|Reference : Hydrological behavior of a forested catena|
|Scientific congresses and symposiums : Paper published in a journal|
|Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology|
|Hydrological behavior of a forested catena|
|[fr] Comportement hydrologique d'un versant forestier|
|Deraedt, Deborah [Université de Liège - ULg > Sciences et technologie de l'environnement > Hydrologie et hydraulique agricole >]|
|Ridremont, François [Université de Liège - ULg > Forêts, Nature et Paysage > Gestion des ressources forestières et des milieux naturels >]|
|Claessens, Hugues [Université de Liège - ULg > Forêts, Nature et Paysage > Gestion des ressources forestières et des milieux naturels >]|
|Degré, Aurore [Université de Liège - ULg > Sciences et technologie de l'environnement > Hydrologie et hydraulique agricole >]|
|Geophysical Research Abstracts|
|European Geophysical Society|
|EGU General Assembly 2012|
|EGU General Assembly 2012|
|du 22 avril 2012 au 27 avril 2012|
|[en] forest hydrology ; environmental modelling ; soil moisture ; hydropedology|
|[fr] hydrologie forestière ; modélisation environementale ; humidité du sol ; hydropédologie|
|[en] 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.
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