Special Issue "Ethics and Geoethics in Geosciences"
A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017).
Interests: planetary geosciences; meteorites; geoeducation; geoethics; mineralogy; geochemistry; sustainability; conceptual changes; astrobiology; future earth
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Advances in science and technology have increased considerably in the past century. One of the main subjects linked to geosciences is that we should face not only the conventional issues, but also other, much more leading-edge and interdisciplinary topics, involving societal and ethical questions in both developed and developing countries. Geoscientists have new skills and tasks concerning different disciplines, applying different methodological procedures and technologies, and facing new challenges, from micro to macro-scale studies, and from land, atmosphere and oceans to planetary exploration. Geoethics is, unfortunately, not yet very well known. However, it is not a new discipline. As has already happened in the past with other disciplines such as geochemistry, geophysics, geobiology, geomathematics, one of the most important features which characterizes the modern concept of geoethics is that it should not be understood as the simple combination of two terms “geo-Ethics” but as “geoethics”: a totally new discipline in which “the whole is greater than the mere sum of its parts”. Accordingly, any appropriate application of the ethical rules and protocols is marked and requires a good knowledge about the different geoscientific issues. Any geoethical action should reflect, among other attributes, freedom, scientific and professional skills, integrity and good practices, reflection, socio–cultural and human dimensions, principles and motivations. This Special Issue is promoted following the initiatives and action plan of the International Association for Geoethics (IAGETH), the only international organization linking geosciences and ethics, which is affiliated to two ICSU GeoUnions (IUGS and IUGG). We strongly encourage you to participate, and invite you to submit your manuscripts, including general and specialized reviews and research articles.
Prof. Dr. Jesús Martínez-Frías
Prof. Dr. Lopo Vasconcelos
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- Good practices