Royal Museum for Central Africa
The RMCA is a federal multidisciplinary scientific institute with a focus on Africa and particularly on Central Africa. With expertise (research and collections) in both Human and Natural sciences, the research is organized through three Departments: Human Sciences, Earth Sciences and Biology. The RMCA has field research activities in more than 20 African countries, and its scientific work is enhanced through development collaboration actions in Africa that directly lead to strengthening national research capacities in several African countries.
The “Natural Hazards” Service is hosted in the department of Earth Science. The Service ’s field of activities is shared between research-driven projects in the field of Geology, Geomorphology and Natural Hazards, and services-oriented activities. Remote sensing optical sensors are used to support the environmental researches as well as for assisting in the thematic mapping. Radar sensors and SAR interferometry techniques (InSAR) are extensively exploited for high-level researches focused on the study of geodynamical processes: seismic and volcanic interactions, ground instabilities or deformations, etc.
The unit also hosts a map library that gathers archived documents mainly on Central Africa.