Tenerife International Training Course on Surface Geothermal Exploration

Target: Graduate students (20 minimun & 40 maximum), but undergraduate students are also welcome
Teaching: 50 hours (classroom + lab + field activities)
Credits: 2 ECTS from University of La Laguna (ULL)
Registration fee: 650 €/student. Fee includes all tuition, 3 field trips, 8 nights’ half-board, shared accommodation (21-29 March) and coffee breaks.
Language: English
Dates: March 22-28, 2018
Venue:  INVOLCAN, Parque Taoro 22, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Organizers: Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Universidad de La Laguna (ULL) & GeoTenerife Ltd. 
Collaborators: Cabildo Insular de Tenerife (Spain), Parque Científico Tecnológico de Tenerife, INtech Tenerifee (Spain) Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ULPGC (Spain), Universidad de Barcelona (Spain), Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) – Sezione di Catania (Italy), Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell’Ambiente, IREA-CNR Napoli (Italy), Open University (U.K.), Iceland Geosurvey, ISOR (Iceland), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), Fundación Telesforo Bravo-Juan Coello (Spain) & Sociedad Volcanológica de España, SVE (Spain)

Course Outline: Geothermal energy has become a viable alternative and sustainable source of energy in many countries. The energy is commonly manifested on the Earth’s surface in the form of fumaroles, hot springs, geysers and steaming or altered ground. Economically viable geothermal energy occurs close to the Earth’s surface where it can be tapped by drilling wells up to 3,000 m below the Earth’s surface. Geothermal surface exploration invariably entails a multi-geoscientific process, which is aimed at defining the geometry and characteristics of the geothermal system prior to drilling. The scientific disciplines commonly involved are geology, geochemistry, and geophysics. The geological approach generally aims at understanding the various lithologies, volcanological evolution, structural controls, and hydrological regimes of the system. Geophysical exploration helps in determining the geometry (shape, size and depth) of the heat sources, reservoir and cap rock. It also aims at imaging structures that are responsible for the geothermal system, and delineating
the areal extent of the geothermal resource. The most commonly used geophysical methods are electromagnetic/electric, gravity, magnetics, microseismicity, seismic tomography and thermal infrared remote sensing. Geochemical exploration relies mostly on sampling and analysis of water, steam and gas from the thermal manifestation in order to characterise the fluids, estimate equilibrium reservoir temperature, determine the origin, evaluate mixing scenarios, determine the suitability of the fluids for the intended use and locate recharge areas and direction of fluid flow. Additional geochemical studies involve soil diffuse degassing measurements aimed at identifying gas leakages that usually mimic active faults and structures. The aim of this course is to introduce graduate students to geophysical and geochemical methods used on surface geothermal exploration by alternating lectures with practical laboratory and field activities.

Syllabus_International Training Course on Surface Geothermal Exploration (in preparation)

Teaching Staff:

  • Ángel Rodríguez Santana, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Spain
  • Antonio Eff- Darwich, University of La Laguna (ULL), Spain
  • Eleazar Padrón, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain
  • Gladys Melián, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain
  • Guillermo Caravantes-González, Open University, United Kingdom
  • Hazel Rymer, Open University, United Kingdom
  • Hugo Larnier, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain
  • Javier Dóniz, University of La Laguna (ULL), Spain
  • Jean Soubestre, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain
  • José A. Rodríguez Losada, University of La Laguna (ULL), Spain
  • José F. Albert Beltrán, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain
  • Juan Jesús Coello Bravo, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain
  • Juan Ledo, University of Barcelona (UB), Spain
  • Katarzyna Anna Ślęzak, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain
  • Kenji Nogami, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Luca D’Auria, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain
  • Nemesio M. Pérez, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain
  • Pedro A. Hernández, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain
  • Pietro Tizzani, Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell’Ambiente (IREA-CNR), Napoli, Italy
  • Sonia Calvari, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Italy
  • Susi Pepe, Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell’Ambiente (IREA-CNR), Napoli, Italy
  • Thrainn Friðriksson, Iceland Geosurvey (ISOR), Iceland
    + additional ones could be announced

Registration fee and stipulations

The week-long course costs 650 € (EUROS) per student. The course will take place from 22-28 March. Students from abroad are asked to arrive in Tenerife on 21 March ready for a 9 am start the next day. The course finishes at 18:00 on 28th March. You must be available in Tenerife for the full period stipulated, and attend and participate throughout to qualify for your credits at the end of the week.

Registration fee includes:
  • All tuition and field trips
  • 8 nights’ shared, half board accommodation (breakfast and evening meal, except on arrival on March 21: evening meal only if arriving by 18:00 and departure on March 29: breakfast only)
  • ABTA cover so your booking is fully protected
  • Workplace liability cover and insurance (for incidents or accidents related to the course)
  • Coffee breaks
Registration fee does NOT include:
  • Flights to/from Tenerife. How to get to Tenerife
  • Transfers to/from the hotel and the airport on arrival and departure. You can fly to either of the two airports in Tenerife – both are well connected by bus or taxi. The North airport (Rodeos) is about 20 minutes from Puerto de la Cruz, and the South airport (Reina Sofía) is about 1 hour and 20 minutes away.
  • Lunch
  • Health insurance – you must bring your EHIC card (if travelling from the EU) or other medical insurance in case you need attention for any personal health issues

Scholarships:

The organization will offer scholarships to attend this training course. The GeoTenerife scholarships (900 €) are promoted by GeoTenerife Ltd. and INVOLCAN (1 for every 20 places booked) and will cover the registration fee (650 €) plus a stipend of 250 € towards flights and/or other incidentals. The ULL scholarships (4) are promoted by ULL and INVOLCAN and will be offered to ULL students, covering 50% of the registration fee.

In order to apply for a GeoTenerife scholarship, please send an email to enquiries@geotenerife.com and write 2018 SGE GeoTenerife Scholar in the subject line of your application. Please send a cover letter outlining why you deserve a Geotenerife Scholarship and an academic CV to support your application.

In order to apply for a ULL scholarship, please send an email to ldauria@iter.es and write 2018 SGE ULL Scholar in the subject line of your application. Please send a cover letter outlining why you deserve a ULL Scholarship and an academic CV to support your application.

To apply:

  • Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and we have a maximum of just 40 places available. Payment in full is required to book, and your place will not be confirmed until your payment has cleared.
  • Fee includes all tuition, field trips, 8 nights’ half-board, shared accommodation (21-29 March) and coffee breaks. You may, of course, leave after 18:00 hours on 28 March if you prefer, but no reduction will be made on the inscription price if you stay one less night. Supper will be included on 21 March for those arriving at the hotel by 18:00 hours.
  • The course requires a minimum of 20 students to run – if less than 20 have signed up by 18 December 2017, your fee will be returned and the course will not run. Organizers will hold no further liability to you. The website of Geotenerife, co-organizer of this course, will record how many places are taken/left available. We therefore suggest you do not book flights or undertake any additional expenses until at least 20 places have been booked.

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