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See detailAxIOM: Amphipod crustaceans from insular Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows
Michel, Loïc ULg; Sturaro, Nicolas ULg; Heughebaert, André et al

in Biodiversity Data Journal (2016), 4

Background The Neptune grass, Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile, 1813, is the most widespread seagrass of the Mediterranean Sea. This foundation species forms large meadows that, through habitat and trophic ... [more ▼]

Background The Neptune grass, Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile, 1813, is the most widespread seagrass of the Mediterranean Sea. This foundation species forms large meadows that, through habitat and trophic services, act as biodiversity hotspots. In Neptune grass meadows, amphipod crustaceans are one of the dominant groups of vagile invertebrates, forming an abundant and diverse taxocenosis. They are key ecological components of the complex, pivotal, yet critically endangered Neptune grass ecosystems. Nevertheless, comprehensive qualitative and quantitative data about amphipod fauna found in Mediterranean Neptune grass meadows remain scarce, especially in insular locations. New information Here, we provide in-depth metadata about AxIOM, a sample-based dataset published on the GBIF portal. AxIOM is based on an extensive and spatially hierarchized sampling design with multiple years, seasons, day periods, and methods. Samples were taken along the coasts of Calvi Bay (Corsica, France) and of the Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area (Sardinia, Italy). In total, AxIOM contains 187 samples documenting occurrence (1775 records) and abundance (10720 specimens) of amphipod crustaceans belonging to 72 species spanning 29 families. The dataset is available at http://ipt.biodiversity.be/resource?r=axiom. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement of Innovation: Where Do We Stand?
Artige, Lionel ULg

Conference (2016, September 08)

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See detailApplication of GRACE to the assessment of model-based estimates of monthly Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance (2003–2012)
Schlegel, N.; Wiese, D.; Larour, E. et al

in Cryosphere (The) (2016), 10

Quantifying the Greenland Ice Sheet's future contribution to sea level rise is a challenging task that requires accurate estimates of ice sheet sensitivity to climate change. Forward ice sheet models are ... [more ▼]

Quantifying the Greenland Ice Sheet's future contribution to sea level rise is a challenging task that requires accurate estimates of ice sheet sensitivity to climate change. Forward ice sheet models are promising tools for estimating future ice sheet behavior, yet confidence is low because evaluation of historical simulations is challenging due to the scarcity of continental-wide data for model evaluation. Recent advancements in processing of Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) data using Bayesian-constrained mass concentration ("mascon") functions have led to improvements in spatial resolution and noise reduction of monthly global gravity fields. Specifically, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's JPL RL05M GRACE mascon solution (GRACE_JPL) offers an opportunity for the assessment of model-based estimates of ice sheet mass balance (MB) at ∼ 300 km spatial scales. Here, we quantify the differences between Greenland monthly observed MB (GRACE_JPL) and that estimated by state-of-the-art, high-resolution models, with respect to GRACE_JPL and model uncertainties. To simulate the years 2003–2012, we force the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM) with anomalies from three different surface mass balance (SMB) products derived from regional climate models. Resulting MB is compared against GRACE_JPL within individual mascons. Overall, we find agreement in the northeast and southwest where MB is assumed to be primarily controlled by SMB. In the interior, we find a discrepancy in trend, which we presume to be related to millennial-scale dynamic thickening not considered by our model. In the northwest, seasonal amplitudes agree, but modeled mass trends are muted relative to GRACE_JPL. Here, discrepancies are likely controlled by temporal variability in ice discharge and other related processes not represented by our model simulations, i.e., hydrological processes and ice–ocean interaction. In the southeast, GRACE_JPL exhibits larger seasonal amplitude than predicted by the models while simultaneously having more pronounced trends; thus, discrepancies are likely controlled by a combination of missing processes and errors in both the SMB products and ISSM. At the margins, we find evidence of consistent intra-annual variations in regional MB that deviate distinctively from the SMB annual cycle. Ultimately, these monthly-scale variations, likely associated with hydrology or ice–ocean interaction, contribute to steeper negative mass trends observed by GRACE_JPL. Thus, models should consider such processes at relatively high (monthly-to-seasonal) temporal resolutions to achieve accurate estimates of Greenland MB. [less ▲]

