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Mapping Near-Historical Climate Impacts to Coastal Sites

Author(s): David Gadsby ; Lindsey Cochran

Year: 2016

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Historical archaeologists examine material culture dating to the industrial period, which spawned human-induced climate change. We are uniquely positioned to examine changes through the material record. Additionally archeologists have been making and recording observations about the condition of sites for many years. Archeologists in the National Park Service (NPS) have, in doing so, inadvertently left their own record of climate change effects. These observations are stored in NPS’s Archaeological Sites Management Information System (ASMIS).

The most important contribution we can make to climate change adaptation is to use our data to understand the causes, directions, and ongoing dynamics of climate change impacts. We disseminate results of a study of site condition data from several U.S. National Parks, and provide recommendations for future study. We consider how park planners and managers might use these data to prioritize and preserve cultural resources in the face of rising sea levels.  

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Mapping Near-Historical Climate Impacts to Coastal Sites. David Gadsby, Lindsey Cochran. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435008)


Temporal Keywords
1750 - Present

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 487

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