Track 1: Effects of Climate Change in Warm Weather Coastal Regions
Many coastlines throughout the world are densely populated. In North America over 25 million people live in areas vulnerable to coastal flooding. Coastal areas are home to species and habitats that provide many benefits to society and natural ecosystems. Coastal and ocean activities, such as marine transportation of goods, offshore energy drilling, resource extraction, fish cultivation, recreation, and tourism, are integral to the nation’s economy, generating approximately 25 percent of the national gross domestic product (GDP)—but in many cases threaten natural and cultural resources. However, there are many threats to heritage places in coastal settings. This conference theme will examine how climate change affects coastal areas, including built heritage, in a variety of ways. Coasts are sensitive to effects of climate change including sea level rise, changes in the frequency and intensity of storms, increases in precipitation, and warmer ocean temperatures. In addition, rising atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are causing the oceans to absorb more of the gas and become more acidic. This rising acidity can have significant impacts on the delicate coastal and marine ecosystems and seaside historic structures.
Presentation by Fernando Nardi
Assessing, mapping and communication strategies for mitigating climate change impacts on cultural heritage: the city of Rome case study
Art cities in Europe are nowadays facing challenging times for identifying optimal strategies for the protection of cultural heritage and sustainable development of human activities impacted by critical socio-economic, hydrologic and climate change risks. This talk presents the case study of the city of Rome and the recent programs developed for water resource and risk management, infrastructure design and prioritization, community engagement and participatory approaches to mitigate the impact of floods and droughts.