University of Buea - Buea, Cameroon

Unit or Programme:
Centre for Hazard Monitoring and Disaster Management (CEDIM)
Expertise:
Seismo-volcanic risks, hydro-meteorological risks, and water and food security risks
Unit Director:
Prof Samuel Ayonghe
Contact details:
Prof Samuel Ayonghe
Tel:
(+237) 677738438
(+237) 679701138
Email:
samayonghe@yahoo.com

The University of Buea (UBuea) was established in 1993 and is one of only two English-speaking universities in Cameroon. The student population is approximately 12,000, with 300 permanent and 200 part-time teaching staff. The University is actually situated on the slopes of Mount Cameroon, an active volcano, and Disaster risk as a field of research at UBuea commenced as a result of the publication of results on landslides at Bafaka in 1998. Academic modules of natural disasters and risk reduction are taught in the departments of Environmental Science, Geology and Geography at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Centre for Hazard Monitoring and Disaster Management (CEDIM) which is headed by Professor Samuel Ayonghe, the Dean of Science at UBuea.

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Over the years Cameroon has experienced several severe hazardous events; Cameroon experiences some of the greatest volcanic and seismic activity on the continent, with Mount Cameroon erupting on average every 16 years. A consequence of these activities has been numerous landslides which cause major destruction and disruption and often death. In 2001, there were landslides at Limbe which killed 23 people and were equally managed and monitored by this author. In 2003 more landslides occurred in Wabane and again were managed and monitored by this author and his team. Several publications and theses (MSc and PhD) evolved from these studies. Other areas of research (for publications and for students’ theses) have been on the asphyxiating CO2 gases from crater lakes, on floods, and on micro-seismicity (earthquakes) associated with the constant movement of magma within this active volcano which precede and accompany its eruptions.

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