| The Global Heat Flow Database |

The IHFC Global Heat Flow Database

The recent version of the global heat flow database contains about 73,033 data points from 1,414 publications (40,082 from the continental domain and 32,951 from the oceanic domain; status: release 2023; 02/2023). The admission of recent data is in progress - the next update is expected for early 2024, as the first intermediate result of the data assessment project.

The database is currently under intense revision. The on-going reassessment of structure and quality of the database is supported and driven by the heat-flow community. Learn more about this process. The current compilation does not contain any descriptive metadata codes that were included in previous compilations. A detailed documentation is in preparation for the next release. Therefore, users are still advised to consult the original references and to come to their own conclusion regarding the quality of the data.

Version history

  • 2023/02 -73,033 data points (40,082 continental; 32,951 oceanic); 20% revised data
    Release 2023: Global Heat Flow Data Assessment Group et al. (2023): The Global Heat Flow Database: Release 2023. GFZ Data Services. https://doi.org/10.5880/fidgeo.2023.008
  • 2021/04 -74,548 data points (40,870 terrestrial; 33,678 marine); no quality documentation
    Release 2021: Fuchs, Sven; Norden, Ben; International Heat Flow Commission (2021): The Global Heat Flow Database: Release 2021. GFZ Data Services. https://doi.org/10.5880/fidgeo.2021.014
  • 2018/12 - 58,536 data points (35,523 terrestrial; 23,013 marine); no quality documentation
  • 2012/10 - no quality documentation
    Release 2012: Global Heat Flow Compilation Group (2013): Component parts of the World Heat Flow Data Collection. PANGAEA, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.810104