Cultural heritage is a major element of the history and identity of societies, contributing to their economy and well-being. Natural, anthropic and technological hazards have been, together with war, main sources of destruction or degradation of cultural assets. Earthquakes, floods, coastal storms, extreme weather conditions, subsidence, and landslides have taken a heavy toll on historical buildings, archaeological sites, libraries, art collections, etc; to those traditional hazards we have to add a new major risk: climate change. Focus on its impact on cultural heritage is still patchy, lacking strong policies.
The workshop presents an opportunity to debate the effects of changing climatic parameters on material and structural characteristics of cultural heritage among scientists, experienced users and policy makers. The workshop also aims to produce guidelines for governments, other institutional actors, NGOs and experts on how to better integrate climate change considerations and prevision in the protection and maintenance of cultural heritage.
The workshop will be an opportunity to present results of current work in this field and make proposals for research to identify heritage at risk and preventive measures or action and co-operation.
The workshop will bring together leading scientists, government officials and experienced users in the challenging field of predicting, modeling and proposing mitigation and adaptation strategies to measure and/or limit the impact of climate change on cultural heritage.
Participation is open to interested experts. No fee will be requested from participants and attendees are expected to cover their own travelling and subsistence expenses, unless otherwise informed.
The workshop will be conducted in English and French, with slides in English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.
Professor Roger-Alexandre Lefèvre (University of Paris XII), Dr. Cristina Sabionni (ISAC-CNR, Bologna).
The programme is only indicative. There is room for new oral presentations on the topics mentioned. The workshop will permit to examine how governments in the last years have been sensitive to the threat of climate change on cultural heritage and how this would have been integrated into climate change strategies. The workshop aims to also gather experiences from different practitioners and provide an opportunity to present new ideas and proposals for research and action.
The full texts of contributions will be published in a special issue of the series “Sciences and Materials of Cultural Heritage” at the CUEBC.
Download the draft programme (7/4/2017)