|The Regent landslide, photographed about 2 months after it happened.|
Our work with the Directorate of Geological Survey (DGS), a department of the National Minerals Agency, and the Petroleum Directorate (PD) includes a number of activities designed to help them enhance their geoscience skills and facilities. We are providing training in geological subjects including sedimentology, structural geology, petrography, field mapping, geochemical sampling, and geohazards, and in data management subjects including geographic information systems (GIS) and databases. We are also working with the DGS and PD to develop information systems to help them to better store, maintain and share data.
Working with the Technical Services Laboratory staff at the DGS in
New England, Freetown.
While our work in Sierra Leone is mainly focussed on natural resources, there are other advantages to be gained from geological knowledge and good geodata. It can contribute to public health improvements through, for example, provision of clean water, development of better building codes, or understanding the presence and mobility of natural and man-made toxins in the environment. It might lead to ways to mitigate disasters like the Regent landslide. Other BGS colleagues are working with the engineering sector to accomplish this.
|From L-R: Crowds enjoying the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Lumley Beach, Freetown; A view across Freetown.|