Informing Plans for Managing Resources of Cape Lookout National Seashore under Projected Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and Associated Impacts: Cultural Resource Management and Historic Preservation Experts Survey Results

Sandra Fatorić, Allie McCreary, Erin Seekamp
Posted on: 11/15/2018 - Updated on: 8/11/2020

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Sandra Fatoric



This report contributes to a relatively new body of research by exploring three important but understudied challenges of cultural resources climate change adaptation: (1) barriers to current cultural resource management and historic preservation given climate change impacts together with needs for overcoming the identified barriers; (2) the importance of factors influencing climate adaptation prioritization; (3) the potential utility of a geovisualization decision support to provide site managers with experts’ recommendations for adaptation. Although we contextualized our study with coastal climate change impacts to cultural resources in the southeastern U.S., we found that the findings on barriers and needs together with factors influencing climate adaptation prioritization are likely transferable to other regions and, perhaps, national and international scales.


Fatorić, S., McCreary, A., Seekamp, E. (2018) Informing plans for managing resources of Cape Lookout National Seashore under projected climate change, sea level rise, and associated impacts: Cultural resource management and historic preservation expert survey results. Tourism Extension Report Series 2018-CALO-003. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.