Coastal Cultural Heritage and Climate Change – CHERISH Project’s Online Conference, Wednesday 12th May 2021
The CHERISH Project is hosting a free one-day online conference: Coastal Cultural Heritage and Climate Change on Wednesday 12 May 2021.
This international conference will showcase research into the vulnerability of coastal environments to climate change and how they may be impacted by future changes. Talks from live speakers from around the world will cover a range of topics around the theme of understanding and managing coastal heritage under threat, and there will ‘question and answer’ sessions and panel discussions throughout the day.
The papers will cover a range of topics including Climate Change and the Coast: Losing Ground and Losing the Past by John Sweeney, Maynooth University, Ireland; A Conservation and Environmentally Focussed Citizen Science Monitoring Programme for Underwater Cultural Heritage – GIRT Scientific Divers by Andrew Viduka, Maritime and Commonwealth Heritage, Australia; Impacts of Storminess and Sea Level Change on the Welsh Coast – Long Term Perspectives From the CHERISH Project by Sarah Davies, CHERISH (Aberystwyth University) and Monitoring Change and Increasing Understanding of Heritage at the Coast Edge by Louise Barker, Royal Commission Senior Investigator (CHERISH).
Aimed at researching coastal heritage sites in Wales and Ireland, the six-year project is funded through the European Union’s Ireland-Wales programme.
The CHERISH project (Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands), is supporting specialist organisations in Wales and Ireland to employ cutting-edge technologies to analyse coastal and island archaeology and maritime heritage sites most affected by climate change, coastal erosion, storminess, and rising sea levels.
The four main aims of CHERISH are to:
- Target data and knowledge gaps to raise awareness of heritage in these remote coastal locations.
- Discover, assess, map and monitor heritage on land and beneath the sea and establish new baseline data and recording standards.
- Link land and sea.
- Reconstruct past environments and weather history.
The Royal Commission, in partnership with the Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland, Aberystwyth University: Department of Geography, and Earth Sciences and Geological Survey, Ireland, has been leading this exciting and innovative EU-funded project since 2017.