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Threats to Cultural Heritage Caused by the Global Sea Level Rise as a Result of the Global Warming

Department of Land Management and Geographic Information Systems, Faculty of Geoengineering, Institute of Spatial Management and Geography, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, 10-720 Olsztyn, Poland
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Water 2021, 13(18), 2577; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13182577
Received: 27 July 2021 / Revised: 30 August 2021 / Accepted: 15 September 2021 / Published: 18 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue GIS Application: Flood Risk Management)
Climate change resulting from global warming has an increasing impact on Earth. The resulting sea level rise is starting to be noticed in some regions today, and based on projections, could have severe consequences in the future. These consequences would primarily be felt by residents of coastal areas, but through the potential for irreparable damage to cultural heritage sites, could be significant for the general public. The primary aim of the research undertaken in this article was to assess the threat to cultural heritage objects on the case study area of Tri-City, Poland. A review of available elevation data sources for their potential use in analyses of sea level changes was required. The selection of the optimal data source for the cultural heritage threat analysis of historic sites was carried out. The analyses were conducted for three scenarios, using ArcGIS Pro 2.7 software. A series of maps were thus prepared to show the threats to specific historic sites for various global sea level rise scenarios. Even with the slightest rise in sea level, monuments could be permanently lost. The authors point out that a lack of action to stop climate change could result not only in economic but also cultural losses. View Full-Text
Keywords: global warming; climate change; global sea level rise; flood risk management; floodplains; cultural heritage; geodata; GIS global warming; climate change; global sea level rise; flood risk management; floodplains; cultural heritage; geodata; GIS
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Ciski, M.; Rząsa, K. Threats to Cultural Heritage Caused by the Global Sea Level Rise as a Result of the Global Warming. Water 2021, 13, 2577. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13182577

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