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See detailMicroslag as a stratigraphic tracer to quantify floodplain processes (Lienne catchment, Belgium)
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULiege; Petit, François ULiege; Notebaert, Bastiaan et al

in Geomorphology (2020), 360

This paper focuses on two objectives: (i) the presentation of the methodology for using small-sized iron slag (called microslag) as a stratigraphic marker to reconstruct the centennial-scale floodplain ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on two objectives: (i) the presentation of the methodology for using small-sized iron slag (called microslag) as a stratigraphic marker to reconstruct the centennial-scale floodplain evolution and (ii) the study of the geomorphic evolution of the Ardennian rivers situated in the Lienne catchment (southern Belgium) by means of microslag evaluation, 14C dating, topographic surveys and sedimentological analysis. Using these data, the floodplain history since the Late Pleistocene is reconstructed, fine floodplain sedimentation and lateral mobility rates are estimated, and channel incision phases are identified. The first Holocene erosion episode occurred during the Bronze Age. Archaeological data and historical sources indicate Roman and High Middle Age occupations in the area but no evidence of erosion or increased floodplain sedimentation have been observed. Several peat layers have been dated in the Chavanne floodplain to approximately 1000 BP and probably indicate very low anthropogenic activity and a high level of groundwater. Before 1000 AD, the fluvial style of the Ardennian rivers was probably different, characterized by a low-level forested floodplain, which explains the presence of frequent peat layers within the alluvial sequences and abandoned channels. From the eleventh century onwards, a generalized increase in sedimentation rates occurred, coinciding with a higher concentration of charcoal in the alluvium and also the formation of colluvial deposits. Analyses of slag concentrations allowed us to reconstruct the evolution of the floodplain topography. In the Lienne catchment, the mean floodplain aggradation over the last several centuries is between 2.7 and 16 cm/century, depending on the study site. Such differences in floodplain sedimentation rates can be explained by several factors such as the distance to past cultivation areas, the degree of woodland clearance, flow velocities during floods and the incision of the riverbed during recent centuries, which reduces the frequency of inundation and, therefore, sedimentation on floodplains. [less ▲]

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See detailFlux sédimentaires des rivières de Wallonie : du Pléistocène à Demain
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULiege; Gob, Frédéric; Hallot, Eric ULiege et al

Scientific conference (2016, July 11)

Livret-guide des journées 2016 de la Commission des hydrosystèmes continentaux du CNFG. Depuis plus de 40 ans, de nombreuses études ont été menées par François Petit et ses collaborateurs sur le transport ... [more ▼]

Livret-guide des journées 2016 de la Commission des hydrosystèmes continentaux du CNFG. Depuis plus de 40 ans, de nombreuses études ont été menées par François Petit et ses collaborateurs sur le transport des sédiments par les rivières du massif ardennais et des régions périphériques. La diversité des processus et des problématiques abordées, des méthodes d'analyse et des périodes considérées nous ont amené à proposer un thème relativement général permettant de regrouper les études portant sur les sédiments de taille variée, depuis les fractions fines jusqu'aux éléments les plus grossiers de la charge de fond ainsi que d'aborder des échelles de temps différentes, depuis les héritages géomorphologiques des périodes froides du Quaternaire jusqu'aux futures évolutions dans le cadre de projets de restauration de cours d'eau. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of suspended sediments dynamics in a catchment contaminated with PCBs (Samme River – Belgium)
Denis, Anne-Cécile ULiege; Frippiat, Christophe; Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULiege et al

Conference (2015, October 13)

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See detailEvaluation of long-term bedload virtual velocity in gravel-bed rivers (Ardenne, Belgium)
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULiege; Levecq, Yannick; Peeters, Alexandre ULiege et al

in Geomorphology (2015), 251

In many gravel-bed rivers, bed material transfer has been interrupted or perturbed by anthropogenic activities. Currently, restoration projects are being conducted in many countries in order to re ... [more ▼]

