The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) defines climate change as “A change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g., by using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. Climate change may be due to natural internal processes or external forcings, or to persistent anthropogenic changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use.”*
The New England region is experiencing more extreme weather due to the effects of rising global temperatures, which has a direct impact on cultural institutions across the Commonwealth. Below are resources to help mitigate the impacts of climate change to our collections, buildings and infrastructure, and landscapes.
- COSTEP MA Resilience Symposium for Cultural Institutions resources
- Boston Green Ribbon Commission Cultural Institutions Working Group general information and resources
- National Park Service Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy
- Society of American Archivists (SAA) Climate Change Resources for Archivists
- Massachusetts Climate Clearinghouse
- Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program
- Communicating Climate Change: A Practitioner’s Guide
- Preservation Massachusetts Climate Change and Resiliency Webinar and Resource Guide
- Resources developed by municipalities:
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution report: Understanding Sea Level Rise (2021)
*IPCC, 2012: Glossary of terms. In: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [Field, C.B., V. Barros, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, D.J. Dokken, K.L. Ebi, M.D. Mastrandrea, K.J. Mach, G.-K. Plattner, S.K. Allen, M. Tignor, and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, and New York, NY, USA, pp. 555-564.