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See detailHARELBKE LOCK (Design & Build Procedure)
Rigo, Philippe ULg; DEROUCK, Julien

Report (2012)

Three proposals have been received by the Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV . This report reviews these proposals of lock design in the framework of HARELBKE LOCK (Design & Build Procedure)

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See detailNumerical simulation of P-OLEDs
Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg

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See detail“State-of-problem report prepared for the TC11 meeting held in Valencia on October 2012”
Demonceau, Jean-François ULg; Hjiaj, Mohammed; Aribert, Jean-Marie et al

Report (2012)

The present document summarises recent studies and developments investigating the behaviour of composite frames, for discussion within TC11 Committee. Also, possible aspects to be investigated in future ... [more ▼]

The present document summarises recent studies and developments investigating the behaviour of composite frames, for discussion within TC11 Committee. Also, possible aspects to be investigated in future are identified. The document is organised as follows: • First, the global frame behaviour is considered in § 2; • Then, the structural members which can be met in a composite structure, i.e. the composite slabs, the composite beams, the composite columns and the composite joints, are considered in separate paragraph from § 3 to § 6; • A specific paragraph is also dedicated to the possible long term effects on composite members (§ 7); • Finally, a conclusion is drawn in § 8, summarising recent improvements in the knowledge about composite frame design and possible further developments. A first draft of this document was presented at the TC11 meeting held in Liège on March 2010. The present document is an updated draft to be discussed at the TC11 meeting held in Valencia on october 2012. Remark: the aspects related to the response of composite structures subjected to seismic or fire actions are not reported here as they are covered by other more “transversal” technical committees of ECCS (TC3 for the fire and TC13 for the seismic action). [less ▲]

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See detailCopper-Cobalt Flora Report, Oxide Project Tenke Fungurume Mining,
Lebrun, Julie ULg; Seleck, Maxime ULg; Ilunga wa Ilunga, Edouard et al

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Baseline study, impact assessment and management measures for copper-cobalt habitat

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See detailAnalyse des retombées des zones d'activité économique au niveau communal
Bianchet, Bruno ULg; Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg; Gathon, Henry-Jean ULg et al

Report (2012)

La création d’une zone d’activité économique sur le territoire d’une commune engendre des conséquences et des retombées pour cette dernière. Toutefois, certaines communes seraient de moins en moins ... [more ▼]

La création d’une zone d’activité économique sur le territoire d’une commune engendre des conséquences et des retombées pour cette dernière. Toutefois, certaines communes seraient de moins en moins favorables à accueillir des activités économiques sur leur territoire. L’objectif de cette expertise est de faire l’état des lieux de la question permettant ainsi d’évaluer les principaux impacts issus de l’accueil d’activités économiques, ainsi que de formuler des propositions en vue d’inciter les communes à accueillir ou développer, sur leur territoire, de nouveaux espaces dédiés à l’activité économique. [less ▲]

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See detailEssais de séparation magnétiques de scories Magotteaux
Bastin, David ULg

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See detailContribution au développement des capacités d’enseignement et de formation pour l’amélioration de la qualité du médicament (acronyme : DEV-AQM)
Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg; Hubert, Philippe ULg

Report (2011)

Contribution to the development of teaching capacity and training for the improvement of quality of the medicines. Contextualisation: The quality of medicines is a major problem of public health in the ... [more ▼]

