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See detailLANDSLIDE SUSCEPTIBILITY PREDICTION IN A MOUNTAINOUS CATCHMENT: THE NARANJO BASIN, WESTERN GUATEMALA
Estrada Orozco, Nick Kenner

Doctoral thesis (2017)

In tropical mountain areas, landslides triggered by heavy rainfall represent a natural hazard, especially where meteorological events such as tropical cyclones are recurrent. Rainfall-triggered landslides may also increase in highly seismic active areas. This is the case of Guatemala, located in the Circum-Pacific Belt and between Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, sources of cyclonic events. Although Guatemala is a region where landslides are a widespread phenomenon, landslide inventories, maps and quantitative susceptibility assessments that are useful for land use planners and decision makers are hitherto non-existent. The aim of this research is to produce quantitative landslide susceptibility assessments, using logistic regression multivariate statistical method. The study area is a watershed located in the department of San Marcos (western Guatemala), impacted by a tropical storm event in October 2005. A total of 766 landslides were identified and mapped using orthoimages from 2005. Then, 99 landslides were mapped in 2011 based on field data. The main landslide type is shallow landslide (61 % in 2005), while 39 % of those landslides from 2005 evolved into debris flows. In total, susceptibility models using multivariate probabilistic approach were developed for shallow landslides, evaluating two different strategies for the sample size of non-landslides events and three different numbers of input variable in the models. Susceptibility models were developed for debris flows dataset and the union of both dataset (shallow and debris flows). The comparison of the models and the associated susceptibility maps highlighted 6 significant input variables that are associated with landslide occurences - elevation, slope, aspect, profile curvature, planform curvature and distance to roads. Performance comparisons of models were also carried out. To validate the performance of the model results, the ROC curve was used, as well as the four-fold and confusion matrix plots. A susceptibility map was generated to display the results of the models in terms of probability values. A proposal and discussion on the operational use of susceptibility maps where cutoff values can be chosen to define the lowest and highest landslide susceptibility were also made. These will help land use planners in decision-making and in implementing protective measures.

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See detailCaractérisation et élaboration d'un outil de surveillance des cuvettes oasiennes et de leurs alentours par télédétection et système d'information
Karimou Barké, Mahamadou Salifou

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Situées en zone semi-aride, les cuvettes oasiennes du centre-est du Niger sont des agro-écosystèmes à hautes potentialités. C’est seulement à l’intérieur de ces dernières que l’agriculture est possible durant toute l’année. Ces cuvettes oasiennes ont connu de nombreux investissements de la part de plusieurs ONGs et projets au cours des dernières années. Cependant, elles sont souvent peu connues par ces acteurs du développement du fait de leur grand nombre et de leur extrême diversité. Cette thèse cherche à réduire cette méconnaissance à travers les activités suivantes: • évaluer les performances de trois méthodes de classification d’images appliquées à la détection de ces cuvettes oasiennes dans le Département de Gouré. Ces méthodes sont l’analyse pixellaire, l’analyse texturale et l’analyse par objet. Elles sont appliquées à des images SPOT 5-THX de 2.5 m de résolution ; • caractériser la forme des cuvettes oasiennes avec deux indices morphologiques (l’indice de compacité de Gravelius et l’indice fractale de leurs contours) ainsi que leurs orientations en utilisant les secteurs de la rose de vent comme repères ; • évaluer les contraintes et potentialités liées aux unités de paysage des cuvettes et de leurs alentours pour l’ensemble des cuvettes oasiennes à partir des extensions de ces unités de paysage, élaborer des indicateurs spatiaux de caractérisation des cuvettes ; • analyser la dynamique de l’occupation des sols de cuvettes oasiennes et de leurs alentours en utilisant les images Landsat 5-TM de 1984, les images SPOT 3 de 1996 et les images SPOT 5-THX de 2013. • proposer un outil de monitoring et une esquisse de système expert orienté à partir des données récoltées par ce biais sur l’ensemble des cuvettes de la zone d’étude. L’évaluation des résultats montre que l’approche par objet (précision globale égale à 97.12%, coefficient Kappa égal à 0.97) est plus performante que celles utilisant la texture (précision globale égale à 89.61%, coefficient Kappa égal à 0,90) et l’analyse par pixel (précision globale égale à 80.58 %, coefficient Kappa égal à 0.80). Une première information originale, à savoir le nombre, la position et la surface de l’ensemble des cuvettes sur la zone d’étude est fournie. Le nombre total de cuvettes oasiennes dans le Département de Gouré est ainsi estimé à 10717. Cet inventaire de ces lieux stocks de ressources est une première étape obligatoire pour leur caractérisation morphologique et pour l’évaluation de leurs potentialités agricoles. L’indice de forme de Gravelius met en évidence une certaine diversité de leurs contours : des cuvettes circulaires (9%), ovales (47%), amiboïdes (11%), étirées (18%) et très étirées ou étirées-amiboïdes (16%). La dimension fractale permet de distinguer trois classes de cuvette selon le degré de lissage de ces contours : très lissées (39%), lissées (50%) et moyennement lissées (10%). Le lissage est interprété ici comme un indicateur d’éolisation des pourtours des cuvettes. Enfin la détermination de l’orientation des grands axes des cuvettes a permis d’identifier quatre secteurs majeurs : E-W (23%), N-S (21%), NE-SW (22%) et SE-NW (34%). Ces analyses morphologiques et d’orientation appliquées pour la première fois à l’ensemble des cuvettes oasiennes du Département de Gouré offrent des éléments permettant de comprendre les processus d’ensablement des cuvettes oasiennes dans cette zone. L’analyse des indicateurs des potentialités naturelles à la mise en valeur agricole montre que les cuvettes oasiennes sont des espaces multi-usages, avec des aptitudes en arboriculture, maraîchage, en natron et en foresterie selon les unités géomorphologiques. Le pourcentage des surfaces cultivables est faible pour 45.8% des cuvettes et fort à très fort pour seulement 3.9 %. Celui des surfaces boisées est très fort sur 61.6 % des cuvettes soit 51.4 % en superficie. Les cuvettes possédant un sol nu à natron et/ou une nappe d’eau affleurante représentent 17.6 % des cuvettes. Quant aux indicateurs de risque de dégradation, ils montrent que 3.3 % et 0.5 % des cuvettes ont respectivement une menace d’ensablement fort et très fort à moyen terme. Alors qu’à terme immédiat, c’est respectivement 3% et 0.8 % des cuvettes dont la menace d’ensablement est fort et très fort. Concernant l’évolution récente de ces milieux, les superficies des cuvettes oasiennes ont régressé de 46783 ha en 1984, à 40831 ha en 1996 et 34553 ha en 2013. Inversement, leur nombre a augmenté de 1984 (8911) à 2013 (10717). Ceci s’explique certes pour partie par les résolutions différentes des images satellitaires utilisées, mais surtout par la fragmentation de certaines cuvettes du fait de leur dégradation et la création de nouvelles cuvettes par l’érosion éolienne. Cette dynamique est accentuée par celle de l’occupation humaine des paysages. Les abords des cuvettes et des vallées sèches constitués souvent d’édifices dunaires sont de plus en plus occupés par les cultures pluviales qui les exposent davantage à l’érosion. En 1984, les édifices dunaires et vallées sèches à culture pluviale représentent 295697 ha alors, qu’en 1996 et 2013, elles occupent respectivement 368153 ha et 423876 ha. Les systèmes d’information à référence spatiale esquissés permettent d’observer et de suivre la totalité des cuvettes oasiennes. Ce système, conçu en utilisant le langage UML, a permis non seulement d’établir des relations entre les indicateurs de potentiel valorisable et de dégradation mais aussi des informations supplémentaires récoltées sur le terrain (village, marché, zone de fixation biologique et mécanique des dunes). Ils offrent un accès aisé à ces indicateurs grâce à une interface informatique. À travers des requêtes sur cette base de données, les cuvettes à menace très forte nécessitant une intervention urgente pour leur conservation ont été mises en évidence ainsi que les variables explicatives du niveau d’exploitation des cuvettes.

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See detailModélisation spatiale de la production fourragère en zone pastorale nigérienne
Garba, Issa

Doctoral thesis (2017)

This work was carried out on the pastoral zone of Niger, the main objective was to contribute to the improvement of the methods of forage yields predicting mainly in the Sahel and especially in Niger. This is specifically to validate the model BIOMASAH of ARC; test the MEIA model; to establish a reference model by multiple linear regression; test the similarity method and finally compare the methods. The work was carried out on the one hand with the data measured on the ground by the MEIA from 2001 to 2012, reel rainfall of Niger observations network, meteorological parameters from ECMWF and also with satellite images as SPOT NDVI VEGETATION and MODIS, RFE2 of FEWS NET. Validation of BIOMASAH model was made by t and Wilcoxon tests to compare reel biomass and outputs of the model. Pearson, Kendall and Spearman correlation testing was also made. The MEIA model performance was tested by confronting the results between and within SPOT VEGETATION and MODIS sensors, by comparing R² and RMSE from the integral and maximum NDVI as a predictor of forage yield. Average comparisons by parametric and nonparametric tests were also made to compare the results. The reference model (RM) was produced by multiple linear regression with stepwise method. The selection of variables was based on adjusted R² and RMSE and the LOOCV leave one out cross validation to calculate R² for validation, we made also systematic diagnosis of residues for better characterization of the model. The similarity method was performed using the R², MAD and RMSE as a criterion, the profile of the vegetation growth period of each pixel was plotted for all years. Then we compare the profile of the target year with those of other years to identify the similar year. One hand the results of similarity were compared with actual data with the Pearson correlation test, Spearman and Kendall and secondly using t and Wilcoxon tests to compare means. Comparison of models was made on the basis of R², Adjusted R² and RMSE. Model BIOMASAH result on significant difference between average (p <0.001). Pearson correlations, Kendall and Spearman are low. Regarding the MEIA model, globally R² (0.56) is best, there’s no difference to use MODIS NDVI or SPOT vegetation, the RMSE is 367 kg.ha-1. R² and RMSE vary greatly from one year to another. On a global scale the multiple linear model gave a good R² adjusted (0.69) and RMSE (282 kg / ha) the difference between the calculated and the RMSE of validation is 2.72 kg. Comparing averages of the similarity to the real ones showed that there are no significant differences (p <0.001) for R² with the differences are significant against the same threshold for the MAD and RMSE. The Comparison of the models shows that the multiple linear regression one (reference model) is the best. Research should continue with index like LAI, FARAR and EVI.

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See detailGovernance of plant health and management of crop diversity - the case of common bean health management among members of the association Croqueurs de Carottes
Klaedtke, Stephanie

Doctoral thesis (2017)

All over the globe, networks of seed growers are cultivating crop diversity in fields and gardens. Their contribution to the maintenance of this diversity has been studied, but research has widely left aside their management of plant health. The governance of bean health practiced by an association of artisanal seed companies, Croqueurs de Carottes, is approached as a case study in the objective of specifying how management of crop diversity and governance of plant health are articulated. Their concern for the governance of bean health is elucidated from an agroecological perspective, taking an interdisciplinary and transformative approach. Actor-network theory constitutes the backbone of the thesis, situated between agronomy and sociology and drawing upon a threefold research device: on-farm experiments, semi-directive interviews and participant observation. The Croqueurs' approach to bean health is described as in situ approach, in which plant populations are considered healthy if they are able to live with potential plant pathogens and adapt to their growing environments. Relying on ecological interactions, competences of plant health management are distributed throughout the production system. Both for plant health and crop diversity management, a seed lot is determined by a complex system of interactions. A clear boundary distinguishing plant populations from their growing environment cannot be drawn. This implies (i) that plant health must be judged upon in situ in the plants' growing environment and (ii) that the governance of plant health must be considered at the collective scale.

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See detailAnimal-mediated seed dispersal and tropical rainforest regeneration in the face of anthropogenic activities in a forest-savanna mosaic in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Trolliet, Franck

Doctoral thesis (2017)

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See detailAssessment of fodder biomass in Senegalese rangelands using earth observation and field data
Diouf, Abdoul Aziz

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Senegalese livestock size has largely increased during the last three decades in relation to the population growth. The fodder biomass stock available at the end of the growing season, therefore, becomes increasingly limited to meet feeding needs of pastoral livestock which provides third of the national agricultural wealth. With the reduction of natural grazing lands mostly generated by the expansion of croplands, and the reduction of fodder biomass production due to drought effects, the increase of the livestock size leads to the rangelands overload whose persistence can lead in turn to their degradation. A technique based on a simple linear relationship between the temporal integration of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and the ground biomass data, developed in the 1980s, has been operationally applied by the Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE) of Dakar (Senegal) to assess the fodder biomass available in rangelands at the end of the growing season. The derived map of total biomass production enables to help pastoral livestock managers as well as national stakeholders against food insecurity and natural resources degradation. Carried out annually, this approach comprises unfortunately some uncertainties as: (1) the saturation drawback of NDVI in areas with high biomass productivity, (2) the temporal scale which is restricted to biomass data of the ongoing year not being used again in the following year, (3) the low predictive ability due to the large time gap between data collection and published results, and (4) the high costs for annual data collection. In addition, although the earth observation (EO) data have largely progressed during the last three decades, this technique has not changed over this period and consequently is not state-of-the-art. To tackle these limitations and advance the traditional method, new statistical models that include new earth observations datasets and historical in situ plant biomass data were developed for estimating and / or predicting the forage availability at the end of the growing season in Senegalese semi-arid rangelands. A backward analysis of the linear regression approach currently applied in Senegal provided evidence that nonlinear regression functions such as Exponential and Power are more suited to estimate the end-of-season total biomass in this region using annual data solely. A completely new methodology using multiple-linear models which include various phenological metrics from the time series of the Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) and 14 years of in situ total biomass samples was developed. The proposed approach provided more reliable and accurate estimates as compared to the current CSE biomass product. Multiple-linear models developed with specific metrics adapted to ecosystem properties increased the overall accuracy of the fodder biomass estimates and mitigated the saturation of FAPAR obtained with models run across the whole study area. With this new approach, timely information about possible deficits/surplus of total fodder biomass can be provided to stakeholders using phenological metrics that are available relatively early in the growing season. Another new approach based on a machine learning algorithm (i.e., Cubist) was developed, as never done before, to assess herbaceous biomass in Senegalese Sahel. Three Cubist models using FAPAR seasonal metrics and/or agrometeorological variables (i.e., soil water status indicators) were established and compared. The Cubist model including both FAPAR and agrometeorological variables provided the best estimation performance. This model enabled to mitigate the saturation affecting optical remotely sensed vegetation data in areas of high plant productivity as well as the discrepancy between herbaceous biomass and greenness, and corrected therefore for herbaceous biomass underestimations observed with the sole FAPAR based model, particularly in sparsely vegetated areas. In contrast to the date of the growing season onset retrieved from FAPAR seasonal dynamics, the rainy season onset was significantly related to the herbaceous biomass and its inclusion in models could constitute a significant improvement in forecasting risks of fodder biomass deficit. The methods developed in this research provide tools to assess Senegalese forage resources at two levels: herbaceous and total fodder biomass (Herbaceous + woody leaf biomass). They require limited data and free available software and therefore can be easily replicated in other countries of the West African Sahel.

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See detailDECONSTRUCTING LANDSCAPE IN THE MIND OF PEOPLE: AN EXPLORATION OF EVERYDAY AND WIND ENERGY LANDSCAPES
Vanderheyden, Vincent

Doctoral thesis (2016)

In the 19th century, geography was defining itself as the science of landscape, led by German and French schools. Other disciplines were also interested in landscape, each one with its own definition(s). In public policy, landscape has remained, for a long time, a heritage object to be protected (e.g. cultural landscapes of UNESCO). In 2000, the European Landscape Convention, which aims to safeguard the European landscape diversity, proposed a common definition. This includes the idea of areas perceived by people. One of the recommendations of the Convention is the call to focus on other landscapes that only heritage landscapes, such as everyday landscapes and degraded landscapes. The convention also calls for better management and planning practices towards landscape changes. Today, landscape is often invoked as arbitrator in territorial disputes. This is the case in discussions for the installation of wind farms. Newcomers and farmers ‘visions on landscape are often opposed: idyllic landscape for living and recreation for the firsts, working environment for the seconds. Despite the European Landscape Convention, many grey areas remain about how to achieve its goals. Long before it, leading researchers called for a better interest in everyday landscapes. Yet they remain the poor relation in landscape research, to the benefit of natural, wild landscapes. Many uncertainties also remain on how non-specialists perceive their ordinary landscapes and how they have appropriated the landscape concept. The research helps to fill this double gap, deconstructing the concept through the lens of ordinary landscape. With several research questions, I plan to explore what is the landscape in people’s mind, how they conceptualize it, how they think it and how they question their own views on landscape. I will show how these conceptualizations and thoughts are shaped by the living environment, which often provides the tools necessary to the apprehension of the landscape. I will analyse how new elements such as wind farm can disrupt these patterns. The first part of the research is dedicated to the overall perception of their ordinary landscapes by Belgians, especially facing the issue of wind energy. Using a photo-questionnaire survey, we surveyed a representative sample of the Belgian population (n = 1542). Based on this investigation a model was developed. It highlights the positive influence of forest cover and the lack of anthropogenic elements, but also the negative influence of its urbanization and too flat relief on landscape attractiveness. The influence of wind turbines has to be qualified according to the landscape in which they are implanted. In landscapes strongly marked by the human footprint, they seem perceived as increasing the landscape attractiveness. In unspoilt landscapes, they seem rather to contribute to their degradation. These global findings are nuanced in further research. Deeper analysis shows that Flemish people have a more positive view of the landscape than Walloons. I hypothesize a decisive influence of the local context. Indeed, Flemish landscapes are generally more urbanized and marked by man than most of the Walloon landscapes. The building of wind farms seems to change or even reverse the situation. The analysis also shows significant influences related to educational level and gender. Anthropogenic landscapes are less disregarded by low educated people. Women seem to attach importance to stewardship and landscape maintenance. In contrast, although suspected, age influence has not been formally demonstrated. The second part of this dissertation, the cornerstone of this doctoral research, aims at deconstructing the landscape concept in the mind of people. In this part, wind farms are no longer considered as a case study, but as a leitmotif. I deeper surveyed smaller groups (n = 54) in three areas of Wallonia (Walloon Picardy, between the Sambre and Meuse rivers, and Ardennes) with qualitative techniques. This survey was conducted five years after the first. The analysis of the vocabulary used by the regional sub-groups shows that people are not equipped the same way for analysing landscapes. The experience of living environment seems to be crucial in providing analytical keys. Thus Ardennes people seem better equipped to talk about the forest, marking their landscapes, while the Picards seem more loquacious about their iconic cultivated landscapes. The research also highlighted different landscape analysis patterns. Some people ordered landscapes according to their degree of naturalness, the less spoiled landscapes being the most attractive. On the contrary, fewer attach importance to landscapes where human footprint is clearly visible. Some respondents remain in a purely aesthetic landscape analysis, while others project themselves into the landscape, imagining they are performing different actions. Depending on their interests, these actions influence the perception of one same landscape. Research shows that this overall pattern analysis is disturbed by various factors. The recognition of certain places transformed landscape analysis in an analysis of the place, with the emotional changes that this entails. The position of the participants facing wind energy projects also appears sharper. In the time between the two parts of the research, Wallonia has experienced unprecedented wind development; opinions have therefore had time to form. This was not yet totally the case during the first survey. Beyond these major disruptions, the research also shows clear influences of the ordered character of landscapes, their living character and variety of land uses. The research also highlights the influence of non-visual criteria such as noise or odours detectable in the landscape. In conclusion, the research shows that respondents often show a sense of landscape, weaker than sense of place and stronger than aesthetic.

