Chairs: Nikolas Bakirtzis (CyI) and Anthi Kaldeli (Dept of Antiquities, Cyprus). Keynote Speaker: Ann Bourgès (C2RMF)

Climate change has emerged as one of the most serious dangers to world heritage, both at present and in the immediate future. The Mediterranean, in particular, is already affected by the impacts of the climate crisis, which endangers archaeological sites, monuments and landscapes. The region, an epicenter of world civilization, preserves an extremely rich body of archaeological treasures and cultural traditions. Moreover, the loss of cultural heritage has devastating impacts on local communities and societies, thus making mitigation policies and adaptation measures an urgent necessity for a sustainable future. We need to document, analyze and understand the remnants of the past and their socioeconomic relevance as we enter an era of crisis and volatility. Advances in science and technology provide new tools and offer interdisciplinary methodological perspectives which can significantly contribute to our efforts to preserve and protect our cultural heritage.

We invite contributions that address the above challenges through the effective use of digital technologies and scientific methods which offer new ideas and perspectives on the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage. Indicative session themes may include:

- Documenting cultural heritage in the age of climate change.

- Monitoring and simulating climate change impacts on heritage monuments and sites.

- Learning from the past to inform the future: Paleoclimate meets archaeology

- Cultural heritage as a socioeconomic change-agent against the impacts of climate change.

- Climate change, cultural heritage and the Digital Transformation