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See detailSoil classification, map legends and GIS logic: experiences from converting the legend of the soil map of Belgium into WRB
Dondeyne, Stefaan; Legrain, Xavier ULg; Deckers, Jozef et al

Conference (2013, October 04)

A systematic soil survey of Belgium was conducted from 1948 to 1991. The purpose was to have a soil information base adequate for boosting agricultural production after the Second World War. Field surveys ... [more ▼]

A systematic soil survey of Belgium was conducted from 1948 to 1991. The purpose was to have a soil information base adequate for boosting agricultural production after the Second World War. Field surveys were done at the detailed scale of 1:5000, while the maps were published at a 1:20,000 scale. To enable soil surveyors to identify soils in the field, an original soil classification was developed based on readily observable physical and morphogenetic characteristics. Within the European Union, the World Reference Base (WRB) for Soil Resources (IUSS Working Group WRB, 2007), has been adopted as the common classification system. As soil surveys in most European countries were conducted independently, the challenge now is to convert the national legends into a common WRB legend. In Belgium, such a conversion is being implemented and we present some lessons learned in relation to classification and map legends. The legend of the soil map of Belgium is based primarily on soil texture, drainage status and profile development. “Soil series” are defined in an open and non-hierarchical structure by combining these three categorical variables, and to which modifiers can be added such as parent material, stoniness or depth to a substratum. The WRB-2007 classification is based on diagnostic features defined by morphological, physical and chemical properties. The conversion of the legend of the soil map of Belgium to WRB is based on insights gained from classifying, so far, more than 360 legacy soil profiles in combination with field observations. From these insights, heuristic rules have been deduced regrouping soil series into Reference Soil Groups (RSG) and for which some qualifiers could also be identified. Other qualifiers were determined by relying on databases of the legacy soil profiles. To take regional variability into account, the conversion is done by physiographic zone. Converting the legend of the soil map of Belgium to WRB actually leads to a regrouping of soil series into broader WRB categories and which can neatly be represented on 1:50,000 scale maps. Hence, it does not imply substituting one classification with another one. Users, who would need the detailed information, can still refer to the detailed symbols of the soil series. The regrouping of soil series has been made possible thanks to the flexibility of WRB for combining various qualifiers. However, as the WRB-2007 classification leads to a varying number of qualifiers it is less practical for constructing map legends. Therefore, the WRB-2010 guidelines (IUSS Working Group WRB, 2010) propose to organise qualifiers in main and optional ones with priority rules for the main qualifiers. As illustrated in Table 1, this approach may highlight, or hide, some qualifiers inconsistently. When for example only two qualifiers are retained in a map legend, the qualifier Endogleyic of stony, poorly drained Albic Podzols will not be indicated, while it will be indicated when such soils are not stony (Table 1). Moreover, the proposed hierarchy is sometimes also inconsistent when compared across Reference Soil Groups (RSG) as illustrated for the Arenosols and Regosols (Table 1). These drawbacks could be avoided if qualifiers would be organised into thematic groups ― such as profile development, texture, drainage, depth of substratum and fertility ― rather than by ranking them. Grouping qualifiers thematically would have the advantage to give more flexibility to the map user working with GIS, and indeed, it would render WRB a more “GIS logic” classification system. [less ▲]

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See detailANAEROBIC DIGESTION OF ORGANIC WASTES FROM AGRO-FOOD ACTIVITIES IN TUNISIA
Mhiri, F; Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Sayahi, L. et al

Poster (2013, October 01)

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See detailLa prairie : quelles forces et faiblesses pour l'agriculture wallonne ?
Beckers, Yves ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

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See detailBiodiversité et observation participative en ligne : modèle et enjeux de la plateforme Observations.be
Farah, Jihad ULg

Conference (2013, October)

Dans cette intervention, nous posons la question de la métamorphose des rapports entre citoyens et institutions suite au développement des NTIC, à travers l’exemple de la plateforme d’observation de la ... [more ▼]

Dans cette intervention, nous posons la question de la métamorphose des rapports entre citoyens et institutions suite au développement des NTIC, à travers l’exemple de la plateforme d’observation de la biodiversité Observations.be et de l’Institut Bruxellois de Gestion de l’Environnement à Bruxelles (IBGE). Nous nous intéressons surtout à voir si, comme le signale Charvolin (2009), une meilleure maîtrise des pratiques de la recherche – dans notre cas à travers les NTIC – peut réellement mettre à pied d’égalité amateur et expert. Nos réflexions ici s’appuient sur des entretiens, notamment auprès des gestionnaires du dossier biodiversité à l’IBGE et des administrateurs d’Observations.be, ainsi que sur l’analyse des fonctionnalités du site lui-même. [less ▲]

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See detailImpôt des personnes physiques
de Wolf, Michel ULg; Thilmany, Jean ULg; Malherbe, Jacques

