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Facilities and Equipment

Over the past 8 years, the department has benefitted from several Government of Ghana assistance. This has led to the expansion of the department’s infrastructure and has thus enhanced capacity for effective teaching and research. Through the joint support of the GETfund and Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the department is putting up a two storey extension comprising over 14 offices for lecturers, teaching laboratories, lecture theatres, and storage facilities.

The department has also taken delivery of and ICP-MS and ancillary facilities, provided by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources of the Government of Ghana. The department has also taken delivery of several geophysical equipment and microscopes for research in the major specializations of the department. The department, with assistance from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, is currently procuring a modern Scanning Electron Microscope and its ancillary facilities for research and student training. With support from DANIDA, the department is taking delivery of a modern Liquid Water Isotope Analyzer. There is a well field donated by past students of the department, for training in hydrogeology at the graduate and undergraduate levels. This is in addition to two field stations in Anloga in the Volta Region and Nsawam in the Eastern Region where the department has hydrometric stations. The department is currently working towards establishing another hydrometric station in the north of Ghana.

There are several software such as the Groundwater Modelling System (GMS), ArcGIS, Surfer, SPSS, Petrel, Rockware, AQqa, AQUACHEM amongst others, to facilitate teaching and research in the department. These are installed in the department’s computer laboratory and are also available in the teaching computers used for classroom instruction. The department has well-functioning internet facilities through which students and the research faculty can access several journal articles and other research support literature. The University of Ghana has subscription to several journals available in sciencedirect.com and other scientific databases.

The department’s field activities are supported by a fleet of vehicles comprising a 60-seater bus, a 33 seater civilian bus, two land cruisers and a Nissan Patrol.