According to Wiley InterScience, hydrogeologists Dr. Jie Liu, Dr. Chunmiao Zheng, and Dr. Maosheng Zhang’s article “Roles of Ethics in Groundwater Management” in Ground Water (Vol. 48, No. 1) was accessed 537 times in 2010, becoming the most accessed article of the magazine that year.
While ethics is usually a subject studied by sociologists, researchers from the College of Engineering are breaking traditional subject boundaries to embrace interdisciplinary studies.
As part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) program "Ethics of Science,” a multidisciplinary research team consisting of Liu, Zheng, and Zhang from the Center of Water Research examined the ethical issues in the groundwater management practices of Yulin Municipality, Shaanxi Province, China.
The charts above show that Dr. Liu and his co-authors' article was the most viewed from Ground Water on Wiley InterScience, a site offering online access to Wiley journals
Since 2007, Liu has been chair of the Water Ethics Working Group, part of the UNESCO "Ethics of Energy Technologies in Asia and the Pacific" project. By holding international symposiums and presenting on sessions held by the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, the group’s studies on water shortage and water ethics have attracted the eyes of thousands including water resource managers, hydrogeologists, water consultants and philosophers from all over the world.