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See detailAquaCrop and ICT to improve irrigation efficiencies
Wellens, Joost ULiege; Wahbi, Amar; Tychon, Bernard ULiege et al

in FAO /IAEA Soils Newsletter (2018), 40(2),

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See detailHigh-resolution simulations of natural and agricultural ecosystems over Belgium with the CARAIB Dynamic Vegetation Model
Jacquemin, Ingrid ULiege; Dury, Marie ULiege; Henrot, Alexandra-Jane ULiege et al

Conference (2017, November 17)

CARAIB (for CARbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) is a state-of-the-art dynamic vegetation model (DVM), initially designed to study the role of the vegetation in the global carbon cycle and the vegetation ... [more ▼]

CARAIB (for CARbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) is a state-of-the-art dynamic vegetation model (DVM), initially designed to study the role of the vegetation in the global carbon cycle and the vegetation behavior as a function of climate and soil. Motivated by the requirements of ecosystem management and land use planning studies, CARAIB was recently improved so as to deal with both natural and agricultural ecosystems and at a high resolution of 1km over Belgium. A new module, for crops and meadows, was added in the model, which deals with the specific processes (phenology) and management (sowing, harvesting,…) of these ecosystems. The spatial and temporal validation was carried out with different data sources : agricultural statistics, eddy-covariance site, field measurements,… The addition of the crop module has led to the improvement of the surface scheme, from now on including dynamic land use and land cover information. As well as describes the evolution of physical and biological processes, CARAIB has become an interesting tool to assess the sustainability under climate change of the ecological systems, in particular by the approach of the ecosystem goods and services. Indeed, if some model outputs can be directly read as quantitative indicators of ecosystem services (e.g. carbon sequestration), we have translated some of them to get, e.g., the crop yield (from net primary productivity) or an estimation of the soil erosion for simulation at the parcel level (from runoff and parcels characteristics). But whether an ecosystem services or land use planning studies, the crucial point for CARAIB is the landscape dynamics, which is not considered by the model, in the absence of anthropogenic, economic and societal factors in the system. In order to overcome this lack, CARAIB is now coupled with an agent-based model (ABM), to compose a land surface dynamics (LSD) module. The productivity and growth of natural and managed vegetation is given by the DVM to the ABM, which determines the shifts in land use and land cover. The LSD module is able to represent the mutual interactions between ecological and socio-economic systems and thus, to assess the sustainability of the different climate and socio-economic scenarios tested. [less ▲]

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See detailCrowdsourcing for agricultural applications: A review of uses and opportunities for a farmsourcing approach
Minet, Julien ULiege; Curnel, Yannick; Gobin, Anne et al

in Computers & Electronics in Agriculture (2017), 142, Part A

Abstract Crowdsourcing, understood as outsourcing tasks or data collection by a large group of non-professionals, is increasingly used in scientific research and operational applications. In this paper ... [more ▼]

Abstract Crowdsourcing, understood as outsourcing tasks or data collection by a large group of non-professionals, is increasingly used in scientific research and operational applications. In this paper, we reviewed crowdsourcing initiatives in agricultural science and farming activities and further discussed the particular characteristics of this approach in the field of agriculture. On-going crowdsourcing initiatives in agriculture were analysed and categorised according to their crowdsourcing component. We identified eight types of agricultural data and information that can be generated from crowdsourcing initiatives. Subsequently we described existing methods of quality control of the crowdsourced data. We analysed the profiles of potential contributors in crowdsourcing initiatives in agriculture, suggested ways for increasing farmers’ participation, and discussed the on-going initiatives in the light of their target beneficiaries. While crowdsourcing is reported to be an efficient way of collecting observations relevant to environmental monitoring and contributing to science in general, we pointed out that crowdsourcing applications in agriculture may be hampered by privacy issues and other barriers to participation. Close connections with the farming sector, including extension services and farm advisory companies, could leverage the potential of crowdsourcing for both agricultural research and farming applications. This paper coins the term of farmsourcing as a professional crowdsourcing strategy in farming activities and provides a source of recommendations and inspirations for future collaborative actions in agricultural crowdsourcing. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of AquaCrop for winter wheat using satellite derived fCover data
Mohamed Sallah, Abdoul-Hamid ULiege; Wellens, Joost ULiege; Tychon, Bernard ULiege et al

in 9th International Workshop on the Analysis of Multitemporal Remote Sensing Images (2017, June 29)