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See detailẾtude de l’émergence des organisations pastorales et de leur rôle dans les processus de gestion partagée de la vallée de la Tarka dans les départements de Bermo et Dakoro (Centre sud du Niger)
IBRAHIM, Habibou

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Cette thèse vise à analyser les organisations pastorales et leurs rôles dans la gestion des conflits fonciers. En Afrique subsaharienne et particulièrement au Niger, le foncier est au centre des enjeux de l’agro-pastoralisme. La sécurisation des droits d’accès aux ressources et des systèmes de tenure foncière sont essentiels pour la gestion et la résolution des conflits fonciers (Herrea et al., 2007). La région de Maradi constitue la zone de contact entre le Nord pastoral et le Sud agricole. Dans cette partie centrale où la pression foncière, aggravée par la croissance démographique, se pose avec acuité, le spectre des conflits fonciers est malheureusement devenu un phénomène chronique, une donnée permanente (GADO., 2000). La pluralité des normes et plusieurs sources de droit contribuent à complexifier le règlement des litiges fonciers entre acteurs dans les départements de Dakoro et Guidan Roumdji (Moutari., 2001). Or la dynamique globale des systèmes d’élevage est déterminée par la complémentarité des espaces agro-pastoraux. Cette complémentarité est remise en cause par ces pressions foncières et suscite des changements organisationnels dans les communautés du centre Sud du Niger (Yamba., 2004 ; 2000). C’est le rôle des associations pastorales à Dakoro et Bermo qui est l’objet de cette recherche. En effet les organisations paysannes en Afrique Subsaharienne et au Niger en particulier jouent un rôle important dans la définition des politiques agricoles et deviennent des conditions indiscutables de la réussite des actions à promouvoir à l’échelle locale (Courade et Deveze., 2006 ; Mercoiret, 2006 ; Mercoiret et al. 2004). La méthodologie de travail relève de l’approche ethnographique. Les outils et instruments d’enquête sont les questionnaires et les entretiens ouverts avec les acteurs locaux sur les dynamiques territoriales, les modes d’action des associations pastorales et les conflits fonciers. Les résultats viennent aussi des travaux et des documents des projets, des ONG et des rapports des services techniques de l’Etat. Pour un souci de fiabilité des données, nous avons tenu à réaliser des séances de restitution des données et de triangulations pour confronter les informations de diverses sources. Au total 104 personnes sont enquêtées dont 30 % auprès des associations. Ces investigations ont concerné aussi les secrétaires des commissions foncières, les préfets, les agents des projets et des ONG et le président du tribunal de Dakoro ainsi que les leaders pastoraux, les transhumants, les agriculteurs et associations pastorales.

See detailCaractérisation et tests de traitement des déchets ménagers et boues de vidange par voie anaérobie et compostage pour la ville de Kinshas
MINDELE UKONDALEMBA, LEONARD

Doctoral thesis (2016)

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See detailCaractérisation et tests de traitement des déchets ménagers et boues de vidange par voie anaérobie et compostage pour la ville de Kinshas
Mindele Ukondalemba, Léonard

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Dans les pays en développement (PED) en général et en République Démocratique du Congo en particulier, la problématique de l’assainissement (eaux usées et des déchets solides) constitue un enjeu majeur pour les spécialistes et les autorités locales. Cette thèse a comme objectif général de faire une évaluation de l’état des lieux et de dégager des pistes possibles de traitements des déchets solides et liquides en vue de protéger les populations et de s’orienter vers des traitements qui respectent au mieux les principes du développement durable. Pour réaliser cet objectif, il a été question de caractériser les déchets municipaux solides, spécialement des déchets ménagers, par une méthode de caractérisation rapide, simple et peu couteuse. Pour ce qui concerne la gestion des eaux usées, spécialement les boues de vidange provenant de l’assainissement non collectif (ANC), par une méthode sociologique mobilisant des techniques d'enquêtes et d'observation sur site, qui a permis de bien comprendre les pratiques d'assainissement non collectif sur terrain dans le contexte de la République démocratique du Congo ; enfin d’un essai de traitement par une digestion anaérobie (ou co-digestion anaérobie) des déchets suivi du compostage (ou co-compostage).Parmi les modes de traitement de déchets, la digestion anaérobie paraît être une option attrayante pour la dégradation des déchets ménagers fermentescibles en produits utiles tels que le biogaz et le compost de haute qualité. De ce fait, nous avons mené une étude expérimentale comparative entre la digestion anaérobie des déchets ménagers fermentescibles uniquement et la co-digestion anaérobie des déchets ménagers fermentescibles et de boues de vidange de fosse septique. L’expérience a été conduite dans deux cuves de 80 litres. La digestion et la co-digestion anaérobies se sont déroulées à la température de 25°C et en deux étapes, de sorte que la première étape dans la cuve de 80 L, s’arrête à l'acidogenèse et que la deuxième étape se passe dans un autre digesteur de 10 L allant de l’acétogenèse à la méthanogenèse. Les résultats ont montré que 1,3 Nm3 de méthane sont produits à partir de la digestion anaérobie des déchets uniquement et 1,8 Nm3 de méthane sont produits à partir de la co-digestion des déchets et des boues de vidange, confirmant l’intérêt de la co-digestion.Les résultats préliminaires trouvés sont encourageants, notamment en matière de gain detemps dans la durée du processus. Le procédé a entre autres avantages de limiter la manipulation du déchet en cours de traitement et de fournir à la fin deux produits directement valorisables : le compost et le méthane. Bien entendu ces résultats préliminaires devront être validés par des essais à une échelle un peu plus grande avant de proposer de passer à des projets en vraie grandeur. Ainsi nous espérons que ce travail pourra contribuer à la relance des digesteurs anaérobies pour favoriser les énergies renouvelables tels que prôné ce dernier temps par la COP21 et ainsi éviter la déforestation intempestives des nos forets. Mots clés : assainissement non collectif, déchets solides fermentescibles, boue de vidange, co-digestion anaérobie, indicateur d'assainissement, digestion anaérobie, compost.

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See detailEvaluation des charges polluantes (domestiques et industrielles) arrivant au lac Kivu dans la ville de Bukavu, RD. Congo
Lina Aleke, Alex

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Dans les pays en développement (PED) en général, et plus particulièrement en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), le développement des villes et l'augmentation des populations urbaines se font avec une rapidité telle que l'accessibilité à l'eau potable et à l'assainissement de basepose un problème croissant de sante publique et de bien-être des populations. Le manque d'expertise et des moyens techniques et/ou financiers ne permet pas de mettre en place des programmes cohérents et adaptés aux réalités et défis que connaissent ces pays. C'est dans cette optique que la présente étude qui porte sur la caractérisation des eaux résiduaires domestiques et industrielles générées dans la ville de Bukavu, a été menée en vue d'évaluer les flux des pollutions arrivant dans le lac Kivu. Différents axes de recherche ont été ainsi exploités pour répondre a cet objectif. Ce sont :l'évaluation de l'assainissement non collectif (ANC),la caractérisation des flux polluants générés par les activités domestiques et industrielles, etl'analyse critique des atouts naturels (physiques, géologiques, hydrogéologiques, etc.) de la ville de Bukavu en vue de mettre sur pied des filières permettant un assainissement correctet la protection du lac Kivu. L'évaluation de l'assainissement a été basée sur une démarche sociologique faisant appel à des techniques d'enquêtes et d'observation deterrain. Une approche d’évaluation par un indicateur découlant de la combinaison des indicateurs mis en place au prorata des trois maillons composants une filière d’ANC (amont, intermédiaire et aval) a été utilisée. Les résultats obtenus montrent un faible niveau d'accès à l'eau potable et à l'assainissement de base qui serait lié à des facteurs historiques, physiques, politiques, et socio-économiques. De plus, un effort considérable reste à faire pour la gestion du maillon aval car la gestion des boues produites se fait pour le moment de manière non conforme. Par ailleurs, la densité de la population, en pleine croissance, nécessite une politique de construction de logements bien appropriée. Réalisée au niveau des émissaires domestiques (ITFM, Rukumbuka, PIR, Nyamugo et Bagira) et des rivières (Bwindi, Tshula, Wesha et Kahwa) qui traversent Bukavu, la caractérisation des flux de pollutions domestiques a été menéeau travers des méthodes physicochimiques et microbiologiques. Elle a permisd'apprécier l'importance des risques sanitaires qu'encourent les habitants de Bukavu dans leur quotidien, ainsi que l'ampleur des pressions que subit le lac qui en est le réceptacle. De la même manière, notre étude s'est intéressée aux flux produits des pollutions industrielles brassicoles et pharmaceutiques, suivant une approche physicochimique. Il ressort de ces analyses que les émissaires domestiques constituent le cadre de premier choix adopté par les habitants pour le rejet de leurs déchets. Ce faisant, les rivières de la ville font l'objet d'importantes pollutions engendrées par les activités domestiques, et constituent des égouts à ciel ouvert. Les flux évacués et arrivant quotidiennement dans le lac vont de 2165 kg (rivière Bwindi) à 5974 kg DBO5 (riviere Kahwa) en saison sèche, et de 5303 kg (rivière Bwindi) à 14270 kgDBO5 (rivière Kahwa) en saison de pluie, correspondant aux charges totales respectives de 7468 kg DBO5 et 20244 kg DBO5. Les flux des pollutions microbiologiques ont été évalués a 2,3.109 UFC/EH DBO5 pour la rivière Bwindi et 6.109 UFC/EH DBO5 pour la rivière Kahwa en ce qui concerne les coliformes fécaux, et 2800 œufs/EH DBO5 (rivière Bwindi) et 4185 œufs/EH DBO5 (rivièreKahwa) pour les parasites.En outre, 11 taxons de parasites ont été identifiés. Ce sont : Entamoeba coli, Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, Ascaris sp. (taxon le plus distribué), Ankylostoma sp., Strongyloides sp., Trichuris trichiura, Hymenolepis nana, Hymenolepis diminuta, Taenia saginata et Schistosoma mansoni. Recevant les eaux de 4 de 5 émissaires domestiques étudiés, la rivière Kahwa s'est avérée comme la plus polluée des rivières de Bukavu. Concernant les pollutions industrielles, pour chaque litre de boisson (bières et boissons gazeuses confondues), la société brassicole Bralima utilise entre 4,7 et 5,7 l d'eau, avec une moyenne de 5,1 l.Les pollutions spécifiques s'établissent entre 1,2 et 1,6 kg DCO/hl, et 0,2 et 0,4 kg MES/hl de produits finis, avec unecharge globale évaluée 194,1 kgDCO par jour, avant traitement. L'abattement des pollutions dans la station d'épuration de cette société brassicole devrait être amélioré en vue de réduire ses pressions sur le lac et les risques sanitaires auxquels sont exposées les populations. Quant à la Pharmakina, la charge globale des pollutions, évaluée à 1229,2 kgDCO par jour, arrive dans le lac Kivu sans aucun traitement préalable, constituant ainsi de graves menaces environnementales et écologiques imputables à sa responsabilité.

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See detailLa disponibilité et le prix du foncier à vocation économique: quel impact sur le développement économique en Wallonie?
Vandermeer, Marie-Caroline

Doctoral thesis (2016)

This doctoral dissertation concerns the policy of land production related to economic land in Wallonia. This policy corresponds to the development of economic estates by public authorities, through economic development agencies, to accommodate businesses. It is based on the argument according to which the availability of land – cheap if possible – is an essential factor in territorial attractiveness and competitiveness. The reflections presented in this dissertation originate from the discrepancy between this argument and the scientific literature devoted to regional development. Indeed, unlike elected representatives and economic development agencies, scholars active in the field of regional sciences only very rarely refer to the impact of the land markets on levels of development. Rather than focusing on the theme of land prices and land availability, regional scientists underline the importance of intangible factors such as innovation, education, integration into networks, territorial identity, strategic management or governance. In view of this difference, it seems appropriate to assess the spatial and economic effectiveness of the Walloon policy of land production. To do this, our wish is to objectify the real role of the availability and the price of economic land on territorial development. The first part of the dissertation develops a reflection on the literature dedicated to the relationships between land and property markets and regional development. It leads to highlight the need to develop knowledge on the impact of land and property markets on business competitiveness, regional attractiveness and economic development. The second part is devoted to the study of the availability of economic land and aims to assess the spatial effectiveness and the economic effectiveness of policies which offer an important quantity of economic land. To do this, statistical analyses were conducted on two study areas: the Northwest Europe and Belgium. As regards spatial effectiveness, the results underline significant national differentials in terms of land consumption on the one hand, while highlighting the economic sprawl that characterises France and Belgium on the other hand. As regards economic effectiveness, our results show that the impact of the development of economic estates on growth depends largely on regional contexts. Our analyses identified three regional profiles. First, urban regions, where land availability only plays a marginal role, most likely owing to the presence of numerous activities that are not very extensive spatially, yet very productive in terms of added value. Secondly, intermediate regions, where the availability of economic land has a real impact on development. However, it would appear that the profile of these regions is adapted to the presence of activities which, like logistics, generate a limited amount of jobs and added value per surface unit. Thirdly, rural regions, where the opening of land to urbanisation does not deliver the desired results. In these regions, the availability of land is not a sufficient condition for economic growth and job creation. However, we have to precise that the Belgian rural regions are rather similar to intermediate regions, probably thanks to their good connectivity. The third part concerns the study of the economic land prices. It tends to assess the impact of these prices on company property costs. The developed statistical analysis is based on annual accounts of companies with one reporting unit localised in Walloon economic estates. Results suggest that property costs are rather low. On average, they represent 1.4% of all their operational costs and 5.4% of their added-values. By contrast, labour costs are eight times higher. In addition, our analyses suggest that an increase in land prices would have a limited impact on property costs. These results tend to invalidate the hypothesis that low land prices are a key determinant of regional development. Although, property costs are highly dependent on the business sector and the size of firms. For instance, for logistic companies and small firms, property costs represent more than 10% of their added-values and 2% to 5% of their operational costs. These results tend to highlight the fact that high land prices can have a negative impact on the development of these companies. As a final point, our conclusion discusses the recommendation that economic land supply policies must be adapted according to both, the profile of the territories and the profile of the firms. Indeed, in urban regions, land supply policies aiming to supply an important land supply at low price is probably inefficient from an economic standpoint. By contrast, economic development can be expected in intermediate regions with active land policies dedicated to land-intensive activities. Moreover, a specific attention should be paid to small companies.

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See detailẾtude de l’émergence des organisations pastorales et de leur rôle dans les processus de gestion partagée de la vallée de la Tarka dans les départements de Bermo et Dakoro (Centre sud du Niger)
Ibrahim, Habibou

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Cette thèse vise à analyser les organisations pastorales et leurs rôles dans la gestion des conflits fonciers. En Afrique subsaharienne et particulièrement au Niger, le foncier est au centre des enjeux de l’agro-pastoralisme. La sécurisation des droits d’accès aux ressources et des systèmes de tenure foncière sont essentiels pour la gestion et la résolution des conflits fonciers (Herrea et al., 2007). La région de Maradi constitue la zone de contact entre le Nord pastoral et le Sud agricole. Dans cette partie centrale où la pression foncière, aggravée par la croissance démographique, se pose avec acuité, le spectre des conflits fonciers est malheureusement devenu un phénomène chronique, une donnée permanente (GADO., 2000). La pluralité des normes et plusieurs sources de droit contribuent à complexifier le règlement des litiges fonciers entre acteurs dans les départements de Dakoro et Guidan Roumdji (Moutari., 2001). Or la dynamique globale des systèmes d’élevage est déterminée par la complémentarité des espaces agro-pastoraux. Cette complémentarité est remise en cause par ces pressions foncières et suscite des changements organisationnels dans les communautés du centre Sud du Niger (Yamba., 2004 ; 2000). C’est le rôle des associations pastorales à Dakoro et Bermo qui est l’objet de cette recherche. En effet les organisations paysannes en Afrique Subsaharienne et au Niger en particulier jouent un rôle important dans la définition des politiques agricoles et deviennent des conditions indiscutables de la réussite des actions à promouvoir à l’échelle locale (Courade et Deveze., 2006 ; Mercoiret, 2006 ; Mercoiret et al. 2004). La méthodologie de travail relève de l’approche ethnographique. Les outils et instruments d’enquête sont les questionnaires et les entretiens ouverts avec les acteurs locaux sur les dynamiques territoriales, les modes d’action des associations pastorales et les conflits fonciers. Les résultats viennent aussi des travaux et des documents des projets, des ONG et des rapports des services techniques de l’Etat. Pour un souci de fiabilité des données, nous avons tenu à réaliser des séances de restitution des données et de triangulations pour confronter les informations de diverses sources. Au total 104 personnes sont enquêtées dont 30 % auprès des associations. Ces investigations ont concerné aussi les secrétaires des commissions foncières, les préfets, les agents des projets et des ONG et le président du tribunal de Dakoro ainsi que les leaders pastoraux, les transhumants, les agriculteurs et associations pastorales.

See detailDe la cause animale aux luttes paysannes. Une enquête critique sur le métier d'éleveur en Wallonie aujourd'hui
Gérard, Marie

Doctoral thesis (2015)

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See detailUsing remote sensing (optical and radar) and modeling to support the irrigation management of cereals in a semi-arid region: a case study of the Tadla irrigated perimeter in Morocco
Benabdelouahab, Tarik

Doctoral thesis (2015)

Summary Irrigated agriculture is an important strategic sector in Morocco, it accounts for about 45%, on average, of the agricultural Gross Domestic Product, contributing thus to food security and employment. It occupies 15% (about 1.5 million ha) of the total cultivated area in the country. Irrigation scheme managers need to ensure that water is optimally used in the irrigated perimeters and that water shortages are avoided. For large areas under irrigation, this can be achieved through water monitoring at plot level using modeling and satellite-based methodologies. The main objective of this research was to assess the use of optical and radar remote sensing and of crop modeling in the irrigation monitoring and management of wheat in the irrigated perimeter of Tadla. The potential of spectral indices derived from SPOT-5 images was explored for comparing, quantifying and mapping surface water content changes at regional and local levels. Indices were computed using the reflectance in red, near infrared and shortwave infrared bands. Our findings show that the normalized difference water index (NDWIRog) could be used to estimate and map the surface water content of wheat plots, from bare soil to fully covered soil. Backscatter threshold values derived from SAR images were used to detect irrigation water supplies in wheat plots and the optimal acquisition frequency of SAR images was determined in order to ensure continuous monitoring. A field crop model (AquaCrop) was adjusted to simulate durum wheat yields and the temporal evolution of soil moisture status in order to manage and schedule irrigation water supplies and assess their impact on yield. Currently, the approaches described in this paper are being applied independently. This research was intended, therefore, to provide tools to help policy-makers and stakeholders improve irrigation monitoring and mitigate wheat water stress at the field and irrigation perimeter levels in semi-arid areas. Keywords: irrigation management, spectral index, wheat, backscattering, SAR, semi-arid, Morocco.

