| The Global Heat Flow Database |
In 2020, the IHFC initiated a fundamental revision of the Global Heat-Flow Database. The process involves a multi-national collaborating project (learn more about the working group heat-flow database). Here, you will find the relevant updates on the project status.
In April 2020, the Global Heat Flow Database, that has been maintained by the IHFC custodian, Will Gosnold, for the last 20 years at the server of the University of North Dakota, was moved to the official website of the IHFC.
Schedule: 04/2020 - 07/2020
The IHFC has started to rebuild the database technically. During this process, given references are screened to identify missing data that will be added to the database.
Schedule: 04/2020 - 08/2020
The global heat flow database contains nearly 1300 different references, which are usually given in short abbreviations and compact descriptions. The content of those entries shall be extended to their full bibliographic reference.
Work in progress (Start: 20 April 2020)
We are currently subdividing the unidentified part of the literature compilation into small packages (datasheet) of 25 or 50 references.
Schedule: 05/2020 - 04/2021
The revision of the database structure is open to any heat-flow expert worldwide. Irrespective of being an IHFC member or not, the working group is open to each scientist experienced with heat flow data.
If you want to join the process and if you are willing to put some work into the development of a new database structure, please contact us. Questions involved in this process are for example: what data are required to describe heat flow data sufficiently? What kind of meta-data is required for the development of a global heat-flow research data infrastructure? To address these questions efficiently, small thematic working groups will be set up focussing thermal properties (including heat production), temperature and temperature gradients, heat-flow determination, site-specific data, correction procedures, quality criteria, and other meta-data. A first initial online meeting was held in May 2020 to organize the on-going work in small thematic groups. Read the minutes for more information.
Schedule: Starting: end of 2020?
Details related to the global reassessment will be announced here. This process will start after step 4 is finished, most likely with the Cermak7:2021 meeting next year.
Stay tuned about updates to this step.
More details will follow.