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See detailPotato monitoring in Belgium with "watchITgrow"
Piccard, Isabelle; Gobin, Anne; Wellens, Joost ULiege et al

in 19th International Workshop on the Analysis of Multitemporal Remote Sensing Images (2017, June 29)

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See detailImproving fodder biomass modeling in the sahelian zone of Niger using the multiple linear regression method
Garba, Issa; Djaby, Bakary ULiege; Salifou, Illa et al

in International journal for research in applied science & engineering technology (2017), 5(5), 1627-1639

This study was carried out in Niger and aims to propose an improved fodder biomass estimate model using the Multiple Linear Regression (MRM) method. The work was carried out with measurements of ... [more ▼]

This study was carried out in Niger and aims to propose an improved fodder biomass estimate model using the Multiple Linear Regression (MRM) method. The work was carried out with measurements of herbaceous mass (in situ) made from 2001 to 2012 by the Ministry of Livestock and Animal Industry of Niger MEIA); rainfalls observed by the Niger Meteorological Office and the meteorological variables from the European Center for Medium - Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), processed in AgrometShell (AMS) to derive the agro- meteorological variables; the SPOT VEGETATION NDVI satellite images processed in the "Vegetation Analysis in Space and Time" (VAST) program to derive biophysical variables from the annual NDVI decadal series and finally the estimated rainfall known as RFE from the American institution "Famine Early Warning Systems Network "(FEWSNET) for the calculation of annual rainfall totals. The model was performed by multiple linear regressions with the ascending step – by - step procedure for the selection of variables based on the adjusted R² and the RMSE. Leave One Out Cross Validation (LOOICV) was used to calculate the validation R² and a systematic diagnosis of residues to better characterize the model. Throughout the (national) study area, MRM performed an adjusted R² of 0.68 and a RMSE of 282 kg. Ha-1, the difference between the RMSE of the calibration and that of the validation is 3.72 kg.ha-1. However, it is necessary to continue this research with other indices such as LAI and FAPAR and EVI. Also, it would be interesting to explore ways such as: taking into account the foliage of the trees, adjusting the metrics to the phenology of the herbaceous plants, and those of the woody ones. This work will improve the quality of information used to plan development actions in favor of Niger society in order to protect it against pastoral crises. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of herbaceous biomass assessment model for sahelian rangelands (biomasah) in Niger.
Garba, Issa; Salifou, Illa; Djaby, Bakary ULiege et al

in International journal of current research (2017), 9(4), 48992-48999

This study was carried out in the pastoral zone of Niger with the aim of validating outputs of the BIOMASAH model developed by the AGRHYMET Regional Centre (ARC) relative to real data collected over the ... [more ▼]

This study was carried out in the pastoral zone of Niger with the aim of validating outputs of the BIOMASAH model developed by the AGRHYMET Regional Centre (ARC) relative to real data collected over the 2001-2011 period by the Ministry Livestock and Animal Industries (MEIA) of Niger. We used parametric tests (t-tests) and nonparametric tests (Wilcoxon and sign tests) for mean comparisons. A correlation analysis was performed by calculating Pearson’s r, Spearman’s ρ, Kendall’s T and Hoeffding’s D correlation coefficients. The results showed that the BIOMASAH model generally overestimated biomass (983.17 vs. 591.17 kg/ha) with a highly significant difference relative to the field findings (P <.0001). Pearson’s r (0.15), Spearman’sρ (0.22) Kendall’s T (0.13) and Hoeffding’s D (0.1) correlation coefficients were low but highly significant (p <.0001). Grazing pressure and spatiotemporal variability of rainfall helped explain the noted differences. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the use of decision-support tools for improved irrigation management: AquaCrop-based applications
Wellens, Joost ULiege; Raes, Dirk; Tychon, Bernard ULiege

in Elshorbagy, Amin; Kulshreshtha, Suren (Eds.) Current perspectives on irrigation and drainage (2017)