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See detailDroits de l'homme - Recueil de jurisprudence belge, européenne et internationale - 3e édition
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg

Learning material (2016)

Ce dossier rassemble les extraits de dizaines de décisions prononcées par de hautes juridictions nationales et internationales. Une grande partie d'entre elles sont des arrêts de la Cour européenne des ... [more ▼]

Ce dossier rassemble les extraits de dizaines de décisions prononcées par de hautes juridictions nationales et internationales. Une grande partie d'entre elles sont des arrêts de la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme. Les étudiants qui suivent le cours de "Droits de l'homme" sont invités à lire le dossier au fur et à mesure du quadrimestre, en appui du cours ex cathedra. [less ▲]

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See detailDroits de l'homme - Plan général du cours 2016-17
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg

Learning material (2016)

Ce document constitue le plan général du cours de "Droits de l'homme" pour l'année académique 2016-2017. Il indique la structure du cours ainsi que les principales références à la jurisprudence étudiée ... [more ▼]

Ce document constitue le plan général du cours de "Droits de l'homme" pour l'année académique 2016-2017. Il indique la structure du cours ainsi que les principales références à la jurisprudence étudiée dans le cadre du cours. [less ▲]

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See detailGeneralized Pascal triangle for binomial coefficients of words : an overview
Stipulanti, Manon ULg

Conference (2016, September 07)

We introduce a generalization of Pascal triangle based on binomial coefficients of finite words. These coefficients count the number of times a finite word appears as a subsequence of another finite word ... [more ▼]

We introduce a generalization of Pascal triangle based on binomial coefficients of finite words. These coefficients count the number of times a finite word appears as a subsequence of another finite word. Similarly to the Sierpiński gasket that can be built as the limit set, for the Hausdorff distance, of a convergent sequence of normalized compact blocks extracted from Pascal triangle modulo 2, we describe and study the first properties of the subset of [0, 1] × [0, 1] associated with this extended Pascal triangle modulo a prime p. Then we create a new sequence from this extended Pascal triangle that counts, on each row of this triangle, the number of positive binomial coefficients. We study some properties of this sequences. To be precise, we investigate some properties regarding the regularity of the sequence. To extend our work, we construct a Pascal triangle using the Fibonacci representations of all the nonnegative integers and we define the corresponding sequence of which we study the regularity. This regularity is an extension of the classical k-regularity of sequences. [less ▲]

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See detailHow do droplets form?
Van Loo, Stéphanie ULg; Stoukatch, Serguei ULg; Kraft, Michael ULg et al

Poster (2016, September 07)

In microfluidics, flow focusing is widely used to produce water-in-oil droplets in microchannels at high frequency. We here report an experimental study of droplet formation in a microfluidic cross ... [more ▼]

In microfluidics, flow focusing is widely used to produce water-in-oil droplets in microchannels at high frequency. We here report an experimental study of droplet formation in a microfluidic cross-junction with a minimum number of geometrical parameters. We mostly focus on the squeezing regime, which is com- posed of two distinct steps : filling and pinching. The duration of each step (and corresponding volumes of each liquid phase) are analyzed. They vary according to both water and oil flow rates. These variations provide several insights about the fluid flows in both phases. We propose several scaling laws to relate the droplet volume and frequency to the flow rate of both phases. We also discuss the influence of surfactant and channel compliance on droplet formation. [less ▲]

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See detailBetween bovine milk production and reproduction : the challenge.
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Nguyen Kien, Cuong

in Vo Thi Tra; Ho Thi Kim, Hoa; Le Thanh, Hien (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the 19th Federation of Asian Veterinary Association Congress (2016, September 07)

Huge differences in dairy milk production can be observed around the world. They can be explained by differences in genetic, nutritional resources and management including the capacities of the farmers ... [more ▼]

