AfricaArray is an innovative programme to promote, strengthen and maintain a workforce of highly trained African geoscientists and researchers for Africa. Well-trained geoscience professionals are key to sustainable development as demand grows for Africa’s natural resources and as Africa's environment is impacted by global change.
A 20-year initiative, AfricaArray refers to scientists working on arrays of continent-wide linked projects; arrays of shared training programmes and observational networks; and above all, a common vision that Africa will build and retain capacity in an array of technical and scientific fields.
AfricaArray also is committed to enhancing the diversity of the geosciences workforce in Africa and the U.S.
Visiting Scientist Examines Seismic Data
As a researcher with the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics in Cairo, Ahmed Hosny Ali Moursi is investigating the crustal structure of Egypt so as to better understand and assess hazards that can occur with earthquakes.
“If we can add to our knowledge of the crust and upper mantle, we will be able to better understand the occurrence of earthquakes and determine potential impacts to people,” said Ahmed Hosny, a visiting scientist with AfricaArray.
At Penn State, USA from November 2012 to April 2013, Ahmed Hosny is using the receiver function technique to analyze seismic data from large earthquakes. This involves modeling seismic waves originating from the crust-mantle boundary and the velocities at which waves propagate through the crust, said Andy Nyblade, AfricaArray co-director who is working with Ahmed Hosny.
Annual Summer Field Course
The annual field course is held from June to July in South Africa.