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See detailPossibilités d'utilisation de Google EarthTM pour le suivi du couvert forestier de forêts claires en zone soudanienne au Bénin
Idjigberou, Eudes Shègoun; Tychon, Bernard ULiege

in Annales de l'Université de Parakou - série "Sciences naturelles et Agronomie" (2017), 7(1), 54-63

Dans un contexte général de dégradation continue des forêts, le développement des méthodes pour le suivi du couvert forestier devient nécessaire. Cette étude a exploré le potentiel d’utilisation de Google ... [more ▼]

Dans un contexte général de dégradation continue des forêts, le développement des méthodes pour le suivi du couvert forestier devient nécessaire. Cette étude a exploré le potentiel d’utilisation de Google EarthTM pour le suivi du couvert forestier des forêts claires réparties dans le domaine des savanes soudaniennes au nord du Bénin. Nous avons supposé que le recouvrement des peuplements ligneux de forêts claires estimé par placeau de 20 m x 20 m de dimensions, à partir des images de Google Earth est positivement corrélé avec la surface terrière calculée par placeau, sur la base des données d’inventaires forestiers. La méthode de classification supervisée « maximum Likelihood » a permis de classifier les extraits d’images numériques de Google Earth avec une précision globale supérieure à 94 %, en se basant sur trois classes d’occupation du sol (formation boisée et zones d’ombre, végétation herbacée, sol nu), et d’en extraire le recouvrement des ligneux par placeau. Les résultats montrent une forte corrélation entre la surface terrière calculée à partir des données de terrain et le taux de recouvrement des ligneux estimé à partir de Google Earth et suggère que Google EarthTM pourrait être utilisé pour le suivi du couvert forestier. Cependant, le manque de mise à jour régulière de la base de données de Google EarthTM et le décalage entre dates de capture d’images dans Google EarthTM et celles de collectes des données de terrain sont des contraintes à surmonter afin de rendre plus fiable l’utilisation de l’outil dans les pays en développement comme le Bénin. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation morphologique des cuvettes oasiennes du Centre-Est du Niger
Barké, Mahamadou Karimou; Oussein, Issa; Bielders, Charles et al

in Physio-Géo Géographie physique et environnement (2017), 11

Situées en zone semi-aride à aride du Niger, les cuvettes oasiennes du département de Gouré sont actuellement menacées d'ensablement en raison de la dégradation du couvert végétal et d'un accroissement de ... [more ▼]

Situées en zone semi-aride à aride du Niger, les cuvettes oasiennes du département de Gouré sont actuellement menacées d'ensablement en raison de la dégradation du couvert végétal et d'un accroissement de l'efficacité érosive des vents. Afin de comprendre les processus d'ensablement autour de ces cuvettes, une caractérisation de leurs formes et orientations a été entreprise. Le coefficient de compacité de GRAVELIUS a permis de mettre en évidence des cuvettes circulaires (8,5 %), ovales (46,8 %), amiboïdes (10,9 %), étirées (17,6 %) et très étirées à tendance amiboïde (16,1 %). Les cuvettes oasiennes de forme circulaire ou ovale renvoient à des drains partiellement comblés par les apports éoliens. Les formes étirées et très étirées sont liées à un morcèlement du réseau hydrographique par des édifices dunaires. Enfin, la mesure de l'orientation a permis d'apprécier la distribution entre quatre secteurs majeurs : E-O (22,8 %), N-S (21,4 %), NE-SO (21,6%) et SE-NO (34,3 %). Les cuvettes orientées E-O et NE-SO sont associées à des dunes longitudinales et celles orientées N-S et SE-NO à des dunes transversales. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing a dynamic vegetation model for future projections of crop yields: simulations from the plot scale to the Belgian and European scales
Jacquemin, Ingrid ULiege; Dury, Marie ULiege; Henrot, Alexandra-Jane ULiege et al

