The National Data Centre – Ghana (NDC – GH) is part of the global network of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). The core function of the Centre is to monitor and verify nuclear test explosions for global peace.
The Comprehensive Nuclear–Test–Ban Treaty (CTBT) established by the United Nations General Assembly was opened for signing by Member States on 24th September 1996. Ghana is a signatory to the CTBT and hence the establishment of the National Data Centre as a technical body for treaty verification purposes. The National Data Centre – Ghana was commissioned on the 3rd of February 2010 as part of the treaty implementation steps towards its entry into force, thus working under the guidance of the National Authority for the treaty. The CTBT bans any nuclear weapon test explosions everywhere on the planet (i.e. atmosphere, underground and underwater) by everyone for military or peaceful purposes. This is achieved using the four technologies of the International Monitoring System (IMS) under the treaty, namely Hydroacoustic, Infrasound, Radionuclide, and Seismic monitoring technologies.
The Centre has a geophysical application unit with the additional responsibility of using geophysical survey techniques to support the exploitation of groundwater resources, geotechnical investigation as well as environmental-related studies.
To become a Centre of excellence in the monitoring, verification and application of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty technologies in the sub-region.
Receive, collect, automatically process, interactively analyze, report on, and archive data from International Monitoring System (IMS) facilities globally.
– To collate seismic, hydroacoustic, infrasound and radionuclide data for monitoring nuclear explosion events for treaty purposes.
– The Centre would as well receive seismic data from the International Data Centre in Vienna and our neighbouring countries.
– To provide technical advice and support on matters pertaining to the verification of the Treaty to the national authority’s representatives in the Executive Council of the UN.
– To access and analyze monitoring data (including seismic and or related natural or manmade explosive events especially local, or of global interest) for events recorded on the IMS network for civil and scientific purposes for society’s benefit.
-To establish strategic partnerships with relevant national and international bodies to enhance mutual benefit from CTBTO global monitoring system.
Services We Provide
Through our geophysical application unit, we offer the following services:
- Feasibility studies for water supply
- Consultancy services for groundwater exploration, drilling supervision, concrete pad installation of a hand pump and associated works
- Consultancy services leading to the mechanization of borehole for pipe schemes for the water supply system
- Archaeological site investigation
- Clay deposit/groundwater distinction
- Fissures/ Fracture zones in rocks
- Quarry evaluation studies
- Groundwater exploration in crystalline and sedimentary rocks
- Groundwater pollution studies
- Disused refuse to dump site delineation/mapping
- Engineering geophysical survey as part of the input for geotechnical investigation
Our Potential Clients
- Private individuals
- Corporate organizations and industries
- Governmental agencies (including Local Government Ministry and the Municipal,
Metropolitan and District Assemblies)
- Community Water and Sanitation Agency
- Non-governmental organizations in the water and sanitation sector
- Research students from schools, colleges and universities.