Document Type : Scientific - Research


1 Department of Mining and Environment, School of Mining, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Mining and Environment, School of Mining, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.


Science dos not have a clime about the moral issues or solving the social problems. Hence, we need an interdisciplinary branch to be familiar with the complexities of the human sciences while knowledge of scientific or engineering issues. Applied ethics and professional ethics have such a role, and in the field of Geoscience, a new branch called "Geo-ethics" plays this role. Geo-Ethics is one of the emerging branches of professional ethics. In professional ethics, the responsibilities and ethical priorities of members and business owners are emphasized. It also explains how to deal with difficult issues such as moral complexities in that branch. Geo-ethics is a common ground between philosophy, earth sciences, economics and sociology. In this research, we attempt to introduce the basic concepts of Geo-ethics and its origins and history. International professional ethics associations have also been introduced as global references. One of the fundamental issues of Geo-ethics is its relevance to society and social responsibility and also the issue of climate change and ecosystem of life. Dealing with ethical dilemas and related issues of scientific research are the other sides of Geo-Ethics. Also, promoting the moral level of young researchers and encouraging them to think critically about Geo-resource management and trying to find socio-economic solutions within the framework of sustainability for future generations is the other key issues in Geo-ethics.


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