The aim of the World Heat Flow Database Project is to develop a new research data infrastructure for the IHFC Global Heat Flow Database that offers a one-stop shop for comprehensive information on heat-flow related data, publications, projects, and researchers. Supported by the International Heat Flow Commission (IHFC), this new user-oriented web service will offer to the geoscientific community quality-proofed, up-to-date, well-documented, extended, enriched, and restructured heat-flow data. The project supports the Global Heat Flow Data Assessment Project, led by IHFC and Task Force VIII of the International Lithosphere Program (ILP).

The new technical database will reflect the criteria of FAIR and OPEN data policy and will support the interoperability with other geoscientific data services (e.g. EPOS). Core elements are the provision of globally used persistent identifiers: (i) DOI for heat-flow data newly submitted to the database, (ii) ORCID IDs to uniquely identify authors, and (iii) International Geo Sample Numbers (IGSN) for connecting data and literature with physical samples on which data were measured. Overall, the World Heat Flow Database Project will define the next level of geo-data infrastructure research.

The project (phase one: 2022-2025) is funded by the "The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (DFG, German Research Foundation). Project partners are the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and the Technical University of Dresden. Contact the project PI.