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New heat flow interpretations for the Australian continent

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Dataset citation

ANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW0703014415

Title: New heat flow interpretations for the Australian continent


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



Current understanding of Australia's geothermal resources is based on limited data such as temperature measurements taken in petroleum and mineral boreholes across the country. Heat flow studies are rarer, with existing publicly available compilations containing less than 150 heat flow data-points for Australia. Both temperature and heat flow data are unevenly distributed and, where no data exist, the available information has been interpolated over large areas to generate national-scale maps.

Geoscience Australia has acquired the field and laboratory equipment required to measure heat flow. It began thermal logging of boreholes across Australia in late 2008 and has since collected 155 temperature logs. In late 2009, the thermal conductivity meter became operational, allowing the project to begin thermal conductivity measurements of samples collected from logged boreholes. To help clear some of the backlog of samples collected during 2008-09, the measurement of some of these samples has been contracted out.

This record details the first set of new heat flow interpretations to be released by Geoscience Australia. The remaining temperature logs will be interpreted for heat flow and released, as thermal conductivity data for these holes become available.

ANZLIC search words:

  • ENERGY Renewable

Spatial domain:

locality map

Geographic extent name: AUSTRALIA EXCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES - AUS - Australia - Australia

Geographic extent polygon: 96 -9, 168 -9, 168 -44, 96 -44, 96 -9,

Note: The format for each Geographic extent name is: Name - Identifier - Category - Jurisdiction (as appropriate) See GEN Register

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -9 °
South bounding latitude: -44 °
East bounding longitude: 168 °
West bounding longitude: 96 °

Data currency

Beginning date: 2010-11-12

Ending date: Not Known

Dataset status

Progress: In Progress

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
DIGITAL - pdf Adobe PDF Acrobat
Available format type:
DIGITAL - pdf Adobe PDF Acrobat

Access constraints:


Free Data Download

Data quality


not known

Positional accuracy:

Locations measured using hand held GPS and are accurate to +/- 10m

Attribute accuracy:

Accuracy of heat flow interpretations detailed in report, but generally accurate to +/- 5-10%.

Logical Consistency:

not known


not known

Contact information

Contact organisation: Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) (GA)
Contact position: Manager Client Services
Mail address: Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr
Mail address: GPO Box 378
Locality: Canberra
State: ACT
Country: Australia
Postcode: 2601
Telephone: 02 6249 9966
Facsimile: 02 6249 9960
Electronic mail address:

Metadata information

Metadata date: 2013-03-08

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Authors:Kirkby, A. L. Gerner, E.J.