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Published 27 March 2023

NZJGG call for papers: special issue on Geothermal systems around the Southern Circum-Pacific: Geology, energy resources, and exploration

This special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics invites submissions with a focus primarily on understanding geothermal systems around the southern Circum-Pacific.


Geothermal resources will play a key role in the energy transition towards carbon neutral in the next decades. The expansion of geothermal energy use is underpinned by a fuller and robust geological, geophysical, and geochemical understanding of geothermal reservoir and resources. The planning framework and the implication to the society are also key aspects of the development of geothermal resources. 

We intend to present a comprehensive collection of reviews and new studies on the geological, geophysical and geochemical processes of geothermal systems, exploration pathways in the SW Pacific. Contributions on fluid flow and heat transfer, tectonic controls on geothermal systems, fluid geochemistry, thermal evolution, magmatic and volcanic evolution, mineralogy, hazards and social sciences are welcome. The special issue is intended to reflect the growing interest in, for example, sedimentary hosted “hot aquifers”, conversion of hydrocarbon wells to geothermal and cascade use applications.

We invite manuscripts to explore geothermal systems scattered across the Southern margin of the Circum-Pacific, including Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Chile, Samoa, Philippines, and Taiwan.

If you’re affiliated with any of the 42 universities in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, you may publish your articles Open Access at no cost to yourself in the New Zealand Journal of Geology and GeophysicsFind out if you’re eligible.

Submission Information
Please send a preliminary title, indicative author list and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript to the Managing Guest Editors, Associate Professor Gabor Kereszturi at g.kereszturi@massey.ac.nz and Dr Isabelle Chambefort at i.chambefort@gns.cri.nz by 12 Haratua May 2023.

Authors will be notified of the result and formally invited for full submission by 31 Haratua May 2023, while the final submission deadline is 30 Whiringa-ā-rangi November 2023, with the aim of getting the special issue formally published in late 2024. Individual articles will be published online with a DOI before they appear in the special issue.

Acceptance for publication will depend on the outcome of the normal peer review process and authors meeting critical time schedules. See Taylor & Francis Online for authors submitting articles to New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics.

The guest editorial team includes Isabelle Chambefort (GNS), Gabor Kereszturi (Massey), Andrew Rae (GNS) and Arishma Ram (USP). Please direct any queries to the Managing Guest Editors.

Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi