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  • Main Title Evaluation of thermal remote sensing as a low-cost regional geothermal exploration technique in New Mexico. Final report


  • Author: Inglis, M.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Budge, T.K.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Name: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces (USA). New Mexico Energy Inst.
    Place of Publication: United States
  • Name: New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque (USA). Technology Application Center
    Place of Publication: United States


  • Creation: 1985-03-01


  • English


  • Content Description: Airborne and satellite borne thermal infrared scanner data were analyzed for application in the exploration of geothermal resources in New Mexico. The location for this study was the East Mesa Geothermal Field near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Primary sensor was the Thermal Infrared Multispectral Scanner (TIMS) which obtained data at 10-meter resolution. Additional data for comparison came from the Heat Capacity Mapping Mission (HCMM) satellite which provided data at 600-meter resolution. These data were compared to the soils, vegetation, and geology of the area, as well as borehole temperature data in an attempt to explain temperature patterns and anomalies. Thermal infrared scanner data were found to be too sensitive to solar-induced temperature anomalies to directly reflect the presence of subsurface geothermal anomalies but may provide valuable supporting information for a geothermal exploration program. 15 refs., 16 figs., 3 tabs.
  • Physical Description: Pages: 53


  • Keyword: Thermography
  • Keyword: Usa Geothermal Legacy
  • Keyword: Measuring Methods
  • Keyword: East Mesa Geothermal Field
  • Keyword: Remote Sensing
  • Keyword: Measuring Instruments
  • Keyword: Geothermal Resources
  • Keyword: North America
  • Keyword: Geothermal Legacy
  • Keyword: Multispectral Scanners
  • Keyword: Aerial Prospecting
  • Keyword: Exploration
  • Keyword: New Mexico
  • STI Subject Categories: 15 Geothermal Energy
  • Keyword: Satellites
  • Keyword: Images
  • Keyword: Resources
  • Keyword: Infrared Thermography
  • Keyword: Prospecting
  • Keyword: Federal Region Vi
  • Keyword: Geothermal Fields


  • Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Other: DE85901266
  • Report No.: NMERDI-2-71-4221
  • Grant Number: None
  • DOI: 10.2172/5626642
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5626642
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1092584


  • Display Note: NTIS, PC A04/MF A01; 1 - NMERDI Univ. of New Mexico, 457 Washington SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.