State Geological Survey National Geothermal Data System (NGDS)
The Arkansas Geological Survey, as part of a national effort of the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) and the U.S. Geological Survey, has received a Department of Energy grant to improve and update the National Geothermal Data System. Over the next three years the state’s geological survey will bring data from the State Geological Surveys (via AASG) into the NGDS, by digitizing at-risk legacy, geothermal-relevant data (paper records, samples, etc), publishing existing digital data using standard NGDS data services, and through limited collection of new data in areas lacking critical information.
The purpose of this three-year project is to make large quantities of geothermal-relevant geosciences data available to the NGDS to up-date existing geothermal resource maps for public consumption that might help identify and assess geothermal resources that exist in the state. The study is tentatively set to begin in January 2011.
Each state brings a broad and diverse suite of data needed for effective exploration and development of geothermal energy to the table. Bulleted below is an abridged summary of aggregate data for the fifty states that will be available through the NGDS:
For more information contact the Arkansas Geological Survey at 501-296-1877.
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