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See detailOccurrence of greenhouse gases in the aquifers of the Walloon Region (Belgium)
Jurado Elices, Anna ULiege; Borges, Alberto ULiege; Pujades, Estanislao ULiege et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2018)

This work aims to (1) identify the most conductive conditions for the generation of greenhouses gases (GHGs) in groundwater (e.g., hydrogeological contexts and geochemical processes) and (2) evaluate the ... [more ▼]

This work aims to (1) identify the most conductive conditions for the generation of greenhouses gases (GHGs) in groundwater (e.g., hydrogeological contexts and geochemical processes) and (2) evaluate the indirect emissions of GHGs from groundwater at a regional scale in Wallonia (Belgium). To this end, nitrous oxide (N2O), methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations and the stable isotopes of nitrate (NO3−) and sulphate were monitored in 12 aquifers of the Walloon Region (Belgium). The concentrations of GHGs range from 0.05 µg/L to 1631.2 µg/L for N2O, 0 µg/L to 17.1 µg/L for CH4, and 1769 to 100,514 ppm for the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2). The highest average concentrations of N2O and pCO2 are found in a chalky aquifer. The coupled use of statistical techniques and stable isotopes is a useful approach to identify the geochemical conditions that control the occurrence of GHGs in the aquifers of the Walloon Region. The accumulation of N2O is most likely due to nitrification (high concentrations of dissolved oxygen and NO3− and null concentrations of ammonium) and, to a lesser extent, initial denitrification in a few sampling locations (medium concentrations of dissolved oxygen and NO3−). The oxic character found in groundwater is not prone to the accumulation of CH4 in Walloon aquifers. Nevertheless, groundwater is oversaturated with GHGs with respect to atmospheric equilibrium (especially for N2O and pCO2); the fluxes of N2O (0.32 kg N2O-N Ha-1 y-1) and CO2 (27 kg CO2 Ha-1 y-1) from groundwater are much lower than the direct emissions of N2O from agricultural soils and fossil-fuel-related CO2 emissions. Thus, indirect GHG emissions from the aquifers of the Walloon Region are likely to be a minor contributor to atmospheric GHG emissions, but their quantification would help to better constrain the nitrogen and carbon budgets. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of agricultural land use on fluvial carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide concentrations in a large European river, the Meuse (Belgium)
Borges, Alberto ULiege; Darchambeau, F.; Lambert, T et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2018), 610–611

We report a data-set of CO2, CH4, and N2O concentrations in the surface waters of the Meuse river network in Belgium, obtained during four surveys covering 50 stations (summer 2013 and late winter 2013 ... [more ▼]

We report a data-set of CO2, CH4, and N2O concentrations in the surface waters of the Meuse river network in Belgium, obtained during four surveys covering 50 stations (summer 2013 and late winter 2013, 2014 and 2015), from yearly cycles in four rivers of variable size and catchment land cover, and from 111 groundwater samples. Surface waters of the Meuse river network were over-saturated in CO2, CH4, N2O with respect to atmospheric equilibrium, acting as sources of these greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, although the dissolved gases also showed marked seasonal and spatial variations. Seasonal variations were related to changes in freshwater discharge following the hydrological cycle, with highest concentrations of CO2, CH4, N2O during low water owing to a longer water residence time and lower currents (i.e. lower gas transfer velocities), both contributing to the accumulation of gases in the water column, combined with higher temperatures favourable to microbial processes. Inter-annual differences of discharge also led to differences in CH4 and N2O that were higher in years with prolonged low water periods. Spatial variations were mostly due to differences in land cover over the catchments, with systems dominated by agriculture (croplands and pastures) having higher CO2, CH4, N2O levels than forested systems. This seemed to be related to higher levels of dissolved and particulate organic matter, as well as dissolved inorganic nitrogen in agriculture dominated systems compared to forested ones. Groundwater had very low CH4 concentrations in the shallow and unconfined aquifers (mostly fractured limestones) of the Meuse basin, hence, should not contribute significantly to the high CH4 levels in surface riverine waters. Owing to high dissolved concentrations, groundwater could potentially transfer important quantities of CO2 and N2O to surface waters of the Meuse basin, although this hypothesis remains to be tested. [less ▲]

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See detailIsotopic composition of nitrogen species in groundwater under agricultural areas: A review
Nikolenko, Olha ULiege; Jurado Elices, Anna ULiege; Borges, Alberto ULiege et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2017)