Contribution to the development of teaching capacity and training for the improvement of quality of the medicines. Contextualisation: The quality of medicines is a major problem of public health in the development countries. Since 1990, this situation has deteriorated becoming worried mainly in the Central African region due to the degradation of social, economic and politic life, consequence of a long period of conflict and war. The resurgence of non-controlled drugs, the sale of illicit, deteriorated and even falsified drugs are real examples in the current practices, that is making difficult and even practically impossible an access to a safe, reliable and efficient medical treatment. It is known that even if a diagnosis is correctly made and a medical treatment is correctly prescribed, this treatment is doomed to failure if the medicine is not of a good quality. Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda are among the countries that are facing such situations. Description of project purpose: The principal objective of this project is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of medicines and thus, of the public health in DRC and in Rwanda. More precisely, the project aims to strengthen the local capacity in order to respond to the need in the quality of medicines and to develop a platform of people in the pharmaceutical sector in the field of quality assurance and control. According to this main objective, the project aims in one hand to train people working in the pharmaceutical sector including the academic, the legal and the industrial, and in another hand to develop the tools to contribute to the improvement of the quality of medicines. Training and qualification of people, improvement of the teaching and making available the control documentation on quality are the sub-objectives pursued in the framework of this project. Chapter 2 : Six main activities are undergone in this project: The first activity is the seminar that is organised in order to promote the project and to initiate the importance of knowledge of the quality of medicine by awareness of the different authorities from government, from the churches and from the health sectors. The seminar is the preliminary step of this project that is done to select the different candidates. The second activity concerns the theoretical training, focused on the basis of the quality of drugs, the drug manufacturing and drug control / analysis taking into account the activity sector of each candidate. This activity is important since most of the candidates have been graduated a long time ago while working for a long time. This activity as well as the seminar is held in the beneficiary countries for one month. The trainers are among the Professors and Researchers from the “University of Liège”, the “University Libre de Bruxelles” and the “University Catholique de Louvain”, in Belgium. They are selected on basis of their expertise. The topics considered are the Quality Assurance, the Regulatory, the Statistical applied in the pharmaceutical industry, The Manufacturing and The Quality control of medicines, the Management in the Pharmaceutical sector. The theoretical training by e-learning using internet occurs in the third place. It is done as a complement to the second activity since it allows the candidate to have access to different and more documents available through the web site platform created for this purpose. This mode of teaching allows also the candidates to interact with other trainers concerning a particular subject of their working sector. The fourth activity is the practices that are done in Belgium in the different facilities of the laboratories associated to this project. This allows the different candidates to materialize the knowledge acquired during the theoretical teaching while considering their working sector, and to familiarize with the procedures dealing with their sector. The fifth activity is related to a specific training for auditor or evaluator. Indeed, this training is a specific requirement namely the creation of Federal Agency of Drug in DRC. The need is to improve the capacity of such organism to carry out efficiently the audits and evaluations of drug registration files before their commercialization. Finally, the sixth activity is the reintegration of the candidates within their professional environment. Considering the importance of this aspect, an accompanying is necessary to ensure that the acquired knowledge is valued in the professional environment. Chapter 3 : The expected impact At the end of this project, we expect that the different Authorities are aware with regard to the quality of drugs, the activities in the pharmaceutical sectors namely, the legal and industrial are improved since the actors are trained, qualified and gained competence. We expect also the improvement of teaching capacity in Pharmacy Schools taking into account the need of the pharmaceutical market, with the possibility of starting the post-university teaching programs. Finally, we expect the efficiency of activities in the pharmaceutical sector for the benefit of the DRC and Rwanda populations. Contact person : Philippe Hubert (ph.hubert@ulg.ac.be) / Roland Marini Djang’eing’a (rmarini@ulg.ac.be) Address : Service de Chimie Analytique, Département de Pharmacie, Bât. B36, Avenue de l'Hôpital, 1, 4000 Liège 1, Belgium. Tel. + 00 32 4 366 43 15 [less ▲]

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See detailGreenland Ice Sheet - Arctic Report Card: Update for 2011
Box, J.; Cappelen, J.; Chen, C. et al

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A persistent and strong negative North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) index was responsible for southerly air flow along the west of Greenland, which caused anomalously warm weather in winter 2010-11 and ... [more ▼]

A persistent and strong negative North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) index was responsible for southerly air flow along the west of Greenland, which caused anomalously warm weather in winter 2010-11 and summer 2011. The area and duration of melting at the surface of the ice sheet in summer 2011 were the third highest since 1979. The lowest surface albedo observed in 12 years of satellite observations (2000-2011) was a consequence of enhanced surface melting and below normal summer snowfall. The area of marine-terminating glaciers continued to decrease, though at less than half the rate of the previous 10 years. In situ measurements revealed near record-setting mass losses concentrated at higher elevations on the western slope of the ice sheet, and at an isolated glacier in southeastern Greenland. Total ice sheet mass loss in 2011 was 70% larger than the 2003-09 average annual loss rate of -250 Gt y-1. According to satellite gravity data obtained since 2002, ice sheet mass loss is accelerating. [less ▲]

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See detailEssai d’estimation des dommages piscicoles engendrés par les prises d’eau industrielles et les turbines hydroélectriques dans les cours d’eau de la Province de Liège. Partie C. Le cours principal de l’Amblève non navigable.
Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Rimbaud, Gilles ULg et al

Report (2011)

