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Making sense of climate risk information: The case of future indoor climate risks in Swedish churches
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History, Conservation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2546-0981
2016 (English)In: Climate Risk Management, E-ISSN 2212-0963, Vol. 13, 76-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Organizations and institutions managing built heritage have to make use of increasingly detailed, elaborate and complex climate change impact assessments. It is a challenge to determine how, when and by whom climate predictions should be translated into risk estimates usable for decision-making. In this paper results from the Climate for Culture project are used to study how heritage decision-makers interpret future indoor climate-related risks to Swedish churches. Different sets of risk maps were presented to ten engineers, ten building conservators and five experts on indoor climate related risks. Interviews were used to understand how the interviewees made sense of the presented information and if they associated it with a perceived need for adaptation. The results show that the risks were interpreted and assessed largely dependent on their pre-understanding and familiarity with the individual risks. The magnitude of change and the lack of uncertainty estimates were subordinate to the overall impression of the information as being credible and salient. The major conclusion is that the dissemination of risk information, also from projects which at the outset have aimed at producing knowledge relevant for end-users, should be both customized and tested in collaborative efforts by stakeholders and scientists.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 13, 76-87 p.
Keyword [en]
Risk communication, Cultural heritage management, Sensemaking, Adaptation
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-306947DOI: 10.1016/j.crm.2016.05.003ISI: 000390813100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-306947DiVA: diva2:1044827
Swedish Energy AgencyEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 226973 FP7-ENV-2008-1
Available from: 2016-11-07 Created: 2016-11-07 Last updated: 2017-02-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Decision making on indoor climate control in historic buildings: knowledge, uncertainty and the science-practice gap
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Decision making on indoor climate control in historic buildings: knowledge, uncertainty and the science-practice gap
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Balancing use, preservation and energy use is a fundamental challenge for the whole heritage field. This is put to the point in designing and operating systems for indoor climate control in historic buildings, where competing objectives such as preservation, comfort, accessibility, energy use and cost have to be negotiated in the individual case. The overarching aim of this thesis is to explore the gap between research and practice regarding energy efficient indoor climate control in historic buildings. The thesis deals with historic buildings where both the building fabric and the movable collection are vulnerable and where the management of the building is more or less professionalized. Examples of such buildings are palaces, churches and historic house museums, ranging from the large and complex to the small and simple. A key to a more sustainable management of these buildings is to understand how scientific knowledge related to indoor climate control can become usable for the professional practitioner. The thesis comprises six published papers introduced by a thesis essay. The papers reflect a progression both in terms of the research questions and the methodology. The first three papers outline the background needed for a technical understanding of the involved matters through an identification of key knowledge gaps. The three remaining papers use qualitative case studies to understand the nature of the gap between science and practice by paying more attention to the social aspects of decisions related to indoor climate control. Generally, the results of the thesis contribute to an expanded problem definition and to a better understanding of the gap between research and practice regarding energy efficient indoor climate control in historic buildings. It is shown how the specific social and material context is crucial for enabling or limiting a transition toward more sustainable ways of controlling the indoor climate. Furthermore it is discussed how uncertainty can be managed and communicated to support decisions, and suggestions are given for how decision processes regarding indoor climate control can be supported with improved standards to facilitate a more sustainable management. A conclusion for further research is that scientific knowledge alone will not be able to guide the transition to a sustainable, low carbon future; technical esearch has to be complemented with reflexive research approaches that explore the actual practices of heritage management.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 2016. 196 p.
Gothenburg studies in conservation, ISSN 0284-6578 ; 36
Preventive conservation Environmental control, Energy efficiency, Decision-making, Knowledge sharing
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307359 (URN)978-91-7346-825-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-10-03, Hörsalen, Geovetarcentrum, Guldhedsgatan 5 A, Göteborg, 08:27 (English)
Available from: 2016-11-18 Created: 2016-11-14 Last updated: 2016-11-18Bibliographically approved

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