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Downpours, Storm Surges and Wildfires, Oh My! A Look at how Climate Change will Affect the Archaeological Record of San Diego County

Author(s): Marc Cavallaro ; Sandra Pentney

Year: 2015

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The effects of climate change on the physical environment are just recently beginning to be understood by scientists and local planning agencies. Climate Action Plans and Future Proofing studies are being conducted to help planners implement policies and plans to protect communities from the various effects of rising temperatures, fluctuating weather patterns, more intense storm and flood events, sea level rise, and ocean acidification. However, one area of research that has not received much attention is archaeology. This presentation will explore the potential effects of climate change on the archaeological record in San Diego County, California. The study includes preliminary results of a coastal oriented field survey sponsored by the Society for California Archaeology and the San Diego County Archaeological Society that spans the public land of San Diego County’s coast to inventory archaeological sites and their current conditions as well as a look at how to approach the same research question across the rest of the county.

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Downpours, Storm Surges and Wildfires, Oh My! A Look at how Climate Change will Affect the Archaeological Record of San Diego County. Sandra Pentney, Marc Cavallaro. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395208)


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min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America