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About AfricaArray


Founding Partners

The three founding partners, The University of the Witwatersrand ( Johannesburg, South Africa), the Council for Geoscience (CGS)( Pretoria, South Africa), and The Pennsylvania State University ( University Park, PA, USA), provided $1.7M in in-kind support to launch AfricaArray.


The AfricaArray degree programme are being run through the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. Within many parts of southern Africa, the Council for Geoscience (CGS) provides support for installing, upgrading, and operating seismic equipment at the AfricaArray scientific observatories. Technical training for seismic equipment operation and maintenance also is provided by the CGS. Elsewhere in Africa, other network operators are providing support for the installation, operation and maintenance of seismic equipment. The Pennsylvania State University is providing technical support to the training programme and for constructing and operating the scientific observatories.

Seismic Data Access

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) is providing AfricaArray with seismic data management (archiving and distribution) through its Data Management Center.

GPS and Weather Data Access

UNAVCO is providing AfricaArray with GPS and weather data management (archiving and distribution) through its Data Management Facility


Prof. Paul Dirks (James Cook University -, Dr. Gerhard Graham (Council for Geoscience -, Prof. Ray Durrheim (University of the Witwatersrand,, and Prof. Andrew Nyblade (Penn State University - serve as the co-directors for AfricaArray.