A framework for assessing the vulnerability of archaeological sites to climate change: theory, development, and application

Daly, Cathy (2014) A framework for assessing the vulnerability of archaeological sites to climate change: theory, development, and application. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, 16 (3). pp. 268-282. ISSN 1350-5033

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The predicted impacts of climate change on cultural heritage are likely to be dynamic and complex. Understanding the potential risks at site level is vital to ensure that appropriate adaptation and mitigation measures are put in place. There is, however, a dearth of tools and methodologies suitable for use by heritage managers. In this paper the potential of vulnerability analysis for site-based assessment is explored. A six-step vulnerability framework, adapted for cultural heritage, is illustrated utilizing material from two case-study sites (Brú na Bóinne and Skellig Michael). The implementation of each step in the proposed framework is demonstrated to aid those wishing to apply the method in practice. The ‘values based’ approach taken is suitable for a wide range of cultural heritage including landscapes, monuments, and buried archaeology. The six-step framework and the utilization of indicators provide a method that allows comparison between sites and yet is sufficiently flexible to account for localized concerns. The framework will aid decision makers with planning and prioritization.

Keywords:climate change, vulnerability assessment, cultural value, heritage management, World Heritage, NotOAChecked
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V400 Archaeology
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
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Deposited On:22 Sep 2015 14:26

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