18 | 09 | 2021

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Climate change is one of the most critical global challenges of our time. This factor, coupled with the increasing demand our society makes on energy and resources, has forced sustainable development to the top of the European political agenda. Scientific research shows that the preservation of the cultural heritage of Europe is particularly vulnerable to these factors. We need to develop more effective and efficient sustainable adaptation and mitigation strategies in order to preserve these invaluable cultural assets for the long-term future, since they represent a non-renewable resource of intrinsic importance to our European identity. More reliable assessments of the impact of climate change will lead to better prediction models, which in turn will enable preventive measures to be taken, thus reducing the consumption of energy and resources.

The CLIMATE FOR CULTURE project is funded by the European Commission from 2009 until 2014 and consists of 30 partners from all over Europe and Egypt making multidisciplinary contributions. The research teams will assess the damage potential of climate change on our cultural heritage, its socio-economic impact and possible mitigation strategies. Collections in historic buildings in different parts of Europe will be included for in situ investigation of present problems and for the prediction of future issues. For this purpose and for the first time ever, high resolution climate evolution scenarios will be coupled with whole building simulation models to identify the most urgent risks for specific regions with the aim of developing mitigation strategies. The thus identified risks, and the economic consequences, for European cultural heritage will be communicated to policy makers together with possible mitigation strategies to be included in future IPCC Reports.

Project Partners
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
Fraunhofer Headquarters/Brussels Office
Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP)
Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC)
Fraunhofer Center for Central and Eastern Europe (MOEZ)
Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Republic
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, Istituto di Scienze dell'atmosfera e del Clima, Italy
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Croatia
Foundation for Research and Technology, Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Holography Lab
‐ Laser Applications Division, Greece
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany
Technische Universität München, Studiengang für Restaurierung, Kunsttechnologie und
Eindhoven University of Technology, Unit Building Physics and Systems, Netherlands
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, Slovenia
Gradbeni Institut ZRMK, Centre for Indoor Environment, Building Physics and Energy, Slovenia
Gotland University / Baltic Sea Region Network on Indoor Climate in Churches
Andreas Weiß, Freelance conservator‐restorer / Baltic Sea Region Network on Indoor Climate of
Churches, Germany
Engineering Consulting & Software Development, Poland
Krah & Grote Measurement Solutions, Germany
TB Käferhaus GmbH, Consulting engineers for the preservation of cultural heritage, Austria
Haftcourt Ltd., UK/Sweden
Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen, Germany
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen – Doerner Institut, Germany
National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, UK
Kybertec Ltd., Czech Republic
Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Center for Documentation of Cultural & Natural Heritage, Egypt
Jonathan Ashley‐Smith, UK
Institute National du Patrimoine Paris, France
London School of Economics & Political Science, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and
the Environment, UK
Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri ‐ Clinica del Lavoro e della Riabilitazione, Italy
External Experts
The evangelical church Brasov, Romania
Eretz Israel Museum Tel Aviv, Israel (under negotiation)
Institut national des sciences de l'archéologie et du patrimoine, Morocco (under negotiation)