This work reviews applications of stable isotope analysis to the studies of transport and transformation of N species in groundwater under agricultural areas. It summarizes evidence regarding factors ... [more ▼]

This work reviews applications of stable isotope analysis to the studies of transport and transformation of N species in groundwater under agricultural areas. It summarizes evidence regarding factors affecting the isotopic composition of NO3−, NH4+ and N2O in subsurface, and discusses the use of 11B, 18O, 13C, 34S, 87Sr/86Sr isotopes to support the analysis of δ15N values. The isotopic composition of NO3−, NH4+ and N2O varies depending on their sources and dynamics of N cycle processes. The reported δ15N-NO3− values for sources of NO3− are: soil organic N – +3‰–+8‰, mineral fertilizers – −8‰–+7‰; manure/household waste – +5‰ to +35‰. For NH4+ sources, the isotopic signature ranges are: organic matter – +2.4–+4.1‰, rainwater – −13.4–+2.3‰, mineral fertilizers –−7.4–+5.1‰, householdwaste –+5–+9‰; animalmanure–+8–+11‰. ForN2O, isotopic composition depends on isotopic signatures of substrate pools and reaction rates. δ15Nvalues of NO3− are influenced by fractionation effects occurring during denitrification (ɛ=5–40‰), nitrification (ɛ=5–35‰) and DNRA (ɛ not reported). The isotopic signature of NH4+ is also affected by nitrification and DNRA as well as mineralization (ɛ=1‰), sorption (ɛ=1–8‰), anammox (ɛ=4.3–7.4‰) and volatilization (ɛ=25‰). As for theN2O, production of N2O leads to its depletion in 15N, whereas consumption – to enrichment in 15N. The magnitude of fractionation effects occurring during the considered processes depends on temperature, pH, DO, C/NO3− ratio, size of the substrate pool, availability of electron donors, water content in subsoil, residence time, land use, hydrogeology. While previous studies have accumulated rich data on isotopic composition of NO3− in groundwater, evidence remains scarce in the cases of NH4+ and N2O. Further research is required to consider variability of δ15N-NH4+ and δ15N-N2O in groundwater across agricultural ecosystems. [less ▲]

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See detailWater chemical evolution in Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower plants and induced consequences
Pujades, Estanislao ULiege; Orban, Philippe ULiege; Jurado Elices, Anna ULiege et al

in Energy Procedia (2017), 125

Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) is an alternative to manage the electricity production in flat regions. UPSH plants consist of two reservoirs of which at least one is underground. For this ... [more ▼]

Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) is an alternative to manage the electricity production in flat regions. UPSH plants consist of two reservoirs of which at least one is underground. For this last reservoir, abandoned mines could be considered. UPSH related activities may induce hydrochemical variations, such as the increase of the oxygen (O2) partial pressure (pO2), which may entail negative consequences in terms of environment and efficiency, especially in coal mined areas where the presence of sulfide minerals is common. This work assesses the main expected environmental impacts that UPSH using abandoned coal mines may induce. [less ▲]

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See detailQu'est-ce que l'eau souterraine ?
Ruthy, Ingrid ULiege; Brouyère, Serge ULiege

in Eco Karst (2017), 108

L'eau souterraine et le karst. Quelques définitions et concepts-clés

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See detailMONitOring des flux de POLluants dans les Eaux Souterraines
Jamin, Pierre ULiege; Dassargues, Alain ULiege; Brouyère, Serge ULiege

Poster (2017, May 05)

Contaminated aquifers management is currently based on the evaluation of pollutant concentration in the groundwater. This approach is necessary but totally insufficient to evaluate the risk posed by the ... [more ▼]

Contaminated aquifers management is currently based on the evaluation of pollutant concentration in the groundwater. This approach is necessary but totally insufficient to evaluate the risk posed by the contamination to potential receptors. Since the risk is due to the pollutant that are actually moving, and might reach a receptor, this concentration measurement should be combined to a measurement of the groundwater flow velocity (i.e. the driving force of contaminant migration in aquifers), to quantify the contaminant mass flux at which the receptor is exposed. We propose a new point dilution technique able to measure accurately the groundwater flux and to monitor continuously its changes with time. [less ▲]

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See detailOccurrence of greenhouse gases (CO2, N2O and CH4) in groundwater of the Walloon Region (Belgium).
Jurado Elices, Anna ULiege; Borges, Alberto ULiege; Pujades, Estanislao ULiege et al

Conference (2017, April 28)

