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Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis, Part 2: GIS methodology

December 4, 2023

Play Fairway Analysis (PFA) in geothermal exploration originates from a systematic methodology developed within the petroleum industry and is based on a geologic, geophysical, and hydrologic framework of identified geothermal systems. We tailored this methodology to study the geothermal resource potential of the Snake River Plain and surrounding region, but it can be adapted to other geothermal resource settings. We adapted the PFA approach to geothermal resource exploration by cataloging the critical elements controlling exploitable hydrothermal systems, establishing risk matrices that evaluate these elements in terms of both probability of success and level of knowledge, and building a code-based ‘processing model’ to process results.

Publication Year 2024
Title Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis, Part 2: GIS methodology
DOI 10.1016/j.geothermics.2023.102882
Authors Jacob DeAngelo, John W. Shervais, Jonathan M.G. Glen, Dennis Nielson, Sabodh Garg, Patrick Dobson, Erika Gasperikova, Eric Sonnenthal, Lee M. Liberty, Drew Lorenz Siler, James P. Evans
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geothermics
Index ID 70250631
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center