The Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy website sets out a vision and broad approach for managing impacts to and learning from cultural resources under modern climate change.
Cultural resources are our record of the human experience. Collectively, these archeological sites, cultural landscapes, ethnographic resources, museum collections, and historic buildings and structures connect one generation to the next. The National Park Service must conserve cultural resources for future generations. Climate change is adding challenges to this role, and will continue to affect cultural resources in diverse ways.
The Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy connects major directions for action from the NPS Climate Change Response Strategy (2010) and the NPS Director’s Policy Memo Climate Change and Stewardship of Cultural Resources (2014). It creates four overarching Goals for cultural resources and climate change:
- 1 – Connect Impacts and Information: Set the broad scope of cultural resources and climate change response by connecting the concepts of impacts and information with the four pillars of climate change response: science, adaptation, mitigation, and communication
- 2 – Understand the Scope: Coordinate science, management, and communication to identify and improve understanding of the effects of climate change on cultural resources
- 3 – Integrate Practice: Incorporate climate change into ongoing cultural resources research, planning, and stewardship
- 4 – Learn and Share: Collaborate with partners to grow. Use the body of knowledge and practice for cultural resources and climate change
What you’ll find
In addition to the full strategy, the website includes numerous other resources including:
- Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy 2017 (3.9 MB pdf)
- Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook
- Numerous Coastal Adaptation Case Studies from NPS sites