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This paper introduces the topic of sustainable adaptation and transformation to climate change in the field of cultural heritage. Although there are some papers published on assessing the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage in Europe, there is limited research accomplished to date on adapting cultural heritage and its management to climate change. Yet, most adaptation that has taken place in the field of cultural heritage has been incremental in nature; however, given the rapid rate of environmental change a long-term transformational approach to adaptation is required. In addition, there is a dichotomy between the policy drivers towards reducing the carbon footprint of historical buildings through the implementation of energy efficiency measures and preserving the authenticity of historical buildings. Most of the work in practice on adapting cultural heritage to change has focused on increasing the resilience of buildings with limited discussion taking place on the integration of mitigation and adaptation. On the basis of interviews with academics, professionals, government officials and managers of heritage sites, the views on the topic of sustainable adaptation and transformational change in the area of cultural heritage are presented.
The dichotomy between increasing resilience to maintain the authenticity and integrity of historical buildings and adapting to change makes cultural heritage an excellent realm for debating the integration of mitigation and adaptation and the concept of transformational change. Hence, this paper emphasizes the challenges that the concept of transformation poses to the field of cultural heritage, in particular the dichotomy and interdependency between conservation and adaptation. Cultural heritage is an area where transformational adaptation to climate change poses significant conceptual challenges and we welcome the opportunity to debate this at this conference by presenting the results of empirical research performed in Scotland and Italy. Presenting at this conference would also give us the opportunity to highlight to the academic community the need for cultural heritage to be included in the discussion on transformation as well as benefiting from participating in the discourse on the applications of the concepts of transformation.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2017|
|Event||Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice - Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR), Dundee, United Kingdom|
Duration: 30 Aug 2017 → 1 Sep 2017
Conference number: 3
|Period||30/08/17 → 1/09/17|
- Cultural Heritage
- 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 event › Participation in workshop, seminar, course
Hughes, J., 4 May 2021, In: WIREs Climate Change.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access