THERMOMAP: Area Mapping of Superficial Geothermic Resources by Soil and Groundwater Data

12 partners: ÍSOR, Freidrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (coordinator), Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres, BRGM, Magyar Allami Foldtani Intezet, Institutul Geologic al Romaniei, Natural Environment Research Council, Europian Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), Institut Royal Des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Rehau Ag, Gesellschaft Beratender Ingenieure für Bau und EDV mbH, Paris-Lodron Universität Salzburg and Instituto Geologikon Kai Metalleytikon Ereynon
Coordinator at ÍSOR: Skúli Víkingsson

Variations of temperature and heat flow in depth up to 10 m are prediminantly controlled by external variables like sun radiation and infiltration of rainfall and internal soil conditions like soil grain size, soil matter and mixture of soil substances, absorbtive methods with an amortisation of the invested budget in a relatively short time period. ThermoMap will combine and analyse already existing data collections (geological, hydrogeological, geophysical and pedological geodata, climate, land use, land cover, solar inslulation, slope and aspect (both as maps and as digital data)) to calculate a value for the geothermal potential in low depths on a large to medium scale. The analysis of the geodata will be performed in a GIS environment with standardized methods, valid for the entire EU. These methods will be intensely tested, verified and finally documented in a manual for geodata processing and analysis as future standards. The resulting geothermal potential as a georeferenced information value will be intergrated in a WebGIS with a server side and a geovisualization and information front-end. ThermoMap will provide different user-groups with an interactive information tool running in a web-browser. Private users may check the potential of their entire administrative unit. Researchers, participating in ThermoMap, will have access to the entire geo-data pool.

ThermoMap will be established for several participating EU member countries in a first step. Therefore each project partner will define a test area in its country. The processing methods developed for the geodata in these thest areas and the analysis standards developed in ThermoMap can lated be adapted to the area of the entire EU and may provide a significant value for energy saving.


Skúli Víkingsson
Chief Geologist

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