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Geoethics: the Role and Responsibility of Geoscientists

Product Code: SP419
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by S. Peppoloni and G. Di Capua
Publication Date: 21 August 2015
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Special Publication 419

This Special Publication will be an important tool for geoscientists, aimed at increasing the awareness of their societal role and responsibility in conducting education, research and practice activities.
What are the responsibilities of a geoscientist? And what motivations are needed to push geoscientists to practice the Earth sciences in an ethical way?
The major environmental challenges affecting human communities require not only a strictly scientific and technical preparation by the geoscientists, but also a reflection on their broader obligations towards society. It is important that geoscientists consider geoethics as an indispensable framework on which to base their training and activity. The principles of geoethics can guide them to pursue the common good by weighing the benefits and costs of each choice, and identifying eco-friendly and society-friendly solutions that guarantee the respect of the right balance between human life and the dynamics of the Earth.
Communication and dissemination of geosciences should become core activities in building a knowledge-based society, which is better able to protect itself and the Earth ecosystems in order to guarantee a life in harmony with our planet for future generations.

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SP508: Geoethics: Status and Future Perspectives


Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781862397262
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 187
Weight: 0.87 kg


PEPPOLONI, S. &  DI  CAPUA, G. Introduction


Ethics in geosciences

BOHLE, M. Simple geoethics: an essay on daily Earth science

LIMAYE, S. D. A geoethical approach to industrial development of georesources and groundwater use: the Indian experience

DATTA, P. S. Ethics to protect groundwater from depletion in India

ALLAN, M.  Geotourism: an opportunity to enhance geoethics and boost geoheritage appreciation

BROCX, M. & SEMENIUK, V. The development of solar salt ponds along the Pilbara Coast,

Western Australia – a coastline of global geoheritage significance used for industrial purposes


Geoethics and natural risks



PONDRELLI, S., QUARENI, F. & TODESCO, M. The L’Aquila trial

PARKASH, S. Cooperation, coordination and team issues in disaster management: the need for a holistic and integrated approach

ACHARJEE, S. Urban land use and geohazards in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India: the need forgeotechnical intervention and geoethical policies in urban disaster resilience programmes in a changing climate

CRESCIMBENE, M., LA LONGA, F., CAMASSI, R. & PINO, N. A. The seismic risk perception Questionnaire

KOSTYUCHENKO, Y. V. & MOVCHAN, D. Quantitative parameter of risk perception: can we measure a geoethic and socio-economic component in disaster vulnerability?

DE  PASCALE, F., BERNARDO, M., MUTO, F. & TRIPODI, V. Geoethics and seismic risk perception: the case of the Pollino area, Calabria, southern Italy and comparison with communities of the past

DE  RUBEIS, V., SBARRA, P., SEBASTE, B. & TOSI, P. Earthquake ethics through scientific knowledge, historical memory and societal awareness: the experience of direct Internet information


Geoethics and the communication of science

ALBARELLO, D. Communicating uncertainty: managing the inherent probabilistic character of hazard estimates

SOLARINO, S. How to strengthen public trust in geosciences

MARONE, E., CAMARGO, R. & SALCEDO-CASTRO, J. Communicating natural hazards: marine extreme events and the importance of variability and forecast errors

VECCHIA, P. The oil and gas industry: the challenge for proper dissemination of knowledge


Geoethics and geoeducation

SILVA, E., SÁ, A. A. & ROXO, M. J. From planet Earth to society: a new dynamic in Portugal concerning geoscience education and outreach activities

FERRERO, E. &  MAGAGNA, A. Natural hazards and geological heritage in Earth science education Projects

RUBBIA, G., D’ADDEZIO, G., MARSILI, A. &  CAROSI, A. Science and scientists from a child’s point of view: an overview from drawings

PIANGIAMORE, G. L., MUSACCHIO, G. &  PINO, N. A. Natural hazards revealed to children: the other side of prevention




David M Abbott Jr

…this book provides important case histories and guidance for geoscientist operation at the intersection of geoscience, the public, and decision makers.

Featured in Geoscientist vol 26/3 April 2016

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