Furthering Ethical Requirements for Applied Earth Science

Martin Bohle, Erle C. Ellis


To face the challenges that anthropogenic global change poses to societal development, the ethical framework for Eath Science needs to be robust and both accepted and personally adopted by geoscience professionals. Geoscience and engineering are increasingly called upon to inform societies about anticipated social and environmetal outcomes based on scientific understanding. Some professions are regulated to maintain the quality of work, professional integrity, and the trust of the stakeholders. In less applied professions the role of training in research integrity is important. An oath or promise would strengthen the ethical framework for Applied Earth Science going beyond the existing professional codes relating to research integrity, public regulations or professional charters that refer especially to engineering works. 


earth system science, professional ethics, geoethics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.4401/ag-7401
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Published by INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - ISSN: 2037-416X