Conference (2016, September 29)

Dynamic vegetation models (DVM), such as CARAIB (“CARbon Assimilation In the Biosphere”) were initially designed to describe the dynamics of natural ecosystems as a function of climate and soil with the ... [more ▼]

Dynamic vegetation models (DVM), such as CARAIB (“CARbon Assimilation In the Biosphere”) were initially designed to describe the dynamics of natural ecosystems as a function of climate and soil with the aim of studying the role of vegetation in the carbon cycle. But their characteristics allow numerous other applications and improvements, such as the development of a crop module. This module can be validated at the plot scale, with the use of eddy-covariance data from agricultural sites in the FLUXNET network. The carbon fluxes (e.g., net ecosystem exchange (NEE), gross primary productivity (GPP)) and the evapotranspiration (ET) simulated with the CARAIB model are compared with the fluxes measured at several sites, in order to cover a maximum number of crop types (winter wheat/barley, sugar beets, potatoes, rapeseed,…) and to evaluate the model for different European regions (Belgium, France, Germany,…). The aim of this validation is to assess the model ability to reproduce the seasonal and inter-annual variability of carbon fluxes. In order to assess the spatial variability of the model, CARAIB will be applied over Belgium and forced with the outputs the regional climate model ALARO (4 km resolution), for the recent past and the decennial projections. To reach the larger scale, we also aim to assess crops yields over Europe and to quantify the uncertainties in the climatic projections. CARAIB will be driven with the outputs of different regional climatic models (RCMs), nested in CMIP5 GCM projections for the EURO-CORDEX project: ALADIN53 (Météo-France/CNRM), RACMO22E (KNMI), RCA4 (SMHI) and REMO2009 (MPI-CSC) RCMs. These climatic projections are at a high spatial resolution (0.11-degree, ≈12 km). The model will be set up for the most common crops in Europe and for simulations tests with marginal and/or new crops. Finally, this simulation ensemble will be used to highlight potential changes in the most productive areas of Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailDo Agrometeorological Data Improve Optical Satellite-based Estimations of Herbaceous Yield in Sahelian Semi-Arid Ecosystems?
Diouf, Abdoul Aziz ULiege; Hiernaux, Pierre; Brandt, Martin et al

in Remote Sensing (2016), 8

Quantitative estimates of forage availability at the end of the growing season in rangelands are helpful for pastoral livestock managers and for local, national and regional stakeholders in natural ... [more ▼]

Quantitative estimates of forage availability at the end of the growing season in rangelands are helpful for pastoral livestock managers and for local, national and regional stakeholders in natural resource management. For this reason, remote sensing data such as the Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) have been widely used to assess Sahelian plant productivity for about 40 years. This study combines traditional FAPAR-based assessments with agrometeorological variables computed by the geospatial water balance program, GeoWRSI, using rainfall and potential evapotranspiration satellite gridded data to estimate the annual herbaceous yield in the semi-arid areas of Senegal. It showed that a machine-learning model combining FAPAR seasonal metrics with various agrometeorological data provided better estimations of the in situ annual herbaceous yield (R² = 0.69; RMSE = 483kg•DM/ha) than models based exclusively on FAPAR metrics (R² = 0.63; RMSE = 550kg•DM/ha) or agrometeorological variables (R² = 0.55; RMSE = 585kg•DM/ha). All the models provided reasonable outputs and showed a decrease in the mean annual yield with increasing latitude, together with an increase in relative inter-annual variation. In particular, the additional use of agrometeorological information mitigated the saturation effects that characterize the plant indices of areas with high plant productivity. In addition, the date of the onset of the growing season derived from smoothed FAPAR seasonal dynamics showed no significant relationship (0.05 p-level) with the annual herbaceous yield across the whole studied area. The date of the onset of rainfall however, was significantly related to the herbaceous yield and its inclusion in fodder biomass models could constitute a significant improvement in forecasting risks of a mass herbaceous deficit at an early stage of the year. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling heat stress under different environmental conditions
Carabano, Maria-Jesus; Logar, Betka; Bormann, Jeanne et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2016), 99(5), 37983814