In many gravel-bed rivers, bed material transfer has been interrupted or perturbed by anthropogenic activities. Currently, restoration projects are being conducted in many countries in order to re-establish bedload continuity. However, until now, few studies have provided indications of the velocity of bed material over the long-term (at least decade to century time-scale). In the context of river restoration projects (e.g. weir removal, addition of spawning gravel), these data are nevertheless crucial to predict the downstream propagation of the geomorphological and biological benefits (e.g. supply-transport equilibrium, morphological and substratum diversity). In our study, PIT-tag tracers were used in eight medium-sized gravel-bed rivers (Ardenne Region, Belgium) to propose a flow competence relationship based on specific stream power, on the one hand, and to determine the long-term virtual velocity of the bed material corresponding to the median diameter (D50) of the surface layer of riffles, on the other hand. After each flow event that exceeded the threshold for sediment entrainment, tagged particles were sought and located, even when they were buried in the subsurface layer. Afterwards, all of the data were used to estimate the virtual velocity of the bed material over the long-term using three approaches. Finally, the results were compared with long-term transport estimations based on iron slag dispersed by the rivers since the end of the middle ages. [less ▲]

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See detailDimensionless critical shear stress in gravel-bed rivers
Petit, François ULiege; Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULiege; Peeters, Alexandre ULiege et al

in Geomorphology (2015), 250

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See detailQuantitative and qualitative evaluation of sediment and contaminant transport in the Samme river catchment (Brabant region - Belgium)
Denis, Anne-Cécile ULiege; Van Campenhout, Jean ULiege; Bouffioux, Anne et al

in Proceedings of 4th International Symposium on Sediment Management (2014, September)

In Wallonia (Belgium), the maintenance of waterways is currently exclusively managed in a curative way. When local sediment accumulations are detected in waterways, bathymetric surveys are conducted in ... [more ▼]

In Wallonia (Belgium), the maintenance of waterways is currently exclusively managed in a curative way. When local sediment accumulations are detected in waterways, bathymetric surveys are conducted in order to quantify the volume of sediment to be removed and chemical analyses of samples allow the characterization of sediment quality. Collected data only allow a short-term management of the matter generated by dredging operations. Medium- or long-term planning of dredging operations is currently not possible, due to a lack of knowledge on sediment fluxes and associated pollutant transport. In particular, issues related to the interactions and mixing of recent and older sediments, or to the input of sediment from unnavigable waterways into larger navigable waterways, are poorly understood. Operational tools allowing the assessment of the effectiveness of preventive measures to be implemented in order to improve the management of sediment in Walloon waterways also have to be developed. This research project aims at contributing to the development of such tools and focuses on the Samme river watershed (Senne catchment – loamy Brabant Region), deemed to be representative of Walloon issues. The Samme river is categorized as an unnavigable waterway. It runs along the old Charleroi-Brussels canal and flows into the new Charleroi-Brussels canal at the foot of the Ronquières inclined plane. The sediments of the bed of the Samme river are characterized by a high concentration of micropollutants (mainly PCB) and contribute to the contamination of a greater volume of sediments in the new Charleroi-Brussels canal, significantly increasing the cost of periodic dredging operations in the canal. The methodology developed is based on (I) an extended monitoring of sediment and pollutant fluxes at the outlet of the catchment and (II) an assessment of within-catchment sediment and pollutant transport. The origin of the Samme riverbed sediments contamination by PCB is poorly understood. Chemical analyses of the sediments of the bed were carried out along the linear course of the Samme river and its main tributary in order to identify the source of pollution. However, numerous connections between the old canal and the Samme river contribute to the transfer of stream sediments and pollutants between both systems and complicate the identification of the source of PCB. At the outlet of the catchment, different methods of river sediment sampling (automatic samplers, turbidity sensors, Time Integrated Samplers) are currently being implemented in order to (I) monitor the amount of suspended matter carried by the Samme river into the Charleroi-Brussels canal, (II) evaluate the associated fluxes of pollutants and (III) evaluate the possibility of setting up a system of retention of the sediments in the Samme catchment. [less ▲]

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See detailL’effet des barrages de castors sur le système hydrographique
Denis, Anne-Cécile ULiege; Petit, François ULiege; Levecq, Yannick ULiege et al

Poster (2013, October)

L’augmentation croissante des populations de castors sur nos rivières ces dernières années n’est pas sans conséquence notamment sur la géomorphologie et l’hydrologie des fonds de vallée. En effet, les ... [more ▼]

