Cultural Heritage and Climate Change

Cultural heritage sites around the world are vulnerable to many of the potential impacts that climate change poses. Impacts ranging from sea level rise, changes in atmospheric composition, and increased climatic volatility all threaten historic sites, structures, and landscapes. In recent years governments and organisations tasked with safeguarding cultural heritage have responded to these challenges by inventorying sites at risk and setting forth adaptation and mitigation strategies. While some sites face inevitable transformation or even loss due to climate impacts, others will face the migration of communities in and around those sites. Current policy responses include the monitoring and documentation of potential impacts and the preparation of those sites, structures, and landscapes for managed change.

See also: Biodiversity and Climate Change.

Further Resources
English Heritage. Climate Change and the Historic Environment. (2008)
National Trust (UK). Forecast-Changeable? Climate Change Impacts around the National Trust. (2006)
UNESCO report: Case Studies on Climate Change and World Heritage. (2007)

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