Renewed interest in heat stress effects on livestock productivity derives from climate change, which is expected to increase temperatures and the frequency of extreme weather events. This study aimed at ... [more ▼]

Renewed interest in heat stress effects on livestock productivity derives from climate change, which is expected to increase temperatures and the frequency of extreme weather events. This study aimed at evaluating the effect of temperature and humidity on milk production in highly selected dairy cattle populations across three European regions differing in climate and production systems to detect differences and similarities that can be used to optimize heat stress (HS) effect modeling. Milk, fat and protein test day data from official milk recording for years 1999 to 2010 in four Holstein populations located in the Walloon Region of Belgium (BEL), Luxembourg (LUX), Slovenia (SLO) and Southern Spain (SPA) were merged with temperature and humidity data provided by the state meteorological agencies. After merging, the number of test day records/cows per trait ranged from 686,726/49,655 in SLO to 1,982,047/136,746 in BEL. Values for the daily average and maximum temperature and humidity index (THIavg and THImax) ranges for THIavg/THImax were largest in SLO (22-74/28-84) in SLO and shortest in SPA (39-76/46-83). Change point techniques were used to determine comfort thresholds, which differed across traits and climatic regions. Milk yield showed an inverted U shaped pattern of response across the THI scale with a HS threshold around 73 THImax units. For fat and protein, thresholds were lower than for milk yield and were shifted around 6 THI units towards larger values in SPA compared with the other countries. Fat showed lower HS thresholds than protein traits in all countries. The traditional broken line model was compared to quadratic and cubic fits of the pattern of response in production to increasing heat loads. A cubic polynomial model allowing for individual variation in patterns of response and THIavg as heat load measure showed the best statistical features. Higher/lower producing animals showed less/more persistent production (quantity and quality) across the THI scale. The estimated correlations between comfort and THIavg values of 70 (which represents the upper end of the THIavg scale in BEL-LUX) were lower for BEL-LUX (0.70 - 0.80) than for SPA (0.83 - 0.85). Overall, animals producing in the more temperate climates and semi-extensive grazing systems of BEL and LUX showed HS at lower heat loads and more re-ranking across the THI scale than animals producing in the warmer climate and intensive indoor system of SPA. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing a dynamic vegetation model for future projections of crop yields : application to Belgium in the framework of the VOTES and MASC projects
Jacquemin, Ingrid ULiege; Henrot, Alexandra-Jane ULiege; Fontaine, Corentin M. et al

Poster (2016, April 22)

Dynamic vegetation models (DVM) were initially designed to describe the dynamics of natural ecosystems as a function of climate and soil, to study the role of the vegetation in the carbon cycle. These ... [more ▼]

Dynamic vegetation models (DVM) were initially designed to describe the dynamics of natural ecosystems as a function of climate and soil, to study the role of the vegetation in the carbon cycle. These models are now directly coupled with climate models in order to evaluate feedbacks between vegetation and climate. But DVM characteristics allow numerous other applications, leading to amelioration of some of their modules (e.g., evaluating sensitivity of the hydrological module to land surface changes) and developments (e.g., coupling with other models like agent-based models), to be used in ecosystem management and land use planning studies. It is in this dynamic context about DVMs that we have adapted the CARAIB (CARbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) model. One of the main improvements is the implementation of a crop module, allowing the assessment of climate change impacts on crop yields. We try to validate this module at different scales: - from the plot level, with the use of eddy-covariance data from agricultural sites in the FLUXNET network, such as Lonzée (Belgium) or other Western European sites (Grignon, Dijkgraaf,. . . ), - to the country level, for which we compare the crop yield calculated by CARAIB to the crop yield statistics for Belgium and for different agricultural regions of the country. Another challenge for the CARAIB DVM was to deal with the landscape dynamics, which is not directly possible due to the lack of consideration of anthropogenic factors in the system. In the framework of the VOTES and the MASC projects, CARAIB is coupled with an agent-based model (ABM), representing the societal component of the system. This coupled module allows the use of climate and socio-economic scenarios, particularly interesting for studies which aim at ensuring a sustainable approach. This module has particularly been exploited in the VOTES project, where the objective was to provide a social, biophysical and economic assessment of the ecosystem services in four municipalities under urban pressure in the center of Belgium. The biophysical valuation was carried out with the coupled module, allowing a quantitative evaluation of key ecosystem services as a function of three climatic and socio-economic scenarios. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-resolution climate and land surface interactions modeling over Belgium: current state and decennial scale projections
Jacquemin, Ingrid ULiege; Henrot, Alexandra-Jane ULiege; Beckers, Veronique et al

