Filling the Gaps #7 Adapting to a changing climate

The seventh survey in the Filling the Gaps series looks at research needed to better adapt to a changing climate when caring for collections, archaeological remains and the built environment.

The National Heritage Strategy evidence report called for:

  1. Modelling the impact of predicted change on collections
  2. Adaptation to climate change in caring for the built historic environment, through research into:
    • Greater incidence and intensity of rainfall events on permeable structures
    • The impact of wind-driven rain
    • The impact of increased storminess on salt spray
    • The removal of water on individual buildings due to an increase in extreme rainwater events (i.e. capacity of rain water goods, drainage and roofs to cope with predicted storminess)
    • The impact of ground heave and shrinkage on traditional structures
    • The impact of flooding and drying out on traditional materials and construction methods
    • An improved understanding of thermal transmittance (U-values) of historic materials and constructions
    • Better methods to understand and quantify moisture movements within permeable structures (including internal environment as well as that within walls, floors, etc.)
    • Enhanced knowledge of how historic buildings actually behave and were originally intended to behave, including resilience to climatic fluctuations
    • Further calculations of the embodied energy of historic and traditional buildings
  3. Research allowing a better understanding, adaptation and mitigation against the following issues affecting archaeological remains:
    • Greater seasonability in rainfall or increased drought conditions on wetland sites
    • Increased salinity from coastal innundation
    • Increased temperature around coastal waters which influences the spread of woodborers on in situ maritime timbers.

If you know of any research, published or unpublished, that has been carried out in these areas since 2009, please help us ‘fill in the gaps’ by adding it to our survey form. Any information is welcome – you don’t need to complete all the fields, but the more information you can provide, the more useful a resource we can compile.

Many thanks for your contribution to this project – please share this link amongst your colleagues!

National Heritage Science Forum


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