Optimizing Historical Preservation Under Climate Change-- An Overview of the Optimal Preservation Model and Pilot Testing at Cape Lookout National Seashore [open pdf - 4MB]
"Adapting cultural resources to climate-change effects challenges traditional cultural resource decision making because some adaptation strategies can negatively affect the integrity of cultural resources. Yet, the inevitability of climate-change effects--even given the uncertain timing of those effects--necessitates that managers begin prioritizing resources for climate-change adaptation. Prioritization imposes an additional management challenge: managers must make difficult trade offs to achieve desired management out-comes related to maximizing the resource values. This report provides an overview of a pilot effort to integrate vulnerability (exposure and sensitivity), significance, and use potential metrics in a decision framework--the Optimal Preservation (OptiPres) Model--to inform climate adaptation planning of a subset of buildings in historic districts (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) at Cape Lookout National Sea-shore."
Open-File Report 2018-1180
U.S. Geological Survey: http://www.usgs.gov/