Landscape evolution and changes in soil hydraulic properties at the decadal, centennial and millennial scale: A case study from the Campine area, northern Belgium

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Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Mol, Belgique
Flemish Heritage Inst., Brussel, Belgique
CSIRO Land and Water, Urrbrae, Australie

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The AA. investigated the rate and circumstances of change in soil hydraulic properties as a result of soil and landscape evolution that took place over a period of a few decades to several thousands of years. To this end, a sediment-soil sequence in which different sandy landscapes and associated soils are preserved was studied with respect to its geomorphological and pedohydrological characteristics. Three stages of soil development corresponding to specific landscapes were observed within a 2-m deep profile. Age control of soil horizons and vegetation history were obtained from optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating, radiocarbon (14C) dating, pollen analysis and historical archives. The results suggest a strong relationship between landscape evolution, soil development and hydraulic properties. It is concluded that combination of geomorphological and pedohydrological analyses of sediment-soil archives may provide a unique means to gain insight into the rate and extent of past changes in soil hydraulic properties and the consequences of future hydrological changes as a result of these evolving properties.

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Article de périodique

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Catena (Giessen), issn : 0341-8162, 2012, vol. 95, p. 73-84, nombre de pages : 12, Références bibliographiques : 51 ref.

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Pays édition : Allemagne, Cremlingen-Destedt, Catena

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