Archaeology and Climate Change: A one-day conference on urgent #climateheritage issues co-organised by the CBA SE and Sussex Archaeological Society
During 2019 East and West Sussex County Councils respectively ‘declared’ and ‘noted’ the Climate Emergency which has also been declared by Sussex University. A past perspective is important in understanding the climate changes we now face, how they may impact on society and the strategies that may be developed to cope. Studies of the end of the last ice age have shown that once critical thresholds are crossed, affecting, for instance, patterns of oceanic circulation, climate change can be exceedingly rapid. Global warming and related increases in the incidence of extreme weather events increases coastal erosion, creating a need for sea defence upgrading and managed realignment, all of which have implications for coastal heritage. Global warming will also affect habitats of nature conservation importance and the archaeological sites they contain. Increased storm incidence may lead to greater soil erosion and flooding in some areas impacting heritage.
The way historic properties are conserved and managed are also likely to be affected.
Many organisations and interests have a part to play in ongoing debates which will identify more sustainable ways of managing the environment and heritage for the future. Sustainability as a concept cannot be conceived, or measured, in the short-term; it needs a long-term perspective and to this Archaeology and History can make important contributions.
This will be the theme of the joint CBA South East and Sussex Archaeological Society Conference. The Speakers will be: Lara Band, Professor Martin Bell, Professor John Boardman, Dr Hannah Fluck, Tor Lawrence, Professor Robert van De Noort, Dr Robyn Pender, Dr Matt Pope and Dr Marcy Rockman.
Programme (May be subject to change)
9.15 Zoom Conference room open to check access etc
09:30-09.45 Introduction and welcome – Dr Matt Pope (UCL IoA, and Vice-Chair SAS)
9.45-10.15 Quaternary climate change – Professor Martin Bell (University of Reading, and President SAS)
10.15-10.25 Questions and Discussion
10.25-11.00 KEYNOTE LECTURE: Climate Change Archaeology: building resilience from research into coastal wetlands – Professor Robert Van de Noort (Vice Chancellor, University of Reading)
11.00-11.20 Questions, Discussion and coffee break
11.20-11.50 (Fish) Weir and wonderful: CITiZAN, citizen science and climate change in South East England Lara Band (Citizan/MOLA)
11.50-12.00 Questions and Discussion
12.00-12.30 Climate change, soil erosion and sustainability – Professor John Boardman (University of Oxford)
12.30-12.40 Questions and Discussion
13.30-14.00 The impact of climate change on Heritage Management – Hannah Fluck (Head of Environmental Strategy, Historic England)
14.00-14.10 Questions and Discussion
14.10-14.40 Heritage and Environment Matters – taking effective action in uncertain times – Tor Lawrence (CEO Sussex Wildlife Trust).
14.40-14.50 Questions and Discussion
14.50-15.20 Learning from the Past: historic buildings and climate change. Dr Robyn Pender (Senior Architectural Conservator, Historic England)
15.20-15.30 Questions and Discussion
15.30-16.00 Climate change and Heritage: preservation by record not abandonment – Professor Marcy Rockman (ICOMOS and University of Maryland USA)
16.00-16.15 Concluding Questions, discussion, and thanks.
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