World Organization of Volcanic Observatories
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Goma Volcanological Observatory
(Observatoire Volcanologique de Goma)
Republique Democratique du Congo
Scientific Director, CRSN:
Scientifique responsable, GVO
Dr. Baluku Bajope
Mr. Kasereka Mahinda
Dr. Baluku Bajope +250 084 85 060
Postal delivery uncertain: Mt. Goma, Goma, Republique Democratique du Congo
GVO Administration :
Kasereka Mahinda - Chief of Department of Geophysics, Scientific Manager, GVO
Baluku Bajope - Scientific Director, CRSN (Biology, Lake survey)
GVO Researchers :
Kasereka Mahinda - Seismology, Volcanic processes
Kavotha Sadaka – Seismology
Wafula Mifundu - Seismology, Deformation, Modeling
Lukaya Nyombo - Seismology, GPS-EDM, Satellite Imagery
Mavonga Tuluka - Seismology, Modeling
Mukambilwa Kibuye - Seismology, GPS-EDM, Deformation
Yalire Mapendano - Seismology, Geochemistry, Lake survey
Ciraba Matesco - Seismology, GPS-EDM, Geochemistry
Munyololo - Geology, Satellite Imagery
Permanent Technician :
Etoy - Electronician
2 desk employees, 2 drivers, 6 field operators, 15 sentinels.
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The Goma Volcano Observatory (GVO) is a detached branch from the Department of Geophysics, Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles - Lwiro (Democratic Republic of Congo). The GVO is located on Mt Goma, close to the center of Goma city.
The main duty of GVO is the monitoring of the two active volcanoes in the Virunga chain : volcano Nyiragongo (3.470 m) and volcano Nyamulagira (2.964 m). The monitoring network previously established has been looted during the many years of war and civil unrest the area has known.
The recent eruption of volcano Nyiragongo (January 2002) and the related damage to the city of Goma has shown the importance of GVO. An outstanding effort from the international community, under the leadership of the United Nations (UNOCHA), is in process to restore the GVO, improve its logistics and its monitoring network.
OTHER PROJECTS :
In cooperation with different foreign institutions or universities, several scientific projects
are to be developed and pursued in the future.
- Geochemistry survey
- Lake Kivu chemistry and physics survey
- Satellite Imagery and DEM mapping
- Geological and structural mapping
- Lake Kivu stability modeling
- Lava flows paths modeling
- Hazard and Risk Maps.
II. Observation Systems:
Information updated June 2003