3 - Climate Change/Climate Control X Museum Environment/Sea Level Rise
Monday, September 24
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Climate Control x Museum Environment
Climate Change Sea Level Rise
This presentation will examine lessons learned during 2017-18 conducting assessment reports at Nantucket Island and Key West, Florida. In the summer and fall of 2017 the author served as an architectural assessor for the preparation of Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program funded by the Foundation of the American Institute of Conservation (FAIC) at the Nantucket Historical Association and the Key West Art & Historical Society. Both organizations’ serve the public with museum exhibits and collections, have multiple significant historic structures with collection storage facilities, and operate and maintain complex climate control HVAC systems with varying degrees of success. I will begin my PowerPoint presentation, skillfully designed to amaze and delight the APT audience, with an informed analysis of aspects of the success and failures of these existing climate control systems at both these institutions museum facilities. In particular, my CAP assessment findings will cover many of the measures and methods the Nantucket Whaling Museum has adapted to maintain an appropriate museum environment for their museum collection and museum storage facility. Next, the presentation will focus on the very similar challenges the Key West Art & Historical Society faces to maintain strict climate controlled environments under very difficult climate conditions and within varying existing historic structuress under their stewardship. Finally, the last segment of the presentation will illustrate common existential threats posed by hurricanes and rising sea levels at these two coastal historic harbor towns. Unfortunately, storm damage was a common occurrence at both museums this past year: Hurricane Irma hit Key West in October, 2017 and the Nantucket Whaling Museum was flooded by rising tides caused by the January 2018 bomb cyclone nor’easter. My presentation will end with a review of recommended preservation technologies appropriate to respond to storm resilience and rising sea levels at the historic structures at both these seaside sites.
- Identify common sources for determining SLR threats and site vulnerability.
- Understand common root causes for failure to recognize the threats from storm surge.
- Recognize the threats presented by sea level rise to historic structures in coastal communities.
- Define several appropriate successful strategies for responding to coastal flooding of historic structures.