Publications of Vincent Vanderheyden
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See detailLong-term bedload mobility in gravel-bed rivers using iron slag as a tracer
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULiege; Levecq, Yannick ULiege; Vanderheyden, Vincent ULiege et al

in Geomorphology (2011), 126

Bedload dispersion is evaluated in gravel-bed rivers using slag elements from ironworks established along rivers in the Ardenne region, between the fourteenth and the nineteenth centuries. Large ... [more ▼]

Bedload dispersion is evaluated in gravel-bed rivers using slag elements from ironworks established along rivers in the Ardenne region, between the fourteenth and the nineteenth centuries. Large quantities of slag were dumped close to these rivers or even directly into the channels. For centuries, slag elements were dispersed in the bedload and transported by floods of varying importance. Consequently, slag may be considered as a reliable tracer to analyze bedload dispersion over several centuries. The size of slag elements was studied along 16 Ardenne rivers. The longitudinal size trend of the largest slag particles allows the effective competence of these rivers to be determined (between 19 and 129 mm for rivers where specific stream power for the bankfull discharge ranges between 20 and 134 W/m²). A direct relationship doesn’t exist between these two parameters as the size of slag elements must be considered with regard to the D50 of the bed. Selective transport was analyzed directly downstream of the input sites. The sorting distance varies from river to river and depends on the velocity of the coarse elements introduced into the river since the inception of the iron industry. Downstream of two metallurgic sites, the slag propagation fronts were located. As the periods of activity at these sites are known from historical studies, the virtual velocity of bedload movement in these rivers was estimated to be 2-4 km/century. [less ▲]

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See detailLandscape Capacity and Social Attitudes towards Wind Energy Projects in Belgium
Van Rompaey, Anton; Schmitz, Serge ULiege; Kesteloot, Chris et al

Book published by Belgian Science Policy (2011)

The present energy crisis and the awareness of the human impact on climate change have boosted the public debate on the accelerated deployment of renewable energy sources. The objective of this research ... [more ▼]

The present energy crisis and the awareness of the human impact on climate change have boosted the public debate on the accelerated deployment of renewable energy sources. The objective of this research project is to analyse and assess the landscape capacity and social attitudes towards wind energy parks in Belgium, especially in non-urban and non-industrial sites. This research project starts from the observation that a sustainable production of energy, relying on renewable resources, should go hand in hand with a sustainable societal support for the use of these renewable sources. Experiences from neighbouring countries showed that the societal support depends of the regional landscape capacity and the social attitudes towards wind energy parks. In this research project both quantitative and qualitative research techniques will be used to: (1) measure the landscape capacity in relation to the location of wind energy parks in Belgium, (2) to gain insight in the way attitudes towards wind energy parks are socially constructed and reproduced. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes the local embeddedness of energy production contribute to sustainable rural development? Some evidence and propositions concerning the spreading of wind energy parks in Belgium
Schmitz, Serge ULiege; Vanderheyden, Vincent ULiege

in Ecological and Social innovation - 9th International conference of territorial intelligence, ENTI, Strasbourg 2010., Strasbourg : France (2010) - (2010, November)

Parce que l’énergie éolienne prend place à l’échelle locale, il semble important de penser aussi son développement à ce niveau. Quand le développement éolien est globalement perçu comme positif, des ... [more ▼]

Parce que l’énergie éolienne prend place à l’échelle locale, il semble important de penser aussi son développement à ce niveau. Quand le développement éolien est globalement perçu comme positif, des problèmes apparaissent au niveau local. Basée sur une revue de la littérature et sur cinq études de cas en Belgique, la communication souligne la transition spatiale de la production d’énergie suite à la multiplication des sites éoliens. Elle propose des pistes afin de mieux inclure la société locale dans le développement éolien [less ▲]

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See detailSocial Attitudes and Landscape Capacity towards Wind energy Parks in the Belgian Countryside
Schmitz, Serge ULiege; Vanderheyden, Vincent ULiege; Vanden Broeck, Steven et al

in Amit-Cohen, Irit (Ed.) Sustainability in Transition and the Changing Faces of Rural Areas: Enviuronmental, Social, Cultural and Economic Dimensions (2010, July)

Due to the recent changes at the world scale like the increase in raw material prices and the awareness of the global warming, several countries experience development of renewable power production. These ... [more ▼]

Due to the recent changes at the world scale like the increase in raw material prices and the awareness of the global warming, several countries experience development of renewable power production. These renewable productions often need a lot of place and they are localized in the countryside. This is the come back of the energy production in the rural system after fifty years of concentration of the production in towns, in nuclear power stations, and in large hydropower units. The paper focuses on the wind energy parks development in Belgium countryside, a high-populated area in northwestern Europe. From the experiences in the neighbouring countries, it transpired that social (residents’ reactions) and environmental (landscape impact) aspects are worthy of attention. The paper presents the results of Lacsawep, a two-year federal research project (www.belspo.be/ssd/), that examines which landscapes are adapted to wind energy in Belgium and how Belgian citizens in different contexts perceive those projects. The attitude toward wind energy parks in Belgium is based on information coming from several levels: the mouth to ear, the municipality’s, communication and project leader’s communication, the regional, national, and international Medias. The citizens difficultly analyse the mishmash of pro- and contra- information. The discourses and the bases of attitudes toward wind energy parks are a complex of physical annoyances, economic arguments, symbolic arguments, and type of decision-making process. Last but not least, these attitudes may change quickly due to the international concerns and the upsurge of wind energy parks. In Belgium, it was noticed that during the research project, the attitude toward wind energy parks changed positively. [less ▲]

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See detailMonde rural : cadre de vie et de récréation.
Schmitz, Serge ULiege; Vanderheyden, Vincent ULiege; Brück, Laurent ULiege et al

in Van Hecke, Etienne; Antrop, Marc; Schmitz, Serge (Eds.) et al Paysage, monde rural et agriculture (2010)

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See detailAtlas des Paysages de Wallonie 3. Le Plateau condrusien
Castiau, Etienne; Neuray, Claire; Nielsen, Marc et al

Book published by CPDT - L’Atlas des Paysages de Wallonie est une publication de la Conférence Permanente du Développement Territorial (2010)

Nos paysages évoluent. Ces changements sont souvent ressentis par la population comme une menace pour leur identité culturelle et territoriale. Aujourd’hui, nous sommes de plus en plus nombreux à ... [more ▼]

Nos paysages évoluent. Ces changements sont souvent ressentis par la population comme une menace pour leur identité culturelle et territoriale. Aujourd’hui, nous sommes de plus en plus nombreux à considérer le paysage comme un patrimoine commun, une composante essentielle de notre qualité de vie et comme un véritable facteur d’attractivité sociale et économique des territoires. Les pouvoirs publics ont pris conscience de la valeur de nos paysages et des menaces qui pèsent sur leur évolution. C’est ainsi que la Convention européenne du paysage, adoptée à Florence en 2000 et ratifiée par la Région wallonne en 2001, vise à protéger, aménager et gérer les paysages européens. Pour ce faire, divers outils et recommandations sont proposés. Parmi ceux-ci, on peut relever la nécessité de connaître et de sensibiliser aux paysages. C’est l’objectif qui traverse cet Atlas du Plateau condrusien, troisième tome d’une collection qui à terme couvrira toute la Wallonie. Ces Atlas des Paysages de Wallonie sont conçus comme des outils de connaissance, de sensibilisation et de gestion. Abondamment illustrés, ils sont accessibles à un large public, depuis le simple citoyen curieux ou amoureux de sa région jusqu’aux décideurs politiques, en passant par les acteurs associatifs. [less ▲]

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