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CLIMATE FOR CULTURE : Damage risk assessment, economic impact and mitigation strategies for sustainable preservation of cultural heritage in the times of climate change


Climate change is one of the most critical global challenges of our time which also threatens cultural heritage. As a non-renewable important resource to the European identity, sustainable adaptation strategies are required for long term preservation. For this purpose and for the first time ever, the CLIMATE FOR CULTURE project will couple completely new high resolution (10x10km) climate change evolution scenarios with whole building simulation models to identify the risks for specific regions. The innovation lies in the elaboration of a more reliable damage assessment by connecting the future climate data with whole building simulation models and new damage assessment functions. In situ measurements at UNESCO sites throughout Europe will allow a much more precise and integrated assessment of the real damage impact of climate change on cultural heritage. Appropriate sustainable mitigation/adaptation strategies, also from previous projects, are further developed and applied on the basis of these findings simultaneously. All these results will be incorporated into an assessment of the economic impacts. In order to ensure an efficient use of resources, this project will build on the results of already concluded EU research projects (Noah s Ark). The final achievement of the project will be a macro-economic impact report on cultural heritage in the times of climate change akin to the STERN report which would be a truly European contribution to future IPCC Reports.

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Fraunhofer IBP, MOEZ, ISC; Fraunhofer Institutes|Germany; Czech Technical University in Prague - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering|Czech Republic; Italian National Research Council - Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate |Italy; University of Zagreb - Faculty of Civil Engineering, Zagreb|Croatia; Foundation for Research and Technology - Institute Electronic Structure and Laser|Greece; Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Germany; Technical University Munich - Department of Conservation|Germany; Eindhoven University of Technology - Unit Building Physics and Systems|Netherlands; University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering|Slovenia; Gradbeni Institut ZRMK -Centre for Indoor Environment, Building Physics and Energy|Slovenia; Gotland University - Building Conservation|Sweden; Andreas Weiß - freelance conservator-restorer|Germany; Engineering Consulting & Software Development/Poland; Krah & Grote Measurement Solutions/Germany; TB Käferhaus GmbH/Austria; Haftcourt Ltd./Sweden; ACCIONA Infrastructure/Spain; Bavarian Administration of Stateowned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes/ Germany; Bavarian State Painting Collections - Doerner Institut|Germany; National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland/UK; Kybertec Ltd. - Private R&D organization|Czech Republic; Glasgow Caledonian University - School of Built & Natural Environment|UK; Center for Documentation of Cultural & Natural Heritage/Egypt; Jonathan Ashley-Smith - consultant for Conservation Risk Assessment|UK; The National Institute of Cultural Heritage/France; London School of Economics & Political Science - Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment|UK

Source of funding
FP 7

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Adaptation measures/responses, Impact assessment



Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Flooding, Ice and Snow, Sea Level Rise, Storms, Water Scarcity


Adaptation Plans and Strategies, Vulnerability Assessment



Geographic characterization


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