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See detailHigh resolution present and future climate and surface mass balance of Svalbard modelled by the regional climate model MAR
Lang, Charlotte

Doctoral thesis (2015)

This worked aimed to simulate the climate and surface mass balance of Svalbard at high spatial resolution with the regional climate model MAR. First, simulations of the present (1979 - 2013) climate and surface mass balance were performed at a spatial resolution of 10 km. MAR was evaluated over Svalbard by comparing its outputs to measurements of temperature and precipitation measurement and outputs of other modelling products fo the surface mass balance. The results of the MAR simulations were then analysed over 1979 - 2013 and shoed a stability of the (negative) SMB opposed to the recent melt records observed in Greenland. This stability was attributed to a recent change in summer atmospheric circulation damping the Arctic warming over Svalbard. A future projection over 1980 - 2100 was then performed with MAR forced by MIROC5 and the RCP8.5 scenario and showed that the future SMB decrease is projected to be mainly driven by the albedo decrease (related to the expansion of the ablation area) through the increase of the net shortwave radiation absorbed by the surface.Finally, an online downscaling technique has been implemented in MAR to allow the surface modeule SISVAT, computing the surface mass balance and its components, to run at a resolution twice as high as the atmospheric module. This method, based on near-surface temperature and humidity corrections on a subgrid, allows SMB outputs at a resolution twice as high with only 25% more computation time.

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See detailIntégration de la continuité spatiale dans la structure multidimensionnelle d’un entrepôt de données - SOLAP raster
Kasprzyk, Jean-Paul

Doctoral thesis (2015)

Technological advances in recent decades have created a massive acquisition of digital data whose volume grows exponentially. To efficiently extract the information they contain, powerful tools have been developed to collect, store and analyze these data. These tools are gathered in a discipline called “business intelligence”. Among them, data warehouses are responsible for archiving data by structuring them in a multidimensional way (time, space or others). They are called data hypercubes or data cubes when they are limited to three dimensions. Hypercubes can supply OLAP (On Line Analytical Processing) systems that aim at quickly synthesizing information in interactive tables and charts for decision-makers from various fields: marketing, environment, criminology, etc. Thus, users can navigate into hypercubes using OLAP operations such as slicing on dimension members (e.g. data aggregation for the month of January in the time dimension), or drilling into hierarchies (e.g. switching from the “year” level to the “month” level in the time dimension). When OLAP is coupled with spatial analysis techniques supplied by geographic information systems (GIS), a map interface then improves the exploration of data: OLAP operations can be applied to dimensions defined in the geographical space (spatial drilling or spatial slicing). This kind of tool is called SOLAP (Spatial OLAP). SOLAP tools currently available on the market all suffer from the same deficiency: they are unable to represent spatial dimensions (X, Y) in a continuous way. This representation is nevertheless essential for the management of spatially continuous phenomena (temperature, pollution, etc.) but also for visualizing spatially discrete events (product sales, crimes, etc.) while minimizing the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem (MAUP). This kind of visualization is used especially by the police to predict the location of future crimes through hotspot maps which are generated by the Kernel Density Estimation (KDE) method. In the field of GIS, raster data (as opposed to vector data) enable effective representation of spatial continuity through digital georeferenced grids. Whereas current SOLAP tools only consider vector data, our research uses the raster model to integrate spatial continuity into the multidimensional structure of a data warehouse feeding a SOLAP ("raster SOLAP"). Despite its underutilization in the SOLAP literature, the raster model has many similarities with a particular kind of data cube: the MOLAP cube (Multidimensional OLAP). Like a satellite image (raster) representing the two planimetric spatial dimensions and one "spectral band" dimension, a MOLAP cube is a three dimensional array whose cells’ coordinates (similar to raster pixels) enable an efficient indexation of dimensions’ members (describing the analyzed facts). In a first original model that we call "raster cube" we define the bases for a three-dimensional raster SOLAP, starting from the definition of a MOLAP cube. Unlike vector SOLAP - where spatiality is attached to a semantic dimension through pointers to geometries - our model directly integrates spatial dimensions (X, Y) in the multidimensional structure of the data warehouse. With this original feature, any geographical entity (country, building, road, etc.) can be imported on the fly as a member in the analysis of the user, which is hardly possible with conventional vector SOLAP tools. An extension of this SOLAP model, called "raster hypercube", is then developed by entrusting the management of extra non-spatial dimensions to a relational database management system (Relational OLAP or ROLAP). The raster hypercube is then populated by KDE raster fields representing crime densities, which are defined in a continuous space (raster dimensions) through time and crime types (ROLAP dimensions). Our model is able to combine the production of hotspot maps at different scales of analysis with SOLAP navigation operations: slicing on spatial or non-spatial members, and drilling into the hierarchy of spatial or non-spatial dimensions. Our raster hypercube model is validated by an operating prototype which is based on open source tools only. Several datasets are integrated through KDE fields, including crime data from London and Seattle. At the end of our work, the results of a comparative study between raster SOLAP and vector SOLAP demonstrate that hybrid vector/raster SOLAP architectures present the same interest for spatial data as hybrid ROLAP/MOLAP architectures do for purely semantic data (management of detailed hypercubes

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See detailSeagrass macrophytodetritus: a copepod hub - Species diversity, dynamics and trophic ecology of the meiofauna community in Posidonia oceanica leaf litter accumulations
Mascart, Thibaud

Doctoral thesis (2015)

Macrophytodetritus is a heterogeneous mixture of detrital material that accumulates on submerged unvegetated sand patches amid vast Mediterranean Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows. Several vagile invertebrates are present in substantial biomass and biodiversity. Among these invertebrates, meiofauna (fauna between 38µm and 1mm) is ubiquitous and seems to play a key-feature in this dynamic and patchy system. Coastal ecosystems are under the direct effect of anthropogenic disturbance and degradation. Extra research is crucially needed to understand better the dynamics of coastal vegetation, in order to have a more successful restauration of these regressing ecosystems. In this context, the main goal of this PhD research was triple: (1) characterising in situ the physico-chemistry and the composition of the macrophytodetritus accumulations in the Calvi Bay, Corsica, (2) identifying the diversity of the associated meiofauna communities, especially harpacticoid copepods together with unravelling the origin of the present copepods and (3) characterizing the trophic ecology of the copepod communities in the macrophytodetritus at the specific and eco-morphological level. This research showed that macrophytodetritus biomass is composed on average for 75% of dead P. oceanica seagrass leaves shed after senescence. Attached to the surface of the seagrass leaves numerous micro- and macroepiphytes are present, representing on average 10% of the total biomass. The remaining part is mainly constituted of drift material, like detached P. oceanica shoots and epilithic macroalgae. A seasonal pattern is observed regarding the amount of accumulated material and the physico-chemical composition inside the accumulation. Wind-induced hydrodynamics is the responsible driver behind the variability of the macrophytodetritus and consequently it has a major impact on the faunal communities already present in a macrophytodetritus accumulation. Previous studies showed that the presence of macrofaunal invertebrates (> 1 mm) in high amounts contributes to the degradation of the detritus. Similarly, this study proves the ubiquitous presence of meiofauna in macrophytodetritus. Depending on the season, densities from 20.10³ to 160.10³ meiofaunal organisms per square metre of accumulation were recorded. Copepods were the most abundant taxon (> 50%) of which 87% belonged to the order Harpacticoida. Nematodes were the second most abundant taxon, representing on average 18% of the total meiofauna densities. A total of 61 copepod species were found in Calvi Bay macrophytodetritus accumulations and adjacent habitats (bare sand, seagrass and water column), wherefrom 85% were shared amongst these habitats, underlining the high colonization capabilities of copepods. Active colonization occurred within 24h through species-specific dispersal pathways. Certain species were more avid to colonize, resulting in a colonizer-competitor trade-off among the copepod community. Eco-morphological characteristics seemed to be responsible for the dispersal potential. However, the variety of the composition of the copepod community suggested that other factors also contributed to the attractiveness of the structurally complex macrophytodetritus habitat. The isotopic niches of four abundant copepod species, representing four different eco-morphological groups were identified: Ectinosoma dentatum (mesopsammic-type), Diosaccus tenuiremis (phytal-type), Tisbe furcata (epibenthic-type) and Clausocalanus arcuicornis (water-column-type). Based on stable isotope analysis, fatty acid profiling and Bayesian mixing model, results suggested an interspecific diversity which would indicate a species-specific resource partitioning. C. arcuicornis mainly fed on suspended organic matter, while D. tenuiremis thrived mainly on epiphytes (mostly diatoms). E. dentatum was dependent on the seasonal availability of food sources, while T. furcata fed on a heterogeneous mixture of sources. Presumably none of the species directly assimilated dead seagrass leaf litter. Overall, by combining in situ sampling, novel mesocosm experiment, biomarkers and mixing models, this study displayed the carrying capacity of macrophytodetritus to support a large amount of meiofauna and a wide diversity of copepod species. The morphological differences among copepod species seem to allow specialization towards habitat preferences, (physical habitat preferences and colonization potential) and towards resource preferences (food partitioning). Macrophytodetritus seems thus to be a suitable home, or a temporary hub for a diverse copepod community. Finally, this dynamic and patchy habitat, prone to swift changes and situated at the crossing of different ecosystems, plays a major role in coastal ecology.

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See detailDispositifs de conservation écorégionale et droits indigènes dans l’Amazonie Bolivienne: Les cas des Peuples du Madidi et Pilón Lajas
Marquez Guerra, José Francisco

Doctoral thesis (2015)

The apparatus of conservation at the ecoregional scale integrating natural landscape and cultural landscapes in the Amazon basin has been introduced by international conservation NGOs since the beginning of the 90s when the term hotspot was invented to designate the importance of "mega-diversity "of tropical forests for the survival of humanity. The representation of environmental problems in the Amazon region as serious threats to life on the planet entered the political agenda of the international community becoming a matter of priority attention. To find solutions to this expanding threat, scientists, activists and interested parties have reflected on some formulas, innovative programs and strategies in order that cooperation and international aid could favor the action of effective conservation and sustainable development. The problem of resource degradation of biodiversity, and the loss of the values of cultural diversity of Amazonian peoples is since then conceived as a challenge that goes beyond national political interests, becoming a global issue. Bolivia was a breeding ground for these pioneering efforts, they have made a pragmatic view of international aid with new tools and effective techniques to combat emerging threats, one of them are financial mechanisms for conservation planning. These have entered the Bolivian legal system from the 80 which coincides with the modernization of the state, an ambitious development plan supported by the implementation of neoliberal measures to promote economic growth, administrative decentralization as a new form to exercise power by delegating powers to the departmental and municipal levels, popular participation, as legitimacy methodology, defining local actors and regional planning policy as a useful management of natural resources for sustainable development. International actors of conservation, a group of scientific elite and environmental activists in the country and leaders of local indigenous movements have played an important role before and after this neoliberal modernization in the implementation of an ecorregional conservation apparatus in the Bolivian Amazon. The objective of this transdisciplinaria research, is an ethnographic description, based on the theoretical and methodological repertoire of legal anthropology and sociology of ANT Translation, of how the practices and strategies of conservation at the ecoregional scale through its technical, financial and legal instruments configure the territories, affect social relations and transform representations and practices of the nature of Amazonian peoples Mosetene, Tsimane' Tacana, Quechua-Tacana and Leco. The traditional spaces of these peoples are in total or partially overlapping with the current Natural Park and Integrated Management Area Madidi and Biosphere Reserve and Indigenous Territory Pilón Lajas implemented as protected areas during the 90 In this context, challenges and current controversies looming over the planning and use of space at different scales between actors of the policies of sustainable development and conservation, local political elites and indigenous peoples.

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See detailDetection of past and future atmospheric circulation changes over the North Atlantic region with the help of an automatic circulation type classification
Belleflamme, Alexandre

Doctoral thesis (2015)

Future projections of the atmospheric circulation over the Northern Hemisphere high latitudes, especially the North Atlantic, have high uncertainties and some of the projected changes are opposed to circulation changes that have been observed since the 2000s. In this thesis, we focus on three particular aspects of the past and projected future summertime atmospheric circulation over the broader North Atlantic region. First, we analyse whether the 2007-2012 summertime anticyclonic anomaly over the Beaufort Sea, the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, and Greenland might rather be due to global warming or to the internal variability of the atmospheric circulation by putting it in perspective with the circulation variability over the last 150 years given by five reanalysis datasets. Then, this analysis is extended for the future circulation projected towards 2100 by CMIP3 and CMIP5 General Circulation Models (GCMs) over Greenland. Finally, we evaluate the impact of the uncertainties of the future atmospheric circulation projections on the mitigating or enhancing influence of the summertime circulation changes on temperature and precipitation over Europe. We use an automatic circulation type classification to analyse in detail the atmospheric circulation changes by grouping similar daily SLP (mean sea level pressure) or Z500 (500 hPa geopotential height) fields into homogeneous circulation types. It appears that the choice of the index, on the basis of which the days are grouped together, strongly influences the characteristics of the circulation types and the kinds of circulation changes that can be detected. In comparison with Euclidean distance and pressure gradient-based indices, correlation-based indices, especially the Spearman rank correlation, are the most suitable indices when focusing on the circulation pattern. Over the Arctic region, four periods with circulation anomalies similar to that of 2007-2012 (i.e. a summertime anticyclonic anomaly over the western Arctic region) have been detected over the last 150 years, despite a higher uncertainty of the circulation given by the reanalyses due to the scarcity of observational data before 1940. Nevertheless, the 2007-2012 anomaly appears to be exceptional and several connexions with other variables, such as the North Atlantic Oscillation index and sea ice loss, suggest that it could be part of a major climatic anomaly extending beyond the Arctic region. However, the occurrence of similar periods in the past and the influence of several external and internal forcings do not allow us to attribute it to global warming. The future summertime atmospheric circulation projected by GCMs over Greenland confirms this conclusion. In fact, no significant circulation pattern changes are simulated towards 2100, besides a generalised Z500 increase caused by the projected warming. Since GCMs are able to simulate atmospheric circulation changes over other regions and since the atmospheric circulation itself is influenced by other variables, such as sea ice or snow extent, which are already impacted by long-term changes, we conclude that the 2007-2012 anomaly could rather be attributed to the internal variability of the climatic system. Finally, we evidence that projected future atmospheric circulation changes impact on the SLP and precipitation changes simulated over Europe towards 2100 for summer. Over north-western Europe, these circulation changes could mitigate the SLP decrease by around 50 % and cancel out the precipitation increase. Nevertheless, high uncertainties among the GCMs on the magnitude and even on the sign of these changes cast doubt on the reliability of these projections. On the other hand, future atmospheric circulation changes are not projected to affect significantly the warming and drying simulated for the next decades over the Mediterranean region and eastern Europe.

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See detailGESTION TECHNIQUE DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT D'UNE VILLE (BEMBEREKE AU BENIN): Caractérisation et quantification des déchets solides émis; connaissance des ressources en eau et approche technique
Ngahane, Emilienne Laure

Doctoral thesis (2015)

La sauvegarde de l’environnement, l’un des piliers du développement durable, ne s’intègre que timidement dans les plans de développement communaux en Afrique. A Bembéréké, comme dans la plupart des communes en Afrique subtropicale, on note parmi les problématiques environnementales majeures : un amenuisement des facteurs de production en milieu rural et une insalubrité alarmante en milieu urbain. En effet, le centre urbain de Bembéréké s’est avéré insalubre au terme de deux études (DCAM, 2005 et Ngahane, 2010) ; le paludisme, les infections respiratoires, les anémies, etc. sont le quotidien des populations. Le projet « Gestion des Déchets solides » veut résorber cet épineux problème et pour ce faire, nous avons mis sur pied une méthode de caractérisation rapide, simple, peu coûteuse et flexible permettant de disposer, au préalable, de données de base fiables. Ainsi, à Bembéréké, en 2011, la production moyenne des ordures ménagères est de 0,94 +/- 0,10 kg/j.hab, soit 1,9 +/- 0,3 l/j.hab ; cette production est dominée par les gravats/fines et la matière organique biodégradable. Alors que, la production des ordures ménagères n’y est significativement liée ni aux saisons, ni aux quartiers et ni aux standings ; leur composition présente des variations très significatives entre et au sein même des saisons, des quartiers et des standings. Donc, gérer les déchets solides à Bembéréké, c’est gérer à 99 % les ordures ménagères ; soit 6 050 T (12 107 m3) pour 2011 : 55 % d’Inertes, 40 % de fermentescibles, 6 % de combustibles et 1% de déchets dangereux. Parce qu’elle est performante, l’alternative D1 « 75% Prévention-25% Elimination » a été retenue pour la gestion de ces déchets ; toutefois, sa mise en œuvre doit être progressive. A Bembéréké l’agriculture et l’élevage sont le moteur économique. Jadis complémentaires, ces deux activités ont connu des ajustements/adaptations après la période de grande sécheresse (1970-1980) : l’agro-pastoralisme naît, les moyens et les systèmes de production convergent, une concurrence s’établit dès lors sur les ressources désormais communes que sont la terre et l’eau. Cette concurrence est accrue dans les bas-fonds offrant encore simultanément ces ressources en saison sèche. Les rares retenues d’eau, mais vitales, de plus en plus convoitées, doivent subvenir aux besoins que sont l’abreuvage bovin (40 l/j.tête) et le maraîchage (100 m3/j.ha), essentiellement. Par ailleurs, pour le développement socio-économique de Bembéréké comme du Bénin en général, les ressources en eau ne constituent pas un facteur limitant. Pour le site de Guessou-Sud dont le réservoir a une capacité actuelle d’environ 13 000 m3, l’ensemble des besoins considérés a été estimé à 40 000 m3/an ; tandis que, le site recevrait du bassin versant en moyenne 8 000 000 m3/an. En plus de l’urgence d’un triplement de la capacité de stockage de la cuvette de la retenue de Guessou-Sud, l’état de dégradation avancée du site suggère une restauration, une préservation voire un rehaussement de son potentiel et de ses richesses floristiques et faunistiques afin, de sécuriser ses conditions hydriques. La pérennisation de cette ressource et la réplication de cette expérience sur d’autres sites donneraient une dynamique nouvelle dans ce contexte très local, mais traduisant une réalité régionale, qu’est la commune de Bembéréké.