L’augmentation croissante des populations de castors sur nos rivières ces dernières années n’est pas sans conséquence notamment sur la géomorphologie et l’hydrologie des fonds de vallée. En effet, les barrages construits par les castors constituent des pièges à sédiments susceptibles d’entrainer une incision en aval par déficit en sédiments. La présence de barrages a également pour principal effet de réduire localement la vitesse du courant et de réguler les débits. De plus, les barrages créés par les castors constituent de véritables obstacles à l’écoulement qui peuvent engendrer une modification du tracé du cours d’eau voir du style fluvial. Enfin, en cas de destruction des barrages, le lâcher soudain d’un volume d’eau conséquent peut engendrer un effet « domino » sur les barrages situés en aval entrainant une évacuation importante des sédiments et une incision du cours d’eau. En région Wallonne, il existe plus de 150 barrages de castor. Une analyse récente de leur localisation montre que le castor s’installe principalement sur des rivières ardennaises de dimension modeste mais également sur des rivières de Lorraine et de Famenne. Les barrages sont généralement observés sur des cours d’eau plutôt incisé, en tête de bassin et dans des plaines alluviales plutôt étroites. Différents stades et modes de construction des barrages ont été mis en relation avec la morphologie des rivières. Il en ressort que ces différences impliquent des processus spécifiques de rupture éventuelle de ces barrages. Ces différents aspects ont été plus particulièrement étudiés dans deux rivières ardennaises (la Chavanne et la Lienne). [less ▲]

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See detailTime-history of the gravel sheet in Ardennian rivers over the last 100,000 years
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULiege; Denis, Anne-Cécile ULiege; Juvigné, Etienne ULiege et al

Poster (2013, August 27)

It is generally held that, in north-western Europe, the main part of the gravel sheets under river beds were deposited during the Weichselian period in a periglacial environment. However, other parameters ... [more ▼]

It is generally held that, in north-western Europe, the main part of the gravel sheets under river beds were deposited during the Weichselian period in a periglacial environment. However, other parameters such as propagation of knickpoints in fluvial networks may also influence incision or aggradation. However, only few studies have dated the periods of formation of the gravel sheets and have described their properties. The first aim of this research was to determine the thickness of the gravel sheets still remaining under the river beds and to estimate the potential incision of these rivers before reaching the bedrock. Then we tried to answer a number of other questions: When did these thick gravel deposits fill the valley bottom? When were the lowest terraces abandoned? When did the rivers incise the bedrock? What is the morphology of the bedrock under the gravel layer? Numerous boreholes were made by percussion drilling in different floodplains of the Ardenne Massif and core samples were taken, down to the bedrock. Afterwards, different volcanic tephra from the Late Pleistocene were used as stratigraphic markers to date the relative periods of terrace formation and to reconstruct the past evolution of the gravel sheets. Pollen and metallurgic slag were also used to date the periods of bed level evolution. In the Ardennian massif, the thickness of the gravel sheet beneath the river beds is very variable (from 10 m in the downstream part of the Ourthe River to less than 1 m in the upper catchments). In some valleys, weathered bedrock has been observed under the gravel sheet to a thickness of several meters. Different phases of accumulation and incision over the last 100,000 years have been dated. Some evolutions can be clearly linked to climate changes but some modifications of bed levels also occurred during the Weichselian period and could be a response to the propagation of knickpoints in the fluvial networks. [less ▲]

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See detailFlux des sédiments en suspension dans les rivières du bassin de la Meuse : proposition d’une typologie régionale basée sur la dénudation spécifique des bassins versants
Van Campenhout, Jean ULiege; Denis, Anne-Cécile ULiege; Hallot, Eric ULiege et al

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2013), 61

Soil erosion may be apprehended at the watershed scale by quantifying the transport of suspended sediment at its outlet. Approximately 2000 measurements of suspended sediment concentration were used to ... [more ▼]

Soil erosion may be apprehended at the watershed scale by quantifying the transport of suspended sediment at its outlet. Approximately 2000 measurements of suspended sediment concentration were used to estimate the annual sediment discharge at 80 stations located in the Walloon region (Belgium), at the outlet of watershed from 16 to 2900 km². Some regional differences have been highlighted depending on the substrate and the land use in the watershed. At the region scale, the mean annual sediment yield reaches 20 t.km-2.yr-1 in Lorraine, 34 t.km-2.yr-1 in Ardenne and 69 t.km-2.yr-1 in Entre-Vesdre-et-Meuse. The size of suspended particles and the proportion of organic matter also show differences between each agro-geographical area. Data from other academic or administrative works were incorporated into the database to identify the best sites for continuous measuring of the suspended load concentration in Wallonia. [less ▲]

