Geothermal Locality Index: Where to Find ‘The Heat beneath Our Feet’

Placement: First Place Winner

Team Name: Team Flying Squirrel

Team Members: Northern Virginia Community College

School/Organization: Northern Virginia Community College

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Our poster summarizes the results of a Geothermal Locality Index model that pinpoints accessible geothermal resources near large numbers of people who need heat and energy. We used a GIS overlay fuzzy model to rank U.S. counties based on (1) presence of at least 80˚C temperatures, (2) within the ideal 3,000-meter depth, (3) near residents who have high heat and energy demands (4) in densely populated areas. Our goal was to find ideal locations for public education on low-temperature enhanced geothermal resources.

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