Huge differences in dairy milk production can be observed around the world. They can be explained by differences in genetic, nutritional resources and management including the capacities of the farmers and veterinarian to prevent and treat the different pathologies inducing of the wellbeing of the animals. According to the world market of milk production, the challenge of each farm is not only to produce a milk of quality but also to reduce the costs of milk production by improving reproductive performances. Anywhere in the world we are responsible to encourage and develop a sustainable approach of milk production and agriculture development according to his three pillars: environment, economic and social. Our presentation will present (1) the mains figures about the milk production in the world, (2) the definitions and prevalences of the different periods involved in the reproductive life of a cow, (3) the nutritional, genetic and pathological factors involved in the milk production on general and more specifically in reproduction (dystocia, placental retention, uterine infections, postpartum anoestrus), the relationships between these factors, (‘) the state of art of the definition, methods of diagnostic state of art of the main reproduction pathologies (dystocia,) affecting the dairy cows during the waiting and reproduction periods. [less ▲]

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See detailGPS, Galileo and BeiDou inter-system biases estimation in relative positioning with code and phase pseudoranges
Deprez, Cécile ULg; Warnant, René ULg

Conference (2016, September 07)

The recent increase in the number of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) opens new perspectives in the field of high precision positioning. Particularly, the Chinese BeiDou satellite system and the ... [more ▼]

The recent increase in the number of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) opens new perspectives in the field of high precision positioning. Particularly, the Chinese BeiDou satellite system and the European Galileo program have experienced major progress in 2015 and 2016 with the launch of 7 and 8 satellites respectively. Associated with the ongoing GPS modernization, many more frequencies and satellites are now available. Therefore, multi-GNSS relative positioning based on overlapping frequencies should entail better accuracy and reliability in position estimations. However, the differences between satellite systems induce inter-system biases (ISBs) inside the multi-GNSS equations of observation. The combined use of L1 and L5 from GPS with E1 and E5a from Galileo, B2 from BeiDou and E5b from Galileo in zero baseline double differences (ZB DD) based on a unique pivot satellite is employed to resolve ISBs. This model removes all the satellite- and receiver-dependent error sources by differentiating and the zero baseline configuration allows atmospheric and multipath effects elimination. An analysis of the long-term stability of ISBs (GPS- Galileo and Galileo - BeiDou) is conducted onvariouspairsof receiversover large timespans. Thepossibleinfluenceof temperature variations inside the receivers over ISB values is also investigated. Our study is based on the 6 multi-GNSS receivers (2 Septentrio PolaRx4, 1 Septentrio PolaRxS, 1 Septentrio PolaRx5 and 2 Trimble NetR9) installed on the roof of our building in Liege. The estimated ISBs are then used as corrections in the multi-GNSS observation model and the resulting accuracy of multi-GNSS positioning is compared to GPS, Galileo and BeiDou standalone solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailRôle du climat et de la compétition interspécifique dans la limitation de l'aire d'invasion d'Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. en Europe de l'Ouest
Ortmans, William ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

The invasion process is classically described from a temporal point of view, where a species overcomes a defined number of barriers. First, a species has to get through the geographical barrier, i.e., be ... [more ▼]