Book published by Larcier (2013)

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See detailL'astronomie dans le monde - 10
Manfroid, Jean ULg

Article for general public (2013)

Alignement des nébuleusesplanétaires; Jumeau solaire; HH46/47; M87; Nébuleuses du Grand Nuage; Champ magnétique galactique; Aux frontières du Système solaire; Supernova; Sgr A*; Le courant magellanique ... [more ▼]

Alignement des nébuleusesplanétaires; Jumeau solaire; HH46/47; M87; Nébuleuses du Grand Nuage; Champ magnétique galactique; Aux frontières du Système solaire; Supernova; Sgr A*; Le courant magellanique; Naines brunes; 4C12.50 [less ▲]

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See detailANAEROBIC DIGESTION WITH BIOHYDROGEN PRODUCTION FROM ORGANIC WASTES : STATE-OF-THE ART
Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Beckers, L.; Hamilton, C. et al

in Proceedings Sardinia 2013 (2013, October)

Hydrogen (H2) is being considered as an ideal and clean energy carrier since the utilization of hydrogen, either via combustion or via fuel cells, results in pure water. However, currently its production ... [more ▼]

Hydrogen (H2) is being considered as an ideal and clean energy carrier since the utilization of hydrogen, either via combustion or via fuel cells, results in pure water. However, currently its production relies mainly (i.e. 95%) on fossil fuels. The recent advances to produce biohydrogen from renewable sources such as biomass and particularly by fermentation of carbohydrate-rich substrates from agriculture and agro-industries appear promising. Such a process called “dark fermentation” enables both organic waste treatment and renewable energy production to be coupled. The soluble metabolites, mainly acetate and butyrate, contained in the spent medium of the dark fermentation bioreactor may be efficiently converted to methane in a second anaerobic digester treating other carbon sources. The paper reviews the state-of-the art on the challenges and prospective applications of dark fermentation as a first step of anaerobic digestion of municipal solid wastes to produce H2 and CH4. [less ▲]

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See detailMONITORING OF ANAEROBIC DIGESTION IN MSW LANDFILLS IN TUNISIA
Mhiri, F.; Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Sayahi, L. et al

in Proceedings Sardinia 2013 (2013, October)

The monitoring of two controlled landfills in Tunisia was carried out for about 10 years by CITET and CWBI. Both landfills were managed by classical methodology i.e. disposal, compaction and, if any ... [more ▼]

The monitoring of two controlled landfills in Tunisia was carried out for about 10 years by CITET and CWBI. Both landfills were managed by classical methodology i.e. disposal, compaction and, if any, biogas and leachate extraction and treatment. One of them is located near Tunis and the other near Sousse with a warmer climate. They received more than 6,000 and 350 thousand cubic metre of MSW respectively from the two cities. Solid samples were collected by boring at different depths up to 18 m. They were analysed for dry weight and for total organic carbon, nitrogen and (hemi-) cellulose. The boreholes were equipped with 200 mm perforated PEHD tubes for further biogas and leachate sampling and analyses (COD, VFA, CH4 content, …) at different seasons. The results indicate an efficient mesophilic anaerobic digestion in both landfills. The high dry weight content (70 – 92%) of 13 solid samples collected in Sousse landfill contrasts however with the high leachate production in the Tunis landfill, filling about completely the majority of boreholes. The results of this monitoring confirm the trends formerly described about biological activity and environmental impact of landfills in Tunisia. Moreover a 200 L pilot-scale anaerobic digester was operated for about 3 years with solid wastes from Tunis landfill to assess the evolution of moisture content and organic matter. [less ▲]

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See detailImaging mass spectrometry and proteomics of 3D cell cultures
Longuespée, Rémi ULg; Piron, Céline; Fléron, Maximilien et al

Poster (2013, October)

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See detailStrength improvement after 3months of resistance training among Parkinson's disease patients
Demonceau, Marie ULg; rodriguez de la cruz, carlos; NAVEAU, Florence ULg et al

in Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2013, October), 56(s1), 196

Objectives.– To assess the feasibility and the effects of a strengthening program for people with Parkinson's disease (PD). Methods.– Fourteen patients with Hoehn and Yahr stage [1] < III of PD were ... [more ▼]