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See detailLate Quaternary sedimentation in the western tip of the Gulf of Corinth: interplay between tectonic deformation, seismicity and eustatic changes
Beckers, Arnaud

Doctoral thesis (2015)

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See detailEtude et Modélisation de la contribution des macrophytes flottants (Lemna minor) dans le fonctionnement des lagunes naturellles
Tangou Tabou, Thierry

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Waste stabilization ponds (WSP) are widely used in the treatment of domestic and industrial wastewaters in industrialized countries and in developing countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo. Several organisms (e.g., bacteria, algae, protozoa, and aquatic plants) are involved in the treatment process occurring in the WSP. Therefore, the performance of such systems strongly depends upon the management of the existing macrophytes (or at least the management of the most dominant species). Indeed, large biomass coverage of floating macrophytes can induce several dysfunctions within the ponds (e.g., second pollution due to the death and the settling of the macrophytes, difficulties in harvesting valuable biomass for animal feeding or pharmaceutical purposes, etc.) and can threaten the surrounding ecosystems (i.e., fauna and flora) through the releases of partially or unpurified waters. This study aimed at investigating the contribution of floating macrophytes, namely that of duckweed (Lemna minor), which are the most common species, in the functioning of natural WSP. Specifically, the objectives were: (i) the modeling of the growth kinetics of Lemna minor based on the key environmental influencing factors (nutrients concentrations, light intensity, pH, temperature); (ii) the characterizations of the stoichiometry of the growth of Lemna minor and the gas/liquid transfers in the ponds; and (iii) the set-up of a mathematical model, i.e. the MLLE (Modèle de Lagunage par Lentilles d'eau) through the mass balances approach based on the Petersen’s matrix. The study of the growth kinetics of L. minor was carried out in a growth chamber (phytotron) using a pilot involving initial fresh L. minor biomass and different set of concentrations in nutrient nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), light intensity, pH, and temperature. The growth was monitored using the gravimetric methods and digital images processing. The results showed that the growth of L. Minor was optimum for concentrations of N and P of circa 10 mg N-NH4+.L-1 and 1 mg P-PO43-.L-1, respectively, with a maximum growth rate of approximately 0.09 j-1. However, the growth decreased progressively when the respective concentrations of N and P reached approximately 16 mg N-NH4+L-1 and 6 mg P-PO43-.L-1. A possible inhibition due to the excess of substrates might be the cause of such decrease. Moreover, a light intensity greater than 450 μmol.m-².s-1 was potentially harmful for L. minor surviving (growth rate dropped by 60%), though the mortality rate was low (< 0.05 j-1). Characterizing the stoichiometry of L. minor resulted in the formulation of the plant biomol (C88H163O70N10P) and the description of biochemical processes occurring within the ponds, as well as the determination of the conversion rates substrate-biomass in each of these processes. The Lavoisier's principle (conservation of the matter) also was confirmed for the stoichiometric relationship developed for chemical oxygen demands through our experiments. Furthermore, the aeration test assays revealed the influence of the biomass coverage on the gaz/liquid transfers parameters. An exponential decrease of the transfer coefficients, the oxygenation capacity and hourly inputs was associated with increasing coverage rates in both absence and presence of plants. The hypothesis of a main release (about 80%) of oxygen (consumption of carbon dioxide) toward the atmosphere was also confirmed. The third fold of our study was then undertaken based on our findings on the biochemical processes (kinetics and stoichiometry of growth and mortality of plants) and findings on physical processes (gas/liquid transfer) occurring in WSP. A mathematical model, the MLLE, was thus developed and its validity assessed through the equilibrium of the Petersen's matrix. The impact of key nutrients (i.e., nitrogen and phosphorus) on the growth of duckweed, along with the influence of the release of oxygen (consumption carbon dioxide) by the floating macrophytes (L. minor) can be, therefore, thoroughly assessed based on the state variables of the model. Additional simulations using the West® (World Wide Engine for Simulation, Training and Automation) software could help in further calibrating and/or validating the MLLE, and guide in its implementation for industrial purposes. Keywords: Lemna minor, biomass, image processing, nutrient, biomole, gas/liquid transfer, model

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See detailEtude de l'assainissement non collectif en Afrique Subsaharienne : Application à la ville de Bujumbura
Bigumandondera, Patrice

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Summary On-site sanitation sector in sub-Saharan African is a complex area that requires the involvement of a multidimensional approach mobilizing various actors and competencies. The main purpose of this thesis is to conduct a study integrating the three links in the sanitation chain that compose the on-site sanitation sector, namely the upstream links regarding sanitation facilities installed at private homes, the intermediate link for evacuation of sludge and transport to a treatment site and the downstream link for disposal and treatment sludge. A sociological approach mobilizing both survey techniques and on-site observation has allowed understanding the on-site sanitation practices in the field of developing countries. Methodologies to initiate corrective action with respect to what is done so far are utilized. Such as a method for evaluating on-site sanitation using an indicator that is a combination of indicators developed taking into account the entire sanitation sector. At the same time, a procedure to select sanitation technologies based on a number of criteria was adopted. The proposed technologies as well as criteria used for their implementation follow the same logic as previously, i.e. that consisting of taking into account the entire sanitation sector. This study also examined the design procedure of the septic tank and of evaluated its performance on site given that it is used in many sanitation systems. Settling column tests were carried out show that the effluent who enters in the septic tank settles well but settable solids remain in the effluent leaving the septic tank remaining, parameter that needs to be taken into account in the establishment of the infiltration bed after the septic tank. Quantification of sludge accumulation rates in the septic tank shows that for a pump out period every 4 years, the design can be based on an average sludge accumulation rate of 0.22L/person/day. These values (as expressed in g COD/person/day) are useful both to assess withdrawal, but also to design sludge's disposal site. Analyses of these sludges reveal a poorly biodegradable product with a non-biodegradable COD fraction reaching 47.5%, thus as a product with a low methanogenic potential, limiting the interest of its application in anaerobic digestion as a substrate. But, their co-treatment with organic solids waste in a partial anaerobic co-digestion process followed by composting. In this case sludges are considered as digestion inoculums. Preliminary results are encouraging, particularly in terms of total time needed for the entire process. Among other advantages, this process reduces handling of the waste being processed and provides two end products directly recoverable: compost and methane. So we hope that this research will contribute to the establishment in African countries for more efficient on-site sanitation, able to meet the targets set by international organizations.

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See detailPRODUCTION DES CLADOCERES DANS LES BASSINS DE LAGUNAGE: MODELISATION ET ANALYSE DE RENTABILITE DE LEUR VALORISATION
Liady, Mouhamadou Nourou Dine

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Face à l’urgence exprimée par la communauté internationale de trouver des solutions efficaces et durables à la crise sanitaire, due au manque d’accès à l’assainissement dans les pays du sud, la présente thèse s’est intéressée à l’étude de la possibilité de promouvoir ce secteur à travers l’intégration, dans les projets d’assainissement, d’incitants financiers tels que la valorisation des cladocères qui se développent dans les bassins de lagunage. Pour ce faire, une approche méthodologique basée sur la modélisation (qui permet d’intégrer tous les processus et les variables qui concourent au fonctionnement des bassins de lagunage) a été adoptée pour non seulement améliorer les connaissances sur le fonctionnement de ces bassins, mais aussi estimer les productions des cladocères et leurs impacts sur l’épuration des eaux dans ces bassins. Ensuite, la rentabilité d’un avant-projet de valorisation des cladocères a été étudiée dans le contexte socio-économique du Bénin. Le travail a débuté par une revue de la littérature, s’est poursuivi par les calibrations des techniques utilisées pour estimer les biomasses de Daphnia pulex et des différents substrats utilisés. Les études de cinétiques et de stœchiométries des différents processus de conversion biochimique impliquant les cladocères, ainsi que l’étude de rentabilité de deux variantes de valorisation des cladocères, ont complété le travail. La stœchiométrie de chacun des différents processus de conversion biochimique a été décrite en commençant par démontrer que les biomoles appliquées dans le modèle "ModLag" et dans le RWQM1 sont bien applicables aux organismes étudiés dans la présente thèse puis, à défaut des équipements requis pour mesurer les paramètres stœchiométriques, en utilisant les valeurs proposées dans le RWQM1. Toutefois, des commentaires importants sur les mesures de ces paramètres, ont été effectués aux regards non seulement des pratiques en vigueurs en hydrobiologie d’une part et en biotechnologies (sur les cultures en continue sur chémostat notamment) d’autre part, vis-à-vis des besoins pour la modélisation. Des démarches méthodologiques ont été proposées. Les résultats obtenus des études cinétiques montrent que : - la cinétique de la croissance des cladocères sur les bactéries est décrite par un modèle de type Monod qui traduit une augmentation du taux de croissance en fonction des teneurs en bactéries, jusqu’à une certaine teneur en bactéries à partir de laquelle on observe une saturation de la croissance, - la cinétique de leur croissance sur les algues est décrite par un modèle qui traduit une inhibition de la croissance par de fortes teneurs en algues, - la cinétique globale de la croissance de D. pulex simultanément sur Scenedesmus sp. et E. coli est mieux décrite par le modèle de cinétique avec paramètre d’interaction, que par le modèle sans interaction. - les teneurs en cyanobactéries influencent la cinétique de la mortalité des cladocères. Ce travail est le premier, à notre connaissance à prendre en compte, en modélisation, la mortalité des cladocères du fait de la toxicité des cyanobactéries. Les résultats des analyses de stœchiométrie révèlent que : - Pour produire 1 g d’équivalent DCO de D. pulex, 5 g d’équivalent DCO de Scenedesmus sp., (ou d’E. coli) sont oxydés dont 0,77 sont convertis en matières organiques particulaires et, le reste (soit 3,23 équivalent DCO ou 65%) est oxydé (pour la production de l’énergie nécessaire au métabolisme) sous forme de CO2. - En conditions de respiration endogène (observée dans les bassins de lagunage, en période de surpopulation de cladocères par rapport aux ressources alimentaires disponibles), on assiste à un abattement de la DCO des daphnies exclusivement au profit de la production d’énergie pour le catabolisme. - Lorsque l’équivalent en DCO de 1 g de D. pulex meurt, 1,2 g de DCO de matières organiques particulaires sont produites dont 79% sont biodégradable. L’impact des cladocères sur l’épuration des eaux dans les bassins de lagunage peut ainsi être analysé de manière approfondie, à la fois au plan cinétique et stœchiométrique, à l’aide de la modélisation globale du système "bassin de lagunage" en complétant le "sous-modèle cladocère" proposé dans la présente thèse, au modèle de lagunage "ModLag" de l’unité "Assainissement et Environnement" et, en réalisant des simulations à l’aide du logiciel "WEST". L’essentiel du travail nécessaire pour la réalisation des simulations a été effectué et présenté dans le chapitre VIII; par contre, les simulations n’ont pas pu être finalisées avant le dépôt de la présente thèse dans les délais exigés, en raison d’un problème survenu sur "WEST". Elles le seront avant la défense publique de cette thèse et, les résultats pourront alors être présentés. En attendant, les analyses de cinétiques et de stœchiométries montrent que dans des conditions non limitantes en substrats et en absence de cyanobactéries, la vitesse de croissance des cladocères étant supérieure à la somme des vitesses de leur respiration et de leur mortalité, on assisterait plus à un abattement de la DCO essentiellement algale et bactérienne. Cela révèle que s’il est bien géré avec des récoltes périodiques, un étage trophique constitué de cladocères peut contribuer à accroître le rendement épuratoire en réduisant les biomasses d’algues et de bactéries en fin de traitement. Ces récoltes périodiques de biomasses de cladocères, permettront de maintenir un bon état de fonctionnement du système en évitant de trop réduire les biomasses d’algues et de bactéries qui assurent respectivement, l’oxygénation de l’eau et la minéralisation de la pollution organique dissoute avec un effet détoxifiant notamment à travers la nitrification de l’ammoniac. L’étude de rentabilité de l’avant-projet de valorisation des cladocères produits dans les bassins de lagunage révèle que, dans le contexte socio-économique du Bénin, avec une production journalière estimée à 1,19 g poids sec/m3.j : - la variante 1 consistant en une vente des récoltes de cladocères sous la forme de surgelés (ou de produits secs) est rentable et permet de réaliser un bénéfice annuel de l’ordre de 15.000 €/ha.an (si l’on considère la surface totale de l’exploitation), même en prenant en compte le remboursement sur une durée de dix ans des investissements dédiés à l’achat de terrains et à l’aménagement de la station d’épuration. - la variante 2 consistant en une valorisation sur place de la biomasse de cladocères, dans la production de poissons est également rentable mais seulement si les investissements pour l’achat de terres et les aménagements, n’étaient pas remboursés. Dans ces conditions, elle permettrait de réaliser un bénéfice annuel de 1629 €/ha.an (si l’on considère la surface totale de l’exploitation) ou 6803 €/ha.an (si l’on considère uniquement la surface du bassin de production). Cette étude a permis de : - mettre en exergue les insuffisances des modèles de la littérature, pour décrire la croissance des cladocères dans les bassins de lagunage, - bien cerner les substrats (algues et bactéries) qui contribuent à la croissance des cladocères ainsi que l’influence des teneurs de ces substrats sur la cinétique de leur croissance; - prendre en compte l’influence des cyanobactéries sur la cinétique de la mortalité des cladocères ; - apporter une importante contribution à la modélisation du fonctionnement des bassins de lagunage, en spécifiant clairement les modèles qui décrivent les cinétiques de croissance des cladocères sur les algues et les bactéries, et la cinétique de la mortalité des cladocères, en présence des cyanobactéries ; - proposer un sous-modèle qui traduit les processus de conversion biochimiques impliquant les cladocères ; - montrer que les récoltes raisonnables de cladocères contribuent à optimiser l’équilibre du système et ses performances épuratoires ; leur valorisation est financièrement rentable pour la gestion d’une station d’épuration, voire du secteur de l’assainissement. - montrer qu’il est possible de réaliser des marges bénéficiaires importantes à travers la valorisation des cladocères, et par conséquent, d’intégrer dans la conception des projets d’assainissements destinés aux pays du sud, des incitants financiers. Cela pourrait motiver les investisseurs à promouvoir ce secteur, et, accroître l’accès des populations à l’assainissement.

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See detailModélisation des processus physiques et biologiques dans des fosses septiques et voies de valorisation des boues de vidange:Application à Bujumbura-Burundi
Nsavyimana, Gaston

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Dans les pays en développement (PED) en général et au Burundi en particulier, la problématique de gestion des eaux usées et des déchets solides constitue un enjeu majeur pour les spécialistes et les autorités locales. En effet, suite à un manque des stations d'épuration collectives au Burundi, les fosses septiques sont les plus utilisées pour gérer les eaux usées produites. Cependant, les processus qui s'y déroulent ne sont pas encore maîtrisés et la gestion des boues de vidange lorsque ces installations sont remplies, constitue une problématique qui mérite d'être abordée afin de trouver des solutions adaptées, à court et à long terme. Et, suite à une absence des technologies appropriées en matière de gestion des déchets solides, ils sont jetés de manière inadmissible (dans les caniveaux, rivières, places publiques, etc.), et cela peut engendrer à court ou à long terme des nuisances graves, tant pour la santé et l'hygiène publique que pour l'environnement. C’est dans l’optique de contribuer: (i) à l'amélioration de la qualité environnementale; (ii) et à la réduction des risques sanitaires associés à la gestion des déchets liquides et solides à Bujumbura (Burundi), que s’inscrit ce travail de recherche qui porte sur la "Modélisation des processus physiques et biologiques dans des fosses septiques et voies de valorisation des boues de vidange: Application à Bujumbura-Burundi". Différents axes ont ainsi été abordés pour répondre a cet objectif général : (1) la quantification des processus physico-chimiques dans des fosses septiques; (2) la modélisation stœchiométrique, cinétique et mathématique des processus biochimiques; et (3) l'étude des voies de valorisation énergétique des boues de vidange, soit seules (en digestion anaérobie) ou combinées avec des déchets solides fermentescibles (en co-digestion anaérobie). L'étude de quantification des processus physico-chimiques, matérialisables par le phénomène de décantation des particules solides a permis de dégager deux résultats principaux: (i) les effluents d'entrée dans les fosses septiques présentent une bonne décantabilité; (ii) les effluents de sortie de ces ouvrages (107 mg MES/L) ne respectent pas les normes de rejets (30 mg MES/L: cas de la norme Belge). Des dispositifs appropriés pour le traitement des effluents de sortie des fosses septiques (lit filtrant drainé/ou non à flux vertical sur un massif de sable, lit filtrant drainé/ou non à flux vertical sur un massif de zéolithe, lit filtrant horizontal drainé, tertre d’infiltration, tranchée d'épandage ou lit bactérien percolateur) ont été proposés pour palier les insuffisances des puits perdants couramment utilisés au Burundi. L'étude de caractérisation des flux entrant dans des fosses septiques était indispensable pour les modélisations ultérieures (stœchiométrique, cinétique et mathématique) des processus biochimiques et a permis de quantifier, de manière revisitée, la notion d' un équivalent habitant. Ainsi, un équivalent habitant (EH) a été déterminé pour la Belgique et le Burundi en termes de la demande chimique en oxygène (DCO), soit 138,75 ± 20,09 gDCO/EH/j et 117,08 ± 10,09 gDCO/EH/j respectivement. De plus, cette étude a permis de caractériser, par rapport à un équivalent habitant, différents composés chimiques importants contenus dans les flux entrant dans les fosses septiques. Les résultats variaient entre 0,37 ± 0,18 g/EH/j (pour les acides aminés urinaires ) et 43,44 ± 4,35 g/EH/j ( pour glucides), avec des valeurs de 5,00 ± 0,3; 10,15 ± 1,96; 10,6 ± 3,27; 14,7 ± 0,4 et 14,99 ± 1,57 g/EH/j respectivement pour les savons de bain/douche, lipides, azote total, détergent pour lave-linge et protéines. Ces résultats ont contribué à l'élaboration d'une formule "de biomole de substrat complexe" (C23 H49O9N) représentant les eaux usées, utile pour simplifier la modélisation mathématique de fonctionnement des fosses septiques en réduisant le nombre de processus, de variables d’état, d’équations cinétiques associées et des paramètres qui en découlent. La modélisation stœchiométrique des processus biochimiques qui se déroulent dans les fosses septiques, après avoir vérifié que le métabolisme est bien anaérobie, même si des eaux usées éventuellement saturées en O2 entrent quotidiennement dans ce type de dispositifs, a permis de mettre en place un système d’équations qui décrit la stœchiométrie de fonctionnement des fosses septiques. Par ailleurs, dans les pays en développement comme le Burundi, les laboratoires sont moins équipés et ont un accès très limité aux équipements modernes d'analyse usuels (ex., GC ou HPLC ), pour le dosage des acides gras volatils (AGV). A cet effet, nous avons développé et vérifié une nouvelle méthode de dosage des AGV par titrage, efficace et proche de la méthode chromatographique en phase gazeuse. A 99% d'intervalle de confiance, les résultats obtenus à l'aide de cette nouvelle méthode, sont comparables à ceux de la chromatographie en phase gazeuse. La modélisation cinétique a permis de mettre en exergue un modèle de dégradation de la biomole du substrat complexe, qui s'est révélé comparable au modèle cinétique de Monod. Les constantes cinétiques découlant du traitement des données sont dans le cas présent: (i) le taux maximum de croissance spécifique (µmax) égal à 0,0065 j-1; (ii) la constante de demi-saturation de ce substrat combiné synthétique égale à 9,18 g DCO/l ou 4,26 g/l; et (iii) le taux de mortalité égal à 0,0001 j-1. Ces données sont très utiles pour les simulations de fonctionnement des fosses septiques à l'aide d'un logiciel de gestion des ouvrages de traitement des eaux usées (WEST®). Ce travail a également permis de développer un modèle global de fonctionnement des fosses septiques (MFS/DDA ), qui par ailleurs a été présenté suivant le formalisme matriciel de Petersen. Une étude préliminaire de caractérisation détaillée des boues de vidange a montré qu'elles sont presque stabilisées, du point de vue valorisation énergétique. Lorsqu'elles sont digérées seules, elles présentent un faible potentiel méthanogène, soit 2,09 m3 biogaz/m3 de boues fraîches (après deux mois de digestion). Ce biogaz est composé de 71% de CH4 contre 29% de CO2. Ce travail a montré un intérêt de co-digestion anaérobie des boues de vidange avec les déchets solides fermentescibles. A cet effet, un rapport MVSFS/MOVdéchets égal à 0,3 (MOVdéchets étant exprimées en poids sec de déchets et MVSFS en poids sec des boues de vidange) s’est révélé optimal , pour leur meilleure valorisation énergétique, avec une production cumulée maximale de biogaz égal à 12,14 m3biogaz/m3 de mélange gadoues-déchets. La composition moyenne de ce biogaz était de 65,6% en CH4 contre 34,4% en CO2. Mots Clés: Burundi; Assainissement; Fosses septiques; Eaux noires; Eaux grises; Equivalent habitant; Décantation; Digestion anaérobie; Substrat combiné; Acides gras volatils; Modèle stœchiométrique; Modèle cinétique; Matrice de Petersen; Simulations avec WEST®; Boues de vidange; Potentiel méthanogène; Co-digestion anaérobie; Déchets solides fermentescibles.

