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AfricaArray Program (Image 5)

A map showing the current distribution of the AfricaArray Program's seismic stations

A map showing the current distribution of the AfricaArray Program's seismic stations, which record earthquake activity. This network of shared scientific observatories across Africa is fundamentally important for achieving a tightly integrated training and research program for science capacity building. The network of shared scientific observatories--linked through common instrumentation, data access and operation--form a shared facility, providing an important means of building science community. Data from the observatories provides the underpinning for much of the science supported by AfricaArray. Some of the observatories are permanent, while others are installed and operated on a temporary basis.

AfricaArray is a 20-year initiative in the geosciences to meet the African Union's New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) requirements for continent-wide cooperation in human resources development and capacity building. Major funding for the program has been provided by the National Science Foundation through its Division of Earth Sciences (in the Geosciences Directorate) and the Partnerships for International Research and Education program (in the Office of International Science and Engineering [grant OISE 05-30062]), and by South Africa's National Research Foundation.

To learn more about the program, visit the AfricaArray website Here. (Date of Image: July 2009-July 2010) [Image 5 of 9 related images. See Image 6.]


Credit: Andrew Nyblade, Pennsylvania State University; AfricaArray

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