Using open source Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing softwares for geothermal explorations


36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing: Fostering Resilient Growth in Asia, ACRS 2015, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 24 - 28 October 2015 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Quezon City, Metro Manila
  • Country: Philippines
  • Keywords: Geographic Information Systems, Geothermal area, Open source software, Remote Sensing
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Geothermal energy is defined as the internal temperature of the earth. The most important transportation agent which carries this internal energy to the surface is groundwater. Geothermal resources were created when the groundwater reach to the surface. Geothermal resources cannot exist obviously everywhere on the earth. In such places geothermal exploration should be considered first. Geothermal area is defined as the area located on the geothermal reservoir. Exploration of these area must come first for these studies. Use of satellite imagery of the region is the first step of the study. Lineament maps from satellite images of the region is obtained for subtracting the geothermal area where there is a high probability. Nowadays it is possible to distinguish geological units and soil temperature map which has the distinction of being the geothermal field by using satellite technology. Second step of the geothermal exploration is obtaining gas measurements and interpret these data for place likely to be the geothermal field. Beginning to geothermal drilling operation without adequate knowledge about the area without these steps often ends with a failure. Geographic Information System is the powerful method for the transformation of this field data into meaningful information. Large number of spatial data analysis and interpretation can be done by Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a short time. Open source software is software used in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems will assure the use of a large number of users of this method. The high side of this software allows many analysis capability of the data, it is also lack of license fees. In this study, the south of the Canakkale Province were interpreted according to geothermal field in terms of satellite imagery with remote sensing methods and gas measurement values obtained from the site with Geographical Information Systems. At the end, the possibility of geothermal field region was investigated. Open source Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) software are used for this study.