Research

GST is one of the leading geoscientific organizations in Tanzania conducting research in various disciplines of earth science. Our expertise is focused on Precambrian geology, Proterozoic geology, Palaezoic geology, quaternary geology and natural earth resources. GST has experienced scientists specialized in various aspects of geology, environmental research, geophysics, geochemistry and information technology. The research staff is supported by a well equipped geo-laboratory and modern IT infrastructure.

The geological earth resources of strategic and economic importance - such as precious and base metals, industrial minerals, aggregates, dimension stones and energy  sources (coal and geothermal) - are constantly in the core of GST's research mission. Research on geohazards and environment are also core activities. Future research priorities will increasingly include areas like assessment of mineral resources; technologies for sustainable use of minerals and advanced multidimensional geological modelling.

GST's main focus is in applied science, and as a research institution, it has the following objectives:

  • Play a strong role in research work as a member of the national and  international geoscience community.
  • Research contribution both to the GST core activities (mapping, assessment of natural resources, national geoinformation services) and to our stakeholders and the general public.
  • Research contribution on the sustainable use of earth resources  for alleviation of poverty in the country.
  • Involvement in national basic research in focused research areas in co-operation with other research organizations in Tanzania  and abroad.
  • Continuous monitoring, evaluation and improvement of the GST research impact on the development and sustainable use of earth resources.

GST research activities are carried out in the following research programmes:

GST's role in Research
  • Geological mapping and modelling.
  • Land use and environment studies.
  • Geochemical studies.
  • Sustainable use of earth resources.
  • Geohazards assessment and mitigation.
  • Seismological studies.
  • Geoinformation.
  • Basic research on various chemical and mineralogical investigations,
  • Mineral beneficiation.
  • Studies on sustainable use of non-metallic resources, aiming at promoting the use of these resources for poverty alleviation.
  • Making crucibles and cupels using locally available raw materials
  • Studies on coal resources.

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