly ... [more ▼]

In territorial politics, identities are a chief variable of the political life. By definition, the ethno-linguistic identities play(ed) an important role in the political dynamics of several highly divided societies. In most cases, the institutional design is in fact adapted or has been adapted to the ethno-linguistic divisions of the country. According to quite a few scholars, it is especially true for political elites who are not only shaped by this variable but also use this variable to legitimate their attitudes and actions. Therefore political elites of each ethno-linguistic group appeared to behave as monolithic blocks, standing against each other along ethno-linguistic lines. Nonetheless, this view neglects the role of party interests in explaining the behaviors of political elites. An important question for ethno-territorial politics should be raised: do identities matter more that party interests? The current reform of the – multilevel and deeply-divided – Belgian state provides a fertile ground to test this hypothesis. To what extent, party interests can account for political elites’ position in the debate about the 6th Belgian constitutional reform? To explore these questions, we surveyed every representative of Belgium’s seven legislative assemblies with a standardized questionnaire (Summer 2011). This research will help us apprehend the rationale behind political elites’ attitudes – be it identities, party interests or a mix of them – negotiating the new boundaries of the state and above all shed light on territorial politics in Europe. So doing, this paper aims at contributing to the debate that explores the possibility of a unified analytical approach bridging ethno-territorial politics and party politics. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasuring the phase of the scattering amplitude with vortex beams
Ivanov, Igor ULg

in Physical Review. D : Particles and Fields (2012), 85(7), 07600110

We show that colliding vortex beams instead of (approximate) plane waves can lead to a direct measurement of how the overall phase of the plane wave scattering amplitude changes with the scattering angle ... [more ▼]

We show that colliding vortex beams instead of (approximate) plane waves can lead to a direct measurement of how the overall phase of the plane wave scattering amplitude changes with the scattering angle. Since vortex beams are coherent superpositions of plane waves with different momenta, their scattering amplitude receives contributions from plane wave amplitudes with distinct kinematics. These contributions interfere, leading to the measurement of their phase difference. Although interference exists for any generic wave packet collision, we show that using vortex beams dramatically enhances sensitivity to the phase in comparison with nonvortex beams. Since the overall phase is inaccessible in a plane wave collision, this measurement would be of great importance for a number of topics in hadronic physics, for example, meson production in the resonance region, physics of nucleon resonances, and small angle elastic hadron scattering. [less ▲]

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See detailHigher-Moment Risk Exposures in Hedge Funds
Lambert, Marie ULg; Hübner, Georges ULg; Papageorgiou, Nicolas

Conference (2012, April)

The paper singles out the key roles of US equity skewness and kurtosis in the determination of the market premia embedded in Hedge Fund returns. We propose a conditional higher-moment asset pricing model ... [more ▼]

The paper singles out the key roles of US equity skewness and kurtosis in the determination of the market premia embedded in Hedge Fund returns. We propose a conditional higher-moment asset pricing model with location, trading and higher-moment factors in order to describe the dynamics of the Equity Hedge (Market Neutral, Short Selling and Long/Short strategies), Event Driven, Relative Value, and Funds of Hedge Funds styles. The volatility, skewness and kurtosis implied in the US options markets are used by Hedge Fund managers as instruments to anticipate market movements. Managers should adjust their market exposure in response to variations in the implied higher moments. We show that higher-moment premia improve a conditional asset pricing model both in terms of explanatory power (R-squares and Schwarz criterion) and specification errors across all Hedge Fund styles. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalogical reasoning in children with specific language impairment
Leroy, Sandrine ULg; Parisse, Christophe; Maillart, Christelle ULg

in Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics (2012), 26(4),

Usage-based theory considers analogical reasoning as a cognitive process required in language development. We hypothesized that difficulties with analogical reasoning could hinder the abstraction of ... [more ▼]

Usage-based theory considers analogical reasoning as a cognitive process required in language development. We hypothesized that difficulties with analogical reasoning could hinder the abstraction of construction schemas, thus slowing down morphosyntactic development for children with specific language impairment (SLI). We also hypothesized, in accordance with usage-based theory, that the same analogy mechanism is shared by linguistic and non-linguistic processes. The current study investigated the performance of 15 children with SLI in comparison with age-matched peers on a nonlinguistic analogical reasoning task. Our experimental setting targeted two prerequisites of analogical reasoning: structural alignment and the discovery of relational similarity in comparison with perceptual similarity. The results obtained are compatible with our hypotheses according to which children with SLI would encounter problems building more abstract construction schemas, related to difficulties with analogical reasoning. The study also shows that children with SLI have specific cognitive difficulties regardless of their linguistic development. [less ▲]

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See detailSPM for MEG/EEG
Phillips, Christophe ULg

Scientific conference (2012, April)

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See detailImposing periodic boundary condition on arbitrary meshes by polynomial interpolation
Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Béchet, Eric ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg et al

in Computational Materials Science (2012), 55

In order to predict the effective properties of heterogeneous materials using the finite element approach, a boundary value problem (BVP) may be defined on a representative volume element (RVE) with ... [more ▼]

In order to predict the effective properties of heterogeneous materials using the finite element approach, a boundary value problem (BVP) may be defined on a representative volume element (RVE) with appropriate boundary conditions, among which periodic boundary condition is the most efficient in terms of convergence rate. The classical method to impose the periodic boundary condition requires the identical meshes on opposite RVE boundaries. This condition is not always easy to satisfy for arbitrary meshes. This work develops a new method based on polynomial interpolation that avoids the need of matching mesh condition on opposite RVE boundaries. [less ▲]

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See detailLa culturalisation du politique
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

Article for general public (2012)

Les valeurs que nous croyons enracinées dans une partie du champ idéologique deviennent de plus en plus nomade. On examine brièvement pourquoi la laïcité, valeur historiquement portée par la gauche, est ... [more ▼]

Les valeurs que nous croyons enracinées dans une partie du champ idéologique deviennent de plus en plus nomade. On examine brièvement pourquoi la laïcité, valeur historiquement portée par la gauche, est aujourd'hui intégréee au dispositif idéologique de la droite la plus radicale. On examine brièvement le cas de la laïcité. [less ▲]

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See detailDegradation inhibitors and metal additives: impact on solvent degradation
Léonard, Grégoire ULg

Report (2012)

This report is part of a PhD thesis currently taking place at the University of Liège in collaboration with the company Laborelec. A Degradation Test Rig (DTR) has been built in order to evaluate solvent ... [more ▼]

This report is part of a PhD thesis currently taking place at the University of Liège in collaboration with the company Laborelec. A Degradation Test Rig (DTR) has been built in order to evaluate solvent degradation in CO2 capture conditions. Details about degradation effects and about the DTR may be found in a previous report (PhD mid-term report, G. Léonard, 2011). Experiments to study the effect of process conditions on degradation are in progress with 2-ethanolamine (MEA) as benchmark solvent. This report presents first a brief overview of the different degradation mechanisms and associated products, followed by a literature review about metal influence on MEA degradation and a state of the art review about degradation inhibitors. [less ▲]

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