Poster (2016, April 21)

The interactions between land surface and climate are complex. Climate changes can affect ecosystem structure and functions, by altering photosynthesis and productivity or inducing thermal and hydric ... [more ▼]

The interactions between land surface and climate are complex. Climate changes can affect ecosystem structure and functions, by altering photosynthesis and productivity or inducing thermal and hydric stresses on plant species. These changes then impact socio-economic systems, through e.g., lower farming or forestry incomes. Ultimately, it can lead to permanent changes in land use structure, especially when associated with other non-climatic factors, such as urbanization pressure. These interactions and changes have feedbacks on the climate systems, in terms of changing: (1) surface properties (albedo, roughness, evapotranspiration, etc.) and (2) greenhouse gas emissions (mainly CO2, CH4, N2O). In the framework of the MASC project (« Modelling and Assessing Surface Change impacts on Belgian and Western European climate »), we aim at improving regional climate model projections at the decennial scale over Belgium and Western Europe by combining high-resolution models of climate, land surface dynamics and socio-economic processes. The land surface dynamics (LSD) module is composed of a dynamic vegetation model (CARAIB) calculating the productivity and growth of natural and managed vegetation, and an agent-based model (CRAFTY), determining the shifts in land use and land cover. This up-scaled LSD module is made consistent with the surface scheme of the regional climate model (RCM: ALARO) to allow simulations of the RCM with a fully dynamic land surface for the recent past and the period 2000-2030. In this contribution, we analyze the results of the first simulations performed with the CARAIB dynamic vegetation model over Belgium at a resolution of 1km. This analysis is performed at the species level, using a set of 17 species for natural vegetation (trees and grasses) and 10 crops, especially designed to represent the Belgian vegetation. The CARAIB model is forced with surface atmospheric variables derived from the monthly global CRU climatology or ALARO outputs (from a 4 km resolution simulation) for the recent past and the decennial projections. Evidently, these simulations lead to a first analysis of the impact of climate change on carbon stocks (e.g., biomass, soil carbon) and fluxes (e.g., gross and net primary productivities (GPP and NPP) and net ecosystem production (NEP)). The surface scheme is based on two land use/land cover databases, ECOPLAN for the Flemish region and, for the Walloon region, the COS-Wallonia database and the Belgian agricultural statistics for agricultural land. Land use and land cover are fixed through time (reference year: 2007) in these simulations, but a first attempt of coupling between CARAIB and CRAFTY will be made to establish dynamic land use change scenarios for the next decades. A simulation with variable land use would allow an analysis of land use change impacts not only on crop yields and the land carbon budget, but also on climate relevant parameters, such as surface albedo, roughness length and evapotranspiration towards a coupling with the RCM. [less ▲]

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See detailDrought-related vulnerability and risk assessment of groundwater in Belgium: estimation of the groundwater recharge and crop yield vulnerability with the B-CGMS
Jacquemin, Ingrid ULiege; Verbeiren, Boud; Vanderhaegen, Sven et al

Poster (2016, April 19)

