A National Strategic Vision for Climate Change and Archaeology

Author(s): Marcy Rockman

Year: 2015


The US National Park Service (NPS) recognizes a two-fold relationship between cultural resources and climate change: climate change affects cultural resources, while in turn cultural resources contain invaluable information about long-term human capacity to adapt to changing climates. The NPS Climate Change Response Strategy (2010) set out four pillars of climate change response: science, adaptation, mitigation, and communication. Work is now underway to merge these two approaches, integrating the two-fold perspective of cultural resources with each climate change response pillar. The result is a full complex strategic vision for a national climate change and cultural heritage program. This paper walks out roles and examples of NPS archaeology in this program.

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A National Strategic Vision for Climate Change and Archaeology. Marcy Rockman. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396039)