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are an environmental problem because their concentrations in the atmosphere have continuously risen since the industrial revolution. They can be indirectly transferred to the ... [more ▼]

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are an environmental problem because their concentrations in the atmosphere have continuously risen since the industrial revolution. They can be indirectly transferred to the atmosphere through groundwater discharge into surface water bodies such as rivers. However, their occurrence is poorly evaluated in groundwater. The aim of this work is to identify the hydrogeological contexts (e.g., chalk and limestone aquifers) and the most conductive conditions for the generation of GHGs in groundwater at a regional scale. To this end, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) concentrations, major and minor elements and environmental isotopes were monitored in several groundwater bodies of the Walloon Region (Belgium) from September 2014 to June 2016. The concentrations of GHGs in groundwater ranged from 1769 to 100519 ppm for the partial pressure of CO2 and from 0 to 1064 nmol/L and 1 to 37062 nmol/L for CH4 and N2O respectively. Over- all, groundwater was supersaturated in GHGs with respect to atmospheric equilibrium, suggesting that groundwater contribute to the atmospheric GHGs budget. Prior inspection of the data suggested that N2O in groundwater can be produced by denitrification and nitrification. The most suitable conditions for the accumulation of N2O are promoted by intermediate dissolved oxygen concentrations (2.5-3 mg L−1) and the availability of nitrate (NO3 ). These observations will be compared with the isotopes of NO3 . CH4 was less detected and at lower concentration than N2O, suggesting that groundwater redox conditions are not reducing enough to promoted the production of CH4. The results will be presented and discussed in detail in the presentation. [less ▲]

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See detailWater chemical evolution in Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower plants and induced consequences.
Pujades, Estanislao ULiege; Orban, Philippe ULiege; Jurado Elices, Anna ULiege et al

Conference (2017, April 27)

Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) using abandoned mines is an alternative to manage the elec- tricity production in flat regions. UPSH plants consist of two reservoirs; the upper reservoir is ... [more ▼]

Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) using abandoned mines is an alternative to manage the elec- tricity production in flat regions. UPSH plants consist of two reservoirs; the upper reservoir is located at the surface or at shallow depth, while the lower reservoir is underground. These plants have potentially less constraints that the classical Pumped Storage Hydropower plants because more sites are available and impacts on landscape, land use, environment and society seem lower. Still, it is needed to consider the consequences of the groundwater exchanges occurring between the underground reservoir and surrounding porous media. Previous studies have been focused on the influence of these groundwater exchanges on the efficiency and on groundwater flow impacts. However, hydrochemical variations induced by the surface exposure of pumped water and their consequences have not been yet addressed. The objective of this work is to evaluate the hydrochemical evolution of the water in UPSH plants and its effects on the environment and on the UPSH efficiency. The problem is studied numerically by means of reactive transport modelling. Different scenarios are considered varying the chemical properties of the surrounding porous medium and groundwater. Results show that the dissolution and/or precipitation of some compounds may affect (1) the groundwater quality, and (2) the efficiency and the useful life of the used pumps and turbines of the UPSH system. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors controlling the evolution of groundwater dynamics and chemistry in the Senegal River Delta
Gning, Abdoul Aziz; Orban, Philippe ULiege; Gesels, Julie ULiege et al

in Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies (2017), 10

tStudy region: Senegal River Delta. Study focus: The Senegal River Delta is a strategic region for the development of irri-gated agriculture. Despite a Sahelian climatic context, the management of the ... [more ▼]

tStudy region: Senegal River Delta. Study focus: The Senegal River Delta is a strategic region for the development of irri-gated agriculture. Despite a Sahelian climatic context, the management of the river withdams ensures water availability throughout the year. With the intensification of agri-culture, degradation of cultivated soils is observed, mostly linked to the existence of ashallow salty aquifer. In this context, regional surveys were performed to characterizegroundwater–surface water interactions and to identify the impact of artificial river man-agement and agricultural intensification on the evolution of groundwater dynamics andchemistry.New hydrological insights for the region: Results show that groundwater far away from riversand outside irrigated plots has evolved from marine water to brines under the influenceof evapotranspiration. Near rivers, salinity of groundwater is lower than seawater andgroundwater mineralization seems to evolve in the direction of softening through cationicexchanges related to permanent contact with fresh water. Despite large volumes of waterused for rice cultivation, groundwater does not show any real softening trend in the culti-vated parcels. Results show that the mechanisms that contribute to repel salt water fromthe sediments correspond to a lateral flush near permanent surface water streams and notto vertical drainage and dilution with rainfall or irrigation water. It is however difficultto estimate the time required to come back to more favorable conditions of groundwatersalinity. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions between groundwater and the cavity of an old slate mine used as lower reservoir of an UPSH (Underground Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity): A modelling approach
Bodeux, Sarah ULiege; Pujades, Estanislao ULiege; Orban, Philippe ULiege et al

in Engineering Geology (2017), 217

In the actual evolving energy context, characterized by an increasing part of intermittent renewable sources, the development of energy storage technologies are required, such as pumped storage ... [more ▼]

