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Climate Change and Cultural Landscapes

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Tourism, Culture, and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 749

Special Issue Editors

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Full Professor of Town Planning, School of Architecture and Design, University of Camerino, Camerino, Italy
Interests: cultural landscape; landscape planning; landscape sustainability; sustainable development

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Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Interests: conservation social science, cultural resilience, participatory methods, climate adaptation

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Departments of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences & Global Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
Interests: climate change adaptation; climate change policy and governance; climate-smart agriculture; cultural landscapes
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Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Architecture, Florence, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
Interests: landscape planning and climate change; cultural landscapes; conservation policy; sustainable heritage
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change has emerged as a significant threat to the sustainability of cultural landscapes all over the world. The conservation of heritage resources and developing adaptation capacity of the cultural landscape requires a complementary and multidimensional array of science, skills and communications. The purpose of this Special Issue is to expand the discussion of the range of challenges, approaches, case studies, and models that promote conservation practices for the cultural landscape in a changing climate. In particular, this Special Issue aspires to feasible methods of interaction between various sectors and skills at the territorial scale, including heritage institutions, landscape planners, conservation specialists, development consultants and other relevant expertise on the theme of climate change and the cultural landscape. A broad range of interests, from vulnerability assessments to the implementation of conservation policies on cultural landscapes, are covered in this Special Issue, both academically and in applied contexts at the international level. This Special Issue aims to promote conservation practices in the cultural landscape in a changing climate through an integrated interdisciplinary and multi-sectorial approach, in order to improve of the decisional process. Potential areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, the following, within the context of climate change and the cultural landscape: the interaction between cultural heritage and ordinary planning; increasing the preparedness level of heritage institutions for climate change; methods of assessing the value of the cultural landscape based on community perspectives; best practices for vulnerability assessment and adaptation to climate change in the cultural landscape; assessment of climate change adaptation costs in the cultural landscape; methodologies for the integration of various skills and development of a Decision Support System.

Prof. Massimo Sargolini
Prof. Dr. Shorna Allred
Dr. Allison Chatrchyan
Dr. Ahmadreza Shirvani Dastgerdi
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  • heritage
  • conservation
  • cultural landscape
  • valorization framework
  • vulnerability assessment
  • landscape planning
  • resilience landscape
  • climate change
  • Decision Support System

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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