Adapting cultural heritage to climate change risks: perspectives of cultural heritage experts in Europe

Elena Sesana, A.S. Gagnon, Chiara Bertolin, John Hughes

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Abstract

Changes in rainfall patterns, humidity, and temperature, as well as greater exposure to severe weather events, has led to the need for adapting cultural heritage to climate change. However, there is limited research accomplished to date on the process of adaptation of cultural heritage to climate change. This paper examines the perceptions of experts involved in the management and preservation of cultural heritage on adaptation to climate change risks. For this purpose, semi-structured interviews were conducted with experts from the UK, Italy, and Norway as well as a participatory workshop with stakeholders. The results indicate that the majority of interviewees believe that adaptation of cultural heritage to climate change is possible. Opportunities for, barriers to, and requirements for adapting cultural heritage to climate change, as perceived by the interviewees, provided a better understanding of what needs to be provided and prioritized for adaptation to take place and in its strategic planning. Knowledge of management methodologies incorporating climate change impacts by the interviewees together with best practice examples in adapting cultural heritage to climate change are also reported. Finally, the interviewees identified the determinant factors for the implementation of climate change adaptation. This paper highlights the need for more research on this topic and the identification and dissemination of practical solutions and tools for the incorporation of climate change adaptation in the preservation and management of cultural heritage.
Original languageEnglish
Article number305
Number of pages23
JournalGeosciences
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • adaptation
  • climate change
  • cultural heritage
  • management
  • conservation

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  • Activities

    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Invited talk

    Workshop on vulnerability and adaptation of cultural heritage to climate change

    Elena Sesana (Organiser), , A.S. Gagnon (Member of programme committee), & John Hughes (Member of programme committee)

    22 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Vulnerability of cultural heritage to climate change: Case studies in UNESCO heritage sites in Europe

    Elena Sesana (Speaker), , Alexandre Gagnon (Speaker), & John Hughes (Speaker)

    15 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Research Output

    • 16 Citations
    • 3 Article
    • 1 Conference contribution

    An integrated approach for assessing the vulnerability of World Heritage Sites to climate change impacts

    Sesana, E., Gagnon, A., Bonazza, A. & Hughes, J., 1 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Cultural Heritage. 41, p. 211-224 14 p.

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    Decision support criteria and the development of a decision support tool for the selection of conservation materials for the built cultural heritage

    Turk, J., Mauko Pranjić, A., Hursthouse, A., Turner, R. & Hughes, J., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of Cultural Heritage. 37, p. 44-53 10 p.

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    Increasing the resilience of cultural heritage to climate change through the application of a learning strategy

    Sesana, E., Bertolin, C., Loli, A., Gagnon, A. S., Hughes, J. & Leissner, J., 21 Feb 2019, Transdisciplinary Multispectral Modeling and Cooperation for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage. Moropoulou, A., Korres, M., Georgopoulos, A., Spyrakos, C. & Mouzakis, C. (eds.). Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Vol. 961. p. 402-423 22 p. (Communications in Computer and Information Science; vol. 961).

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