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TITLE Defending cultural heritage against climate change   noahsark_en.pdf (3.74 MB)
Document ID LIB101
Document type EC RTD Programmes projects / results
Issue date 07/03/2005
Document reference NOAHSARK
Original language of the document English
Document produced by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
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Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Culture


Short description  NOAHSARK will use modern science to underwrite Europe’s cultural heritage. It will:
· Find out which meteorological parameters are most critical to Europe’s historical buildings
· Research, predict and describe how climate change will affect this built environment over the next 100 years
· Develop strategies to protect structures that are likely to be worst affected
· Provide models and tools – such as web-based climate risk maps – to heritage managers so they can assess the threat posed
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Europe’s historical buildings are likely to suffer greatly from the effects of climate change over the coming century. Alterations in temperature and rainfall, increases in extreme climatic events, and changes in soil conditions and water levels will affect the way ancient structures decay. However, it is difficult to assess accurately the overall risk climate change poses using existing data, whi ...

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