Objectives.– To assess the feasibility and the effects of a strengthening program for people with Parkinson's disease (PD). Methods.– Fourteen patients with Hoehn and Yahr stage [1] < III of PD were allocated to either 24 sessions of strength training (ST group; n = 8) or to a control group (C group; n = 6) for 3 months. Concentric knee muscle strength and a maximal cycling incremental test were performed at baseline and after training. Training consisted of progressive resistive exercises on leg press, leg extension, leg curl, between 50 and 80% of 1RM and was completed by non-instrumented exercises for trunk and upper limbs muscles. Anxiety, depression and quality of life were assessed using questionnaires. An Anova for repeated measures was used for statistical analysis. Results.– Six patients of the ST group (75%) fully completed the program. There were significant “group by time” effects for all knee muscles strength measures of less involved side (P < 0.05). A significant “group by time” effect was also found for knee flexors of the most involved side, but only at angular speed of 180°/s (P = 0.03). Patients of ST group also increased maximal aerobic power (+13%) whereas patients of C group decreased their performances (–9%; “group by time” effect, P = 0.04). No changes in anxiety, depression or quality of life could be highlighted. Conclusions.– The increase of some strength measures in ST group showed that progressive strength training counteracts strength decrease among people with Parkinson's disease. Strengthening also had a positive effect on maximal aerobic power. [less ▲]

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See detailInland navigation and Land use planning: A multi-criteria approach
Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

in Rigo, Philippe; Wolters, Milou (Eds.) Proceedings of PIANC - SMART Rivers Conference 2013 (2013, October)

The present structure of harbours in the Walloon region hardly fits the needs of present logistic developments. Considering the challenges for the development of fluvial transport, the Walloon public ... [more ▼]

The present structure of harbours in the Walloon region hardly fits the needs of present logistic developments. Considering the challenges for the development of fluvial transport, the Walloon public authorities decided in 2010 to indentify potential harbour development sites along its 440 kms of waterways. A three steps approach (selection, ranking and documentation) was designed for this purpose. This paper broaches the methodology and the results of this approach. The area of sites and their availability, which were considered as most debatable during the research, are specifically discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailEffectiveness of case management for maintaining frail older persons at home - intermediate results
Van Durme; Schmitz, Olivier; Cès, Sophie et al

Poster (2013, October)

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See detailLettere di Carlo Emilio Gadda
Curreri, Luciano ULg

Article for general public (2013)

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See detailProduction de l'habitat et enjeux territoriaux
Strée, Julie ULg; Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

Report (2013)

Le projet de recherche est basé sur le concept de système de production de l'habitat. Un système de production de l'habitat vise à accroître et à améliorer l'offre en logements. Il se structure par les ... [more ▼]

Le projet de recherche est basé sur le concept de système de production de l'habitat. Un système de production de l'habitat vise à accroître et à améliorer l'offre en logements. Il se structure par les interactions entre les modes d'habiter (la demande), les modes de production (l'offre) et les modes de gestion (l'intervention de la puissance publique). Pour le contexte wallon, le système de production actuel est lié à un usage peu parcimonieux de la ressource foncière et à des problèmes importants d’étalement de la périurbanisation. Néanmoins, des signaux avant-coureurs de la mise en place d'un système de production plus vertueux vis-à-vis des principes stratégiques de l'aménagement du territoire semblent se manifester. La recherche I.5. intitulée « Production de l’habitat et enjeux territoriaux » ambitionne d'étudier l'ampleur de ces changements et de comprendre quels sont les processus socioéconomiques qui les instituent. Au final, son objectif est de préciser comment l’intervention de la puissance publique peut s’appuyer sur ces pratiques émergentes en vue de soutenir la transition vers un nouveau système pour la production de l’habitat wallon. Notre ambition est donc d’identifier les conditions qui conduisent à des pratiques plus vertueuses vis-à-vis des principes stratégiques de l’aménagement durable, afin de les renforcer et de les généraliser dès que possible. [less ▲]

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See detailJacks of all trades and masters of some
Rigo, Philippe ULg

in Naval Architect (2013)

Presentation of the EMSHIP - Erasmus Mundus Programme

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See detailProceedings - Corporate Finance Day
Lambert, Marie ULg

in Proceedings - 11th Corporate Finance Day (2013, October)

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See detailA Rapid Procedure for Estimating the Ability of Lock Gates to Withstand Ship Collisions
Buldgen, Loïc ULg; Le Sourne, Hervé; Rigo, Philippe ULg

in Proceedings of the PIANC Smart Rivers 2013 Conference (2013, October)

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See detail"The Man in the Moon", personnage de la littérature anglaise
Dor, Juliette ULg

in Jaminon, Martine (Ed.) Eclats de lune, entre science et imaginaire (2013)

Ces pages examinent le motif de l'homme dans la lune, thème récurrent de la littérature anglaise dès le Moyen Âge et qui a survécu en s'intégrant au patrimoine culturel d'Outre-Manche. On peut s ... [more ▼]

Ces pages examinent le motif de l'homme dans la lune, thème récurrent de la littérature anglaise dès le Moyen Âge et qui a survécu en s'intégrant au patrimoine culturel d'Outre-Manche. On peut s'interroger sur son origine, d'autant qu'on en trouve une variante dans la mythologie scandinave [less ▲]

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