Ethical recommendations for ocean observation.

Barbier, Michèle, Reitz, Anja, Pabortsava, Katsiaryna, Wölfl, Anne-Cathrin , Hahn, Tobias and Whoriskey, Fred (2018) Ethical recommendations for ocean observation. Open Access Advances in Geosciences, 45 . pp. 343-361. DOI 10.5194/adgeo-45-343-2018.

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The United Nations proclaimed a decade of marine science for sustainable development (2021–2030) to develop a common framework that will ensure that ocean science can fully support countries in achieving the goal of sustainable development. Marine scientific understanding is fundamental to managing human activities that affect this environment, and ocean observations have a particularly important role in enhancing the knowledge base of our oceans. With this important task, scientists have the responsibility to act in an ethical way and apply all the fundamental principles described in the Cape Town statement: (a) ethical values, (b) social values and (c) cultural values (Peppoloni and Di Capua, 2017).

This article is a fist attempt to highlight the core values applicable to ocean observation, which can then be improved and adopted as part of geoethics and the stewardship of the Earth system. It opens up avenues for reflection on geoethical implications in the field of ocean observation and suggests nine key principles that marine scientists could follow in their innovative research regarding open access to data, effectiveness, compliance with laws, environmental respect and nature conservation, reciprocal relation and cultural respect, equity and fairness, knowledge transfer, governance adapted to socio-ecological systems, and the use of animals in research.

Document Type: Article
Funder compliance: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/633211
Keywords: Geoethics, ocean observation, sustainable research, nature conservation, data sharing
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-MUHS
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-CH Chemical Oceanography
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.5194/adgeo-45-343-2018
ISSN: 1680-7359
Projects: AtlantOS
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 09:41
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 09:06

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