|Title||Using geodetic data in geothermal areas|
|Author||Vasco, D W; Rutqvist, J; Jeanne, P; Samsonov, S V; Hartline, C|
|Source||The Leading Edge vol. 39, issue 12, 2020 p. 845-924, https://doi.org/10.1190/tle39120883.1 Open Access|
|Alt Series||Natural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20200619|
|Publisher||The Society of Exploration Geophysicists|
|Media||paper; on-line; digital|
|Subjects||economic geology; environmental geology; Science and Technology; geodetic networks; geothermal resources; energy resources; geothermal energy|
|Illustrations||models; magnetic maps; figures|
|Released||2020 12 01|
|Abstract||Geodetic observations, often in conjunction with other data, provide a cost-effective means for identifying and characterizing geothermal resources. A review of the various methods reveals how the
technology for measuring deformation has advanced considerably in the past few decades. Currently, interferometric synthetic aperture radar is the method of choice for monitoring deformation at a geothermal field. A discussion of geodetic monitoring
at The Geysers geothermal field, California, illustrates some of the progress made and the challenges that remain. |
|Summary||(Plain Language Summary, not published)|
This article discusses how geodetic observations can help identify and understand geothermal resources, which are sources of clean and sustainable
energy. Geothermal energy comes from the heat within the Earth, and it can be harnessed for electricity generation and heating.
Over the years, the technology for measuring changes in the Earth's surface has improved significantly. One of the most
effective methods for monitoring these changes in geothermal fields is interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR). InSAR uses radar to create detailed maps of how the ground is moving, which is crucial for studying geothermal fields.
article focuses on geodetic monitoring at The Geysers geothermal field in California, which is one of the largest geothermal power plants in the world. By using geodetic techniques like InSAR, scientists can track ground movement and better
understand the behavior of the geothermal reservoir. This information helps in managing and optimizing the production of geothermal energy.
The scientific impact lies in the use of advanced technology like InSAR to monitor geothermal fields,
making it easier to locate and characterize geothermal resources. Geothermal energy is a valuable renewable resource, and understanding it better can contribute to sustainable and clean energy production.