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See detailL’émergence d’une politique foncière régionale en Bretagne : de l’identification des enjeux à la création d’un Etablissement public foncier d’Etat
Dupont, Josselin

Doctoral thesis (2014)

During the last decades, we have experienced a general rise of real estate prices as well as the reinforcement of sustainable development issues. This resulted in a "renewal" of land policy in France, with the development of “Etablissements publics fonciers” (EPF). At the same time, there is a withdrawal from the public sphere against a dominant financial logic. In this context, our thesis questions the need to develop land policy at the regional scale. To do so, we have examined the situation of Brittany on the basis of several partnerships (Regional Council, DREAL and EPF of Brittany, ADEF, COST and joint supervision with the University of Liege), with research materials gathered from three distinct research terrains (in Brittany, in France and in Europe). This leaded to a PhD structured in two main parts: on the one hand, a regional diagnostic on land issues for Brittany with a list of mobilized land data and, on the second hand, an original analysis of the EPF tool. Our results show that Brittany is facing fundamental land issues (fast land artificialization due to specific modes of living and demographic dynamics) that impact in different ways the regional territory (rural-urban and Armor-Argoat disparities). Our results also show that the choice of a regional land policy embodied in the creation of an EPF is at the same time very common from a French perspective and very original from a European perspective. In conclusion, we note that the effectiveness of EPF is not yet actually demonstrated and we propose recommendations to Brittany’s decision-makers.

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See detailModelling serial offenders’ spatial behaviours: new assumptions for geographic profiling
Trotta, Marie

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The geographic profiling is amethodology of investigation which uses the crime sites of a criminal series in order to delineate prior areas for searching the offender. Its implementation is currently limited by too simplistic assumptions that are difficult to assess during an investigation or even not corroborated at an individual level of observation. This thesis studies the predictive capacities of geographic profiling in the context of Belgium, a dense country where the road network is not suitable for classical algorithmimplemented with Euclidean or Manhattan distances. More precisely, the thesis has for first objective to integrate space anisotropy with two improvements: (1) the integration of the road network in the journey-to-crime and (2) the integration of the structure of opportunities for series of sexual offences. Beyond this objective, the thesis questions a hypothesis underlying this type of research methodology: the kind of spatial relationship between the offender’s residence and the crime sites. An alternative to the distance decay effect is developed, minimising the variance in travelled distances between the offender anchor point and the initial contact sites of the offences (MOV hypothesis). The sensitivity of this methodology is measured and its effectiveness is compared to the one of the distance decay effect. A major result of the thesis is that the share of behaviours than can be modelled by this new hypothesis is similar to the one of the distance decay effect. However, a large number of series did not meet the required conditions to implement an efficientmethodology given the multiplicity of offender’s residences or the scarcity of sites composing the series; those applicability criteria are analysed in this work. Nevertheless, theMOV hypothesis is particularly valuable for long series of offences. Then, the thesis analyses the impact of the geometry of crime series locations on the effectiveness of the chosen spatial assumption (distance decay effect orMOV) with graph theory. It highlights the superiority of the MOV hypothesis for offenders travelling in some preferred direction. The analysis also shows that both hypotheses are not mutually exclusive but can be combined to build offender geographic profiles. Finally, this thesis focuses on the modelling of neutral areas in terms of criminal attractiveness on the Belgian territory. The work presents the originality of analysing data on a whole country, integrating both urban and non-urban areas. The objective of the modelling is the integration of the opportunity structure of sexual offences in the geographic profile and the estimation of the perturbing effect of a differentiated attractiveness. In order to assess this perturbation, we propose a two-steps process. Firstly, a regression model combining factors fromthe crime pattern and social disorganisation theories models the spatial distribution of crimes. The regression model identifies a centre-periphery relationship in the spatial distribution of crime locations. Still, the model underestimates the number of positive sectors, omitting some attractors. Then, the impact of attractive location (i.e. presenting the favourable factors for crime concentration)is evaluated for the series of sexual offences. In fine, the two spatial hypotheses do not seem affected by the attractors identified by the modelling except when the contact sites are clustered in attractive areas. In addition, the share of serial offenders committing their offences in the most attractive locations is smaller than that of single offenders. This observation strengthens the need for working on spatial distribution models instead of calibrated functions with solved cases.

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See detailLes dynamiques socio-économiques autour de l'Aire Marine Protégée Communautaire de Bamboung (Delta du Saloum, Sénégal): entre conservation et développement territorial
Gaye, Ndickou

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The problem of the marine protected areas (MPA) in Senegal raises the question of how to balance socioeconomic dynamics and preservation. Since 2004, the network of MPA has been implemented along the Senegalese coast where communities are strongly dependent on fishery resources. The thesis debates the difficult compatibility between preservation and development, it analyzes the emergent social and economic dynamics related to the creation of the community marine protected area of Bamboung, located in the Reserve of Biosphere of the delta of Saloum (Senegal). In the context of the implementation of this MPAC, the analysis studies the relative possibility of balancing preservation and development, as taken in a territorial approach. The resultas are based on surveys, led between 2010 and 2014, with fishermen, women collecting mollusks and transforming the fish, managers of the tourist sector, administrators of the MPAC, but also the local authorities. The results show how the development processes is related to endogenous and exogenous factors. The MPAC creates some growth due to the eco-touristic lodge “Keur Bamboung”, but also to the protection of the local resources. Some pre-existing dynamics are reinforced. All of this can contribute to the revelation and to the emergence of territorial resources of the MPAC.

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See detailLes pêcheurs migrants de Guet-Ndar (Saint-Louis du Sénégal) : analyse d’une territorialité diverse entre espaces de conflits et espaces de gestion
Seck, Aichetou

Doctoral thesis (2014)

In Western Africa and more particularly in Senegal, the fishing represents an important sector. This situation involves diverse communities which, for several decades, work in the small- scale fisheries and which print in the sea their own socio- spatial dynamics. Among these, fishermen’s community of Guet-Ndar, a district of the “langue de Barbarie” located on the big Senegalese coast constitute one of the most notable halieutic societies. Very early, this littoral population made the activity of fishing its exclusive speciality. So, those fishermen developed around the sea, under the regime of free access, quite new practices of which various forms of migration along African west coast. However, with the overexploitation of the fish stock, the Guet-Ndar migrant fishing is not without facing confrontations with autochthonous fishermen. This research aims on one hand, at understanding the evolving territoriality of the migrant fishermen of Guet-Ndar through the prism of conflicts which appear on their halieutic space, notably in Cayar and in Mauritania. On the other hand, it tries to see how these sea craftmen adapt and are collectively organizing and redefining their territories through local mobilizations and within the framework of regional policies.

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See detailAnalyse de la variabilité naturelle du climat : application à l’aide des ondelettes
Mabille, Georges

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Ce travail a pour but de mettre en évidence des cycles méconnus et cachés de la transformée de Fourier dans les séries temporelles liées au climat. Les périodes recherchées, à l’aide de l’outil ondelettes développé à l’Institut de Mathématique de l’Université de Liège, sont de l’ordre de quelques dizaines de mois.

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See detailQuels agritourismes pour les campagnes périurbaines ? Les cas de la Wallonie et du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Dubois, Charline

Doctoral thesis (2014)

To cope with the economic uncertainties of the changes, transformations, and transitions affecting current European and world agriculture, many farmers are rethinking the purposes of their business and are looking to diversify their activities. Taking advantage of certain assets related to their operation and of opportunities for tourism development in the region (such as availability of buildings, subsidies related to ecology and environment images), some of them have chosen agritourism, a tourist activity proposed by the farmer on his/her farm. The literature includes many studies on this topic, but there is no consensus on terminology, definitions, and concepts: they vary from one author to another and evolve over time. Having distinguished different agritourist typologies in which accommodation is a basic element, we have personally chosen to study agritourism defined as "all tourist and leisure activities and services present in a working farm". Wallonia and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, our geographical research areas, are neighbouring entities, with similar agriculture, and their tourist markets offer some similarities. Included in rural tourism, agritourism is nevertheless marginal compared to the overall tourist product offered. Some successes might suggest that agritourism could be the panacea against the crisis in agriculture. But is this always the case? Agritourism should be defined, localized, and differentiated. Working on these two periurban entities of Western Europe which are not yet discussed in the literature, we wanted to understand and to identify agritourist dynamics. We wanted to understand the geographic relationship between agritourism, periurban countryside, local resources, and agricultural and tourist specializations. We wanted to understand the logic of the emergence of tourism on a farm and the links between tourist and agricultural functions in a specific spatial context. Finally, we wanted to understand the integration of the motivations of different types of tourists and their reasons for visiting particular regional and local contexts. To do this, we analyse both the location and the agritourist geographical position in relation to the different markets. To meet the objectives, we conducted a comparative heuristic analysis of agritourism in both territories. We interviewed key organisational representatives (31 persons), we made field observations, documents comparisons... We conducted interviews with various Walloon and Luxembourg farmers (34 life histories) affording different agritourist practices that we synthesized by circumstantial geographical sketches. We conducted surveys with potential tourists (1148surveys) in seven Walloon and Luxembourg tourist spots. These steps and the statistical and cartographic processing based on the results allowed us to build a heuristic geographical model of the Walloon and Luxembourg agritourism. The experiences of farmers interviewed allowed us to understand the position of the agritourist system in its spatial context. Each of them develops opportunities and experience threats (economic, social, from heritage) in connection with the launch of the project, a true survival kit in some cases. It appears that agritourism is not always a panacea for farmers. On the farm, the tourist function comes after the agricultural one and is based on the latter, but the agricultural function also benefits from the tourist function because both activities are related. The emergence of tourism is an autonomous decision of the farmers who can be influenced by other actors, including authorities, but also by other factors such as the existence of a local demand or the regional real estate pressure. There is no particular profile of tourists visiting agritourism, but some features, including those of family, are more favourable to the experience of this type of tourism. Definitions and representations as well as the reasons and expectations differ depending on the characteristics of the interviewed tourists: urban or rural origin, level of experience. Three agritourist profiles were also highlighted: those seeking accommodation in a rural environment, those who think about accommodation linked to gastronomy, those who prefer accommodation that would be a comfortable basis from which to tour in a tourist area. The comparison between the experiences of farmers and the expectations of tourists shows that there is a risk of developing different organizational temporalities in the farm "open" to tourists as well as of favouring unbalanced images of agritourism, which could lead to a vision and a promotion of agriculture which does not correspond to its regional reality. By combining the different results and by linking the typology of the Walloon and Luxembourg agritourist products, the types of rural areas and the geographical components, it appears that agritourism should not only be analysed according to the environmental dimensions, but that the analysis must also take into account other factors such as accessibility, local communities, hospitality, rural development policies, the real estate market, the agricultural orientation of farm operations, as well as the degree of complementarity with tourist spots. We have demonstrated that agritourism, combining agriculture with tourism, is not developing, either everywhere, or in the same manner, and differs between different types of periurban countryside, depending on local resources. Moreover, agritourism is not always a solution for all countrysides, nor always a path for each farmer, nor always a perfect tourist destination for all tourists. However, even if strict regionalization of agritourism does not seem possible when we consider all the factors involved in the different regions, trends may emerge depending on agritourist types. There is thus a link between agritourism type and countryside type, which the heuristic model we propose should allow to improve in order to increase the convergence between the expectations of the different stakeholders.

See detailDétection automatique des changements du bâti à partir des images satellitaires à haute résolution spatiale et des données cartographiques existantes.
El Mansouri, Loubna

Doctoral thesis (2014)

La révision des données cartographiques (DC) est un processus réalisé actuellement d'une manière entièrement manuelle en cherchant les changements entre la donnée existante et une image plus récente ou carrément par une nouvelle cartographique du territoire comme le cas au Maroc. La tâche étant lourde, lente et coûteuse, de nombreux travaux sont menés pour l'automatiser. L'idée développée dans plusieurs agences de cartographie collaborativement avec des institutions de recherche est d'adopter un mode de mise à jour semi automatique, où des procédures de détection automatique de changements sont mises en place pour extraire les zones de changement potentielles et les présenter à un technicien cartographe pour les valider avant de les intégrer à la DC à mettre à jour. Dans cette thèse, nous nous focalisons sur la détection des changements du bâti par comparaison automatique d'une carte numérique (CN) existante à une image satellitaire à haute résolution spatiale (HRS) plus récente, en vue d'une mise à jour semi automatique. L'approche proposée décompose le processus de détection de changements en deux étapes. Dans la première, les bâtiments sont extraits de l'image en se basant sur la classification de l'image pré-segmentée. Nous avons utilisé conjointement les avancées en algorithmes de classification d'images et les connaissances dérivées de la carte et des relations entre les objets urbains afin de s'affranchir des difficultés liées à l'extraction d'objets à partir d'images à HRS. Les objets de la carte sont intervenus à plus d'un niveau pour soutenir et automatiser l'extraction. Dans la seconde étape, la couche de bâtiments extraits est comparée à l'ancienne couche de bâtiments pour déduire les changements à l'échelle du "bâtiment". Ces changements représentent les mises à jour à valider par le technicien avant de les intégrer dans la carte. Nous illustrons l'efficacité de notre approche par des expériences menées avec une carte et une image QuickBird de la ville de Rabat au Maroc, qui connait depuis la dernière décennie une forte extension urbaine au détriment des zones de végétation.

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See detailA framework for using decision-support tools at various spatial scales for the management of irrigated agriculture in semi-arid West-Africa
Wellens, Joost

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The Kou watershed, situated in the Southwestern part of Burkina Faso, has succumbed since a couple of decades to a typical theater play of anarchistic water management. With its 1.800 km², this small watershed includes the second largest city of Burkina Faso (Bobo-Dioulasso), a former state run irrigated rice scheme and several informal agricultural zones. Despite the abundance of water resources, most water users find themselves regularly faced with shortages due to an increase in population and low irrigation efficiencies. Local stakeholders are hence in need of easy to use and low-cost decision support tools for the monitoring and exploitation of the water resources at different spatial and user levels. A top-to-bottom string of adapted water management tools has successfully been installed to tackle the problems: from watershed (top) to field level (bottom), not to mention the 1200 ha irrigation scheme. Land use maps have been derived from satellite and aerial images. Combined with data from a network of hydrologic gauging stations, regional water use maps were established. Hot spots in inefficient water use could be geographically identified and more detailed actions undertaken. Scheme Information Management Information System (SIMIS) was put in place for the management of the regions irrigated rice scheme. A more equitable distribution for the ever diminishing available water resources could be elaborated. A public-private partnership was installed to guarantee its sustainability. Day to day water use on irrigated plots was monitored by soil humidity and crop canopy measurements. A simple field-crop-water balance model AquaCrop was calibrated and validated, and is used by extension workers to draft optimal irrigation charts. Each tool is applied independently, requiring only limited data; but their combined results contribute to an improved integrated water management.

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See detailUn cadre pour l'utisation des outils d'aide à la décision à diverses échelles spatiales pour la gestion de l'agriculture irriguée en Afrique de l'Ouest
Wellens, Joost

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Le bassin du Kou, situé dans le sud-ouest du Burkina Faso, est depuis quelques décennies le théâtre de différentes formes de conflits liés à toute une série de problèmes que l’on rencontre généralement dans des zones irriguées. Dans le bassin du Kou, les aménagements hydro-agricoles couvrent une superficie totale de près de 2.000 ha; il s’agit de périmètres privés maraîchers et horticoles, et d’un grand périmètre de 1.200 ha réalisé par l’Etat. Malgré l’abondance en eau liée à la présence de sources importantes, d’une nappe phréatique facilement exploitable et d’un cours d’eau pérenne, la plupart des utilisateurs se retrouvent régulièrement en pénurie d’eau à cause d’une augmentation des utilisateurs et des mauvaises efficiences en irrigation. A la demande des parties prenantes publiques et privées actives dans la région, des outils d’aide à la décision ont été développés afin de garantir le suivi-évaluation des ressources en eau et leur exploitation agricole. Il a également été souhaité que les procédures soient réalisables à moindre coût avec les moyens techniques et financiers localement disponibles. Toute une chaine d’outils d’aide à la décision pour différents niveaux spatiaux a été mise en place : du niveau du bassin versant, à la parcelle en passant par les 1.200 ha du périmètre irrigué. Pour le suivi régional, des cartes d’occupations de sol ont été établies à partir des images satellites et aériennes. Combinées avec des données du réseau hydrométrique, des cartes de consommation en eau régionale ont été dessinées. Des régions présentant de mauvaises efficiences en irrigation ont pu être identifiées et des actions plus détaillées et spécifiques entreprises. Quant au périmètre irrigué, après avoir élaboré un diagnostic des efficiences en irrigation, le logiciel Scheme Irrigation Management Information System a été mis en place afin de proposer des scénarii d’irrigation fiables et équitables, et d’améliorer le rendement du périmètre malgré les ressources en eau en diminution. Un partenariat public-privé a été instauré garantissant la durabilité de la gestion hydro-agricole du périmètre. Au niveau de la parcelle, un modèle robuste de productivité de rendement de culture AquaCrop a été calibré et validé. Ce logiciel permet aux agents de terrain d’évaluer les efficiences en irrigation ainsi que l’élaboration de calendriers d’irrigation plus productifs et efficaces. Chaque outil est appliqué de manière indépendante à son niveau, nécessitant un nombre limité de données d’entrée; mais les résultats combinés contribuent à une gestion intégrée des ressources en eau pour l’agriculture irriguée.

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See detailVers une gestion rationnelle de l'eau dans une situation complexe d'urbanisation anarchique dans un pays en développement : cas du bassin versant de l'Abiergué (Yaoundé-Cameroun)
Kouam Kenmogne, Guy Romain

Doctoral thesis (2013)

This study focuses on an analysis of water resource management in cities of developing countries with very rapid rates of urbanization. The objectives are twofold: firstly, to highlight the factors which caused and which govern poor water resources management these cities and secondly to develop a coherent sustainable urban water resources management strategy. The study was conducted in the Abiergue watershed in Yaoundé-Cameroon. The methodology used is based on holistic and participative approaches resulting from the combination of principles of "Integrated Water Resources Management-IWRM" and "Ecosystem and Human Health-ECOHEALTH". Political, economic, social, environmental, historical and mesological factors have resulted in a water resources management system marked by many inadequacies and constraints. Poor access to drinking water and sanitation, recurrent flooding, endemic waterborne diseases, water pollution etc are all permanent pressures that contribute to the impoverishment of households and hamper the development of the area in particular and that of the town of Yaoundé in general. The poor water resources management in the Abiergué watershed is an indicator of an urban governance crisis. Three scenarios to improve this situation were developed: maintaining the status quo; destruction of buildings and a scenario based on IWRM and ECOHEALTH. The optimal strategy integrates principles from IWRM and ECOHEALTH with the base scenario 3.4 focused on actors. Using a sequential process, it takes into account actions on water resources, health and reforms on the legislative, regulatory and institutional framework. Many constraints like land tenure, corruption, limited financial resources and poor urban governance may undermine the implementation of this strategy despite the potential of the watershed. All indicators suggest that water resources management in the Abiergue watershed is poor. There is therefore an urgency to implement this strategy within the framework of the ongoing IWRM process in Cameroon. "Time for Solutions", the theme of the 6th World Water Forum held in Marseille in 2012 is fully translated into action through this study.

