Major Projects

Groundwater vulnerability to salinization in the Keta Basin

The Principal Investigator on this project is Dr. Larry Pax Chegbeleh with funding from the University of Ghana Research Fund. It involves the application of various geological, hydrogeological, and geophysical techniques to define the fresh water/saline water interface in the Keta Strip. On the basis of projected rainfall patterns, sea level rises, and anthropogenic impacts, the project evaluates the future of freshwater resources in the unconfined aquifer system of the Keta Strip, and the implications on the socioeconomic conditions of communities in the basin.

Geochronological, Geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf Isotopic Studies of the Bongo-type Granitoids in the Paleoproterozoic Bole–Nangodi Greenstone Belt of Ghana, West Africa

This project is funded by the University of Ghana Research Fund and led by Prof. Patrick Sakyi. It involves the petrological, geochemical, geochronological and isotopic studies of the Bongo-type granitoids in the Paleoproterozoic (Birimian) Bole-Nangodi belt in northern Ghana. It is aimed at determining the petrogenesis of the granitoids and infer the tectonic setting in which the rocks were formed. It also seeks to test the hypothesis that the Bongo type granitoids represent late stage plutonism associated with subduction systems.

The Multiscale Flood Monitoring and Assessment Services for West Africa Project

This project is funded by the AU in coordination with the European Union under the GMES and Africa Project. It is aimed at developing a flood forecasting system and providing training and capacity building opportunities for Disaster Management Organizations and other stakeholders on optimal management strategies for flood related disasters in five West African countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, and Benin).

The Nasia Project

The Nasia project was conducted in collaboration with the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies of the Montclair State University in New Jersey, USA. Prof. S.M. Yidana was the lead investigator from the University of Ghana but the Principal Investigator was Prof. Clement A. Alo of Montclair State University. The project performed preliminary assessments of the impacts of climate change on surface and groundwater resources base of the basin.

The Nabogo Project

The department secured a grant from the University of Ghana Research Fund to undertake preliminary investigations on groundwater resources and the possible implications of climate change/variability on the resource. The project, under the leadership of Prof. Sandow Mark Yidana, supported two MPhil students who are currently on the DANIDA funded Project as PhD students. In this project, the investigators analyzed groundwater recharge processes using stable isotope data and other hydrochemical tracers.