The invasion process is classically described from a temporal point of view, where a species overcomes a defined number of barriers. First, a species has to get through the geographical barrier, i.e., be introduced in the new area. Once introduced, the species has to survive new environmental conditions and reproduce successfully. When the environmental barrier is overcome, i.e. when the species is able to reproduce and its populations are self-sufficient, it is considered as naturalized. To finally be considered as invasive, the species has to overcome the dispersal barrier and spread across landscapes. Within a given continent, a species could have overcome a variable number of barriers depending on the considered area. At a given moment, depending on the geographical area, one can observe non-naturalized populations, naturalized populations that are not invasive, and invasive populations. This geographical variation may be the result of an environmental variation across the continent. The common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) invasion in Western Europe is a good opportunity to study this aspect of invasion biology. The invasion history and the species distribution are well documented, and highlight a geographical variation of the invasion dynamics. This is particularly clear in Western Europe, where there is a contrast between the highly invaded zone of the Rhône valley in France, and more northern areas such as the North of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. In this work, we tested the hypothesis that the current invasion area is limited northwards, because of an unfavorable local climate or a too strong interspecific competition. In order to answer this general objective, four different questions were asked: 1) Is the climate and/or the interspecific competition causing a variation in plant performances across Western Europe?; 2) In an agricultural context north to the current invaded range, is the local climate allowing the establishment and the reproduction of newly introduced populations?; 3) What is the role of seed morphological variability in the invasion of areas with rigorous climatic conditions?; and 4) What is the role of the priority effect in the species establishment within a ruderal community? No clear limit to the colonization of areas beyond the current invaded range was found in this study. The local climate and the interspecific competition did not appear to limit the naturalization or spread of the species north to the current invaded range, be it in agricultural or ruderal situations. Results showed that once introduced in an agricultural habitat outside the current invaded range, the species was able to establish self-sustaining populations. On average, each plant produced a number of descendants equal to 273 ± 18.4 (mean ± standard error). In ruderal habitats, populations already exist in Belgium and in Southern Netherlands, and are able to produce a high quantity of seeds: on average, the measured plants carried 222 ± 32.0 seeds. The measured plant performances were similar to those measured within the invaded area. The findings of this work are consistent with those of other authors that questioned the “non-naturalized” species status in Belgium, and illustrate how temporally dynamic invasions are. The results showed the importance of the timing in the colonization of disturbed habitats. When the species started its development a few weeks before the rest of the community, its performance gain was higher than that of other ruderal Asteraceae species: its above ground biomass was 30.5 ± 1.94 times higher, and the number of flower heads 570 ± 160 times more important. The high variability of the species observed all along this work is probably playing an important role in the invasion success. The high morphological variability of the seeds seems to widen the range of environmental conditions the species is able to colonize. This study suggests a great invasion potential north to the current invaded area in Western Europe. In this uncertain situation, it appears critical to create an early detection system of the species in Belgium. Early detection may allow the eradication of the species before the invasion becomes as problematic as in France. Awareness campaigns should be encouraged in Belgium in order to avoid that new occurrences of the species remain unnoticed. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution to the study of the mineral hypothesis in relation to the Kashin-Beck disease in Tibet Autonomous Region
DERMIENCE, Michael ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

A little known disease called Kashin-Beck disease (KBD) plagues the poor and rural populations in the Tibet Autonomous Region (T.A.R.) and in other provinces of the People’s Republic of China. It is an ... [more ▼]

