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Evaluating a decision analytic approach to climate change adaptation of cultural resources along the Atlantic Coast of the United States​

Climate change poses some of the most significant risks for the preservation of coastal cultural resources or cultural heritage. As a result, more research is needed to facilitate the design and implementation of feasible and transparent adaptation strategies for cultural resources under changing climate conditions. In this paper, we begin to explore the challenges and opportunities that face cultural resource managers as they begin to grapple with climate change adaptation planning in dynamic coastal environments. Specifically, we provide an overview of a value-focused, decision-analytic approach that was applied in a pilot test of climate adaptation planning for buildings within designated historic districts on the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina. We provide descriptions of the challenges that are uniquely facing cultural resource managers and initial evidence of the utility of this type of approach for informing judgments by presenting pre- and post-workshop survey data. Although additional research is critical to offer planning and policy guidance, we found that structured deliberations about cultural resource adaptation planning not only influenced participants’ opinions but also provided a necessary space to better understand the complexities of climate and budget uncertainties. Our evaluation is a first step at documenting the difficult and value-laden decisions that must be addressed by cultural resource managers as fiscal constraints and impending climate impacts threaten the traditional approach of preservation in perpetuity.



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The International Institute for Sustainable Development's mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability through innovative research, communication and partnerships.

Established in 1990, IISD is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides practical solutions to the challenge of integrating environmental and social priorities with economic development. We report on international negotiations, conduct rigorous research, and engage citizens, businesses and policy-makers on the shared goal of developing sustainably.

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The Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) is a network of monitoring sites established in agricultural and other areas across the United States. Soil moisture, soil temperature, precipitation, wind, and soil radiation data from these sites is collected, compiled, and presented via the online SCAN mapping tool. Using the mapping tool, users can access and explore real-time and recorded hydrological and climatological trends taking place in various areas of the county.

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National Water Information System

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The USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) is an online water resources monitoring database that compiles site-based information on surface water, groundwater, water quality, and water use metrics. Within these categories, users can explore current conditions, historical trends, daily summaries, and field measurements, as well as conduct statistical analyses and examine other category-specific features (e.g., peak daily flows for surface water). Data housed on this platform are gathered from over 1.5 million USGS monitoring stations located in U.S.

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Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT)

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