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Afdeling Fysische en regionale geografie (KULeuven)

English name: Fysical and Regional Geography

Celestijnenlaan 200 E
3001 Heverlee

Tel.: +32-(0)16-32 64 33
Fax: +32 (0)16 32 29 80
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Type: Scientific

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The attention of this research group is focussed on the intensity, controlling factors and modelling of these processes under a range of environmental conditions (temperate, Mediterranean, subtropical and tropical areas) and over a range of temporal scales. The most important studied geomorphic processes are: soil erosion by water (actual sheet, rill and gully erosion as well as in historical times), sediment deposition, tillage erosion, land sliding and soil losses due to root and tuber crop harvesting. Attention is also given to anthropogenic soil degradation due to significant land use changes (e.g. in the framework of desertification problems) and to the effectiveness and efficiency of techniques to prevent or combat land degradation. For instance, several research projects focus on the reduction of soil erosion rates at plot level using reduced soil tillage and of gully erosion via innovative techniques or on the evaluation of traditional soil conservation techniques in subtropical areas. In collaboration with other research groups the impact of geomorphic processes on the physical environment (on site and off site effects) is being studied (e.g. in Belgium, Mediterranean zone, China, Vietnam, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, South-Africa). In addition to experimental studies and the assessment of process intensities based on field measurements, models are being developed in order to predict rates of soil erosion and sediment deposition at various timescales and with different temporal resolution. Attention is being given to the effects of errors and error propagation on model results. An important aspect of this research is the integration of these models with process models that describe the dynamics of soil carbon.

Afdeling Fysische en regionale geografie used to be Laboratorium voor Experimentele Geomorfologie

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  • Peer reviewed article Temmerman, S.; Bouma, T.J.; Govers, G.; Lauwaet, D. (2005). Flow paths of water and sediment in a tidal marsh: relations with marsh developmental stage and tidal inundation height. Estuaries 28(3): 338-352., more
  • Van Damme, S.; Govers, G.; Struyf, E.; Van Wesemael, B.; Clymans, W.; Frot, E.; Cardinal, D.; Smis, A.; Meire, P. (2009). The effect of land use changes on silica transport through river basins, in: ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2009: A Cruise Through Nice Waters, 25-30 January 2009, Nice, France. pp. 272, more

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  • Laterale fluxen van Si: de invloed van bodemgebruik op verschillende tijdschalen, more
  • LUSI: Land Use Changes and Si Transport through the Scheldt River Basin, more
  • Modderoverlast, sedimentatie in wachtbekkens en begroting van de sedimentexport naar waterlopen in Midden-BelgiĆ«, more
  • Quantification and modelling of the sedimentological and morphological dynamics of tidal marshes in the Scheldt estuary, more
  • Sediment- en morfodynamiek van schorren in het Schelde-estuarium : begroting en voorspelling, more
  • Sediment trap efficiency for small ponds: an experimental and modelling approach, more

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  • Sedimentation on tidal marshes in the Scheldt estuary: a field and numerical modelling study, more

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