A little known disease called Kashin-Beck disease (KBD) plagues the poor and rural populations in the Tibet Autonomous Region (T.A.R.) and in other provinces of the People’s Republic of China. It is an endemic and chronic osteochondropathy affecting long bones and joints, sometimes as soon as of the early childhood. Although the etiology of this disease is not clearly established, little doubt remains as to the implication of multiple environmental factors. Intoxication by mycotoxins in cereals and by organic acids in water, deficiencies in selenium and iodine, are all factors having a place in the multifactorial etiology hypothesized. In T.A.R., diet, notably, differentiates the rural community, affected by KBD, from the other communities (nomads and city-dwellers), who remain unaffected. Because more than one chemical element is essential to a healthy bone metabolism, and because there is scarce data, if not any, on the topic, this thesis had to primary objective to investigate the mineral and trace element dietary status of young Tibetan children living in areas endemic for KBD. The first logical action step led us to determine which elements are involved in bone and joints metabolism through an exhaustive review of the scientific literature. Thirty elements were highlighted, and a dozen was deemed relevant in this context. An exploratory study on the Tibetan food composition concluded on a high risk of introducing important bias by using the existing food composition tables for nutritional assessment in T.A.R. Being inescapable tools, a specific food composition table was elaborated for our area of investigation with the close collaboration of the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA). During a scientific internship of 7 month in the CFSA, 19 chemical elements were analyzed in not less than 1119 samples of sixteen traditional foods and beverages of rural T.A.R. In order to assess the nutritional status of the children, a cross-sectional study was implemented. 250 preschool children aged 3 to 5 years old from three rural counties around Lhasa were enrolled. They were interviewed twice, at six month of interval, via the 24-hour recall method. The results suggest several imbalances in their dietary mineral intakes compared to the Chinese recommendations. Sodium and manganese intakes are too high, while they are too low for potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and selenium. The Tibetan diet is rich in fiber and in phytic acid, which are susceptible to decrease the bioavailability and to aggravate the deficiencies of the later elements. For this reason, we conducted an animal experimentation on a rat model to assess the apparent digestibility, the fecal excretion and the urinary excretion of minerals and trace elements in the traditional Tibetan dish called tsampa pag. This traditional dish consisting of roasted barley flour mixed with yak butter tea is the mainstay of the Tibetan diet. The results of this experiment suggest low bone mineral density, a possible secondary copper deficiency, and a possible manganese excess in rats that consumed tsampa pag. In view of the results presented, it would be interesting to compare the mineral intake between children living in endemic areas and in non-endemic areas. It would also be interesting to include more of elements known to affect bone metabolism in future studies. [less ▲]

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See detailAre Christmas tree plantations a suitable habitat for farmland birds?
Gailly, Robin ULg; Paquet, Jean-Yves; Titeux, Nicolas et al

Poster (2016, September 06)

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may likely impact farmland birds. Impacts on birds have been examined for bioenergy agricultural systems, such as miscanthus plantations and short rotation willow coppice. In Europe, the extend of Christmas tree plantations (CTP) has recently increased dramatically in farmland but their impacts on farmland birds remains largely unknown. We examined the extent to which CTP in southern Belgium alter bird species assemblages compared to traditional farmland. The presence and abundance of birds were recorded twice during a breeding season in randomly selected sites located in farmland areas with and without CTP. Results show that the conversion of traditional farmland into CTP modifies bird species assemblages and locally increases bird diversity and density without inducing biotic homogenization. This observed pattern indicates that CTP might constitute an interesting alternative habitat for farmland birds. However bird presence or abundance may be confounding indicator of habitat quality because individuals may be attracted to low-quality habitats in human modified landscapes. The European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola was chosen as a model species to investigate the quality of CTP as a breeding habitat in more details. Habitat quality in CTP was assessed with measures of reproductive success and survival. These measures were compared with those collected in traditional farmland. Although vegetation structure, field management and nest placement are highly different between habitat types, our first results suggest that CTP are not of lesser quality than traditional farmland for the European Stonechat. [less ▲]

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See detailAre Christmas tree plantations a suitable habitat for farmland birds?
Gailly, Robin ULg; Paquet, Jean-Yves; Titeux, Nicolas et al

Conference (2016, September 06)

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may likely impact farmland birds. Impacts on birds have been examined for bioenergy agricultural systems, such as miscanthus plantations and short rotation willow coppice. In Europe, the extend of Christmas tree plantations (CTP) has recently increased dramatically in farmland but their impacts on farmland birds remains largely unknown. We examined the extent to which CTP in southern Belgium alter bird species assemblages compared to traditional farmland. The presence and abundance of birds were recorded twice during a breeding season in randomly selected sites located in farmland areas with and without CTP. Results show that the conversion of traditional farmland into CTP modifies bird species assemblages and locally increases bird diversity and density without inducing biotic homogenization. This observed pattern indicates that CTP might constitute an interesting alternative habitat for farmland birds. However bird presence or abundance may be confounding indicator of habitat quality because individuals may be attracted to low-quality habitats in human modified landscapes. The European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola was chosen as a model species to investigate the quality of CTP as a breeding habitat in more details. Habitat quality in CTP was assessed with measures of reproductive success and survival. These measures were compared with those collected in traditional farmland. Although vegetation structure, field management and nest placement are highly different between habitat types, our first results suggest that CTP are not of lesser quality than traditional farmland for the European Stonechat. [less ▲]