Ce rapport à la Commission provinciale de Liège du Fonds piscicole de Wallonie est un dossier bibliographique qui analyse l’impact sur les populations de poissons des centrales hydroélectriques (CHE ... [more ▼]

Ce rapport à la Commission provinciale de Liège du Fonds piscicole de Wallonie est un dossier bibliographique qui analyse l’impact sur les populations de poissons des centrales hydroélectriques (CHE) installées sur le cours principal de l’Amblève non navigable. Il s’agit d’un grand cours d’eau (module du débit : 20 m3/s dans le cours inférieur à Martinrive-Aywaille) constitué de zones à ombre et à truite qui abritent une importante biodiversité piscicole dont notamment des poissons migrateurs amphihalins comme l’anguille européenne, la truite de mer et le saumon atlantique en cours de réintroduction en Wallonie.L’évaluation des impacts piscicoles des CHE se limite à une approche très préliminaire consistant à apprécier de manière théorique (par rapport à des modèles élaborés en France) les ordres de grandeur des entraînements vers les turbines et des mortalités des populations migratrices (surtout les anguilles argentées et les smolts de Salmonidés) attendues sur les différents sites, compte tenu des caractéristiques connues des prises d’eau (grilles), des turbines (Kaplan, Francis, Banki ; grandeur des roues, vitesse de rotation, débit turbiné), de la taille des poissons et des possibilités de dévalaison par une voie autre (déversoir de barrage, exutoire de dévalaison) que le passage dans les turbines. Partant de ces premiers résultats, le rapport détaille les actions à entreprendre sur chaque site hydroélectrique pour le rendre moins pénalisant pour les poissons migrateurs en dévalaison et dans certain cas, en montaison comme à la cascade de Coo. Il propose aussi quelques recommandations générales applicables à l’évaluation objective de l’impact piscicole de tout site hydroélectrique et à l’atténuation de cet impact. Ainsi, en matière biologique et piscicole, il apparait prioritaire de mettre en place des programmes d’études permettant : i) de caractériser qualitativement (taille des poissons et périodicité des mouvements) et surtout quantitativement (effectifs numériques et biomasse) les migrations de dévalaison des principales espèces cibles dans les cours d’eau concernés des zones à ombre et à truite et ii) d’estimer les mortalités réelles des poissons dans les différents types d’installation de production d’hydroélectricité. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of quality indices of distribution in benchmarking analysis
Coelli, Tim; Gautier, Axel ULg; Perelman, Sergio ULg et al

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See detailIdentification du potentiel territorial permettant le développement de nouveaux projets le long du réseau wallon des voies navigables
Teller, Jacques ULg; Gathon, Henry-Jean ULg; Rigo, Philippe ULg et al

Report (2011)

Cette expertise porte sur une mission d'étude visant à établir un cadastre du potentiel territorial permettant le développement de nouveaux projets en relation avec le réseau des voies navigables de ... [more ▼]

Cette expertise porte sur une mission d'étude visant à établir un cadastre du potentiel territorial permettant le développement de nouveaux projets en relation avec le réseau des voies navigables de Wallonie et ainsi à la positionner en tant que point charnière entre les régions belges, les Pays-Bas, la France et l'Allemagne par le transport par voie d'eau. Ce travail consiste en l'établissement d'un inventaire des zones portuaires actuellement exploitées et d'une cartographie des nouvelles zones portuaires potentielles [less ▲]

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See detailBiodiversity action plans: Kabwelunono [1] and Shimbidi. Proposal: long version
Seleck, Maxime ULg; Lebrun, Julie ULg; Ilunga wa Ilunga, Edouard et al

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See detailRapport d'activités scientifiques du Projet Interuniversitaire Cible
Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg; Hubert, Philippe ULg

Report (2011)

-Objectif global : L’objectif général est de contribuer à l’amélioration de la santé publique en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Ce projet vise à apporter une meilleure protection de la santé des ... [more ▼]

-Objectif global : L’objectif général est de contribuer à l’amélioration de la santé publique en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Ce projet vise à apporter une meilleure protection de la santé des malades grâce à la disponibilité de médicaments de meilleures qualités. -Objectif spécifique : L’objectif spécifique poursuivit par ce projet est le renforcement de la prise de conscience par les parties prenantes de l'intérêt des analyses scientifiques fondées sur la vérification de la qualité des médicaments modernes en vue d’améliorer leur qualité. Tout en considérant la même problématique rencontrée avec les médicaments modernes, ce projet s’intéresse également aux médicaments traditionnels améliorés (MTA) à base des plantes médicinales en vue de leur standardisation. Le groupe de médicaments visés comprend les médicaments antiparasitaires notamment les médicaments contre la Malaria, les Diarrhées, la Dysenterie amibienne. Un autre sous objectif poursuivit dans ce projet est le renforcement des capacités du personnel académique et scientifique de l’Université de Kinshasa ainsi que du Ministère de la Santé Publique en RDC. [less ▲]

