Workshop: From science to praxis. Experiences employing geophysical methods to characterise geothermal anomalies

Virtual event

Date: 26 May 2021

Time: 9:00 - 13:30 (CEST)

Place: Online

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Geothermal energy is expected to play an important role in the transition from fossil-based to zero-carbon based energy supply. A key step towards the implementation of a geothermal project is the exploration phase. At this initial stage proper use of geophysical tools represent an asset to reduce exploration costs and uncertainty, and provide the necessary information for the designing phase. In this workshop we will share recent advances in geophysical inversion and modelling, and learn from some practical experiences using geophysical methods to characterise geothermal environments. At the same time, we will discuss the situation and necessities of the geothermal sector and how research institutions can contribute to answer some of the most relevant questions in the industry.



- Facilitate the exchange of knowledge and practical experiences

- Map the necessities of the geothermal sector in terms of geophysical exploration and usage of inversion codes

- Communicate PIXIL scientific finding among peers

- Consolidate and expand the transboundary network of research institutions, companies, and stakeholders working in the geothermal sector



- Researchers working in geophysical methods and/or geothermal problems

- Large, medium, and small companies operating in the geothermal sector, especially in the exploratory phase

- Software companies marketing inversion and/or imaging tools

- Administrations involve in the management of geothermal resources


Organizing committee:

Laura del Val (UB)

Pilar Queralt (UB)

Juan Jose Ledo (UB)

Emilia Becerro (BSC)

Mireia Cos (BSC)

Jean-Claude Puech (RTS)

Margarita de Gregorio (Geoplat)

Emmanuelle Robins (Pôle AVENIA)





Title of presentation

9:00 -9:15


Pilar Queralt

(UB) Spain



9:15 – 9:30


Adele Manzella

(CNR-IGG) Italy


Geophysical data for geothermal resource characterization in the various phases of geothermal development and operation; case studies from Italy and continental Europe

9:30 – 9:45


Sophie Hautot

(IMAGIR) France


3D MT imaging for conventional and unconventional geothermal exploration

9:45 - 10:00


Alexandre Stopin

(BRGM) France


Integration of geophysical methods in geothermal characterization



Stijn Bos

(HITA) Belgium


Jean-Claude Puech

(RTS) France


Light equipment seismic: will the new technology shake the geothermal industry?



Stephen Hallinan

(CGG) Italy


Imaging geothermal resource structure with 3D multiphysics and seismic

10:30 -10:45


10:45 - 11:00


Celestino García-Noceda

(IGME) Spain


IGME’s geothermal research using geophysical methods. Relevant examples



Juan Klimowitz Pícola

(GESSAL) Spain


Experiences on the Application of Geophysical Information from Hydrocarbon Research to the Investigation of Deep Geothermal Resources in Spain



Leonardo Azevedo

(CERENA / Instituto Superior Técnico) Portugal


Geostatistical geophysical inversion for geothermal modelling



Sean Goodman



An integrated approach to applied geophysical techniques to aid geothermal exploration: a suite of global case studies

11:45 - 12:00


Gemma Mitjanas

(UB) Spain


Integrating seismic ambient noise, magnetotellurics and gravity for characterizing a geothermal anomaly

12:00 - 12:15





Juanjo Ledo / Laura del Val

(UB) Spain


Panel discussion



Pilar Queralt

(UB) Spain


Wrap up and closing remarks