EGU21-10257, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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The Global Heat Flow Database: a collaborative and fundamental revision process to ensure comprehensible and reliable heat-flow records

Sven Fuchs1, Graeme Beardsmore2, Paolo Chiozzi3, Orlando Miguel Espinoza-Ojeda4, Gianluca Gola5, Will Gosnold6, Robert Harris7, Sam Jennings8, 'Shaowen Liu9, Raquel Negrete-Aranda10, Florian Neumann11, Ben Norden12, Jeffrey Poort13, Dušan Rajver14, Labani Ray15, Maria Richards16, Jared Smith17, Akiko Tanaka18, and Massimo Verdoya19
Sven Fuchs et al.
  • 1GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Geoenergy, Potsdam, Germany (
  • 2School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010, Australia (
  • 3Department of Earth, Environment and Life Sciences, Università di Genova, Genova, Italy (
  • 4CONACyT - Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Tierra, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán 58060, México (
  • 5Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources, National Research Council of Italy, Pisa, Italy (
  • 6Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA (
  • 7College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 97331, USA (
  • 8Mawson Geocenter, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia (
  • 9School of Geography and Ocean Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China (
  • 10CONACyT - Laboratory of Tectonophysics and Heat Flow, Department of Geology, CICESE, Ensenada, B.C. 22864, Mexico (
  • 11Laboratory of Tectonophysics and Heat Flow, Department of Geology, CICESE, Ensenada B.C. 22864, Mexico (
  • 12GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Geoenergy, Potsdam, Germany (
  • 13Sorbonne Université, CNRS, Institut des Sciences de la Terre de Paris, ISTeP, Paris, France (
  • 14Geological Survey of Slovenia, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia (
  • 15CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad-500007, India (
  • 16SMU Geothermal Laboratory, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dallas, TX, USA (
  • 17Department of Engineering Systems and Environment, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA (
  • 18Geological Survey of Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, 305-8567, Japan (
  • 19Department of Earth, Environment and Life Sciences, University of Genoa, Genova, Italy (

The compilation of global heat-flow data is currently under major revision by the International Heat Flow Commission (IHFC) of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI). Heat flow represents a fundamental parameter in thermal studies, e.g., the evolution of hydrocarbons or mineral and geothermal resources. Comparable, comprehensible and reliable heat-flow data are of utmost interest also for geophysical and geological studies on the global scale. Here, we present the first results of a stepwise revision of the IHFC Global Heat Flow Database based on a researcher driven, collaborative approach. The first step comprises the review and revision of the most recent database structure established in 1976. The revised structure of the Global Heat Flow Database considers the demands and opportunities presented by the evolution of scientific work, digitization and the breakthroughs in database technologies over the past decades.  Based on the new structure, the existing dataset will be re-assessed and new data incorporated. By supporting the ideas of FAIR and open data principles, the new database facilitates interoperability with external data services, like DOI and IGSN numbers, and other data resources (e.g., world geological map, world stratigraphic system, and International Ocean Drilling Program data). We give an overview of the new database and introduce the community workflow of global heat-flow data revision.

How to cite: Fuchs, S., Beardsmore, G., Chiozzi, P., Espinoza-Ojeda, O. M., Gola, G., Gosnold, W., Harris, R., Jennings, S., Liu, '., Negrete-Aranda, R., Neumann, F., Norden, B., Poort, J., Rajver, D., Ray, L., Richards, M., Smith, J., Tanaka, A., and Verdoya, M.: The Global Heat Flow Database: a collaborative and fundamental revision process to ensure comprehensible and reliable heat-flow records, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-10257,, 2021.

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