Assessment of geothermal energy potential by geophysical methods: Nevsehir Region, Central Anatolia

KIYAK A., Karavul C., Gulen L., PEKŞEN E. , KILIC A. R.

JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, cilt.295, ss.55-64, 2015 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 295
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2015.03.002
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.55-64


In this study, geothermal potential of the Nevsehir region (Central Anatolia) was assessed by using vertical electrical sounding (VES), self-potential (SP), magnetotelluric (MT), gravity and gravity 3D Euler deconvolution structure analysis methods. Extensive volcanic activity occurred in this region from Upper Miocene to Holocene time. Due to the young volcanic activity Nevsehir region can be viewed as a potential geothermal area. We collected data from 54 VES points along 5 profiles, from 28 MT measurement points along 2 profiles (at frequency range between 320 and 0.0001 Hz), and from 4 SP profiles (total 19 km long). The obtained results based on different geophysical methods are consistent with each other. Joint interpretation of all geological and geophysical data suggests that this region has geothermal potential and an exploration well validated this assessment beyond doubt. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.