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Geoethics is the branch of ethics which relates to the interaction of human activity with our physical world in general, and with the practice of the Earth sciences in particular.[1][2][3][4][5][6] It may also have relevance to planetary sciences.[7] It is described as an emerging scientific and philosophical discipline, consisted of research and reflection on the values that serve as the bases of behaviors and practices wherever human activities interact with the Earth system.[3][4] Moreover, geoethics promotes the ethical and social roles of geoscientists in conducting scientific and technological research and practice.[8]

For these reasons, geoethics pursues recognition of humankind's duties and responsibility towards the Earth system. A more specialized use emerged as the term came to deal with the ethical, social, and cultural implications of the behavior and professional activities of geologists.[3][4][9] Some scholars also cited that it provides a point of intersection for geosciences, sociology, economics and philosophy.[3][4]

The International Association for Promoting Geoethics[10][11] also known as the IUGS Commission on Geoethics, is the leading organization that is carrying out studies to develop the geoethical thought and to promote geoethics outcomes worldwide.


  1. ^ Peppoloni S. and Di Capua G. (2012). Geoethics and geological culture: awareness, responsibility and challenges. Annals of Geophysics, Special Volume 55 (3): 335-341. doi:10.4401/ag-6099.
  2. ^ Lollino G., Arattano M., Giardino M., Oliveira R., Peppoloni S. (Eds.) (2014). Engineering Geology for Society and Territory - Volume 7 - Education, Professional Ethics and Public Recognition of Engineering Geology. Set: Engineering Geology for Society and Territory, XVII, 274 p. 103 illus., 86 illus. in color, Springer.
  3. ^ a b c d Wyss M. and Peppoloni S. (Eds) (2015). Geoethics, Ethical Challenges and Case Studies in Earth Sciences. Elsevier, p. 450. ISBN 978-0127999357
  4. ^ a b c d Bohle Martin (Ed.) (2019). Exploring Geoethics: Ethical Implications, Societal Contexts, and Professional Obligations of the Geosciences. Authors: Bohle M., Peppoloni S., Di Capua G., Bilham N., Marone E., Preiser R. Palgrave Pivot, Cham, XIV + 214, ISBN 978-3-030-12009-2
  5. ^ Di Capua G., Bobrowsky P.T., Kieffer S.W. and Palinkas C. (Eds.)(2021). Geoethics: Status and Future Perspectives. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 508, viii+311 pp., ISBN 978-1786205384.
  6. ^ IAPG Constitution. International Association for Promoting Geoethics. Accessed July 2015.
  7. ^ Statutes. International Association for Geoethics. Accessed November 2014.
  8. ^ Peppoloni, Silvia; Di Capua, Giuseppe (2015). Geoethics: the Role and Responsibility of Geoscientists. London: Geological Society of London. p. 1. ISBN 9781862397262.
  9. ^ Acevedo, Rogelio; Martínez Frias, Jesús (2018). Geoethics In Latin America. Cham: Springer. p. 9. ISBN 9783319753720.
  10. ^ "The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) homepage". International Association for Promoting Geoethics. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  11. ^ Gundersen, Linda (8 November 2017). "Ethics Crucial for the Future of the Geosciences". Eos. American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 29 July 2021.