Science informs the way we manage the geothermal resource and includes research, monitoring and modelling. This differs for all systems, depending on how systems are used and how vulnerable they are to change.

For example, Rotorua system has a large number of resource users and is very sensitive to over use, so we monitor it closely.

Our surface feature database is an important part of our state of the environment monitoring programme. Other work includes measuring use through resource consents and monitoring water levels and temperatures over time. We also continually build our knowledge of how the systems work (e.g. geology) and develop mathematical reservoir models to predict the effects of use and development.