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Humanities 2019, 8(1), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8010021

Monitoring and Managing Human Stressors to Coastal Cultural Heritage in Svalbard

Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), The Fram Center, Hjalmar Johansens gate, 149007 Tromsø, Norway
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Received: 23 November 2018 / Revised: 17 January 2019 / Accepted: 23 January 2019 / Published: 28 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bayscapes—Shaping the Coastal Interface through Time)
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Svalbard’s cultural heritage sites are important remnants of an international history in the High North. Cultural heritage in the Arctic is being impacted by climate and environmental change as well as increased human activity. Tourism is a potential cause of transformation in cultural heritage sites, such as increased wear and tear, creation of paths and traces as people walk through cultural environments. Cultural heritage management is therefore an increasingly challenging endeavor as management authorities must take under consideration multiple impacts and threats to cultural heritage sites in a changing environment. Based on research conducted in Svalbard from 2014 to 2016 on methods for long-term systematic cultural heritage monitoring, this paper will discuss dilemmas for a sustainable use and management of vulnerable cultural heritage sites in the Arctic. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural heritage; management; tourism; climate change; environmental stressors; the Arctic cultural heritage; management; tourism; climate change; environmental stressors; the Arctic
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Holmgaard, S.B.; Thuestad, A.E.; Myrvoll, E.R.; Barlindhaug, S. Monitoring and Managing Human Stressors to Coastal Cultural Heritage in Svalbard. Humanities 2019, 8, 21.

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