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Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage Under Threat by Climate Change

Author(s): Isabel Rivera-Collazo ; Tom Dawson

Year: 2017

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As a tropical, oceanic island in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is feeling the effects of climate change. Rising sea level, increased storminess, and unpredictable sudden weather events combine with heavy coastal occupation and little or no coherent development planning, to increase social vulnerability to coastal change. The burden of economic problems that the Island is suffering from also increases the complexities of working towards resiliency. Within this context, coastal heritage and local and traditional knowledge are not priorities for the government and only have been superficially considered within climate change conversations. This presentation summarizes the work that has been conducted in Puerto Rico to assess coastal heritage under threat by climate change and the actions under way to improve the prospects of documentation, recording and preservation of the mostly unknown coastal history of this island.

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Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage Under Threat by Climate Change. Isabel Rivera-Collazo, Tom Dawson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431033)


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min long: -90.747; min lat: 3.25 ; max long: -48.999; max lat: 27.683 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14577

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