Microclimate for Cultural Heritage

Other | April 1, 1998

byCamuffo, D., D. Camuffo

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This is a useful microphysics handbook for conservators and specialists in physics, chemistry, architecture, engineering, geology and biology dealing with the environment and works of art. A rigourous treatment and a background familiarity with the underlying physics behind mathematics are covered, giving a detailed description and interpretation of the main microphysical phenomena, removing unsound popular beliefs. The basis are given for non-destructive diagnostics to evaluate causes of damage determined by atmoshpheric factors, as well as negative consequences of the unsound use of technology and mass tourism. To this aim, suggestions are given on the fundamental principles in designing heating, air conditioning, lighting and in reducing the deposition of pollutants on works of art. Theory and experience are coupled to describe the complex condensation mechanisms and the fundamental role played by water in the stone deterioration and the formation of crusts on monuments. Urban meteorology, air-surface interactions, atmospheric stability, dispersion and deposition of airborne pollutants are also key topics of this book, for which the main aim has been to make comprehensible to a wider audience a matter that is only familiar to a few specialists.

This book combines a theoretical background with many years of accurate laboratory research, field surveys and practice. The first part, devoted to applied theory, is a concise treatise on microphysics, which includes a survey on the basic ideas which are necessary for environmental diagnostic and conservation. The second part of the book focuses on the practical utilisation and shows in detail how field surveys should be performed, with many suggestions and examples and the indication of some common errors that should be avoided.

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This is a useful microphysics handbook for conservators and specialists in physics, chemistry, architecture, engineering, geology and biology dealing with the environment and works of art. A rigourous treatment and a background familiarity with the underlying physics behind mathematics are covered, giving a detailed description and int...

Physicist. From 1969 at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, where his last position was Research Director. He retired in 2008, he now continues research and teaching as emeritus Associate. Since 1979, he has been lecturer of Environmental Physics and Physics for Conservation at t...

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Format:OtherDimensions:432 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Elsevier Science Pub CoLanguage:English

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Section Headings: Foreword by R.E. Munn. Preface. Acknowledgements.Part I. Atmospheric Physics Applied to Microclimate Analysis and Conservation. Chapter 1. Microclimate, Air and Temperature. Chapter 2. Humidity. Chapter 3. Parameters For Describing Air Masses and Vertical Motions. Chapter 4. Radiation and Light. Chapter 5. Physics of Drop Formation and Micropore Condensation. Chapter 6. Atmospheric Water and Stone Weathering. Chapter 7. Atmospheric Stability and Pollutant Dispersion. Chapter 8. Dry Deposition of Airborne Particulate Matter: Mechanisms and Effects.Part II. Performing Microclimate Field Surveys. Chapter 9. Introduction to Field Measurements. Chapter 10. Measuring Temperature. Chapter 11. Measuring Humidity. Chapter 12. Measuring Wind and Indoor Air Motions. Chapter 13. Measuring Rainfall and Windborne Droplets. References. References index. Subject index.