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See detailYes we can! Implementing digitization requests in Alma
Renaville, François ULg; Brownlie, Helen; Read, Simon et al

Conference (2016, September 06)

Enabling patron digitization requests is one of those (new) exciting services that end users appreciate! Alma allows patrons and staff members to request the creation of a digital file for any physical or ... [more ▼]

Enabling patron digitization requests is one of those (new) exciting services that end users appreciate! Alma allows patrons and staff members to request the creation of a digital file for any physical or electronic item. Alma digitization request workflow is configurable according to the library’s requirements, created via Alma or Primo, partial or full, limited to some user groups, limited in numbers, with or without approval process, digitized materials added to collections and made accessible to registered and/or guest users via Primo, etc. So Alma libraries can deal with a lot of different options to satisfy their patrons' needs. This session will present the development and launch of digital fulfillment from the perspective of 3 institutions (the University of Otago Library, the University of Liege Library, and the University of Sheffield Library) focusing on the strategic choices that were made, the implementation, and the final delivery of the services to their communities. [less ▲]

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See detailUnusually high sea ice cover influences resource use by benthic invertebrates in coastal Antarctica
Michel, Loïc ULg; Dubois, Philippe; Eleaume, Marc et al

Poster (2016, September 05)

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice ... [more ▼]

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice cover decrease, the sea ice cover of East Antarctica unexpectedly tends to increase, possibly in relation with changes in atmospheric circulation. Changes in sea ice cover are likely to influence benthic food web structure through modifications of benthic-pelagic coupling, disruption of benthic production and/or modifications of benthic community structure (i.e. resource availability for benthic consumers). Here, we studied shallow (0-20 m) benthic food web structure on the coasts of Petrels Island (Adélie Land, East Antarctica) during an event of unusually high spatial and temporal (two successive austral summers without seasonal break-up) sea ice cover. Using stable isotope ratios of C and N and the SIAR mixing model, we examined importance of 4 organic matter sources (benthic macroalgae, benthic biofilm, sympagic algae, suspended particulate organic matter) for nutrition of dominant primary consumers and omnivores. 14 invertebrate taxa including sessile and mobile polychaetes, gastropods, bivalves, sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers were studied. Our results indicate that most benthic invertebrates predominantly relied on sympagic algae. Despite its very high abundance, trophic role of benthic biofilm seemed limited. However, interpretation of data was complicated by the peculiar ecophysiological features of Antarctic invertebrates, whose very low metabolic rates could be associated to low isotopic turnover and long time to reach isotopic equilibrium with their food items. Resource use by consumers from Adélie Land markedly differed from literature data about invertebrate diet in coastal Antarctica, suggesting 1) important influence of increased sea ice cover on benthic food web structure and 2) high spatial and/or temporal variation in the feeding habits of studied organisms, likely linked with a high degree of trophic plasticity. Our results provide insights about how Antarctic benthic consumers, which have evolved in an extremely stable environment, might adapt their feeding habits in response to sudden man-driven changes in environmental conditions and trophic resource availability. [less ▲]

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See detailInternet Platforms for Education on Sustainability
Pfennig, Andreas ULg

Conference (2016, September 05)

One challenge in teaching sustainability results from the expertise being distributed in various universities. At the same time society would not require so many experts focused on sustainability that ... [more ▼]

