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KERES project workshop: "The Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage"

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KERES - Protecting cultural assets from extreme climate events and increasing resilience

The past weeks and months of torrential rain and the accompanying high number of fatalities have shown us in the most painful way that climate change has arrived in Germany. Of course, the people must be rescued first, but many cultural assets have also been irretrievably lost or have suffered massive damage. At the partner of the KERES project, the Open Air Museum Bad Windsheim, enormous damage was caused to the half-timbered houses by the flooding in July. The project has become more urgent with these catastrophic events, as it deals with the consequences of future extreme climate events for our cultural heritage - historic buildings and collections, historic gardens and parks. KERES is about which regions in Germany can expect more extreme climate events in the coming decades, what damage is expected and what measures need to be taken to prevent and cope with acute damage situations.

The first public KERES workshop "The Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage" will present the current state of climate research in the KERES project and how this knowledge can be transferred to cultural heritage in order to derive appropriate protection measures. The following questions will be addressed:

  • Which climate models and which emissions scenario are we working with?
  • How can these models and scenarios help to calculate future extreme climate events?
  • What uncertainties do we have to work with?
  • Which climate parameters exactly do we need and how relevant are they for historic buildings and historic gardens?
  •  How will climate data be used and by whom?

This will be followed by an exchange on the manner of how the various climate data should be processed and how this information can be used to develop medium and long-term strategies for the protection of cultural property.

When? 28 October 2021

Where? Online (Zoom)

Host: Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Helmholtz Centre hereon

Due to the current Corona requirements on site, the event will take place online. Participation is free of charge.

The preliminary agenda is available here. Registration is requested by 20 October 2021 at the email



Dr. Lola Kotova, Climate Service Center, Hamburg