Climate Change Archaeology: Building Resilience from Research in the Worlds Coastal Wetlands

Hardcover | November 30, 2013

byRobert Van De Noort

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It is beyond doubt that the climate is changing, presenting us with one of the biggest challenges in the twenty-first-century. During the past 150 years, archaeologists have studied the impact of climate change on humanity; however, this information has not yet been used when considering theimpact climate change will have on future human communities. This pioneering study addresses this major paradox in modern climate change research, and provides the theoretical basis for archaeological data to be included in climate change debates - an approach which uses archaeological research as arepository of ideas and concepts which can help build the resilience of modern communities against the background of rapid climate change.Applying this approach to four case study areas, which will be among the first to be significantly affected by climate change - the coastal wetlands of the North Sea, the Sundarbans, Florida's Gulf Coast, and the Iraqi Marshland, this comparative study illustrates the diversity of adaptive pathwaysimplemented in times of climate change in the past and how these can help prepare modern communities.

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It is beyond doubt that the climate is changing, presenting us with one of the biggest challenges in the twenty-first-century. During the past 150 years, archaeologists have studied the impact of climate change on humanity; however, this information has not yet been used when considering theimpact climate change will have on future hum...

Robert Van de Noort is Professor in Wetland Archaeology and Dean of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:November 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199699550

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PrefaceList of figuresList of abbreviationsNote to the reader1. Introduction2. Climate change archaeology: background, building blocks and concepts3. Past, present, and future climate change4. How climate change will affect coastal wetlands and coastal communities5. The North Sea6. The Sundarbans7. Florida's coastal wetlands8. The Iraqi marshlands9. ConclusionsBibliographyIndex