In the actual evolving energy context, characterized by an increasing part of intermittent renewable sources, the development of energy storage technologies are required, such as pumped storage hydroelectricity (PSH). While new sites for conventional PSH plants are getting scarce, it is proposed to use abandoned underground mines as lower reservoirs for Underground Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity (UPSH). However, the hydrogeological consequences produced by the cyclic solicitations (continuous pumpings and injections) have been poorly investigated. Therefore, in this work, groundwater interactions with the cyclically fill and empty cavity were numerically studied considering a simplified description of a slate mine. Two pumping/injection scenarios were considered, both for a reference slate rock case and for a sensitivity analysis of variations of aquifer hydraulic conductivity value. Groundwater impacts were assessed in terms of oscillations of piezometric heads and mean drawdown around the cavity. The value of the hydraulic conductivity clearly influences the magnitude of the aquifer response. Studying interactions with the cavity highlighted that seepage into the cavity occurs over time. The volume of seeped water varies depending on the hydraulic conductivity and it could become non-negligible in the UPSH operations. These preliminary results allow finally considering first geological feasibility aspects, which could vary conversely according to the hydraulic conductivity value and to the considered groundwater impacts. [less ▲]

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See detailStatistical description of hydrogeological parameters for the main aquifer contexts in Wallonia
Briers, Pierre ULiege; Dollé, Fabien ULiege; Orban, Philippe ULiege et al

Conference (2017, January 20)

The Walloon Region Soil decree proposes a series of guidance documents associated to the procedures for site remediation operations. Among others, one of these documents describes methodologies and tools ... [more ▼]

The Walloon Region Soil decree proposes a series of guidance documents associated to the procedures for site remediation operations. Among others, one of these documents describes methodologies and tools for risk assessment of pollutant leaching from soil to groundwater and for pollutant dispersion through groundwater. These tools require using estimates of hydrogeolocial parameters such as hydraulic conductivity, effective (transport) porosity etc. In this context, an inventory of hydrogeological studies (regional characterization studies, groundwater protection zones…) was performed to identify and collect available field-based measurements for a statistical description and analysis of such data. Complementary to that, a simple geodatabase has been developed to manage and process these data. As expected, these results show contrasted parameter distributions per geological contexts and regions. The objective of the presentation is to describe the methodology followed for the statistical treatment of hydrogeological data and to present the results and associated database. It is believed that such results can be very useful for different hydrogeological studies, in particular as a first referential for groundwater modelling applications and any other studies where statistical descriptions of hydrogeological data are relevant. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics and emissions of N2O in groundwater: A review
Jurado Elices, Anna ULiege; Borges, Alberto ULiege; Brouyère, Serge ULiege

in Science of the Total Environment (2017), 584-585C

This work reviews the concentrations, the dynamics and the emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) in groundwater. N2O is an important greenhouse gas (GHG) and the primary stratospheric ozone depleting substance ... [more ▼]

This work reviews the concentrations, the dynamics and the emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) in groundwater. N2O is an important greenhouse gas (GHG) and the primary stratospheric ozone depleting substance. The major anthropogenic source that contributes to N2O generation in aquifers is agriculture because the use of fertilizers has led to the widespread groundwater contamination by inorganic nitrogen (N) (mainly nitrate, NO3−). Once in the aquifer, this inorganic N is transported and affected by several geochemical processes that produce and consume N2O. An inventory of dissolved N2O concentrations is presented and the highest dissolved concentration is about 18.000 times higher than air-equilibrated water (up to 4004 μg N L-1). The accumulation of N2O in groundwater is mainly due to denitrification and to lesser extent to nitrification. Their occurrence depend on the geochemical (e.g., NO3−, dissolved oxygen, ammonium and dissolved organic carbon) as well as hydrogeological parameters (e.g., groundwater table fluctuations and aquifer permeability). The coupled understanding of both parameters is necessary to gain insight on the dynamics and the emissions of N2O in groundwater. Overall, groundwater indirect N2O emissions seem to be a minor component of N2O emissions to the atmosphere. Further research might be devoted to evaluate the groundwater contribution to the indirect emissions of N2O because this will help to better constraint the N2O global budget and, consequently, the N budget. [less ▲]