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See detailAdvisory Board - new Lock in IJmuiden.
Rigo, Philippe ULg

Report (2011)

‘The Advisory Board is to help the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (RWS) and - via RWS - the contractor to draw up an optimal cost-effective detail for the lock design for the ... [more ▼]

‘The Advisory Board is to help the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (RWS) and - via RWS - the contractor to draw up an optimal cost-effective detail for the lock design for the new Big Lock in IJmuiden. The Advisory Board is requested to assess the lock component variants proposed by the consultant engineers and to propose other variants for improving the design. The Advisory Board is requested to point out technical and nautical risks and to propose how risks can be quantified and managed. The Advisory Board is requested to describe the process used to select the preferred variant.’ [less ▲]

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See detailContribution au développement des capacités d’enseignement et de formation pour l’amélioration de la qualité du médicament (acronyme : DEV-AQM)
Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg; Hubert, Philippe ULg

Report (2011)

Project title: Contribution to the development of teaching capacity and training for the improvement of quality of the medicines. Contextualisation: The quality of medicines is a major problem of public ... [more ▼]

Project title: Contribution to the development of teaching capacity and training for the improvement of quality of the medicines. Contextualisation: The quality of medicines is a major problem of public health in the development countries. Since 1990, this situation has deteriorated becoming worried mainly in the Central African region due to the degradation of social, economic and politic life, consequence of a long period of conflict and war. The resurgence of non-controlled drugs, the sale of illicit, deteriorated and even falsified drugs are real examples in the current practices, that is making difficult and even practically impossible an access to a safe, reliable and efficient medical treatment. It is known that even if a diagnosis is correctly made and a medical treatment is correctly prescribed, this treatment is doomed to failure if the medicine is not of a good quality. Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda are among the countries that are facing such situations. Description of project purpose: The principal objective of this project is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of medicines and thus, of the public health in DRC and in Rwanda. More precisely, the project aims to strengthen the local capacity in order to respond to the need in the quality of medicines and to develop a platform of people in the pharmaceutical sector in the field of quality assurance and control. According to this main objective, the project aims in one hand to train people working in the pharmaceutical sector including the academic, the legal and the industrial, and in another hand to develop the tools to contribute to the improvement of the quality of medicines. Training and qualification of people, improvement of the teaching and making available the control documentation on quality are the sub-objectives pursued in the framework of this project. Chapter 2 : Six main activities are undergone in this project: The first activity is the seminar that is organised in order to promote the project and to initiate the importance of knowledge of the quality of medicine by awareness of the different authorities from government, from the churches and from the health sectors. The seminar is the preliminary step of this project that is done to select the different candidates. The second activity concerns the theoretical training, focused on the basis of the quality of drugs, the drug manufacturing and drug control / analysis taking into account the activity sector of each candidate. This activity is important since most of the candidates have been graduated a long time ago while working for a long time. This activity as well as the seminar is held in the beneficiary countries for one month. The trainers are among the Professors and Researchers from the “University of Liège”, the “University Libre de Bruxelles” and the “University Catholique de Louvain”, in Belgium. They are selected on basis of their expertise. The topics considered are the Quality Assurance, the Regulatory, the Statistical applied in the pharmaceutical industry, The Manufacturing and The Quality control of medicines, the Management in the Pharmaceutical sector. The theoretical training by e-learning using internet occurs in the third place. It is done as a complement to the second activity since it allows the candidate to have access to different and more documents available through the web site platform created for this purpose. This mode of teaching allows also the candidates to interact with other trainers concerning a particular subject of their working sector. The fourth activity is the practices that are done in Belgium in the different facilities of the laboratories associated to this project. This allows the different candidates to materialize the knowledge acquired during the theoretical teaching while considering their working sector, and to familiarize with the procedures dealing with their sector. The fifth activity is related to a specific training for auditor or evaluator. Indeed, this training is a specific requirement namely the creation of Federal Agency of Drug in DRC. The need is to improve the capacity of such organism to carry out efficiently the audits and evaluations of drug registration files before their commercialization. Finally, the sixth activity is the reintegration of the candidates within their professional environment. Considering the importance of this aspect, an accompanying is necessary to ensure that the acquired knowledge is valued in the professional environment. Chapter 3 : The expected impact At the end of this project, we expect that the different Authorities are aware with regard to the quality of drugs, the activities in the pharmaceutical sectors namely, the legal and industrial are improved since the actors are trained, qualified and gained competence. We expect also the improvement of teaching capacity in Pharmacy Schools taking into account the need of the pharmaceutical market, with the possibility of starting the post-university teaching programs. Finally, we expect the efficiency of activities in the pharmaceutical sector for the benefit of the DRC and Rwanda populations. Contact person : Philippe Hubert (ph.hubert@ulg.ac.be) / Roland Marini Djang’eing’a (rmarini@ulg.ac.be) Address : Service de Chimie Analytique, Département de Pharmacie, Bât. B36, Avenue de l'Hôpital, 1, 4000 Liège 1, Belgium. Tel. + 00 32 4 366 43 15 [less ▲]