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See detailL’Arganeraie des Haha : droits réels, inégalités d’accès aux ressources naturelles et principales dynamiques (Sud Ouest du Maroc)
Bejbouji, Jihane

Doctoral thesis (2013)

Véritable spécificité du Sud-Ouest marocain, l’arganeraie est l’ensemble des écosystèmes dont l’espèce caractéristique est l’arganier, relique de la végétation subtropicale de l’ère tertiaire. Outre son originalité historique et géographique, l’arganeraie assure de multiples fonctions écologiques et procure de nombreux biens à une population pauvre et vivant dans des conditions précaires. Toutefois, cet espace intrigue. Alors que dans les autres forêts marocaines, les riverains ne disposent que de deux droits (la récolte de bois mort gisant et le parcours), la population de l’arganeraie bénéficie depuis 1925 d’une législation spéciale lui assurant une large gamme d’utilisations et d’exploitations des ressources forestières. Cette thèse, menée dans l’arganeraie des Haha (province d’Essaouira) se propose de contribuer à la gestion durable d’un territoire partagé dans un contexte caractérisé par de nombreuses mutations. Pour appréhender les évolutions de cet éco-socio-système, nous avons privilégié une entrée par l’étude des droits réels, d’accès et d’usage, en accordant une attention particulière aux inégalités qui les caractérisent. Nous nous sommes fixé trois objectifs : identifier les modes de gestion, analyser les dynamiques actuelles des usages et pratiques dans ces écosystèmes à arganier et proposer des scénarios de gestion. Pour ce faire, nous avons mené une enquête qualitative et quantitative auprès de 100 ménages au niveau de trois communes rurales, Smimou, Ida ou Azza et Imgrade, situées autour du massif du Jbel Amsitten, l’une des zones centrales de la Réserve de Biosphère de l’arganier. Notre travail de recherche a d’abord dressé le portrait actuel de l’espace et de l’ensemble des droits qui le régissent. Il montre que leur appropriation s’est faite progressivement par une population en majorité issue d’un brassage récent d’émigrants provenant du sud. Il en résulte une trame de droits récemment forgée et très diversifiée. Ensuite, en partant des représentations que se font les populations de leur patrimoine, nous avons identifié trois grands types de propriétaires se comportant selon des logiques différentes : d’abord des ménages, qui sont les plus nombreux, dont les ressources sont rares ou limitées et qui cherchent avant tout à survivre. Ensuite des ménages dont les ressources sont modérées et qui développent une logique de gestionnaire et finalement, quelques ménages dont les ressources sont importantes et qui poursuivent une logique d’entrepreneur. Par ailleurs, l’étude du compartiment agdal, son concept, ses configurations sociales et spatiales et ses types de gestion a montré l’évolution d’une pratique de mise en défens à celle d’un terroir se révélant comme un agrégat de droits. Et contrairement à ce qu’on croit, la détention de l’agdal ne concerne pas toute la population, mais elle semble plutôt liée à la disponibilité des ressources aux différentes périodes d’arrivée des ménages immigrants. Quant à sa gestion, deux types ont été identifiés : individuel et commun. En ayant recours à une étude monographique, nous avons alors montré que la gestion de cet espace-ressources est complexe. Elle résulte à la fois de l’histoire de l’appropriation des droits, de la délimitation forestière et des stratégies de gestion intergénérationnelle individuelles et collectives adoptées par la population pour mettre en valeur ces ressources. Enfin, moyennant la systémique, nous avons identifié quatre principales dynamiques qui traversent ce système : une dynamique de déprise, de maintien/résistance, de marché et de projet. Ce travail de recherche a mis en lumière le fait que l’arganeraie n’est pas un tout, approprié par un groupe homogène, mais qu’elle renvoie plutôt à un ensemble d’éléments en osmose : une population diversifiée, des patrimoines inégaux et des rapports au territoire variés. Par ailleurs, les formes de gestion en commun dans cet espace déclinent tandis que la tendance à la gestion privée se renforce. La prise en compte de cette complexité, des inégalités d’accès aux ressources naturelles, des stratégies anticipatives adoptées par la population et de la diversité des compartiments et des pratiques, s’avère nécessaire pour la réussite de tout projet d’aménagement, mais aussi pour la durabilité de l’approvisionnement en fruits. C’est ainsi que nous avons construit trois scénarios de gestion qui sont, à notre avis, les plus plausibles : un scénario tendanciel ou de statu quo, un scénario optimiste ou de gestion partagée entre l’Etat et les communautés et un scénario modéré ou de gestion privée. La gestion patrimoniale et intégrée de l’arganeraie serait en mesure de contribuer à sa gestion durable. Renouer avec le corpus de règles qu’entretenait la population avec cet espace-ressources peut être, à notre avis, une des principales portes d’entrée de sa conservation.

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See detailLes processus d'écologisation entre santé et environnement. Le cas de la maladie de Lyme
Massart, Clémence

Doctoral thesis (2013)

La thèse vise à comprendre comment une diversité de définitions d’une maladie émergente et complexe, la Borréliose de Lyme, se construisent aujourd’hui dans un grand nombre de lieux. Ces définitions sont parfois concurrentes, parfois étrangères l’une à l’autre ; parfois médiatisées, parfois confinées dans des espaces discrets. Pour comprendre cette diversité, je mobilise le concept de pratique développé par Stengers (2006). J’ai accédé aux processus de connaissance mis en œuvre par les praticiens à travers les deux versants qui définissent une pratique : les obligations, qui renvoient à leur manière spécifique d’interroger l’objet ou l’être dont ils cherchent à apprendre quelque chose ; les exigences qui opèrent des exclusions et tracent des frontières entre pratiques. Cette grille d’analyse s’applique à des groupes de taille variable, professionnels ou non, mandatés ou pas par le politique, de même qu’aux vivants non-humains. La première partie situe la maladie de Lyme dans le champ des maladies et définit sa spécificité en regard des « maladies environnementales » qui ont pour cause les pollutions industrielles. En tant que maladie infectieuse ayant pour vecteur une tique et pour réservoir la faune sauvage, la maladie de Lyme présente davantage les traits d’une « maladie écologique » qui renouvelle l’attribution des responsabilités, les modes de gestion, la nature des entités incriminées ainsi que l’identité des praticiens impliqués. À partir de ce constat, j’ai fait l’hypothèse d’une « écologisation des problèmes sanitaires » : les problématiques environnementales s’immiscent dans d’autres secteurs. J’ai interrogé cette écologisation thématique à la lumière de « l’écologisation des pratiques » que Stengers définit comme un mode de relation entre pratiques qui remplace les exclusions par des coordinations pour produire des savoirs nouveaux, dynamiques et irréductibles à chaque pratique. La deuxième partie expose les pratiques de quatre groupes de praticiens : les malades chroniques qui échangent sur Internet, les infectiologues, les ticologues et les écologues généticiens des populations. L’analyse révèle l’existence de deux espaces de discussions marqués par des relations distinctes : dans le premier, médical, diagnostic et curatif, les définitions de la maladie s’opposent tandis qu’elles se chevauchent dans le second, environnemental, épidémiologique et préventif. Ces deux espaces entretiennent peu de relations entre eux. La troisième partie s’intéresse aux interractions entre praticiens. À travers un groupe de travail, un lieu, un concept et des techniques diagnostiques, j’interroge la rencontre effective entre pratiques environnementales et médicales. L’essentiel des collaborations entre acteurs environnementaux et médicaux portent sur la prévention de la maladie. Les savoirs écologiques, comme ceux des malades, ont pourtant un potentiel pour une autre élaboration du diagnostic de ces maladies. Cette analyse montre que des frictions apparaissent lorsque des praticiens interrogent un même vivant sur des modes différents. À l’inverse, une sympathie se manifeste entre praticiens dès lors qu’ils interrogent sur le même mode des vivants différents. Plus qu’une écologisation du sanitaire, la thèse met en évidence un processus de « sanitarisation de l’écologie ». En effet, ce sont les praticiens rattachés à l’écologie qui s’immiscent dans la thématique des « maladies infectieuses émergentes ». Les savoirs qu’ils produisent tendent à dépeindre un ensemble de maladies variables dans le corps et le milieu, qui rappelle la définition par les malades, sans que ces groupes de praticiens disposent à ce jour d’espace de rencontre.

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See detailVers une méthode de conception de SIG 3D collaboratif
Hajji, Rafika

Doctoral thesis (2013)

Our thesis work focuses on collaborative 3D GIS and considers two main aspects governing their implementation: a conceptual framework for an approach to design these systems and a technical framework dealing with the main issues of integration of multiple data sources from different partners in a 3D collaborative database.

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See detailProduire des connaissances, prendre soin, vivre avec et rendre compte. Une analyse comparée des compétences des acteurs de la conservation de la faune.
Denayer, Dorothée

Doctoral thesis (2013)

La gestion de la faune sauvage réunit des acteurs de la conservation qui ont pour la plupart une formation scientifique. Loin des laboratoires, ces personnes s’engagent dans des projets dont les objectifs affichés sont les suivants : le suivi, la sensibilisation, l’intervention en faveur des espèces et de la cohabitation avec les activités humaines. Dans la littérature spécialisée, ces tâches sont présentées comme incontournables. Plusieurs articles tentent de cerner les compétences qu’elles impliquent. Le débat est ouvert autour de listes de savoirs et de « savoir-faire », de propositions de formations interdisciplinaires et de plans de gestion pour les intégrer. Toutes ces recommandations ont pour point commun d’envisager le travail de ces acteurs à la lumière des objectifs qui leur sont confiés. La gestion du vivant est rarement étudiée comme un métier en tant que tel, c’est-à-dire à travers les pratiques, les situations réelles de travail. Prenant au sérieux cette lacune, cette thèse est dédiée à l’exploration pragmatique des compétences des acteurs de plusieurs projets de conservation de la faune sauvage. Son objectif est de mettre en valeur et de confronter leurs compétences de terrain : concrètes, fines, et parfois imprévisibles ou partiellement indicibles. Le mouvement d’aller-retour entre les observations ethnographiques, leur comparaison et leur généralisation aboutissent à la construction d’une grille d’analyse qui articule les principaux résultats de cette recherche en définissant quatre domaines d’action au cœur des pratiques de conservation : produire des connaissances, prendre soin, vivre avec et rendre compte.

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See detailAnalysis of solar air-conditioning systems and their integration in buildings
Thomas, Sébastien

Doctoral thesis (2013)

Due to economical and environmental concerns, the energy e fficiency of buildings nowadays has proven to play an increasingly important role. To satisfy the occupants comfort, the cooling of buildings generally involves a considerable consumption of electricity. Solar radiation, which is a free and renewable resource, is linked to the cooling needs of buildings. This work consists in the evaluation, from an energy-saving and economical point of view, of a potential use of solar energy for air-conditioning in residential and o ffice buildings. It includes an integral approach of solar air-conditioning, involving the analysis of the buildings cooling needs, the cold production devices, the solar collector fields and climates. This analysis is supported by simulations and experimental setups. The study of solar air-conditioning systems already available on the market or in laboratories reveals their operational principles as well as their main performance indicators. Two main solar cooling paths are investigated: a thermal and a photovoltaic conversion of solar energy. Besides this, the performance of the entire air-conditioning system broadens the question of the energy performance to the interactions between the diff erent parts of the system. The building thermal loads (heating, cooling, domestic hot water) of some theoretical residential and o ffice buildings are computed in a part of this work dealing with the influence of the comfort model, the building energy performance level and the climate. What comes across through this analysis is that, the location of the buildings put aside, the cooling load is greatly influenced by the envelope thermal performance and the internal gains. The cooling systems involving absorption or adsorption or vapour compression chiller cooling machines are simulated for the previously defi ned building cases. The use of solar energy through thermal collectors for heating meets higher primary energy savings than for cooling. In all cases, the thermally driven system achieves a lower energy and economical performance than a vapour compression chiller partially supplied with a photovoltaic field. Some real scale testing of solar air-conditioning systems was carried out in Arlon (Belgium). A thermally driven adsorption chiller and a vapour compression chiller with a photovoltaic grid-connected fi eld were operated during the cooling season. The measurements made during this experiment and their analysis manage to discover every thermal and electrical energy flows of the systems leading to a new adsorption chiller model. Concerning the comparison with the simulations, the main point of interest is the consumption of electricity dedicated to thermally driven systems, which is two times higher in real scale conditions. The results obtained from the monitoring campaigns corroborate the simulation results about system comparison.

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See detailLe potentiel du saule pour la phytostabilisation des sols pollués par les éléments-traces métalliques
Evlard, Aricia

Doctoral thesis (2013)

Since the ‘80s, when the concept of phytoremediation first appeared, a lot of research has been put into studying the efficiency of woody plants in metal extraction. Willows, as fast growing plants and because of their tolerance to difficult edaphic conditions, have been particularly well investigated. In this investigation, the essays were done on Salix clones, which come from a Walloon collection provided by ECOLIRI and ECOLIRIMED projects. The first objective was to study the potential of these local clones by considering not only their ability to extract their pollutants, but also by adding their biomass production to this parameter. We have called the study of these criteria the phenotypic approach to the tolerance of Salix clones to metals. The second added value of this investigation lies in the second objective which aims to complete these phenotypic criteria with physiological and proteomic criteria. These last criteria are often used to study the metal tolerance of plant species, but rarely for willows. The combination of these different approaches gives a expand view of metal tolerance in Salix clones studied in this investigation. As the phenotypical parameters help to answer the extraction ability challenge, the physiological and proteomic approaches give answers linked to the “health” of the willow trees when they grow in the presence of metals. Our results indicate that the clones that produced more biomass were the ones that showed the highest metal concentrations. The clones with lower biomass production showed the same tolerance as the highest producers and our results revealed that growth reduction indicates metal tolerance. Finally, after comparing our results of the metal concentrations obtained in the twigs, to results obtained during the last two decades of research papers, we have concluded that we should reconsider the use of Salix potential in phytoextraction. The first chapter of this investigation was about Salix clones exposed to metals, but, in natural conditions, their roots are colonized by fungi. Thus, their rhizosphere constitutes a separate ecosystem, which is interesting to investigate. The rhizospheric fungi, the first interface between roots and soil pollutants, play an important role in metal tolerance in woody plants. For this reason, the second chapter of this thesis aimed to test the in vitro growth of rhizospheric fungi collected on woody plant roots in the presence of cadmium. The outcome of these essays is that fungal strains have been identified and classified as tolerant to this metal. This chapter thus constitutes a first step in a future study aiming to analyze these strains in association with woody plant roots in the presence of metals.

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See detailLes contraintes à la valorisation écotouristique du Parc National des ïles Ehotilé (Littoral sud est de la Côte d'Ivoire)
Kouakou, Guy Eric Anicet Quassy

Doctoral thesis (2013)

Under the pressure of the environmental financiers and within the framework of the reform of its conservation policy of the protected areas, the Côte d’Ivoire State decided to preserve, to valorize spaces protected by the ecotourist approach. The first field of experiment of this approach was the National Park of Islands Ehotilé. But decade after the implementation of this policy, this initiative has difficulty in being set up. The question is to know what are the determining factors of failure of the process of ecotourist exploitation in the PNIE? To answer this question, this research, approached according to a multidisciplinary approach, suggests studying the progress of two experiences of ecotourism in the PNIE (A project introduced by the WWF and financed by the English cooperation, and an other, set up by a local NGO financed by the Global Environment Facility), to identify and analyze the factors of inhibition of the ecotourist process in this park. Analyses (quantitative and qualitative) were made from the data collected in ten waterside villages of the PNIE, through structured or semi-structured interview. These conversations also concerned the state departments (in charge of the preservation and of the tourism), the local authorities, the local administrators, the initiators of projects. We also proceeded to the consultation of several sources of documentation. The obtained results show that the material, legal and institutional conditions were not performed at the time of the political decision-making of implementation of the approach of preservation by the ecotourism. In a general way, the hotel, road infrastructures, the socio-sanitary equipments inside and outside are of inferior quality even non-existent. The tourist development (no observation, runways, landing stage) inside the park has been lacking. It was revealed also no promotional support (advertising, web site, etc.) exists to sell the PNIE. At the legal and institutional level, the legal and institutional requirements are on straddle between those mobilized by the actors of the tourism and those used by the actors of the preservation without synergy between these two groups of participants. The results also allowed to highlight the existence of a multitude of participants in interaction in and the periphery of the PNIE, characterized by differences of interests and logics of action as much at the level of the priorities of actions as means of carrying out the ecotourist exploitation of the PNIE. What was lacking in the attempt of putting in ecotourism of this park, it is the capacity to make compatible these differences of interests and logics of action, and the possibility of coordinating them. Our study also revealed differences of vision and representations towards the resources of the PNIE in the attempt of putting in ecotourism of this park. These differences concern the ancestral dimension, as well as the use values of this protected space. These conflicts are indicator of an elaboration and an inadequate management of the mechanism of ecotourist production in connection with the non-inclusion of the diverse social representations mobilized by the various actors of the projects. Besides, the convergences of representations mentioned with the actors concern "myths". The myth of the “ancestralité” bases itself on the ancestral link of the local residents with the islands of the park and appears for the promoters of the projects of ecotourist development as the element which has to justify the membership of the local populations. There is also a mythical version of the natural potentialities of the park which bases itself on the presence of exceptional species that " we do not find somewhere else ". The myth of the tourism as the vector of protection and development was also indicated. The problem is that, in the process of ecotourist valuation, the participants do not question any more these mythical versions mobilized around the PNIE. The latter appear for these participants as an obvious fact; not arousing question, they are not really worked to become resources. Finally, the results showed that the attempt of development of the ecotourism in the PNIE is marked by a governance, - in terms of piloting of the projects -, characterized by a series of uninsured coordinations or which are failing. The ecotourist projects tended to push aside or to make a weak place to the actors responsible for the park, to the actors of the territorial administration and to the actors of the tourism. In political terms, it was missing a space of coordination and piloting of this coordination. After all, recommendations are made to revitalize and strengthen the conditions of implementation and management of experiences of ecotourism in the PNIE and generally in the parks of Côte d’Ivoire. These recommendations would aim at improving the questions connected to the organizational, regulatory aspects and of planning.

