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Climate Service for Cultural Heritage (CSC)

This project develops a tool (climate service) that aims to support actors in the cultural heritage sector in their climate adaptation work. The tool is developed in collaboration with various institutions and actors in the cultural heritage sector.

Building with vegetation. Photo.

About the project

The effects of climate change will have a negative impact on our cultural heritage in many ways. Negative impacts such as floods, fires, zero crossings and precipitation can increase in intensity and frequency, which means that our cultural heritage can be damaged or even lost.

The tool "Climate service for cultural heritage", CSC, shall function as a support in processes where risk assessment of climate effects needs to be performed e.g. when a care and maintenance plan is drawn up or updated. The tool will support the translation of regional climate data so that the starting point for risk assessment is clarified for actors in the cultural heritage sector. It should be easy to make decisions and take account of climate adaptation with support in the tool without either underestimating or overestimating a risk or creating financial obstacles for the climate adaptation chosen in the process.


The purpose of the project is to develop a climate service that can be used when climate risks are to be analyzed in the cultural heritage sector.


General goals;

  • increase knowledge about the impact of climate change on cultural heritage,
  • increase knowledge of various climate-related risks to cultural heritage

Specific goals;

  • develop a “Climate service for cultural heritage” that meets the knowledge and user needs that exist in the cultural heritage sector,
  • create an understanding of how we can qualitatively understand and communicate climate information and take probability into account with the help of “good examples”,
  • on the basis of the tool be able to receive support in determining what level of probability (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th, according to the Standard for risk assessment SS-EN 31010) has a relevant risk based on available climate information.


“Climate service for cultural heritage” is developed in collaboration with authorities and actors related to the cultural heritage sector. This will be done with the help of workshops in collaboration with the project reference group.

Contact information and participators

Project manager:

Johanna Alkan Olsson
E-mail: johanna [dot] alkan_olsson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (johanna[dot]alkan_olsson[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)

Johanna Alkan Olsson in Lund University research portal

Participating researchers:

Sofie Linder

Reference group:

  • Therese Sonehag, National Heritage Board
  • Erica Duvensjö, World Heritage Coordinator
  • Luleå Municipality
  • Gammelstad Church Village
  • Emma Rydnér, World Heritage Coordinator
  • Mörbylånga Municipality
  • World Heritage Southern Öland's cultivation landscape

What is a climate service?

A climate service is a user-friendly decision-making tool that meets the needs of a sector based on scientific knowledge (consisting of climate data and climate expertise).

Project information

Start year: 2022

End year: 2023

Financer: The Swedish National Heritage Board (SEK 600,000)