Climate Change and Cultural Heritage in the Nordic Countries

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The project Effects of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage Sites and Cultural Environments is a collaboration between the cultural heritage administrations of seven Nordic countries: Iceland, Greenland, the Faeroe Islands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. The aim of the project has been to assist the cultural heritage administrators in meeting the anticipated climate change and to strengthen collaboration and network building between the Nordic cultural heritage administrators. The publication Climate Change and Cultural Heritage in the Nordic Countries contains the main results of the project's work. The report consists of two parts, part one of which discusses the anticipated effects of climate change on cultural heritage sites and cultural environments in the Nordic countries. Part two addresses what consequences the climate change will have for the management of heritage sites and includes the project group's recommendations for handling these consequences.



Effects of climate change on archaeological material

The environment in which archaeological material is found is of great significance for how the material is protected. When the climate changes, the conservation conditions for the archaeological material in situ may also change. There is, however, a great deal of uncertainty regarding what effects can be expected and how great these effects may be. Climate change will also affect archaeological sites in different ways, depending whether they are in air, in earth, in ice, in snow or in water. This will often be of greater significance than what the archaeological material itself consists of. This section on the effects of climate change on archaeological material is therefore divided according to the conservation context in which the material is located.

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