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See detailConvention Région wallonne et HGE-ULg Caractérisation complémentaire des masses d’eau dont le bon état dépend d’interactions entre les eaux de surface et les eaux souterraines - Délivrable D1.8 Rapport final
Brouyère, Serge ULiege; Briers, Pierre ULiege; Descy, Jean-Pierre et al

Report (2017)

Mechanisms of interactions between groundwater bodies and rivers whose status and anthropogenic use can be detrimental from a quantitative and qualitative point of view to one or the other of these two ... [more ▼]

Mechanisms of interactions between groundwater bodies and rivers whose status and anthropogenic use can be detrimental from a quantitative and qualitative point of view to one or the other of these two compartments of the water cycle. In addition, contamination of groundwater by nitrate remains relevant. Based on these observations, a study financed by the Public Service of Wallonia was carried out over a period of 39 months to investigate (1) the direction, importance and dynamics of water exchange between groundwater and rivers at the scale of a river section; (2) the impact of these interactions on river baseflows and the river ecological status as a function of groundwater withdrawal and recharge at the catchment scale; (3) mechanisms and timing of transfer and abatement of pollutants (nitrate) between groundwater and surface waters at the watershed scale. The consequences of these mechanisms on the medium- and long-term evolution of groundwater and surface water quality were to be determined. To achieve this, the project relied on the implementation of a series of field investigations essentially focused on the interfaces between surface water and groundwater compartments (soil and unsaturated zone and water-table interface), while acquiring additional information on groundwater. The investigations carried out in the watersheds of the upstream Hoyoux and Triffoy watershed in the Condroz region aimed to provide 6 specific responses to water quantity and quality issued associated with groundwater – surface water interactions in the selected basins and generic responses in the form of new knowledge concerning the mechanisms of recharge and groundwater - river exchanges, concerning the evolution of nitrate concentrations in watersheds, data and measurements for the parameterization of models, and water resources management tools in the form of quantitative and qualitative indicators for groundwater - surface water interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors controlling spatial and temporal patterns of multiple pesticide compounds in groundwater (Hesbaye chalk aquifer, Belgium)
Hakoun, Vivien; Orban, Philippe ULiege; Dassargues, Alain ULiege et al

in Environmental Pollution (2017)

Factors governing spatial and temporal patterns of pesticide compounds (pesticides and metabolites) concentrations in chalk aquifers remain unclear due to complex flow processes and multiple sources. To ... [more ▼]

Factors governing spatial and temporal patterns of pesticide compounds (pesticides and metabolites) concentrations in chalk aquifers remain unclear due to complex flow processes and multiple sources. To uncover which factors govern pesticide compound concentrations in a chalk aquifer, we develop a methodology based on time series analyses, uni- and multivariate statistics accounting for concentrations below detection limits. The methodology is applied to long records (1996–2013) of a restricted compound (bentazone), three banned compounds (atrazine, diuron and simazine) and two metabolites (deethylatrazine (DEA) and 2,6–dichlorobenzamide (BAM)) sampled in the Hesbaye chalk aquifer in Belgium. In the confined area, all compounds had non-detects fractions >80%. By contrast, maximum concentrations exceeded EU’s drinking-water standard (100 ngL-1) in the unconfined area. This contrast confirms that recent recharge and polluted water did not reach the confined area, yet. Multivariate analyses based on variables representative of the hydrogeological setting revealed higher diuron and simazine concentrations in the southeast of the unconfined area, where urban activities dominate land use and where the aquifer lacks protection from a less permeable layer of hardened chalk. At individual sites, positive correlations (up to τ =0,48 for bentazone) between pesticide compound concentrations and multi-annual groundwater level fluctuations confirm occurrences of remobilization. A downward temporal trend of atrazine concentrations likely reflects decreasing use of this compound over the last 28 years. However, the lack of a break in concentrations time series and maximum concentrations of atrazine, simazine, DEA and BAM exceeding EU’s standard post-ban years provide evidence of persistence. Contrasting upward trends in bentazone concentrations show that a time lag is required for restriction measures to be efficient. These results shed light on factors governing pesticide compound concentrations in chalk aquifers. The developed methodology is not restricted to chalk aquifers, it could be transposed to study other pollutants with concentrations below detection limits. Several factors govern pesticide compounds concentrations in the chalk: hydrogeological setting, land use, groundwater level fluctuations and persistence. [less ▲]