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See detailCharacterization of ionospheric irregularities and their influence on high-accuracy positioning with GPS over mid-latitudes
Wautelet, Gilles

Doctoral thesis (2013)

Over the last decade came major breakthroughs in satellite navigation and positioning, due to the development of precise positioning techniques based on Global Positioning System (GPS) signals. Modern processing methods, such as the Real-Time Kinematics (RTK), allow the GPS user to determine its position in real-time with an accuracy of a few centimeters. The success of these algorithms relies on the cancellation and/or the mitigation of the various errors affecting signal propagation. Among these errors is the delay due to the ionospheric refraction. More particularly, the presence of irregularities in the ionospheric plasma is responsible for positioning errors reaching several (deci)meters. As a result, there is a growing demand from GPS user communities (such as land surveyors or civil engineers) to be informed, if possible in advance, of the occurrence of irregularities that might impact on their positioning solution. Based on a ten years GPS dataset collected over Belgium, this thesis aims at assessing, understanding and modeling the occurrence of ionospheric irregularities as well as estimating their effects in terms of positioning accuracy. Firstly, we carry out a climatological study of irregularities to identify and characterize the most recurrent features. We can distinguish two main irregularity types: those due to space weather events (such as Coronal Mass Ejections – CMEs – or solar flares) and the others, constituting the bulk of irregularities observed at a single station and referred to as “quiet-time” irregularities, as they occur during quiet geomagnetic conditions. These latter are then divided into two groups: the first is made up of Medium-Scale Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (MSTIDs) which occur during autumn/winter daytime. In the second group are the summer nighttime irregularities, which are rapid fluctuations of the Total Electron Content (TEC) probably associated with spread-F phenomenon. Next, we develop a model of quiet-time irregularity occurrence, based on a statistical analysis of the aforementioned dataset. Computations rely on several mathematical modeling tools, such as the Principal Component Analysis (PCA), the Generalized Least-Squares (GLS) algorithm and the AutoRegressive and Moving Average (ARMA) method. The resulting climatological model is made up of two components reproducing daily profile as well as secular variations of the ionospheric variability for a typical GPS station in Belgium. The last part of this work deals with the impact of irregularities on relative positioning. This technique allows the measurement of the vector (called baseline) joining the receiver (user station) to a reference station whose position is accurately known. More precisely, we assess the effect of baseline length and orientation during the occurrence of MSTIDs and geomagnetic storms through the processing of the Belgian Dense Network, made up of 66 dual-frequency GPS stations. Finally, the relationship between positioning error and the presence of ionospheric irregularities detected at a single station is investigated, filling the gap between the scientific and the GPS-user communities.

See detailEvaluation of Electronic Nose Technology for Early-warning of Bio-methanation Process Disturbance
Adam, Gilles

Doctoral thesis (2013)

An electronic nose (e-nose) is an instrument composed of an array of non specific gas sensors inspired by the biological olfactory system for the detection and recognition of odours. In this work, this technology is evaluated to predict process disorders in agricultural anaerobic digestion reactors. Response of the sensor array is used to recognize a gas mixture by the use of multivariate data analysis techniques. In our case, an e-nose developed in our laboratory and composed of metal oxide semi-conductor gas sensors was equipped with a biogas dilution system to realize the measurements. When employed on small-scale digesters fed with simple feeding substrates (sucrose, lipids, mixture lipids and sucrose), the e-nose presented enthusiastic results for the detection of organic overload disorders. Multivariate process control charts were employed with the e-nose data to obtain a simple state indicator represented by the Hotelling's T² statistics. This indicator resumes the general state of the digesters when its value exceeds statistically defined control limit. Instability periods and recovery of the anaerobic digestion process when exposed to organic overfeeding could be thus precisely assessed. In addition, the use of a variety of substrates had no significant effect on the performance of the e-nose monitoring. Variations of methane content in biogas, as a result of use of substrates of different compositions, had neither any influence on the e-nose monitoring quality. Thereafter, an e-nose was placed online on continuously stirred tank reactor of 100 L over a period of 300 days. A multivariate monitoring method using recursive and adaptive principal component analysis (PCA) was applied to the e-nose data. This enabled to very efficiently compensate system drift and notably sensor drift. Moreover, adaptive PCA model could also adapt to environmental variations and to reactor slow shifts. T² statistics and its squared prediction error (SPE) obtained from the PCA model are very competitive state indicators compared to pH, alkalinity, gas production rate and methane and carbon dioxide content. Two electronic noses were also evaluated in real-scale agricultural anaerobic digestion plants. The low process state monitoring in both plants does not enable to conclude to the relevance of disorders observed by the e-nose apparatus and demonstrates the real need for online anaerobic digestion process state monitoring and its subsequent optimization in agricultural biogas plants. Even though, the performance of the recursive PCA monitoring is much superior to that of static PCA. Adaptive PCA proves to be a potential automatic drift and environmental variations correction method for online and real-time e-nose measures, notably for field applications. In conclusion, it was demonstrated in this work that e-nose technology has a real potential as an application of online monitoring of anaerobic digester state. Moreover, this research demonstrated that it was possible to realize a monitoring of the state of anaerobic digesters using only gas phase measurements. Another contribution is the use of multivariate process control techniques on e-nose data to obtain a simple state indicator as well as the use of adaptive PCA to automatically compensate drift and environmental effects on e-nose measurements.

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See detailValorisation du savoir local pour une cogestion conservatoire de l'arganeraie marocaine
Aziz, Larbi

Doctoral thesis (2012)

L’arganeraie est un écosystème particulier disposant d’une biodiversité animale et végétale spécifique dont l’élément central est l’arganier. C’est un arbre multifonctionnel du fait des usages multiples qu’en font les populations locales. Il constitue l’élément central du système agraire local car il a configuré et rythmé la vie et les activités des populations. Celles-ci, disposant de nombreux droits de jouissance au niveau de la forêt d’arganier, ont mis au point une gestion communautaire régulant l’accès et le contrôle aux ressources. Cette gestion et le fonctionnement du système agraire témoignent de la possession par ces populations de savoirs et savoirs faire locaux qui perdurent de génération en génération. Toutefois, ces savoirs n’ont pas été assez étudiés pour pouvoir les valoriser. Or, depuis des décennies, les savoirs locaux font l’objet d’intérêt croissant à l’échelle internationale, tant au sein de la communauté scientifique que des ONG internationales. C’est ainsi que cette recherche vise à identifier et à valoriser ces savoirs dans le cadre d’une stratégie de cogestion conservatoire, intégrée et participative de l’arganeraie. Comme outils d’investigation, nous avons eu recours à l’observation et à l’entretien semi directif. Ainsi, nous avons interrogé une centaine de personnes (hommes et femmes) relevant des communes rurales d’Aguerd et de Tidzi (région d’Essaouira). Nous avons aussi interrogé des acteurs institutionnels (agriculture, eaux et forêts, agences, recherche et ONG) en vue de dégager leurs points de vue. Pour l’analyse des données, nous avons utilisé trois méthodes complémentaires: l’analyse descriptive, l’analyse du contenu et l’analyse comparative. Les savoirs locaux identifiés ont été analysés notamment au regard du savoir scientifique. Les résultats ont été comparés entre les deux communes, et au sein de chaque commune ces savoirs sont différenciés selon le genre. Par ailleurs, nous nous sommes basés sur le cadre analytique de Berkes (1999) et sur le modèle IAD Framework d’Orstom (1994) pour pouvoir comprendre la problématique traitée dans toutes ses facettes. Ainsi, nous avons identifié des savoirs relatifs aux trois éléments du système agraire local et à leurs interactions ainsi que ceux relatifs au mode de gestion de la forêt d’arganier et la vie culturelle de la population enquêtée (rites, recettes cosmétiques et de la pharmacopée traditionnelle,..). Il en ressort que l’ensemble de ces savoirs renvoie à une meilleure adaptation de la population à son milieu, à une fine connaissance de l’écosystème et de son fonctionnement. D’autre part, ces savoirs, différenciés selon le genre, montrent que les paysans ne raisonnent pas l’écosystème de manière sectorielle mais dans sa globalité. Par ailleurs, les modes de transmission de ces savoirs sont l’observation, la participation et l’imitation. Cependant, certains de ces savoirs sont en train de disparaître suite aux changements que connaît la zone. Ils doivent donc être requalifiés comme patrimoine culturel à respecter, à conserver, à en contrôler l’accès et à valoriser. D’un autre côté, nos résultats ont montré que l’engouement pour les produits de l’arganier et la flambée de leurs prix à partir de la fin des années 1990, ont entrainé des conséquence socio-économiques au niveau de la zone : changements au niveau des représentations et des comportements des locaux vis-à-vis de l’arbre, apparition de nouveaux acteurs s’enroulant dans des collectifs qui ont beaucoup évolué, mis en place d’un marché peu structuré et pas assez profitable aux locaux, érosion du savoir local, apparition de nouveaux modes d’alimentation, disparition de coutumes et de traditions, etc. ce qui nous a poussé à plaider pour la conception d’une stratégie de conservation de l’arganeraie. Or, de nombreuses actions ont été menées par certains acteurs dans ce sens. Malheureusement, ces efforts sont restés sectoriels, éparpillés, non intégrés et ne prenant pas en compte les nouvelles dynamiques en place. C’est ainsi que nous avons élaboré une proposition de stratégie de cogestion conservatoire de l’arganeraie faisant participer l’ensemble des acteurs, particulièrement les populations locales en valorisant leurs savoirs. Elle se veut cohérente, intégrée et reposant sur les axes suivants : la participation et la concertation entre les différents acteurs, l’assurance d’une bonne gouvernance locale (au sein des structures et entre les partenaires), l’appropriation de l’aménagement de l’arganeraie en valorisant les savoirs locaux identifiés et en appuyant la structure de l’agdal, la structuration du marché et la relocalisation de la plus-value (IGP argane), la promotion du tourisme rural, la réalisation d’actions d’accompagnement. Par ailleurs, cette stratégie doit s’inscrire dans le cadre d’un développement local plus global pour pouvoir prendre en compte l’aspect temporel dans les évolutions des dynamiques en cours.

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See detailLong-term study of biogenic volatile organic compound exchanges in a forest ecosystem
Laffineur, Quentin

Doctoral thesis (2012)

The terrestrial biosphere, especially forest ecosystems, emits large quantities of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which have a significant impact on the atmosphere’s chemical and physical characteristics. In particular, VOCs are precursors in the formation of ozone and sec-ondary organic aerosols. Isoprene and monoterpenes dominate the total VOC emissions, and methanol is one of the most abundant atmospheric VOCs due to its longer half-life than the other two. The main objective of this thesis was to investigate (using the eddy covariance technique and a proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometer) the mechanisms of VOC (isoprene, monoterpene and methanol) emission and/or deposition at the scale of a temperate climate forest ecosystem (Vielsalm, Belgium) comprising several species (Fagus sylvatica, Abies alba, Picea Abies and Pseudotsuga menziessi). The eddy covariance technique is very suitable for studying VOC emission/deposition mechanisms at ecosystem level as it does not interfere with the functioning of the ecosystem and it has very good temporal resolution (half an hour). It was used for several months at the Vielsalm site without any major interruption to the measurements. The first measurement period ran from early July to late November 2009 and the second from late March to late November 2010. As well as measuring the VOC exchanges by eddy covari-ance, the climate parameters controlling the exchange mechanisms were also measured. During both these periods the methanol, acetaldehyde, acetone, isoprene, methyl vinyl ke-tone/methacrolein, monoterpene, acetic acid (2010) and formic acid (2010) fluxes were meas-ured. The highest emission levels observed were isoprene and monoterpenes along with methanol, which unlike the first two also showed depositions. The thesis therefore naturally focused on studying these three fluxes, in view of the important role played by these three compounds in atmospheric chemistry and hence the scientific community’s interest in refining the parametrisation of these compounds’ ecosystem/atmosphere exchange models. The study of the isoprene, monoterpene and methanol fluxes has been written up in three original articles which form the main body of this thesis. Because of the heterogeneity of the ecosystem studied, the first essential study concerned the identification of VOC-emitting species. This was done with the aid of a flux footprint model combined with a map of the species occurring on the site. This analysis showed that the main monoterpene emitter was Fagus sylvatica followed, to a lesser extent, by Abies alba, Picea Abies and Pseudotsuga menziessi. In contrast to the literature, the analysis showed Abies alba to be a probable isoprene emitter but the presence of Picea Abies, a known isoprene emitter, ruled out absolute certainty on that point. The isoprene fluxes were observed by day only, unlike the monoterpene fluxes which were observed both day and night. Diurnal flux analysis clearly showed temperature and light to be the two main variables controlling emissions. Combining this analysis with a study of the close relationship between isoprene/monoterpene emissions and photosynthesis revealed the plants’ de novo biosynthetic production mechanisms, an original aspect at ecosystem scale. From the occurrence of nocturnal monoterpene emissions it was possible to determine that de novo monoterpene production emitted directly into the atmosphere (as in the case of isoprene) was not the only source of the emissions observed. Withdrawals from monoterpene sinks located in plant organs or in the soil can also be monoterpene sources. Studying the relationship between isoprene/monoterpene fluxes and light, distinguishing between cloudy and sunny conditions, showed that for the same light intensity the emissions were higher in cloudy con-ditions than in sunshine. Similarly, a study of the relationship between isoprene fluxes and photosynthesis in cloudy/sunny conditions suggested that de novo isoprene production is greater in leaves above the canopy than in leaves within the canopy. Long-term measurement of isoprene and monoterpene emissions enabled seasonal changes in the mechanisms observed to be studied and more fully understood. As well as providing an understanding of the mechanisms, this research also resulted in quantification of the seasonal changes in the key parameters for modelling isoprene/monoterpene emissions. Methanol exchanges were generally positive (emissions) by day and negative (depositions) at night. Overall, methanol depositions were predominant in summer and autumn but in the mi-nority in spring. On average, the Vielsalm site behaved like a methanol sink, which contradicts all the other research published to date. An original model was developed for identifying the mechanisms responsible for short-term and long-term methanol emissions/depositions. The consistency between the measurements and the model simulations suggested that the main processes controlling methanol exchanges in summer could be attributed, in the short term, to (water-soluble) methanol adsorption/desorption occurring in the films of water on leaf surfaces and/or on the soil surface and, in the long term, to methanol destruction by a biological and/or chemical degradation process also occurring on the surface of leaves and/or the soil. A study of the difference between the measurements and the model, in spring, indicated the possibility of biosynthetic methanol production by the plants. This production was apparently controlled mainly by temperature, but it could not be shown in summer when methanol adsorption/desorption processes dominated. The literature on ecosystem-atmosphere exchanges of isoprene, monoterpenes and, to a lesser extent, methanol is extensive. Nevertheless, what makes this research original is the spatio-temporal scale used. We are in fact working at ecosystem scale, and not at leaf or branch scale as in most other cases. Moreover, our measurements cover a timescale from half an hour to a full growing season, which is rarely found in the literature. This has resulted in a better under-standing of these compounds’ production and exchange mechanisms. To be precise, the methanol flux study is currently unique in its description and understanding of the deposition mechanisms.

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See detailIonosphere Modelling for Galileo Single Frequency Users
Bidaine, Benoit

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Nowadays the ionosphere constitutes one of the most often modelled natural media. Indeed each GPS receiver among nearly two million units sold daily throughout the world runs a model to mitigate the ionospheric effect affecting the signal propagation from the satellites. This propagation is delayed by the free electrons in the atmosphere so that the navigation signals appear to travel distances larger than actual ones by 7 m on average. Hence this delayed propagation deteriorates the positioning accuracy deemed on a 10−m level for mass-market applications mainly involving single frequency users. Tomorrow the European navigation system Galileo will offer a new mitigation strategy to single frequency users. This strategy will rely on the NeQuick ionospheric model and associated broadcast information. To be properly implemented, it must be extensively described to future Galileo users. These users will also wonder about its effectiveness in accounting for the ionospheric delay. The PhD research covered by the present thesis has built on Belgian expertise in ionosphere monitoring to investigate the NeQuick model and its use for Galileo. It began with the collection and handling of ionosphere measurements including GPS data. It analysed various situations at different places in the world encompassing a whole year (2002). This PhD thesis provides the ins and outs of the Galileo Single Frequency Ionospheric Correction Algorithm. It gathers an algorithm description, a performance evaluation and a variant investigation. In the shape of a paper collection, it discloses many figures as visual entry-points into the juxtaposed text and includes many references allowing to dig into the details. The algorithm performances are usefully characterised both in terms of delay mitigation and positioning accuracy. On the one hand, the residual ionospheric delay reaches 31% for the chosen sites and year. On the other hand, the positioning accuracy amounts to 6 m horizontally and 9.3 m vertically. The performance evaluation allowed to emphasise several aspects of the Galileo ionospheric correction. This correction depends largely on the modelling of the topside, the upper part of the ionosphere, which hosts more complex physical processes. It owes its good performances to data ingestion, the model adaptation technique to actual measurements underlying the Galileo algorithm. It does not necessarily provide highly correlated correction levels in terms of delay on the one hand and positioning on the other. It enables the definition of alternative regional procedures following a compatible design but coping with its weaknesses. The present thesis paves the way for future work related to ionosphere modelling for Galileo single frequency users. It supplies comparative information for the algorithm assessment in the framework of successive phases of Galileo deployment. It establishes a conceptual basis for an Assisted Ionospheric Correction Algorithm (A-ICA) disseminating more flexible ionospheric information thanks to the integration of Global Navigation Satellite Systems and telecommunications.

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See detailPresent and future Greenland ice sheet surface energy balances with the help of the regional climate MAR model
Franco, Bruno

Doctoral thesis (2012)

The Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) surface mass balance (SMB) was modelled at different spatial resolutions (15-50 km), using the regional climate model MAR (Modèle Atmosphérique Régional) forced by the ERA-INTERIM reanalysis over the 1990-2010 period. The comparison of these simulations revealed that (i) the inter-annual variability of the SMB components is consistent within the different resolutions investigated when they are integrated over the whole ice sheet, (ii) the MAR model simulates heavier precipitation on average over the GrIS with decreasing resolution, and (iii) the SMB components (except precipitation) can be derived from a lower-resolution simulation with an enhanced interpolation. This interpolation can also be used to approximate the SMB components over another topography/ice sheet mask of the GrIS. These results are valuable for the forcing of an ice dynamical model, needed to enable full projections of the GrIS mass balance contribution to sea-level rise (SLR) over the coming centuries. Moreover, this work showed that 25 km-resolution MAR simulation is a good compromise between computing time and results precision in the aim to perform afterwards 21st-century projections of the GrIS melt. The most suited atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (AOGCMs) for the GrIS current climate modelling were selected on the basis of comparison between the 1970-1999 outputs and reanalyses, showing that the representation quality of surface parameters (temperature, precipitation) are highly correlated to the atmospheric circulation and its inter-annual variability (North Atlantic oscillation). Future atmospheric circulation changes according to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions scenarios were projected to dampen the zonal flow, enhance the meridional fluxes and provide additional heat and moisture to the GrIS, increasing temperature over the whole ice sheet and precipitation over its northeastern area. Moreover, future projections performed with the selected AOGCMs showed consistent anomalies to the present-day climate. The GrIS SMB anomalies from the A1B scenario amount to -300 Gt/yr with respect to 1970-1999, leading to a SLR of 5 cm by the end of the 21st century. This work helped to select the AOGCMs used as forcing fields in the MAR model to carry out future projections of the GrIS. 20th and 21st centuries MAR simulations at 25km resolution forced by previously selected GCMs according to GHG scenarios were performed over the GrIS in order to investigate the projected changes of the surface energy balance (SEB) components driving the surface melt. Analysis of 2000-2100 melt anomalies to 1980–1999 results revealed an exponential relationship of the surface melt to the near-surface temperature anomalies, mainly due to the surface albedo positive feedback associated with the extension of bare ice areas in summer. On the GrIS margins, the future melt anomalies are driven by stronger sensible heat fluxes, induced by enhanced warm air advections. Over the central dry snow zone, the increase of melt surpasses the negative feedback from heavier snowfall inducing a decrease of the summer surface albedo. In addition to the incoming longwave flux increase associated to the atmosphere warming, MAR projected an increase of the cloud cover decreasing the ratio of the incoming shortwave versus longwave radiation and dampening the albedo feedback. This trend of cloud cover is contrary to that simulated by reanalyses-forced MAR over current climate, where the observed melt increase since the 1990’s is rather a consequence of more anticyclonic atmospheric conditions. No significant change was projected in the length of the melt season, highlighting the importance of solar radiation in the melt SEB.

