protecting cultural heritage from sea level rise

Considering Sea Level Rise and Cultural Heritage: A Resource for Municipalities

As with natural resources, biodiversity, public health, and municipal infrastructure, the integrity of our cultural heritage is threatened by climate change. Of the various climate change hazards we face, sea level rise (SLR) is one of the most damaging to our tangible cultural heritage. As a direct result of the climate change impacts identified by several of the participating local governments and their interest in protecting cultural assets from SLR, we developed Considering Sea Level Rise and Cultural Heritage: A Resource for Municipalities. This resource assists municipal planners in better understanding cultural heritage and the various approaches and adaptive actions that can be taken to begin sea level rise management, or continue these efforts.

Cover Photo: Benjamin Jones, USGS, from Flickr