AZGS-AASG Awarded $18 M to Deploy and Populate National Geothermal Data System!
ARIZONA GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (AZGS) STAFF
On 2 May 2010, the US Dept of Energy
awarded AZGS, acting on behalf of the Association of American State
Geologists (AASG), more than 18 million dollars to deploy the National
Geothermal Data System and to populate it with state-specific
geothermal and related data (Geothermal Technologies Program).
The $18 million grant is the second largest award by DOE for geothermal energy out of federal stimulus funds.
The chief objective, is to “expand and enhance the
National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) by creating a national,
sustainable, distributed, interoperable network of state geological
survey-based data providers that will develop, collect, serve, and
maintain geothermal relevant data that operates as an integral
compliant component of NGDS” (from DOE program description).
AZGS is a partner in the Geothermal Data Coalition effort based at Boise State University to design and build the NGDS.
Over the next 3 years, state-specific data relevant to geothermal
exploration and development will be digitized and published online from
nodes in all 50 states. The AZGS has been developing a
collaborative data effort between AASG and the USGS for the past 3
years under the Geoscience Information Network (GIN). The data integration mechanisms in GIN will power the NGDS data discovery, access, and interoperability components.
Since May’s announcement, the pieces
of this complex nation-wide geoscience puzzle have been falling into
place fast. The chronology below is drawn largely from Dr. Lee
Allison’s Arizona Geology blog.
Aug 10-13 Live demonstration at USGS Community for Data Integration workshop in Denver.
Aug 17-18 Possible live demonstration, Western Regional Partnership, Principals Meeting, Albuquerque.
Sept 23-24 Workshop on building the National Geoinformatics Community, Denver.
Oct 24-27 Booth at Geothermal Resources Council annual meeting, Sacramento.
Oct 30-Nov 3 Exhibit booth at GSA annual meeting, Denver plus one invited talk and submitting 1-2 volunteered talks.
20-21 July 2010 – The newly appointed Science Advisory Board met at AZGS offices in Tucson to review work plans of 33 state partners.
6 July 2010 – State Geologist Lee Allison noted in his blog that:
Arlene Anderson, DOE Geothermal Technologies Program Team Lead for
Strategic Planning, Analysis and Geothermal Informatics, briefed
attendees at the AASG annual meeting last week that the cooperative
agreement between AASG and DOE would expand the effort for
collection of new data.
These new data should lead to derived geothermal
gradients, heat flow, thermal conductivity, radioactive heat production
numbers, and other geothermal relevant data as necessary in areas
where such data are inadequate or lacking. To support this
initiative, DOE is providing an additional $4.058 million of ARRA
funding to the existing project for a new total of $21.94 million.
With the addition of data resources from Maryland and Delaware, all 50 states are now represented in the project.
27 May 2010 – AZGS-run geothermal data project gets gonged at DOE Washington D.C. headquarters.
The giant gong sitting outside the office of the
Assistant Secretary of Energy in Washington was rung yesterday for the
AZGS-run geothermal data project…
When something news-worthy happens in the DOE Energy Efficiency &
Renewable Energy program, the responsible team is supposed to assemble
by the gong while the responsible team member strikes the gong with a
large mallet hard enough so the entire office can hear it. Once that
happens, the senior management and their staff emerge and the team
member relays the news. Upon hearing the news, the communications
director immediately issues a broadcast email to all 600.
The gong sounded -- only the second
for the DOE Geothermal Program since the ritual began – to celebrate
adoption of the National Geothermal Data System (and Geoscience
Information Network - GIN) as a prototype for data integration in the world’s petroleum industry.
15 May 2010 -- Dr.
Jay Nathwani, DOE’s Geothermal head, called the National
Geothermal Data System the "cornerstone" of U.S. geothermal
program for the next few years, Dr. Nathwani was speaking at the
plenary session of the 3-day long annual peer review of the 200
geothermal projects DOE is funding. There are 5 projects involved in
NGDS, with combined budgets of $33 million.