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Research project

Assessing the Impacts Of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage in The Netherlands

This project aims to identify, quantify and map the exposure of Dutch national monuments to four climate change effects: flooding, waterlogging, drought and heat.

2019 - 2020
Martijn Manders
Centre of Global Heritage and Development Seed Grant Centre of Global Heritage and Development Seed Grant
In Dordrecht, diverse heritage assets such as historic buildings are likely vulnerable to climate change. (Image: S.Fatoric)

Social relevance

A deliverable, climate risk maps of national monuments, can be used by government decision-makers and diverse stakeholders, including private property owners, tourism sector, UNESCO, and researchers to visualize potential risks from climate change.

Scientific relevance

This project is the first scientific attempt to explore climate change impacts on Dutch national monuments.

It can inform future climate adaptation policymaking for cultural heritage.

  • M. Manders provides expertise and knowledge on cultural heritage (including maritime archelogy) policy and practice in the Netherlands;
  • S. Fatorić provides knowledge and expertise in climate change adaptation planning and policy of cultural heritage; and
  • D. Teruel provides knowledge on assessing and mapping climate change risks on various systems and sectors

Data collection: Data on location of Dutch national monuments (about 60,000) is obtained from the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE). The data on four climate change effects: flooding, waterlogging, drought and heat is obtained from the Climate Impact Atlas.

Data analysis: GIS is used to integrate data on national monuments with four climate change effects. A risk map shows the probability and the impacts of climate change on Dutch national monuments. Additionally, national monuments are categorized (quantified) as exhibiting high, medium or low impact class.

This project forms the basis for a tool-development for evidence-based climate adaptation policy and applied research related to cultural heritage in the Netherlands.



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