One challenge in teaching sustainability results from the expertise being distributed in various universities. At the same time society would not require so many experts focused on sustainability that corresponding purely sustainability-oriented curricula should be offered in a majority of universities. Thus sustainability aspects have to be integrated into existing curricula e.g. in chemical engineering studies. To offer sufficiently high-level courses or teaching content, one way is to share modules dealing with sustainability aspects. The idea to share teaching capabilities on a national or international level is not new, some examples are sustainicum.at, bioenergytrain.eu. While these approaches address the topic of sustainability with a relatively wide variety of facets, it is difficult to see, how a coherent picture can be obtained and transferred in education to students and the interested public. While this is so, already regarding the most basic element of the versatile toolbox of chemical engineering, namely setting up and solving simple balances, leads to significant insights and especially a fundamental understanding on the basic interplay of at least some of the major drivers. These are – besides increasing world population, which is the main driver – the increasing energy consumption, the limited land area for food and bioenergy production, the finite size even of the atmosphere leading to an increase in CO2 concentration and climate change, to name just a few. All of these aspects refer to limited resources for which balances can be set up and solved. The balances have the advantage that they are so simple that everybody can assess their validity and implications. The experience with working out a corresponding teaching module will be presented exemplarily. To facilitate delivering the aspects to students and the interested public the teaching material including a full manuscript and power-point slides have been worked out and are supplied at sustainicum.at. To allow easy access to the content of this teaching material also corresponding lectures have been recorded and are made publicly available through YouTube. The technical boundary conditions, which were found to be quite optimal as compared to other public lectures available on the internet, will be presented. The teaching material has in the past also been used for a variety of own presentations with the aim to deliver the basic understanding to an interested public, including public conference series or school classes. From these various experiences conclusions are drawn which will be presented. Introduction: One challenge in teaching sustainability results from the expertise being distributed in various universities. At the same time society would not require so many experts focused on sustainability that corresponding purely sustainability-oriented curricula should be offered in a majority of universities. Thus sustainability aspects have to be integrated into existing curricula e.g. in chemical engineering studies. To offer sufficiently high-level courses or teaching content, one way is to share modules dealing with sustainability aspects. The idea to share teaching capabilities on a national or international level is not new, some examples are sustainicum.at, bioenergytrain.eu. While these approaches address the topic of sustainability with a relatively wide variety of facets, it is difficult to see, how a coherent picture can be obtained and transferred in education to students and the interested public. Exemplary Topic: While this is so, already regarding the most basic element of the versatile toolbox of chemical engineering, namely setting up and solving simple balances, leads to significant insights and especially a fundamental understanding on the basic interplay of at least some of the major drivers. These are – besides increasing world population, which is the main driver – the increasing energy consumption, the limited land area for food and bioenergy production, the finite size even of the atmosphere leading to an increase in CO2 concentration and climate change, to name just a few. All of these aspects refer to limited resources for which balances can be set up and solved. The balances have the advantage that they are so simple that everybody can assess their validity and implications. The experience with working out a corresponding teaching module will be presented exemplarily. Results and Conclusions: To facilitate delivering the aspects to students and the interested public the teaching material including a full manuscript and power-point slides have been worked out and are supplied at sustainicum.at. To allow easy access to the content of this teaching material also corresponding lectures have been recorded and are made publicly available through YouTube. The technical boundary conditions, which were found to be quite optimal as compared to other public lectures available on the internet, will be presented. The teaching material has in the past also been used for a variety of own presentations with the aim to deliver the basic understanding to an interested public, including public conference series or school classes. From these various experiences conclusions are drawn which will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailInstability and abrupt changes in marine ice sheet behaviour
Bulthuis, Kevin ULg; Arnst, Maarten ULg; Pattyn, Frank et al

Conference (2016, September 05)

The West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIS), whose bedrock is to a large extent below sea level, has been identified as a tipping element in Earth’s climate system because it could dramatically re- treat and ... [more ▼]

