Heritage destruction, natural disasters, and the environment: atmospheric disasters

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Atmospheric or climatological processes play a major role in degrading heritage places and can cause rapid devastation. Concern that anthropogenic factors are influencing climate change has resulted in a large body of research, modelling what may happen in the future. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has taken the lead; reporting observed changes since pre-industrial times and providing models of future change based on different scenarios. There is evidence that most regions have seen a warming trend, precipitation patterns have changed, and sea levels have risen, and it is thought that these trends will lead to an increase in extreme weather events (i.e., hurricanes and floods). This chapter will discuss atmospheric disasters and the observed impacts on heritage assets that are vital to society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge handbook of heritage destruction
EditorsJosé Antonio González Zarandona, Emma Cunliffe, Melathi Saldin
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781003131069
ISBN (Print)9780367627287, 9780367673727
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge handbooks on museums, galleries and heritage


  • Climate change
  • Heritage


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