CIRES Approach Overview to Using Thermal Infrared Imagery to Find Geothermal Systems in Colorado


Subsurface geothermal activity has a thermal expression that can be observed at the surface. Such spatial temperature gradients are within the radiometric resolution that is characteristic of a wide range of satellites that carry thermal sensors. For this effort, CIRES (part of the University of Colorado) used a hierarchical approach in which we examined data from Thematic Mapper (TM) and Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) onboard Landsat platforms and Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard the Terra satellite to digitally model warm surface exposures. Geological characteristics such as faulting and other available datasets for known thermally active areas in Colorado were used in conjunction with the satellite thermal imagery to rank potential areas of geothermal activity.

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DOE Project Name: Recovery Act: Use Remote Sensing Data (selected visible and infrared spectrums) to locate high temp ground anomalies in Colorado.Confirm heat flow potential w/ on-site temp surveys to drill deep resource wells
DOE Project Number: EE0002828
DOE Project Lead: Mark Ziegenbein
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Data from February, 2012
Submitted Feb 27, 2014


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geothermal, Colorado, CIRES, ASTER, LANDSAT, Remote sensing, Thermal infrared, target areas, geothermal potential, identify, deep resource wells, potential


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