The West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIS), whose bedrock is to a large extent below sea level, has been identified as a tipping element in Earth’s climate system because it could dramatically re- treat and cause important sea-level rise. Different mechanisms underlying instabilities of such marine ice sheets have been proposed in the literature, but the risk that these mechanisms could trigger an accelerated retreat of the WAIS is still an open question. In this oral communication, which results from the literature study that I carried out during this ongoing first year of my PhD, I will review two main mechanisms that can cause marine ice sheet instability. The first mechanism is the marine ice sheet instability explained by Weertman who hypothe- sizes that marine ice sheets grounded on bedrocks which deepen inland can be inherently unstable. I will focus my attention on the stability of the steady states of this nonlinear dyna- mical system, as well as on the critical values of the external forcing parameters responsible for abrupt changes in the system behaviour (critical transitions). I will review how geological data suggest that rapid ice sheet retreats explained by Weertman’s hypothesis occurred in Antarctica during the Pleistocene and the early Holocene. The recently observed accelerated ice loss of the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers of the WAIS could also be considered as a consequence of this instability mechanism and could lead to an important contribution to sea-level rise in the future. The second mechanism that I will review is the binge-purge oscillation mechanism which could have caused the disintegration of the Laurentide ice sheet during the last glacial period. These oscillations could also explain future behaviour of the WAIS. Binge-purge oscillations are short periods of enhanced ice flow (purge phase) followed by periods of much slower flow (binge phase). These oscillations are usually explained by a thermal-gravitational instability which takes place when basal conditions change. I will focus my attention on the mathematical and physical conditions which can trigger this instability process, as well as on examples of such oscillations in the WAIS in the past. [less ▲]

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See detailSeasonal variability of surface and column carbon monoxide over megacity Paris, high-altitude Jungfraujoch and Southern Hemispheric Wollongong stations
Té, Y; Jeseck, P; Franco, Bruno ULg et al

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2016), 16

This paper studies the seasonal variation of surface and column CO at three different sites (Paris, Jungfraujoch and Wollongong), with an emphasis on establishing a link between the CO vertical ... [more ▼]

This paper studies the seasonal variation of surface and column CO at three different sites (Paris, Jungfraujoch and Wollongong), with an emphasis on establishing a link between the CO vertical distribution and the nature of CO emission sources. We find the first evidence of a time lag between surface and free tropospheric CO seasonal variations in the Northern Hemisphere. The CO seasonal variability obtained from the total columns and free tropospheric partial columns shows a maximum around March–April and a minimum around September–October in the Northern Hemisphere (Paris and Jungfraujoch). In the Southern Hemisphere (Wollongong) this seasonal variability is shifted by about 6 months. Satellite observations by the IASI–MetOp (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer) and MOPITT (Measurements Of Pollution In The Troposphere) instruments confirm this seasonality. Ground-based FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) measurements provide useful complementary information due to good sensitivity in the boundary layer. In situ surface measurements of CO volume mixing ratios at the Paris and Jungfraujoch sites reveal a time lag of the near-surface seasonal variability of about 2 months with respect to the total column variability at the same sites. The chemical transport model GEOS-Chem (Goddard Earth Observing System chemical transport model) is employed to interpret our observations. GEOS-Chem sensitivity runs identify the emission sources influencing the seasonal variation of CO. At both Paris and Jungfraujoch, the surface seasonality is mainly driven by anthropogenic emissions, while the total column seasonality is also controlled by air masses transported from distant sources. At Wollongong, where the CO seasonality is mainly affected by biomass burning, no time shift is observed between surface measurements and total column data. [less ▲]

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See detailBalanced words and related concepts: applications and complexity issues
Crama, Yves ULg

Conference (2016, September 05)

In this talk, I present a few results and several questions about "regular" sequences of integers and related concepts, such as balanced words, partitions and covers of the integers by arithmetic ... [more ▼]

In this talk, I present a few results and several questions about "regular" sequences of integers and related concepts, such as balanced words, partitions and covers of the integers by arithmetic sequences. Such concepts have been investigated in pure mathematics, but also naturally arise in a variety of application fields such as production planning, political science, or queueing theory. I briefly present some of these applications and explain how they motivate seemingly new questions relating, for instance, to the algorithmic complexity of regular partitions, or to the structure of balanced words. The presentation is based on joint work with Nadia Brauner and Vincent Jost (Grenoble). [less ▲]

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