GROUND CHECK – Cultural Heritage and Climate Change

idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

Nachrichten, Termine, Experten

Grafik: idw-Logo
Science Video Project

Thema Corona



Share on: 
03/24/2020 - 03/26/2020 | Berlin

GROUND CHECK – Cultural Heritage and Climate Change

International Conference of the German Archaeological Institute and the Archaeological Heritage Network

The conference “GROUND CHECK – Cultural Heritage and Climate Change” hosted by the Archaeological Heritage Network and the German Archaeological Institute will start on 24 March 2020 with an opening event at Altes Stadthaus in Berlin. On 25 and 26 March the conference will take place at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT).

About the Conference
Modern archeology examines all facets of human life. This also includes the effects of climate changes on the environmental conditions in which people lived in the past, and which they also influenced. It provides high-resolution data on local and regional effects of climate changes in a broad temporal perspective. We know about global climate fluctuations extending far back in time from global archives such as deep sea cores and ice sheets. These climate changes did not affect people to the same degree everywhere. In cooperation with many other disciplines, archeology can thus reconstruct the concrete effects on the lived reality of past communities, as well as their reaction to them.

But archeology and cultural heritage are also affected by current climate change. Global warming with its very different local effects also entails a wide range of threats to the cultural heritage of the past. The rise in sea level affects not only the distant Pacific islands and their cultural heritage, but also the coasts of Europe. Initial forecasts and calculations show which World Heritage Sites on the Mediterranean coast would end up under water, depending on the extent of sea level rise. The thawing of the permafrost also thaws all the archaeological evidence that has been protected for long periods. Unique contexts and artifacts, such as those made of wood and leather, will thus be lost.

In interaction with many different disciplines, archeology can contribute to knowledge about climate change. In the area of cultural preservation we face growing challenges that result from the effects of climate change and can also only be solved in an interdisciplinary manner, jointly and in networks. However, this requires taking stock and discussing the challenges together. The conference aims to focus on the two main topics—research on climate change in its concrete local and regional effects in a long-term perspective, and the effects of climate change on our cultural heritage today—and to intensify international cooperation.

The opening event on 24 March will be held in cooperation with the Landesdenkmalamt Berlin.

Information on participating / attending:
Registration is necessary until 19 March 2020


03/24/2020 18:00 - 03/26/2020 13:00

Registration deadline:


Event venue:

European School of Management and Technology (ESMT)
Schloßplatz 1
10178 Berlin

Target group:

Journalists, Scientists and scholars

Email address:



Subject areas:

History / archaeology, Oceanology / climate

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference




Nicole Kehrer



Event is free:


Language of the text:


URL of this event:

attachment icon Teaser


Search / advanced search of the idw archives
Combination of search terms

You can combine search terms with and, or and/or not, e.g. Philo not logy.


You can use brackets to separate combinations from each other, e.g. (Philo not logy) or (Psycho and logy).


Coherent groups of words will be located as complete phrases if you put them into quotation marks, e.g. “Federal Republic of Germany”.

Selection criteria

You can also use the advanced search without entering search terms. It will then follow the criteria you have selected (e.g. country or subject area).

If you have not selected any criteria in a given category, the entire category will be searched (e.g. all subject areas or all countries).

Cookies optimize the use of our services. By surfing on you agree to the use of cookies. Data Confidentiality Statement