Special Issue "Challenges to Heritage Conservation under Climate Change"

A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2023 | Viewed by 303

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISAC), Rome, Italy
Interests: climate change; pollution; cultural heritage; risk assesment; damage modelling; protection strategies
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Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Hamburg, Germany
Interests: climate modelling; climate data; climate change; cultural heritage
Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISAC), Rome, Italy
Interests: environmental monitoring; extreme events; earth observation; deterioration; cultural landscapes; built heritage; risk assessment; material characterization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The impact of climate change on cultural heritage is foreseen to increase dramatically in the future both in terms of slow cumulative deterioration processes (decohesion and fracturing due to thermal stress and salt weathering, biodeterioration, surface recession) and damage caused by extreme hydrometeorological events (prolonged droughts, heavy rains). While the sea level threatens to completely submerge Mediterranean coastal monumental complexes and archaeological sites, river floods strongly affect historic buildings and city centers, particularly in Central Europe.

These evolving conditions impose new and continuously changing conservation challenges and create an urgent need for innovative safeguarding approaches, particularly under extreme weather and climate events.

Research and innovation in assets at risk, exposure, impacts, methodologies and tools for adaptation capacity and strategies are therefore urgently needed to safeguard and preserve cultural heritage—both tangible and related intangible aspects—against continuous decay.

This Special Issue aims to explore sustainable methodologies, tools and strategies for resilience strengthening of cultural heritage at risk under climate change through an interdisciplinary and multi-sectorial approach. Research contributions may include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Climate change impacts on cultural and natural heritage;
  • Damage evaluation through application of the data from earth observations and climate models;
  • Developments and applications of damage functions and modeling;
  • Sustainable solutions for protection and conservation under the changing climate;
  • Measures and strategies for the prevention and safeguarding of cultural heritage;
  • User-driven approaches and tools to support public authorities and private organizations in the decision-making process to safeguard cultural heritage at risk.

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Bonazza
Dr. Lola Kotova
Alessandro Sardella
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Heritage is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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