English name: Research pole Environmental Sciences|
Parent institute: Université Catholique de Louvain; Earth and Life Institute (UCL-ELI), more
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|The Environmental Sciences branch of the Earth and Life Institute of the Université Catholique de Louvain was founded in 2008 and is strongly linked with and originates from the Applied Mechanics unit (MEMA) which is part of the same university (Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering (IMMC)). The research conducted by this group ranges from fundamental to applied research which relates to numerous societal concerns such as water and soil pollution, management of forests and nature reserves, functional ecology, soil erosion, land use, carbon and water cycle, the effect of climate change on biogeochemical cycles, etc. A key event during the existence of this group is the organisation of the ‘8th International Workshop on Unstructured Mesh Numerical Modeling of Coastal, Shelf and Ocean Flows’, held in September 2009.
Marine topics studied by the Environmental Sciences group include:
- Ocean and sea currents by means of models (e.g. the SLIM model);
- The biogeochemical cycle of iron in the ocean.
In the future this group foresees a landward shift in their research in order to develop a multi-scale model of the land - sea continuum. The intention is to model the water cycle and the dynamics of biogeochemical tracers from land towards the sea. Such a model will allow to explicitly model the impact of land-based human activities on marine ecosystems.
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- Delvigne, C.; Opfergelt, S.; Cardinal, D.; Hofmann, A.; André, L. (2016). Desilication in Archean weathering processes traced by silicon isotopes and Ge/Si ratios. Chem. Geol. 420: 139-147. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2015.11.007, more
- Opfergelt, S.; Delmelle, P. (2012). Silicon isotopes and continental weathering processes: assessing controls on Si transfer to the ocean. C. r. Géosci. 344(11-12): 723-738. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crte.2012.09.006, more
- Cornelis, J.-T.; Delvaux, B.; Georg, B.; Lucas, Y.; Ranger, J.; Opfergelt, S. (2011). Tracing the origin of dissolved silicon transferred from various soil-plant systems towards rivers: a review. Biogeosciences 8(1): 89-112. dx.doi.org/10.5194/bg-8-89-2011, more
- Goor, Q.; Halleux, C.; Mohamed, Y.; Tilmant, A. (2010). Optimal operation of a multipurpose multireservoir system in the Eastern Nile River Basin. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 14(10): 1895-1908. dx.doi.org/10.5194/hess-14-1895-2010, more
- De Maet, T.; Hanert, E.; Deleersnijder, E.; Fichefet, T.; Legat, V.; Remacle, J.-F.; Soares Frazao, S.; Vanclooster, M.; Lambrechts, J.; König Beatty, S.; Bouillon, S.; de Brye, B.; Gourgue, O.; Kärnä, T.; Lietaer, O.; Pestiaux, A.; Slaoui, K.; Thomas, C. (2012). SLIM: a multi-scale model of the land-sea continuum. Geophys. Res. Abstr. 14(EGU2012-9603-1), more
- Alonso, A.; Sbaa, M.; Vanclooster, M. (2011). Assessing water quality and pollution origin of the Bou-Areg aquifer (north east Morocco). Geophys. Res. Abstr. 13: EGU2011-6070, more
- De Maet, T. (2011). An explicit Discontinuous-Galerkin surface-subsurface water flow model, in: Hogge, M. et al. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Advanced COmputational Methods in ENgineering (ACOMEN 2011), 14-17 November 2011, Liège, Belgium. pp. 11 pp., more