A proposed assessment index for climate change-related risk for cultural heritage protection in Newcastle (Australia)

Forino, Giuseppe ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6659-0742, MacKee, Jamie and von Meding, Jason (2016) A proposed assessment index for climate change-related risk for cultural heritage protection in Newcastle (Australia). International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 19. pp. 235-248. ISSN 2212-4209

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Worldwide, climate change is one of the main factors exacerbating the effects of hazards or generating additional risk. Investigation is required to understand climate change-related risks for all components of human systems, including cultural heritage. Accordingly, this paper aims to present a new risk assessment index for cultural heritage, referred to as the Cultural Heritage Risk Index (CHRI). The paper applies a desk-based review of the existing literature on climate change-related risks for cultural heritage and of multi-level policy and planning documents of cultural heritage management in Australia. The paper then presents the CHRI and describes its attributes based upon the formalisation of risk as a function of hazard, exposure and vulnerability. CHRI is applied to a unique asset of cultural heritage in Newcastle (Australia), the Burwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Works (BBWTW). The paper shows that this asset has a moderate risk related to climate change, and that some interventions can be applied to decrease its vulnerability. The use of a new index such as CHRI allows creating a baseline for the exploration of the relations between climate change-related risks and cultural heritage. It can be an effective part of tools assessing climate change-related risk on cultural heritage in Australia and might aid in prioritising specific interventions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/climate_action
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2020 00:07
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 07:05
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/76963
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2016.09.003

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