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See detailPROPOSITION D'UN SUPPORT D'AIDE À LA DÉCISION POUR L'AMÉLIORATION DE L'ACCÈS À UNE EAU SOUTERRAINE DE MEILLEURE QUALITÉ DANS UN CONTEXTE DE CONTAMINATION GÉOGÉNIQUE AU FLUORURE AU BENIN (AFRIQUE DE L'OUEST)
Tossou, Joël; Hermans, Thomas ULiege; Orban, Philippe ULiege et al

in Geo-Eco-Trop : Revue Internationale de Géologie, de Géographie et d'Ecologie Tropicales (2017)

Les eaux souterraines des aquifères de socle cristallin de la partie centrale du Bénin (Département des Collines) présentent des concentrations élevées en fluorure, allant jusqu'à 7 mg/L alors que la ... [more ▼]

Les eaux souterraines des aquifères de socle cristallin de la partie centrale du Bénin (Département des Collines) présentent des concentrations élevées en fluorure, allant jusqu'à 7 mg/L alors que la norme recommandée par l'OMS est de 1.5 mg/L. La consommation de ces eaux à fortes teneurs en fluorure impacte la santé humaine. La population de la région est effectivement largement affectée par la fluorose dentaire. Les investigations hydrogéochimiques révèlent que l’origine de ces teneurs anormales est géogénique avec une forte contribution des minéraux ferromagnésiens, principalement la biotite. Ce travail se propose de réaliser une double cartographie à l'échelle du département des Collines: (i) une carte de l'estimation des teneurs en fluorure dans les eaux souterraines par krigeage ordinaire et (ii) une carte de la probabilité d'excéder la valeur guide de l’OMS (1.5 mg/L) en fluorure dans les eaux par krigeage d'indicatrices. Outre la cartographie en elle-même, l'analyse de la structure spatiale des données (teneurs en fluorure des eaux souterraines) à travers le calcul des variogrammes montre qu'il existe un lien fort entre celles-ci et les structures géologiques dominantes, confirmant l'origine géogénique du fluorure. Ces informations cartographiques serviront de support à la décision pour les décideurs et les gestionnaires de la ressource quant au choix judicieux des zones de captage d'eau potable pour minimiser/éviter les risques de fortes teneurs en fluorure. [less ▲]

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See detailStream-aquifer interactions: a combined field - methodological approach in fractured carbonate catchments
Brouyère, Serge ULiege; Briers, Pierre ULiege; Orban, Philippe ULiege et al

Conference (2016, December 16)

Stream-aquifer studies remain a challenge due to numerous factors impacting these interactions. They play a fundamental role in terms of quantity and quality of water, in particular on the ecological ... [more ▼]

Stream-aquifer studies remain a challenge due to numerous factors impacting these interactions. They play a fundamental role in terms of quantity and quality of water, in particular on the ecological status of rivers. Field quantification of such interactions is a first step but it has to be in relation with the whole budgets of water and transported substances across the catchment in order to represent their importance on overall fluxes. Numerous complementary investigations have to be undertaken to achieve such understanding of catchment behavior, in particular to estimate specific indicators and to achieve representative data for modeling stream-aquifer interactions. From that situation, our study aims to characterize and quantify stream-aquifer interactions to assess reliability of diverse field experiments methodologies. A catchment has been studied for 3 years in quantitative and qualitative ways via a dense instrumentation and monitoring. Numerous complementary investigations (discharge measurements, hydrogeochemistry, distributed temperature sensing, base flow separation…) have been applied to reach the objectives. We achieved a large and diversified measurement dataset of groundwater-surface water interactions and whole water budget. This allowed reaching an improved understanding of the catchment behavior to quantify importance of the groundwater component on the dynamics and chemistry of the stream and on the consequences on river ecological status. The investigations on several subcatchments allows also to propose a general typology of stream catchment in terms of groundwater dependence based on the combination of various groundwater contexts and groundwater-stream interaction indicators. Methodologies applied in this study allow to emphasize strength and weakness of numerous investigations in a stream aquifer project and conclusions can be reproduced and generalized to other contexts. [less ▲]

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