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See detailLes empreintes thermiques routières - Convention 2010-2011
Erpicum, Michel ULg; Frédéric, Marc ULg; Jorion, Nicolas ULg et al

Report (2011)

Présentation des résultats des empreintes thermiques routières. La convention hiver 2010-2011 couvre 8 districts de la Région wallonne dans la province du Luxembourg.

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See detailAutologous cord blood use: Clinical and scientific aspects
Angenon, Elyane; BAUDOUX, Etienne ULg; BEGUIN, Yves ULg et al

Report (2011)

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See detailProtocole d'essai LC/MS - P001 - V01
Hubert, Cédric ULg; Ziemons, Eric ULg; Hubert, Philippe ULg

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See detailComparaison des outils bibliographiques et bibliométriques Web of Science et Scopus : rapport du groupe de réflexion mis en place par la Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Communauté française de Belgique (BICfB)
Lerinckx, Dominique; Baguet, Muriel; Renaville, François ULg et al

Report (2011)

Depuis 2002, l'ensemble des membres de la BICfB souscrivent au Web of Science (WoS) de Thomson Reuters, plus précisément aux sous-bases Science Citation Index (SCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SCCI ... [more ▼]

Depuis 2002, l'ensemble des membres de la BICfB souscrivent au Web of Science (WoS) de Thomson Reuters, plus précisément aux sous-bases Science Citation Index (SCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SCCI) et Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI). Web of Science, partie du Web of Knowledge (WoK), est une base de données bibliographiques et d'analyse de citations renommée, au départ unique en son genre. Avec le Journal Citation Reports (JCR), elle est également beaucoup utilisée comme base de référence dans l'évaluation des chercheurs et de la recherche. En 2004, deux ressources concurrentes ont vu le jour. Il s'agit de Google Scholar (gratuit mais n'offrant pas autant de fonctionnalités) et de Scopus, un produit Elsevier. Aussi, lors de l'Assemblée générale de la BICfB du 4 mai 2010, les institutions ont décidé de constituer un groupe de réflexion interuniversitaire composé de membres issus des conseils ou administrations de la recherche, de bibliothèques et de représentants du F.R.S.-FNRS afin de comparer en profondeur ces outils. Ce rapport, présenté lors de l'AG du 7 juin 2011 de la BICfB, est le fruit du travail du groupe de réflexion. [less ▲]

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See detail« The impact of the rulings of the European Court of Justice in the area of direct taxation » 2010 update 2011
Malherbe, Jacques; Malherbe, Philippe; Richelle, Isabelle ULg et al

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This study describes the impact of the rulings of the European Court of Justice (respectively now the Court of Justice of the European Union) on Members States’ direct tax systems. It is the updated ... [more ▼]

This study describes the impact of the rulings of the European Court of Justice (respectively now the Court of Justice of the European Union) on Members States’ direct tax systems. It is the updated version (as of 31 December 2010) of the study PE 404.888 published in 2008. The case-law of the Court is characterised by its continuing development in a changing institutional, political, social and economic context. The area of taxation, and in particular the area of international taxation, is also an evolvingfield,in which conflicting or converging interests between states, or between states and taxpayers, play an important role in the shaping of the applicable national rules, which face new realities due to economic globalisation. Focusing on an analysis of the Court’s judgments, particular attention is also paid to major trends in the implementation of the Court’s case-law by Member States. Finally, the limits of the so-called 'negative integration' through the case-law of the Court are discussed and suggestions are made for possible further European action, notably the adoption of legislative acts in direct tax matters. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between new and old excipients
Hubert, Cédric ULg; Ziemons, Eric ULg; Hubert, Philippe ULg

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See detailAAA prevent. Alcohol and substance use among adults and juveniles in the French speeking part of Belgium
Gavray, Claire ULg; Pissart, renaud

Report (2011)

quelles sont les politiques menées en Belgique francophone en matière de consommation de drogue et d'alcool chez les jeunes ?

