AfricaArray (www.africaarray.org) is a multifaceted initiative focused on developing a pool of diverse and talented undergraduate and graduate students for the geoscience workforce in the U.S. and Africa through linked research and training programs. Launched in 2005 with support from government, academic and industry partners, AfricaArray now supports three coupled activities, 1) a multidisciplinary observatory network in Africa, 2) a graduate training program for U.S. and African students focusing on research in Africa, and 3) a program to enhance diversity in the geosciences in the U.S. and Africa. This grant supports the operation and maintenance of the observatory network, which provides seismic, GPS and weather data openly to the science community. The network consists of 44 observatories spanning 17 countries in eastern, southern and western Africa. All but one of the observatories houses seismic sensors, and by the end of 2012, twenty-one of the observatories will also be equipped with GPS receivers and automated weather stations. The seismic data are archived and distributed by the IRIS data management center, and the GPS and weather data are archived and distributed by the UNAVCO data management center. Data from the network are being used for solid earth and atmospheric research projects by a wide range of students, faculty and researchers worldwide, including a number of underrepresented minority students in the U.S.

Agency
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institute
Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)
Application #
1128936
Program Officer
David Lambert
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2012-07-15
Budget End
2015-06-30
Support Year
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$146,370
Indirect Cost
Name
Pennsylvania State University
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
University Park
State
PA
Country
United States
Zip Code
16802