Title: Adaptation to climate change: An emerging challenge for cultural heritage
Em. Prof. Eleni Maistrou & Dr. Miltiadis Lazoglou
National Technical University of Athens, Greece
From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale.
Safeguarding the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of our places, including their natural and built environments has a central role in this process. The term cultural heritage encompasses not only archaeological sites, but also monuments from the Byzantine and Classical periods, individual historic structures, and museum collections. It also comprises entire traditional settlements and historic towns, including their architectural structures and the distinct components of their public space (urban tissue), which serve social purposes and convey particularised information. Furthermore, their natural environment is also at risk from the impacts of climate change.
This special session invites papers concerning the aforementioned topics, with a specific focus on cultural heritage sites. Contributions may encompass the identification and evaluation of threats related to climate change that pose a threat to archaeological sites, historic towns, and settlements.
The following may serve as descriptive examples of the contributions:
- the methodology for developing studies about the adaptation of cultural heritage sites to expected climate change impacts,
- the investigation of the correlation between urban and regional planning the vulnerability assessment of cultural heritage sites,
- the development of adaptation measures in conjunction with disaster prevention interventions,
- the preservation of cultural heritage sites for climate change adaptation.
This special session is organised in the framework of the LIFE-IP AdaptInGR- Boosting the implementation of adaptation policy across Greece, LIFE17 IPC/GR/000006.