Advanced 3D Geophysical Imaging Technologies for Geothermal Resource Characterization


 Project ID:  09-02-003
 Project Coordination:  ÍSOR, Iceland GeoSurvey
 Name of Coordinator:  Knútur Árnason
 Other Partners: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL),USA
  Massachusetts  Institute of Technology (MIT),USA
  Reykjavik University (RU)
  Landsvirkjun Power
  Reykjavík Energy
  HS Orka
 Duration: 3 years
 Total Project cost:  461.044.000 ISK
 GEORG Funding:   30.000.000 ISK
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 Project Abstract

The project is a comprehensive Icelandic and USA cooperation under the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology (IPGT) agreement. The focus is set on the development of joint geophysical imaging methodologies for geothermal site characterization and the demonstration of their potential in three areas: Krafla, Reykjanes- Hengill areas in Iceland, and the Coso, California in USA. The emphasis is on joint inversion of passive seismic (micro- earthquake) and Electro- Magnetic (EM) gravity and earthquake data. The joint inversion was made in an innovative paradigm of joint geometry rather than parametric correlation. Project consists of four increasingly ambitious stages, from state of the art to fully joint inversion.

Project finished in 2013


GEORG WP - Relevance Description

This project has relevance to WP2, mainly Task 2.2. The PhD student will get contacts to many research institutions and universities. The main relevance is to all tasks of WP4. It aims at improving exploration technologies, both applied methods and interpretation. It aims at better understanding the geological/physical processes at work in geothermal systems, both natural (volcanic) and enhanced.  It aims at better resolution to decrease drilling risk and help in sustainable resource development. A strong relevance to all the tasks of WP8.  The results will be published in scientific journals and presented at scientific meetings and conferences.