Developing the geothermal resources map of Iran

Hossein Yousefi, Younes Noorollahi, Sachio Ehara, Ryuichi Itoi, Amin Yousefisahzbi, Yasuhiro Fujimitsu, Jun Nishijima, Kyuro Sasaki

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Geothermal exploration involves a high degree of uncertainty and financial risk, and requires reliable exploration data to constrain development decisions. The paper describes a geothermal exploration and resource identification method that is based on building a map of potential geothermal resource areas by combining geological, geochemical and geophysical datasets; it is a powerful tool for visualizing new and existing data during decision-making processes. By performing suitability analysis and geothermal area identification, and by establishing criteria to define geothermal resources with development potential, a map of Iran was constructed highlighting 18 promising areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-151
Number of pages12
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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