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See detailEvaluation of the ecotoxicological effects of POPs and heavy metals, reflecting pathological, microbiological and genetic analyses, on the Mekong River population of Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris)
Siebert, Ursula; Das, Krishna ULg

Report (2011)

For this report, samples of Irrawaddy River dolphins found dead along the Mekong River between 2006 and 2010 were analysed in different laboratories in Europe, Canada and Cambodia. The aim of the ... [more ▼]

For this report, samples of Irrawaddy River dolphins found dead along the Mekong River between 2006 and 2010 were analysed in different laboratories in Europe, Canada and Cambodia. The aim of the investigation was to gain additional knowledge on histological and toxicological findings as well as on the genetic variation of the Mekong population. The report summarizes those results in relation to previous investigations conducted in Cambodia and the United States of America. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of Muong Chuoi, Kinh-Lo and Thu-Bo Barriers (report Jan 2011)
Rigo, Philippe ULg

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Consulting activities for the water level control for flood protection of HCMC area Design of Muong Chuoi, Kinh-Lo and Thu-Bo Barriers ICMB-9, HCMC, Vietnam

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See detailOptimization study of the Scheldt ock gate on the cross section C with LBR-5 software
Rigo, Philippe ULg; Yerna, Olivier ULg

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Report of the optimisation (least weight) performed on the lock gates (Port of Antwerp)

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See detailContours de la nouvelle mesure générale anti-abus
Bourgeois, Marc ULg

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See detailAppui à l'Assemblée provinciale de Bandundu
Kabamba, Bob ULg

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See detailAdvanced exploitation of Ground-Based measurements for Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Applications "AGACC"
De Mazière, Martine; De Backer, Hugo; Carleer, Michel et al

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We live in an era in which human activities are causing significant changes to the atmospheric environment which result in local to global consequences on the ecosystems. Changes in the atmospheric ... [more ▼]

