3. Techniques of Measuring Heat Flow on Land

  1. William H. K. Lee
  1. Alan E. Beck

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM008p0024

Terrestrial Heat Flow

Terrestrial Heat Flow

How to Cite

Beck, A. E. (1965) Techniques of Measuring Heat Flow on Land, in Terrestrial Heat Flow (ed W. H. K. Lee), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C.. doi: 10.1029/GM008p0024

Author Information

  1. Department of Geophysics, University Of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1965

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900087

Online ISBN: 9781118668825



  • Field methods;
  • Geothermal methods;
  • Measurement of thermal conductivity;
  • Rock machining;
  • Terrestrial heat flow;
  • Transient and steady-state method


Methods used in determining a value for terrestrial heat flow over land are discussed. Some examples of apparatus and techniques for determining the thermal conductivity of rocks and the temperature gradient in the crust are described; the apparatus described can be built up using fairly simple pieces of equipment, and elaborate techniques are not normally required. Problems and possible sources of error associated with the various techniques are also discussed.