Regional heat flow, temperatures and geothermal potential in the North German Basin

In this long-duration project, heat-flow-density, temperature field and geothermal potential of the North German Basin are under systematic investigation. The research covers the determination of temperature-depth profiles (temperature logging), the measurements of rock thermal properties (i.e. thermal conductivity) and the numerical analysis and interpretation of the results. The results are implemented into the reassess German and global compilation of heat-flow data.

  • Fuchs, S., & Balling, N. (2016). Improving the temperature predictions of subsurface thermal models by using high-quality input data. Part 2: A case study from the Danish-German border region Geothermics, 64, 1-14. doi:10.1016/j.geothermics.2016.04.004 GFZPublic
  • Fuchs, S., Balling, N., & Förster, A. (2015). Calculation of thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, and specific heat capacity of sedimentary rocks using petrophysical well logs. Geophysical Journal International, 203(3), 1977-2000. doi:10.1093/gji/ggv403 GFZPublic
  • Fuchs, S., & Förster, A. (2010). Rock thermal conductivity of Mesozoic geothermal aquifers in the Northeast German Basin. Chemie Der Erde-Geochemistry, 70(S 3), 13–22. doi:10.1016/j.chemer.2010.05.010 GFZPublic
  • Norden, B., Förster, A., & Balling, N. (2008). Heat flow and lithospheric thermal regime in the Northeast German Basin. Tectonophysics, 460(1-4), 215–229. doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2008.08.022 GFZPublic


Sven Fuchs
Group Leader
Dr. Sven Fuchs
Building A 69, Room 302
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1713