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Review of Potential Risk Factors of Cultural Heritage Sites and Initial Modelling for Adaptation to Climate Change

Faculty of Technology, Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Niemenkatu 73, 15100 Lahti, Finland
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Geosciences 2018, 8(9), 322; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8090322
Received: 3 July 2018 / Revised: 10 August 2018 / Accepted: 23 August 2018 / Published: 29 August 2018
There are a range of local weather- and climate-related factors that contribute to the degradation of cultural heritage buildings, structures, and sites over time. Some of these factors are influenced by changes in climate and some of these changes manifest themselves through a speeding up of the rate of degradation. It is the intention of this paper to review this situation with special reference to the Nordic Countries, where typical trends resulting from climate change are shorter winters and increased precipitation all year round. An attempt is made to initially draw up a classification of materials and structures relevant to cultural heritage that are affected, with a proposed numeric scale for the urgency to act. The intention is to provide information on where best to concentrate cultural heritage site preservation resources in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural heritage; preventative conservation; climate change; mitigation; adaptation; climate modelling cultural heritage; preventative conservation; climate change; mitigation; adaptation; climate modelling
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Carroll, P.; Aarrevaara, E. Review of Potential Risk Factors of Cultural Heritage Sites and Initial Modelling for Adaptation to Climate Change. Geosciences 2018, 8, 322.

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