World Geothermal Congress: HGGRC’s Outreach Presentation

For the World Geothermal Congress, our Director Nicole presented “Outreach Efforts of the Hawai‘i Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center.” The following are info and slides from the presentation.

“[The HGGRC website is] proven [to be] a highly effective tool to disseminate science to our colleagues and both international and local communities. Since our launch on January 1, 2015, the website received over 85,000 visitors and 235,000 hits from around the world.”
https://www.higp.hawaii.edu/hggrc/

“The website features a historic timeline for geothermal in Hawaii and historical photos… The website links to the Geothermal Collection, which is hosted by the UH Manoa electronic repositories, which itself includes documents, photographs, maps … and over 1,000 digital documents that are freely available. We’ve seen roughly 300,000 downloads of these documents in the last 5 years.”
https://www.higp.hawaii.edu/hggrc/projects/geothermal-digital-collection/geothermal-collections/

“The Groundwater Collection includes three important series of work regarding groundwater resources in Hawai‘i. The Hawai‘i Division of Hydrography Bulletins contain the first comprehensive and detailed studies of the geology and water resources of Hawai‘i. Written by prominent geologists Harold T. Stearns and Gordon Macdonald, the Bulletins have long been out-of-print, but are still important references in the field of Hawaiian hydrology.”
https://www.higp.hawaii.edu/hggrc/projects/geothermal-digital-collection/groundwater-collections/

“The Hawai‘i State Water Wells project lists water wells and additional information in tabular/database format. This project digitized all 3,500+ of the water well files at the Department Land and Natural Resources, Commission of Water Resource Management. This legacy collection contains records of early siting, drilling, testing, and initial operation of water wells in the main Hawaiian islands.”
https://www.higp.hawaii.edu/hggrc/projects/hawaii-state-waterwells/

“We also have a social media campaign, which aims to broadcast local to global news related to groundwater and geothermal as well as to publicize going-ons within HGGRC. Through posts and images, our Facebook and Twitter accounts have disseminated information including introductory educational information about groundwater and geothermal, news about HGGRC, historical articles and photographs relating to Hawai‘i’s geothermal development, links to news articles related to groundwater and geothermal in Hawaii as well as outside of Hawaii.”
https://www.facebook.com/hawaiigeothermal
https://twitter.com/HGGRC_Hawaii

“Some members of the public mistook HGGRC as PGV’s parent company Ormat Technologies. When this occurred, we provided Ormat’s contact information.”

“We posted the following disclaimer on our Facebook and Twitter.”

“A really big spike [in hits to HGGRC’s website] at the start of the eruption.”

“Geothermal history timeline–the history of geothermal development in Hawaii–that [page] got the largest number of hits.”
https://www.higp.hawaii.edu/hggrc/projects/geothermal-digital-collection/geothermal-collections/geothermal-development-2/

During the eruption, the Geothermal Collection got a huge spike in its number of visitors.
https://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10524/12279

During the eruption, the Geothermal Collection got a huge spike in its number of visitors.
https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/21320

The Kilauea eruption ignited interest in the Puna Geothermal Venture’s physical plant, especially when lava was encroaching surrounding areas.
https://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10524/46378

For historical research on geothermal development in Hawaii, the news site Honolulu Civil Beat linked to materials in our digital collections.
https://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10524/22866

For historical research on geothermal development in Hawaii, the news site Honolulu Civil Beat linked to materials in our digital collections.
https://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10524/48054

For more information, check out our conference paper:
Nicole C. Lautze, Alice Kim, Daniel Dores, Theodore Brennis, Colin M. Ferguson, and Donald M. Thomas, 2021. Outreach Efforts of the Hawai‘i Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center. World Geothermal Congress 2020.
https://pangea.stanford.edu/ERE/db/WGC/papers/WGC/2020/07067.pdf