Due to common belief that regions under temperate climate are not affected by (meteorological and groundwater) drought, these events and their impacts remain poorly studied: in the GroWaDRISK, we propose ... [more ▼]

Due to common belief that regions under temperate climate are not affected by (meteorological and groundwater) drought, these events and their impacts remain poorly studied: in the GroWaDRISK, we propose to take stock of this question. We aim at providing a better understanding of the influencing factors (land use and land cover changes, water demand and climate) and the drought-related impacts on the environment, water supply and agriculture. The study area is located in the North-East of Belgium, corresponding approximatively to the Dijle and Demer catchments. To establish an overview of the groundwater situation, we assess the system input: the recharge. To achieve this goal, two models, B-CGMS and WetSpass are used to evaluate the recharge, respectively, over agricultural land and over the remaining areas, as a function of climate and for various land uses and land covers. B-CGMS, which is an adapted version for Belgium of the European Crop Growth Monitoring System, is used for assessing water recharge at a daily timestep and under different agricultural lands: arable land (winter wheat, maize...), orchards, horticulture and floriculture and for grassland. B-CGMS is designed to foresee crop yield and obviously it studies the impact of drought on crop yield and raises issues for the potential need of irrigation. For both yields and water requirements, the model proposes a potential mode, driven by temperature and solar radiation, and a water-limited mode for which water availability can limit crop growth. By this way, we can identify where and when water consumption and yield are not optimal, in addition to the Crop Water Stress Index. This index is calculated for a given crop, as the number of days affected by water stress during the growth sensitive period. Both recharge and crop yield are assessed for the current situation (1980 – 2012), taking into account the changing land use/land cover, in terms of areas and localization of the agricultural land and where the proportion of the different crops had considerably evolved through time (e.g., increase of grain maize and potatoes while winter cereals decrease). The preliminary results of the recharge lead to an average value in the area showing a significant negative trend, in both simulations with fixed (base = 1980) and changing land cover. In the same time, we could observe an increasing number of water stress periods, especially for maize, one of the main crops in the area. Finally, a preliminary test will be presented for the horizon 2040, for which we use meteorological time series (for high and low hydrologic impacts) given by the CCI-HYDR Perturbation Tool (Ntegeka V. and Willems P., 2009). This preliminary test aims to (1) evaluate the amplitude of the potential recharge deficit and, (2) especially, to define vulnerability zones, affected by frequent water stress, in connection with irrigation needs which could possibly increase the groundwater extraction. [less ▲]

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See detailiPot: Improved potato monitoring in Belgium using remote sensing and crop growth modelling
Piccard, Isabelle; Gobin, Anne; Curnel, Yannick et al

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See detailA KNOWLEDGE-BASED APPROACH FOR MAPPING LAND DEGRADATION IN THE ARID RANGELANDS OF NORTH AFRICA
Mahyou, Hamid; Tychon, Bernard ULiege; Balaghi, Riad et al

in Land Degradation & Development (2016)

Rangelands cover about 82% of the arid area of Morocco. It is generally acknowledged that these areas are threatened by desertification. Monitoring desertification requires accurate knowledge about the ... [more ▼]

Rangelands cover about 82% of the arid area of Morocco. It is generally acknowledged that these areas are threatened by desertification. Monitoring desertification requires accurate knowledge about the current status of rangeland degradation. Remote sensing is widely used to assess changes in land cover, but its use in arid rangelands has limitations because of spectral confusion among various types of land cover. The objective of this study was to assess the severity and spatial extent of rangeland degradation in the high plateaus of eastern Morocco, using a knowledge-based approach combining remote sensing and ancillary data. This approach relies on analyzing datasets derived from Landsat TM satellite imagery, lithology, bioclimatic data and field measurements. The level of rangeland degradation was assessed using indicators such as vegetation parameters, grazing levels and cultivation intensity, which provided a high level of accuracy for mapping and monitoring the degradation of the arid rangelands. The results showed that the total area of degraded rangeland in the high plateaus of eastern Morocco is about 17,417 km², accounting for 48% in the studied area. [less ▲]

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