"Application of Magnetotelluric in Geothermal Exploration"
Tuesday May 10th at 4:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Fateme Hormozzade
Location: Virtual webinar. Please register here
Abstract: Interest in geothermal exploration as an alternative source of energy is rising around the world as well as in Canada. Mapping structures of a geothermal reservoir is a necessary task to understand the fluid flow regime and viability of the reservoir. Magnetotelluric (MT) methods, are a subset of electromagnetic (EM) exploration techniques and are commonly used in geothermal studies. An audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) survey was conducted to explore for shallow geothermal resources in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, Canada, the location of which has the highest geothermal potential in Canada. In this talk, the potential geothermal reservoir at the Mount Meager Volcanic Complex (MMVC) will be reviewed. A detailed near surface electrical resistivity model of the MMVC region will be presented to 3-D image the reservoir zones accounting for the steep mountain topography. The results will support the broader goals of reducing the economic risks of geothermal exploration in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt.
Author Biography: Fateme is a Ph.D. candidate in geophysics at Carleton University. She earned her B.Sc. in mining exploration engineering in 2014 and M.Sc. in petroleum exploration engineering in 2016 from the University of Tehran. After her M.Sc. studies, she gained 2+ years of work experience in a consulting company as a petrophysicist, studying petrophysical data and well logs of different reservoirs. She is currently involved in the Garibaldi Geothermal Volcanic Belt Assessment Project with the Geological Survey of Canada and is a teacher and research assistant at Carleton University. Her PhD thesis focus on the use of magnetotellurics to define shallow crustal fluid systems and geothermal reservoirs, insights from Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, BC, Canada.