Potential Benefits of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization to Ghana

P. Amponsah, S. Osae

Abstract


The National Data Centers established around the globe with the support of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization are used to monitor and manage its data, to control and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapon test explosions. The National Data Center in Ghana was established in February, 2010 at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. The Center is mandated to collate seismic, radionuclide, infrasound and hydroacoustic data for monitoring nuclear test explosions for global peace. The data are obtained from our neighboring country Cote d’Ivoire and the International Data Center in Austria. The objectives of the Data Center include the following: receive and use data from the International Monitoring System (IMS) stations and products derived from the IMS from the International Data Center for verification and compliance of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and for earthquake hazard studies. From 2010 to date local seismic events from the Center are catalogued for earthquake hazard studies in the country. The data are also made available to our stakeholders for earthquake disaster risk reduction. The benefits of the National Data Center to Ghana are numerous. Apart from the data for seismic hazard studies, it can also provide data for research in fisheries, for the study of the crustal structure among others.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.erem.67.1.5402


Keywords


Ghana; National Data Center; achievements; Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization; nuclear explosions

Full Text: AMPONSAH 1(67) 2014

Print ISSN: 1392-1649
Online ISSN: 2029-2139