Track 1: Effects of Climate Change in Warm Weather Coastal Regions
The first speakers will discuss a methodology for vulnerability assessment and documentation of historic coastal communities threatened by regular flooding and sea level rise. The methodology combines historical research, field survey, analysis, and mapping through GIS (geographic information system) and 3D terrestrial laser scanning. The two projects aimed at developing a digital model to help analyze flood vulnerability, educate the public, inform adaptation strategies, and identify and prioritize sites to investigate and document for historic urban environments where climate change challenges preservation.
The second speaker will discuss how the resources of vernacular Ukrainian buildings in east-central Alberta with high integrity are dwindling. In an attempt to preserve some of the few remaining Ukrainian-Canadian buildings from 1895-1930, this research project aimed at collecting and interpreting finishing samples at vernacular wood structures located at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) in east-central Alberta, Canada. The use of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy are discussed as a screening tool to classify paint stratigraphies.
The final presenter will discuss the results of current research on the subject of insulating the walls of historic buildings from two perspectives. One, a systematic review of available guidelines, standards, and recommendations disseminated in whitepapers developed by governmental bodies, nongovernmental preservation organizations, and professional societies; and two, a survey of case study examples of wall insulation retrofits used in current practice in North America.