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See detailImages CM de Passega des rivières ardennaises
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULiege; Hallot, Eric ULiege; Levecq, Yannick ULiege et al

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2013), 61

A method of grain-size distribution data interpretation was proposed by Passega (1957; 1964) to differentiate the deposits of various modes of fluvial and marine transport (uniform suspension, graded ... [more ▼]

A method of grain-size distribution data interpretation was proposed by Passega (1957; 1964) to differentiate the deposits of various modes of fluvial and marine transport (uniform suspension, graded suspension, rolling). This method consists of using two characteristic percentiles (D99 and D50) of a grain-size distribution sediment curve, that are applied to a chart with a double logarithmic scale. The position of the point is compared with a model (CM diagram) determined on the basis of samples collected from deposits for which the conditions of establishment are known. Several studies have also shown that this method allows sedimentary bedforms to be differentiated based on the grain-size characteristics of the sediments that have been deposited, thus permitting the conditions of sedimentation and the transport of old alluvium to be retrospectively determined. However, a number of parameters specific to each water course influence the characteristics of the CM diagram and there is not one universal diagram that may be transposed to all fluvial environments (Bravard and Peiry, 1999). This article presents tens of CM diagrams of Ardennian rivers, obtained on the basis of samples taken from deposits that were laid down in known hydrodynamic conditions and for which the mode of implementation can be reconstituted. The purpose of this article is therefore to provide a reliable tool to provide solid interpretations of the conditions of sedimentation of ancient fluvial deposits of the Ardennian rivers and, more generally, of gravel bed rivers (Eifel, Vosges, Morvan, etc.) in low mountain areas (ω = 15 to 150 W/m²). [less ▲]

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See detailReconstitution de la dynamique d'une rivière ardennaise (La Lienne) depuis le Tardiglaciaire grâce à l'analyse géomorphologique et chronostratigraphique d'une tourbière de fond de vallée
Denis, Anne-Cécile ULiege; Wastiaux, Cécile ULiege; Petit, François ULiege et al

in Géomorphologie: Relief, Processus, Environnement (2013), 2

The geomorphological dynamics (incision, lateral mobility, sedimentation rate) of a river typical of the Ardenne region (the Lienne River) were studied at the level of a valley floor peat deposit. This ... [more ▼]

The geomorphological dynamics (incision, lateral mobility, sedimentation rate) of a river typical of the Ardenne region (the Lienne River) were studied at the level of a valley floor peat deposit. This type of site is of major interest as the morphology of ancient fluvial deposits is preserved underneath peat deposits and pollen conserved in the peat allows different phases of the evolution of the river to be dated. The presence of pollen from the Younger Dryas above a pebble sheet perched 1.4 m above the present-day bed, as well as peat deposits from the Preboreal at the level of the present-day bed indicate that a phase of incision occurred during the Younger Dryas-Preboreal transition. Reworked Laacher See tephra was found in the upper part of the perched pebble sheet, which confirms that it had been laid down during the Younger Dryas, in a periglacial context. The Lienne River had probably multiple channels during the Preboreal. After the abandonment of one of the channels, it moved laterally, allowing the peat to spread until it occupied more than two-thirds of valley from the Atlantic phase. The use of slag from steel working as a stratigraphic marker shows low lateral mobility in the Lienne River as well as a low rate of aggradation of the alluvial plain over the last centuries. [less ▲]

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See detailL'effet des barrages de castors sur le système hydrographique
Petit, François ULiege; Denis, Anne-Cécile ULiege; Levecq, Yannick ULiege et al

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

Estimation de la sédimentation dans les retenues provoquées par les barrages de castor. Impact en aval des barrages sur l'incision des rivières. Localisarion des barrages de castor en relation avec la ... [more ▼]

Estimation de la sédimentation dans les retenues provoquées par les barrages de castor. Impact en aval des barrages sur l'incision des rivières. Localisarion des barrages de castor en relation avec la tailled es rivières (ordination des cours d'eau). Discussion sur les conséquences éventuelles des retenues sur les débits d'étiage. [less ▲]

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