We live in an era in which human activities are causing significant changes to the atmospheric environment which result in local to global consequences on the ecosystems. Changes in the atmospheric composition impact our climate via chemical and dynamical feedback mechanisms; in many instances they also affect air quality, and the health of the biosphere. Monitoring and understanding those changes and their consequences is fundamental to establish adequate actions for adaptation to and mitigation of the environmental changes. Furthermore, after implementation of regulatory measures like the Montreal Protocol, it is necessary to verify whether the measures are effective. This can only be achieved if we have adequate detection methods and a reliable long record of a series of key geophysical parameters. Thus the AGACC project contributes to the provision of basic new knowledge regarding the atmospheric composition and its changes, based on advanced groundbased monitoring, in combination with satellite and numerical modelling data. Its results are integrated in ongoing international research programmes. The general objective of AGACC has been to improve and extend the groundbased detection capabilities for a number of climate-related target species and, based hereupon, analyse past and present observations to derive new information about the atmospheric composition, its variability and long-term changes. Despite the advent of a growing and more performant fleet of Earth Observation satellites, ground-based observations are still indispensable to (1) guarantee long-term continuity, homogeneity and high quality of the data, and (2) to underpin the satellite data for calibration and (long-term) validation. A first target gas is atmospheric water vapour. It is the key trace gas controlling weather and climate. It is also the most important greenhouse gas in the Earth’s atmosphere. Its amount and vertical distribution are changing, but how and why? Especially in the upper troposphere - lower stratosphere, the radiative effects of changes in the water vapour are significant and should be quantified. The measurement of water vapour is a hot topic since several years. It is a challenge, because water vapour exhibits a large gradient in its concentration when going from the ground to the stratosphere, and because it is highly variable in time and space. For example, we have found that the time scale of the variations of the total water vapour amount at Jungfraujoch is in the order of minutes. In AGACC, we have therefore investigated various experimental techniques to measure the concentration of water vapour in the atmosphere, focusing on the total column as well as on the vertical distribution in the troposphere up to the lower stratosphere. The retrieval of water vapour vertical profiles and total columns from ground-based FTIR data has been initiated at three very different stations where correlative data for verification are available, namely Ukkel (± sea level, mid-latitude), Ile de La Réunion (± sea level, tropical) and Jungfraujoch (high altitude, mid-latitude), with promising results. In particular, at Jungfraujoch, it has been demonstrated that the precision of the FTIR integrated water vapour (IWV) measurements is of order 2%. The capability to retrieve individual isotopologues of water vapour, and to monitor their daily and diurnal variations, has also been demonstrated. This could open new ways to study in the future the role of water vapour in the radiative balance, the global circulation, precipitation etc. We also started joint exploitation of ground-based FTIR and satellite IASI data for water vapour and its isotopologues, in order to exploit fully the potential of the existing instrumentation. A correction method for the radiosoundings at Ukkel has been successfully implemented, resulting in a homogeneous and reliable time series from 1990 to 2008 from which trends in upper troposphere humidity (UTH) and tropopause characteristics have been derived. One observes a rising UTH until September 2001, followed by a decline, accompanied by a descent and heating of the tropopause up to the turning point and an ascent and cooling afterwards. The changes after September 2001 in the upper troposphere can be explained by surface heating and convective uplift. At Jungfraujoch, one does not observe any significant trend in the total water vapour abundance above the station over the 1988-2010 time period, although significant positive summer and negative winter trends have been detected. We have made a quantitative statistical comparison between ground-based FTIR, CIMEL, GPS and integrated (corrected) radio sounding measurements of the IWV at Ukkel. This work is important to better characterize the different sensors in order to exploit together different observations made by different instruments. A second target species is atmospheric aerosol. There is a very large variety of aerosol both from natural or anthropogenic origin. One of the reasons why they are so important is that they affect the optical properties of the atmosphere. In particular, it has been demonstrated in previous studies that the aerosols have a large impact on the quantity of harmful UV-B radiation received at the Earth’s surface. The latest IPCC Report also stressed that the radiative forcing caused by atmospheric aerosols is one of the largest uncertainties in determining the total radiative forcing in the atmosphere. Better monitoring capabilities of aerosol properties can therefore improve our understanding and forecasting of the atmospheric processes and evolution, and in particular of UV-B and climate changes. Several measurement techniques are now operational in the AGACC consortium for the ground-based monitoring of aerosol properties. These are the Brewer spectrometer and CIMEL observations at Ukkel, the latter contributing also to the AERONET network since July 2006, and the newly developed MAXDOAS observations. Unlike CIMEL and Brewer measurements, that provide the total Aerosol Optical Depth, it has been demonstrated that the MAXDOAS measurements also provide additional information about the vertical distribution of the aerosol extinction in the lowest kilometres of the troposphere. A better understanding of the ultimate capabilities of MAXDOAS aerosol remote sensing has been gained through participation to the international CINDI campaign (Cabauw Intercomparison Campaign of Nitrogen Dioxide measuring Instruments ) in summer 2009. The combination of Brewer, CIMEL and MAXDOAS instruments gives us a remote-sensing dataset that will enable a more comprehensive characterization of the tropospheric aerosol optical properties. The usefulness of these aerosol observations has already been demonstrated in the improvement of the UVindex predictions