About the Group

The Hawai‘i Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center (HGGRC) seeks to provide historical and newly developed information relating to groundwater and geothermal resources in Hawai‘i. HGGRC strives to increase access to data regarding these resources, encourage research and innovation in water management and geothermal energy, and overall provide an informational platform for the public. Our objectives include to:

  • Compile, organize, and make publicly available data on Hawai‘i’s groundwater and geothermal resources from private and public agencies and organizations.
  • Provide close to ‘real-time’ data stemming from active projects within the Center.
  • Facilitate regional investigations on Hawai‘i’s groundwater and renewable energy resources.
  • Provide policymakers with the necessary information to optimally utilize Hawai‘i’s natural resources and plan for the future.

University of Hawai‘i faculty Donald Thomas and Nicole Lautze founded the HGGRC in 2014 to provide a central hub from which to disseminate data and information related to Hawai‘i’s natural resources that has been generated by Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) scientists since 2010.

HGGRC is and/or has been supported by:

llaborators (data and/or technical support):
Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT)
Hawai‘i Department of Health (HDOH) – Safe Drinking Water Branch
Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) – Commission on Water Resources Management
Hawai‘i DLNR – Engineering Division
Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM)- Department of Geology and Geophysics (G&G)
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library
University of Nevada Reno (UN-Reno) – Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy (GBCGE)
UN-Reno – Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG)
University of Utah – Energy and Geoscience Institute (EGI)

Contributors (funding):
Hawai‘i DBEDT
Hawai‘i DLNR – Engineering Division
National Science Foundation (NSF) – specifically RAPID grant #1332273
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) -Army Corp of Engineers – Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit
U.S. DOD – Office of Naval Research (ONR)
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)- Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) – Play Fairway Project DE-EE0006729
U.S. DOE -GTO through the State Contributions to the National Geothermal Data System (NDGS), Project DE-EE0002850


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