See detailDynamique spatio-temporelle de Cryptosporidium et de Giardia dans un réservoir d'eau potable et son bassin versant: cas des lacs de barrage de la Haute-Sûre (Luxembourg)
Burnet, Jean-Baptiste

Doctoral thesis (2012)

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See detailLorsque les limites des sciences et les sentiers de chasse s’entrecroisent: Une ethnographie des laboratoires scientifiques amazoniens en partenariat avec les communautés autochtones locales
Escobar Jimenez, Kelly

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Currently, protected areas and protected natural species are in a state of proliferation all over the world. Landscapes, flagship species, peoples in voluntary isolation, ecosystems, and “biological corridors” are all protected. In order to achieve this, categories of protection at different geographical levels have been mobilized. The processes that allow any one of these categories to become operational within a precise territory are more or less well standardized and have in common, amongst others things, two components that have caught my attention: Firstly, the central role of previous scientific and technical studies, and secondly, the desire to ensure the participation of the populations concerned. How are relations between scientists and the non-scientific public in participatory environmental management? This thesis seeks to answer this question, from the starting point of an analysis of the cognitive dimension of participatory environmental management, i.e. how the production of knowledge affects the modes of existence within protected areas (and consequently their human and nonhuman inhabitants). Building upon the study of daily activities that bring scientists and indigenous peoples into contact in and around the scientific field stations “Yasuní” and “Juri Juri Kawsay” (in the Ecuadorian Amazon), this research describes the relationship between ways of knowing a conflicting object (for example a natural species, a territorial boundary, an isolated people) and the consequences in terms of configuration of that object (in terms of identity, value, and fragility) and its management (administration, use, protection, recovery or abandonment). By mobilizing the approach of Actor-Network theory, this dissertation attempts to outline how mediation between humans and nonhumans, non-scientific and scientific, occurs. It also offers a reflection on how the Agency of an entity (the competence to make make distributed in the humans and nonhumans actors) comes to influence the joint actions. This research can capture the ambiguity, instability, resistance and complexity that still exist in the Amazon, with some unexpected findings along the way, by showing the changes among things and people throughout development projects, land management initiatives, and conservation and science programs. After describing the trajectory of four entities (laboratories, species conservation, territories and subjects), which meet at the Amazonian interfaces where science, conservation and development are in competition, the findings of this dissertation have met two ambitions: to consider the importance of taking into account the complexity and historicity of scientific data and to answer a broader question: What are the relevant factors to take into account when considering the possibilities for joint action between scientists and indigenous populations?

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See detailAPPLICATION OF GEOMATICS FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF PASTORAL RESOURCES IN MOROCCO
Mahyou, Hamid

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Rangeland or natural arid pastures of Morocco are defined as ecosystems where there is a natural or semi-natural vegetation composed of steppes, shrubs and grassland used mainly for livestock production as climate and soil are unsuitable to agriculture. The arid rangelands of Morocco occupy an area of over 33 million hectares between the isohyets of 100 and 400 mm. These areas represent livelihoods for thousands of people and protect the country from desertification. The main objective of this study is to provide scientific community and decision-makers methodological tools for assessing arid rangelands, based on geomatics and biophysics data. This study is divided in four parts: 1. The first part presents an overview of the threat of the desertification, emphasizes on the causes and consequences of rangeland degradation in Morocco, from literature sources, statistics, climate data and maps. Morocco rangelands are located in ten different pastoral zones that differ from each other by their floristic composition, soil and climatic conditions. According to Globcover map these rangelands are mainly composed by bare soil, herbaceous vegetation, shrubs and deciduous savanna mosaic / shrub or forest. The largest pastoral zones are: the Saharan zone, Pre-Saharan, the Oriental plateaus and the Valley of Moulouya. These zones are the most degraded with respectively 97, 89 and 69% of their total area. Available information on several pilot areas shows that the Moroccan rangelands are degraded due to many factors, which include overgrazing, cultivation, population increase and climate variation. 2. The second part of the study demonstrates the usefulness of remote sensing for assessing drought in arid rangelands of Morocco. Bi-weekly TERRA Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS 250 meters) data were used for this purpose. A Preliminary mapping by using Landsat TM5 of major land cover types was carried out to extract the pasture area. A comparison of annual and seasonal Normalised Difference Vegetation Indices (NDVI), Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) and rainfall during the time period of 2000–2008 were carried out. Results show significant correlations of either NDVI (r= 0.72**) or VCI (r=0.42*) with past season (3 months) rainfall. NDVI variation is a good indicator of vegetation changes and consequently can give a reliable indication on drought conditions in the study area. NDVI values lower than 0.2 are indicative of drought occurrence. NDVI values between 0.20 and 0.28 indicate average weather conditions and values higher than 0.28 correspond to humid conditions. 3. The third part presents an original knowledge-based approach for mapping the degradation of rangelands in North Africa. The study area is located in the high plateaus of eastern Morocco which include 3.5 million hectares of arid rangeland steppes. The approach consists in using datasets derived from Landsat TM satellite imagery, lithology, phytogeographic data and field indicators. The field indicators are: the steppes composition, perennial vegetation cover, annual perennial production, grazing level and the prevalence of rangeland cultivation. Results show that the knowledge-based approach is a valid method for evaluating rangeland degradation. The proposed knowledge-based approach discriminated between rangeland categories that would not have been discernible using only remote sensing. Overall classification accuracy of rangeland degradation obtained using this approach was 93%. This approach revealed that 11, 36 and 30% of the study area have shown very severe, severe and moderate degradation level, respectively. 4. The fourth part concerns the assessment of Alfa grass (Stipa tenacissima) tussocks at various degradation levels of Alfa grass steppes in the high plateaus of eastern Morocco, based on field hyperspectral data (350 – 2500 nm) and digital images during fall and spring seasons. Digital images of Alfa grass tussocks were taken using a digital camera to classify of the tussocks according to their proportion in green leaves (green, mixed and dry tussock). Assess software (Image Analysis Software for Plant Disease Quantification, APS 2002) was used to obtain the proportion of greenness in each tussock. Hyperspectral data of three states of tussocks (Green, Mixed and Dry tussock leaves) were collected within three degradation levels of Alfa grass steppes (Slight, Moderate and Severe degradation) with the ASD FieldSpec® 3 spectroradiometer. Paired t-test, Normalized difference spectral reflectance (NDSR) and Stepwise Discriminate Analysis were used to discriminate between various tussock status and different Alfa grass steppes. The results indicate that Alfa grass had shown an intraspecific variability in reflectance spectra. The proportion of green leaves in Alfa grass tussock strongly influences the spectral response. The discrimination of different Alfa grass tussock status was better during fall than spring. The spectral behavior of Alfa grass tussock is problematic for the mapping and the assessment of Alfa grass steppes by conventional remote sensing techniques.

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See detailContribution à la désinfection de l'eau par photosensibilisation avec des extraits de plantes
Sunda Makuba, Teddy

Doctoral thesis (2012)

La problématique de l’accès à l’eau par les populations des pays en développement constitue toujours de nos jours un défi important à relever pour contribuer à un développement durable tout en garantissant des conditions sanitaires satisfaisantes. Malgré les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développement (OMD), de nombreux pays souffrent encore actuellement d’un manque d’accès à l’eau. En République Démocratique du Congo, seuls 26% de la population a accès à l’eau. Au-delà de la satisfaction des besoins humains assurés par la fourniture de la quantité d’eau nécessaire, il s’agit aussi de veiller à garantir sa bonne qualité, particulièrement la qualité microbiologique. Parmi les divers procédés de désinfection de l’eau au niveau familial, la présente contribution a pour objectif l’amélioration de la méthode de désinfection solaire par application du processus de photosensibilisation. En présence de lumière, un photosensibilisateur génère dans l’eau l’oxygène singulet très réactif conduisant à la destruction des microorganismes. Certaines plantes utilisées dans la pharmacopée traditionnelle pour soigner les infections microbiennes et parasitaires sont capables d’initier cette réaction de photosensibilisation. Dans un premier temps, parmi une dizaine de plantes analysées, nous avons mis en évidence l’activité photosensibilisante d’extraits non alcaloïdiques de Cassia alata, Cassia occidentalis, Carica papaya, Phyllanthus niruri et Coleus kilimandschari. L’inactivation des coliformes fécaux a été remarquée après trois heures d’ensoleillement, celle-ci se manifestant après une heure d’exposition lorsque le milieu est saturé en oxygène. Tout en étant libéré de la contrainte liée à la saturation du milieu en oxygène, l’étude des huiles essentielles extraites de plantes de la famille des Rutacées a montré une inhibition complète des coliformes fécaux présents dans l’eau après deux heures d’ensoleillement pour Citrus reticulata et Citrus limonum et une heure d’ensoleillement pour Citrus bergamia. L’examen de cette dernière huile en spectrométrie de masse a mis en évidence la présence de méthoxy-5 psoralène (MOP-5), responsable de l’activité photosensibilisatrice. Utilisé en solution dans l’eau, le MOP-5 a confirmé son rôle de photosensibilisateur et son efficacité désinfectante avec un abattement de 4 unités logarithmiques pour les Coliformes fécaux après une heure d’exposition et de 3 unités logarithmiques pour les Entérocoques fécaux après seulement 5 minutes d’exposition. La fixation du MOP-5 sur un support solide a permis de récupérer le photosensibilisateur après usage tout en conservant son pouvoir désinfectant supérieur à la forme libre. Le dispositif MOP-5/polystyrène a permis d’observer une inhibition complète des Coliformes fécaux après seulement 6 minutes d’exposition et deux minutes pour les Entérocoques fécaux. Cette recherche constitue un premier travail exploratoire qui ouvre la voie vers un nouveau processus de désinfection de l’eau par photosensibilisation à partir d’extraits de plantes. Mais il conviendra de préciser les modalités pratiques d’application afin de rendre ce processus opérationnel.

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See detailPrévisions des rendements du blé d’hiver à échelle régionale par modélisation de la courbe de chute de l’indice foliaire
Kouadio, Amani Louis

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Estimation of cereal-crop production is considered as a priority in most crop research programs due to the relevance of food grain to world agricultural production. A large number of agrometeorological models for crop yield assessment are available with various levels of complexity and empiricism. The current development of models for wheat yield forecasts, however, does not always reflect the inclusion of the loss of valuable green area and its relation to biotic and abiotic processes in production situation. At the field level, the close correlation between green leaf area during maturation and grain yield in wheat revealed that the onset and rate of senescence appeared to be important factors for determining wheat grain yield. Earth observation data, owing to their synoptic, timely and repetitive coverage, have been recognized as a valuable tool for crop monitoring at different levels. Our study sought to explore an approach for winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) yield forecasts at a regional scale, based on metrics derived from the senescence phase of the green area index (GAI). The senescence phase of winter wheat was analyzed and its modelling was achieved through two curve-fitting functions (modified Gompertz and logistic function). Metrics derived from these functions and characterizing this phase (i.e. the maximum value of GAI, the senescence rate and the time taken to reach either 37% or 50% of the remaining green surface in the senescent phase) were related to grain yields. The Senescence-based Approach For Yield estimates (SenAFY) was established and first tested at plot scale based on GAI values derived from digital hemispherical photograph. Then, it was applied at a regional scale using GAI temporal profiles retrieved from MODIS data. This second part of our study took advantage of recent methodological improvements in which imagery with high revisit frequency but coarse spatial resolution can be exploited to derive crop-specific GAI time series by selecting pixels whose ground-projected instantaneous field of view is dominated by the winter wheat. The regression-based models derived from the SenAFY provide interesting yield estimates at these two spatial scales. At regional scale, especially, the use of the SenAFY in order to forecast wheat yield gave satisfactory results. Such an approach may be considered as a first yield estimate that could be performed in order to provide better integrated yield assessments in operational systems.

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See detailL'identité à travers l'espace et le temps. Vers une définition de l’identité et des relations spatio-temporelles entre objets géographiques.
Hallot, Pierre

Doctoral thesis (2012)

The principal goal of this research is to model object’s evolution in space and time; it implies questioning identity, space and time. First, we define the concept of object spatio-temporal state. This concept allows modelling object identity evolution. Indeed, managing object identity must not be related to the object spatiality. In other words, we assume that the existence of an object is not dependant of its spatial extension. We show that there exist a lot of relationships associated to objects which does not yet exist or which does not exist anymore. We show also that when objects are not visible during an interval of time, it does not imply the lost of their identity. The model we propose aims at providing a framework for non-existent and non-visible objects Then, we study the spatio-temporal interactions between objects. The proposed solution is to define relationships between objects spatio-temporal states. It appears that the proposed set of relationships is a generalized vision of existing spatio-temporal reasoning models. Knowing that space-time continuity is not preserved in qualitative modelling, we apply the dominance theory which aims at retrieving continuous transitions between qualitative states. This development provides formal definitions of possible transition between spatio-temporal states relationships. Logically, the next step is to study the possible evolution of these spatio-temporal states relationships. This leads to the development of a formal model called “life and motion configurations”. This iconic representation gives a simplified view of the spatio-temporal evolution between two objects. It can be used to formalize the relationship between two spatio-temporal histories. In this work, we prove that this language is sufficient to provide spatio-temporal knowledge on moving objects. It determines also a framework in which others spatio-temporal reasoning models can be classified. Based on life and motion configurations, we propose two applications. Firstly, the life and motion configurations are generalised into a set of 25 relationships representing spatio-temporal information with a high level of abstraction. We believe that this set is close to people perception of spatio-temporal information. Secondly, two natural language interpretations of life and motion configurations are proposed; one applied to generalized spatio-temporal relationships, one applied to spatio-temporal predicates used in common French language.

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See detailDéveloppement d'un photocatalyseur à base d'oxyde de titane pour l'élimination de polluants et de bactéries en milieu aqueux
Tasseroul, Ludivine

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Dans le cadre de la réutilisation des eaux usées et de l’accès limité à l’eau potable dans certaines régions du globe, de nouvelles techniques d’épuration nécessitant de faibles consommations d’énergie sont étudiées. Parmi ces nouvelles techniques, la photocatalyse hétérogène utilise des réactions d’oxydation et de réduction pour la dégradation de polluants organiques et de micro-organismes. Le photocatalyseur le plus employé est le TiO2. Lorsqu’il est illuminé par un rayonnement UV, des paires électron/trou sont générées et réagissent avec l’eau et l’oxygène pour former des radicaux libres qui vont dégrader les polluants. Le procédé sol-gel permet de contrôler facilement la texture, la cristallinité, l’introduction de dopants et la mise en forme de matériaux. Il a été utilisé dans ce travail pour la synthèse de photocatalyseurs à base de TiO2, (xérogels). À partir de sols en cours de gélification, des films de TiO2 ont été déposés par spin-coating. Après calcination, ces films sont actifs pour la dégradation du bleu de méthylène sous UV-A. Afin d’améliorer l’activité photocatalytique de xérogels de TiO2, des particules d’argent ont été introduites dans la matrice par cogélification. Ces particules d’argent améliorent l’activité du TiO2 pour la dégradation du bleu de méthylène sous UV-A. En plus de l’amélioration de l’activité photocatalytique, l’extension de l’activation du TiO2 au domaine visible du spectre solaire a été étudiée par sensibilisation avec des porphyrines. Ces porphyrines sont introduites d’une part, par greffage sur le catalyseur Degussa P25 et d’autre part, in situ dans la matrice de xérogels de TiO2. Le greffage des porphyrines ne permet pas l’activation du catalyseur Degussa P25 sous lumière halogène. Par contre, l’introduction in situ des porphyrines permet l’activation du TiO2 avec des longueurs d’onde du domaine visible et améliore ainsi l’activité des xérogels sous lumière halogène pour la dégradation du p-nitrophénol. L’activité antibactérienne de plusieurs catalyseurs préparés au cours de la thèse a également été évaluée pour la dégradation de deux espèces de bactéries : Escherichia coli et Lactobacillus rhamnosus. Cette activité antibactérienne est corrélée à l’activité dépolluante des photocatalyseurs. L’étude cinétique de la dégradation du p-nitrophénol sur un xérogel de TiO2 dopé in situ avec une porphyrine a été réalisée. Cette étude montre que la dégradation implique un type de site actif correspondant aux trous h+ créés lorsque le TiO2 est exposé à la lumière. L’étape limitante correspond à la réaction de surface entre le p-nitrophénol adsorbé et les radicaux OH• adsorbés. Cette étude cinétique utilise une loi sigmoïdale plutôt que linéaire pour modéliser les courbes de dégradation du p-nitrophénol.

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See detailNumerical modelling of the climate control on hillslope erosion: Model development and application to the Last Glacial-Interglacial Cycle in NW Europe
Bovy, Benoît

Doctoral thesis (2012)

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See detailTotal Electron Content reconstruction using triple frequency GNSS signals
Spits, Justine

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Nowadays, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) provide accurate three dimensional positioning and navigation anywhere and anytime on the Earth’s surface and are being utilized in numerous civilian and military applications. The US Global Positioning System (GPS) is currently being modernized to transmit radio signals on an additional third frequency, while the European Galileo is a newly developed system which will transmit on three civil frequency bands. One of the major error sources affecting GNSS is the delay caused when the signals pass through the ionosphere on their way to the Earth’s surface. This delay is inversely proportional to the square of the carrier frequency, and directly proportional to the Total Electron Content (TEC) of the ionosphere. In the last 20 years, several techniques using dual frequency GNSS measurements have been developed to estimate the TEC. With these techniques, systematic errors are confined to at least - 2.5 and 2.5 TECU for a mid-latitude site, and to at least - 5.5 and 5 TECU for a low-latitude location. In the last decades, knowledge about the ionosphere has grown considerably thanks to the use of GNSS measurements, and in turn the GNSS have highly benefited from this improved knowledge. Nowadays the availability of triple frequency GNSS signals enables the development of new processing techniques. We have therefore dedicated this work to developing a TEC reconstruction methodology based on triple frequency GNSS measurements and aimed at improving the accuracy of the final TEC values with regards to existing techniques. The structure of this study is as follows. Firstly, we provide information about GNSS, focusing on concepts, definitions and assumptions which will be used throughout this study. Then, we introduce the concepts of ionospheric propagation of radio signals and give a review of the literature on existing techniques used to extract the TEC with dual frequency GNSS measurements. We further present the complete design of the triple frequency TEC reconstruction methodology. We start by giving the set of combinations which allows us to resolve the original integer ambiguities, then we address the principles of TEC reconstruction, and finally we give an accuracy assessment of the computed TEC values. We also present an innovative technique to calibrate the satellite and receiver code hardware delays. We continue with testing the features developed on a simulated GPS and Galileo observation dataset, as well as on a real GIOVE observation dataset. Finally, we conclude this work by providing a critical overview of our investigations and suggesting various improvements of the current limitations.