Geoscientists, like their colleagues in other scientific disciplines serving our society, face many ethical challenges. The International Council for Science is an important source of information for practitioners, including an interesting booklet entitled The Freedom, Responsibility and Universality of Science.
Nelson Education has recently published a 5th edition of Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics. This text book by Gordon C. Andrews of the University of Waterloo, is a comprehensive textbook for engineers and geoscientists, covering every aspect of professional practice.
The Geological Society of London published a booklet aimed at policy and decision-makers as well as the wider public, ‘Geology for Society‘ outlines the importance of geology to our society. The Geological Society is also publisher of a recent book : Special Publication 419 entitled “Geoethics : the Role and Responsibility of Geoscientists“.
The American Geosciences Institute – AGI publication “Geoscience for America’s Critical Needs : Invitation to a National Policy Dialogue” outlines high-level actions to address major policy issues where the geosciences play a significant role in US context.
Earth Literacy Principles outlines the science and methodology of geoscience as explained by geoscientists who carry out active research in the many areas that comprise Earth science and whose work explains the complexities of how our planet works. It is a product of The Earth Science Literacy Initiative funded by the National Science Foundation