for the general public. Another application is their use as input data in the retrieval of vertical profiles of tropospheric pollutants from MAXDOAS measurements, like tropospheric NO2 and formaldehyde. Third we have focused on a few climate-related trace gases. Changing greenhouse gas and aerosol concentrations directly affect the radiative budget of the atmosphere, and therefore climate. But many species known as pollutants like carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and hydrocarbons, - often related to fossil fuel or biomass burning -, also affect climate through their role in chemical reactions that produce tropospheric ozone, which is a well-known greenhouse gas, or that modify the lifetime of gases like methane, or the oxidation capacity of the atmosphere. Therefore in AGACC, we have focused on the measurement of a number of trace gases that are subject to changing concentrations, that directly or indirectly affect climate, and that are either difficult to monitor or that have not yet been measured from the ground. We have included attempts to observe distinctly some isotopologues, because the isotopic ratios observed in an airmass provide information on its history, and because the FTIR solar absorption measurements provide a rather unique capability hereto. The investigated species are the isotopologues of CH4 and CO, and hydrogen cyanide (HCN), as examples of biomass burning tracers, some hydrocarbons like formaldehyde (HCHO), ethylene (C2H4) and acetylene (C2H2), and HCFC-142b, a replacement product for CFCs and a greenhouse gas. In many cases, retrieval strategies had to be adapted when going from one site to another with different atmospheric conditions, especially when the local humidity and abundances are very different as is the case between Jungfraujoch (dry, high altitude, mid-latitude) and Ile de La Réunion (humid, low altitude, low latitude). Still we have been able to show the feasibility of retrieving particular trace gas information even under difficult conditions. Many of our results have been compared to correlative data, to validate the approach and to gain complementary information. It is also important to note that the retrieval strategies developed in AGACC have regularly been presented to the global Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) UV-Vis and Infrared communities and have often been adopted by others or even proposed for adoption as a standard in the community (e.g., for hydrogen cyanide (HCN)). In particular: We have been able to study the seasonal variations of HCN at the Jungfraujoch and at Ile de La Réunion, and to show the dominant impact of biomass burning. Formaldehyde was studied in much detail at Ukkel, Jungfraujoch and Ile de la Réunion. The challenge for detection at Jungfraujoch is the small abundance (about 10 times smaller than at Ukkel and Ile de La Réunion); a particular observation strategy was developed successfully, resulting in a time series that already shows the day-to-day and seasonal variations. At Ile de La Réunion, comparisons of FTIR, MAXDOAS, satellite and model data have (1) shown the good agreement between the various data sets, but also, (2), the variability of HCHO (diurnal, seasonal, day-to-day), and (3), thanks to the complementarities of the various data sets, they have enabled us to learn more about the long-range transport of Non-methane Volatile Organic Compounds (NMVOCS, precursors of HCHO) and deficiencies in the models. It was shown that fast, direct transport of NMVOCS from Madagascar has a significant impact on the HCHO abundance and its variability at Ile de La Réunion, and that this is underestimated in the model. Significant progress was made as to the detection of 13CH4 and CH3D from ground-based FTIR observations, both at Jungfraujoch and Ile de La Réunion. To our knowledge, it is the first time that a d13C data set is derived from ground-based FTIR observations. More work is needed to improve the CH3D retrieval at Ile de La Réunion, and to interpret the results, in combination with models. Also for the first time, 12CO and 13CO have been retrieved individually at Jungfraujoch. The d13C time series shows significant seasonal and interannual changes. As to the hydrocarbon ethylene, it is shown that it can be detected at Jungfraujoch only in spectra at low solar elevation, given its small atmospheric abundance. Regarding acetylene, the observed time series at Jungfraujoch and Ile de La Réunion show clear seasonal variations and enhancements due to the impact of biomass burning events, correlated with enhancements in CO, C2H6 and HCN. It is not clear yet whether we can reliably retrieve the concentration of HCFC- 142b, a replacement product that is increasing strongly in the troposphere. New line parameters for the interfering species HFC-134a are required to confirm/infirm the preliminary results. This highlights again the importance of the laboratory work for providing such parameters. Improved line parameters have been obtained for water vapour and its isotopologues, ethylene and formic acid. These AGACC results have been integrated in the international spectroscopic databases. We also showed that line intensities available around 2096 cm–1 for the 13C16O isotopologue of carbon monoxide in the HITRAN database seem to be accurate to 2%. We failed to improve line intensities for the 13.6 μm region of acetylene. The new data sets that have been derived in AGACC from FTIR and MAXDOAS observations have been archived in the NDACC data centre, where they are available for users (generally modelers and satellite teams). In addition, they are stored locally and are available to users upon request. AGACC results have been reported to the international scientific community, via the literature, via integration in geophysical or spectroscopic databases, and via participation to international research initiatives like the Atmospheric Water Vapour in the Climate System (WAVACS) Cost Action, the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) Working Group on Atmospheric Water Vapour, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) project, the International CINDI campaign, etc. The results have already found important scientific applications. A few examples are worth mentioning: the re-evaluation of methane emissions in the tropics from SCIAMACHY based on the new H2O spectroscopy, and the improved retrievals of HCOOH from the satellite experiments ACE-FTS and IASI, and from the ground. In the longer-term, the AGACC results will no doubt benefit the research in atmospheric sciences –in particular in the monitoring of its composition changes–, which is the fundamental basis of environmental assessment reports for supporting policy makers. [less ▲]

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