Imaging, Characterizing and Modelling Canada’s Geothermal Resources

The purpose of this project is to identify Canadian geothermal resources, characterize the reservoirs in which the resources are found, and model the thermodynamic and hydrogeologic processes that occur during geothermal resource exploitation.  Research is focused on the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, the southern Rocky Mountain Trench in British Columbia and the Tintina Trench in the Yukon.  Activities in this project are sponsored both by local municipalities looking for pragmatic ways to exploit their geothermal resources, as well as geothermal developers looking to build Canada's first geothermal power plants.

Faculty and academic staff involved in this project include:

Martyn Unsworth (EAS/Physics): Exploration geophysics

Nick Harris (EAS): Reservoir characterization


Jonathan Banks (EAS): Geochemistry; cross-over with Project 2

Publications, Activities, and Awards

  • 3-D MT study of Southeast British Columbia
  • Characterizing Deep Basin Siliciclastic Reservoirs for Geothermal Use Near Hinton, Alberta
  • Completed Lab Renovations
  • Dynamic geothermal reservoir modeling in the Clarke Lake Gas Field, NE British Columbia
  • Geological Society of America Conference Poster
  • Geological Society of America Conference Presentation
  • Geothermal resource characterization of the Slave Point Formation at Clarke Lake Field, B.C., Canada
  • Geothermal resource characterization of the Slave Point Formation at Clarke Lake Field, B.C., Canada
  • Geothermal Theme Website
  • Growing the North Conference Presentation
  • Hired Therme Adminstrator
  • Hugh Morris Fellowship
  • Lab Equipment Installation
  • Magneto-telluric field work
  • NSERC CGSM scholarship to Theron Finley
  • Petrophysical Characterization of a Geothermal Reservoir near Hinton, Alberta
  • Presentation at Cordilleran Tectonics workshop
  • QE2 scholarship to Cedar Hanneson
  • Resource Assessment of Geothermal Reservoir in Western Alberta and Evaluation of Utilization Options Using Non-Renewable Energy Displacement
  • Ross River Geothermal Well Drilling
  • Sedimentary Basin Geothermal Favourabiity Mapping and Power Generation Assessments.
  • Structural Mapping Field Work
  • Techno-economic Assessment of Geothermal Energy Resources in the Sedimentary Basin in Northeastern British Columbia
  • Using Oil and Gas Data to Estimate Geothermal Resources in Sedimentary Basing: A Case Study from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin
  • Walter H. Johns Fellowship