Dear All - thank you for welcoming me. I have prepared a short text to introduce me and my interests. best regards, Martin
What does it mean ‘geoethics’ … & more.
What: Geoethics is about the responsible conduct of geosciences and their societal relevance wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. Geoethics is conceived with the operational criteria of addressing the deeds and values of the human agent as part of the Earth system; more (IAPG): www.geoethics.org/
Who: I am a physical oceanographer by education who worked in Belgium as a science manager at the European Commission. My PhD is from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne, Switzerland where I studied the hydro dynamics of Lake Geneva. My research interests are societal geosciences and I’m still curious about geophysical fluid dynamics. As Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute (New Jersey, USA) I’m cooperating with the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (Rome., Italy); more: ResearchGate D-4508-2014.
Some more detail:
Within the last decade, the notion of ‘geoethics’ has been used by geoscientists to address aspects of the responsible behaviour of professionals in geosciences and the societal relevance of geosciences.
Geosciences or Earth-sciences refer to a range of applied and fundamental research fields, as well as engineering disciplines and related commercial undertakings. Together these different activities address the functioning of the Earth systems as well as the use and management of abiotic resources. In that professional context, thus emerging from a baseline of applied research, scholarly work has recently focused on the interfaces between geosciences and the social sciences or humanities.
Ongoing inquiries into geoethics address: What should be considered as ‘geoethics’ in an operational sense as an actor-centric virtue-ethics, either for geoscientists or citizens, and what is addressing on a wider scope of thinking (e.g. geosophy) about geoscience and its interactions with society and the natural world, for the benefit of geo-professionals and citizens.