A global collaborative project for the authenticated global heat flow database

  • Our vision: Providing a quality controlled, authenticated global heat flow database
  • Collaborative and volunteering – share your local experiences for the global benefit
  • 90 scientists from 35 countries already support this project

What is the task?

The Global Heat Flow Data Assessment Project is designed to provide a quality controlled, authenticated global database of heat flow values and other thermal data. This project supports the International Heat Flow Commission (IHFC) whose mission includes promoting geothermal research and maintaining and disseminating the Global Heat Flow Database to the global community of Earth Scientists. To this end, screening, assessing and updating of each data entry compiled in the Global Heat Flow Database since 1939 is required. All project collaborators contribute with the revision of selected papers in this process.

Who we are!

The Global Heat Flow Data Assessment Project was initiated by the members of the IHFC (read more about this process), coordinated and led by the Task Force VIII “Lithospheric Heat Flow – Global Data Assessment Project” of the International Lithosphere Program (ILP; funded by IUGG and IUGS) and strongly supported by many scientists of the heat-flow community.

ILP Task Force Leaders:
Each of the Task Force Leaders is organizing a different region of the Earth. Please, contact the person in charge for the region of your interest.

Sven Fuchs (IHFC profile: Central/Northern Europe, Russia (European part)
Massimo Verdoya(IHFC profile): Central/Southern Europe, North Africa, Middle East
Raquel Negrete Aranda (IHFC profile): Eastern Pacific, Western part of America
Shaowen Liu (IHFC profile): Asia
Robert Harris (IHFC profile): Caribbean, Atlantic
Graeme Beardsmore: Australia/Oceania
All remaining regions and general questions: contact

Contributors (03 November 2021th) - now: 90 The project was kicked-off with the commitment of 66 scientists.
Names with on-going revisions are marked in bold. Names with finished revisions are listed below (Global Heat Flow Assessment Group 2022).
Carlos Henrique Alexandrino, Irina Artemieva, Elif Balkan-Pazvantoğlu, Niels Balling, Graeme Beardsmore, Hugo Beltrami, Vladimir Cermak, Chi-Hsuan Chen, Paolo Chiozzi, William Colgan, Juan Contreras, Francisco Cuesta-Valero, Juan Luis Carrillo de la Cruz, Petr Dedecek, Dmitry Demezhko, Helmut Duerrast, Mark Duffett, Maria Rosa Alves Duque , Ricarda Dziadek, Orlando Miguel Espinoza-Ojeda, Andrea Förster, Sven Fuchs, Rob Funnell, Christophe Galerne, Roberto Gambini, Xiang Gao, Almudena García-Garcia, Ed Gerner, Gianluca Gola, Fidel González-Rouco, William D. Gosnold, Jiang Guangzheng, Marek Hajto, Valiya Hamza, Robert Harris, Derrick Hasterok, Marcus Haynes, Lijuan He, Shengbiao Hu, Shaopeng Huang, Alan M. Jessop, Argo Joeleht, John Jong, Norbert Kaul, Mikhail Khutorskoy, Thomas Kohl, Ilmo T. Kukkonen, Youngmin Lee, Tien C. Lee, Shaowen Liu, Mazlan Madon, Ignacio Marzan, Chris Matthews, Sandra McLaren, Christian Müller, Nagaraju Podugu, Ana Maria Negredo Moreno, Raquel Negrete Aranda, Florian Neumann, Ben Norden, Matt O'Regan, Cristina Pauselli, Jeffrey Poort, Rosa Maria Prol Ledesma, Dušan Rajver, Tim Rawling, Labani Ray, Maria Richards, Frédérique Rolandone, Sukanta Roy, Ladislaus Rybach, Jan Safanda, Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth, Anya Seward, Xiaobin Shi, Irina Siderova, Jared Smith, Carol Stein, James Stenhouse, Christian Stranne, Akiko Tanaka, Guzel Vakhitova, Massimo Verdoya, Joanne Whittaker, Jyun-Nai Wu, Makoto Yamano , Vladimir Zui
contributor map, June 2021
Figure 1: Contributors from 28 countries around the globe (Projection: ESRI Sphere_Winkel_II, WKID: 53019)

What you can do?

Become a member of the international and collaborative initiative and contribute to the vision by:
  1. Reading the paper on the new database structure and field definitions [link] and the review guidelines [link]
  2. Selecting the publications you want to review online [link]
  3. Reviewing the publications and updating the associated database entries [link]
  4. Uploading the results [link]
  5. … starting at point one again :=)

Beyond this, we appreciate your suggestions and comments for further improvements of the IHFC service to the community.

What is your benefit?

Providing reviewed heat-flow data for the community enables in-depth investigations on different scales for different applications. Due to the overwhelming number of heat-flow values worldwide, every single contribution is essential. Therefore, each contributor of an accepted publication revision/update (according to workflow and rules outlined in the guideline), is automatically invited to co-author the database release (data publication), where data revised by him/her/them are published for the first time. Therein, all authors are listed as part of the ‘Global Heat Flow Assessment Group’. The next data release is planned for April 2022. The 2021 data release can be found here.

Global Heat Flow Assessment Group 2022 (will be periodically updated)
Sven Fuchs, Andrea Förster, John Jong, Mazlan Madon, Ben Norden, Maria Rosa Alves Duque, ...

Spread the word

Spread the word and inform your colleagues about this project. The more hands and brains, the quicker the global lithospheric research community could benefit from an updated and quality-controlled global database! Help us to make this project a success for everyone. Talk about the project in social (scientific) media and link to us.

Contact and Feedback

Send us your comments or opinions to this project via heatflow@ihfc-iugg.org.


Questions? Answers will be listed here.


Page header by S: Fuchs with marine picture from https://www.westmedflux.fr/. Data assessment project logo: design and copyright by U. Heidbach (GFZ Potsdam).