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Geosciences 2018, 8(8), 276; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8080276

Standardized Indoor Air Quality Assessments as a Tool to Prepare Heritage Guardians for Changing Preservation Conditions due to Climate Change

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Conservation Studies, University of Antwerp, B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium
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War Heritage Institute, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
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Computer Science, University of Antwerp, B-2020 Antwerp, Belgium
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Department of Physics, CEADEN, 502, 11300 Havana, Cuba
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Antwerp Maritime Academy, B-2030 Antwerp, Belgium
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Received: 6 July 2018 / Revised: 19 July 2018 / Accepted: 24 July 2018 / Published: 27 July 2018
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Abstract

Climate change will affect the preservation conditions of our cultural heritage. Therefore, well-considered mitigation actions should be implemented to safeguard our heritage for future generations. Environmental monitoring is essential to follow up the change in preservation conditions and to evaluate the effectiveness of performed mitigation actions. To support heritage guardians in the processing and evaluation of monitored data, an indoor air quality (IAQ) index for heritage applications is introduced. The index is calculated for each measured point in time and is visualized in a user-friendly and intuitive way. The current paper describes the backbone of the IAQ-calculating algorithm. The algorithm is subsequently applied on a case study in which a mitigation action is implemented in a church. View Full-Text
Keywords: indoor air quality; cultural heritage; climate change; preventive conservation; mitigation actions indoor air quality; cultural heritage; climate change; preventive conservation; mitigation actions
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Anaf, W.; Leyva Pernia, D.; Schalm, O. Standardized Indoor Air Quality Assessments as a Tool to Prepare Heritage Guardians for Changing Preservation Conditions due to Climate Change. Geosciences 2018, 8, 276.

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