Global Warming and Cultural Heritage sites

Global Warming and Cultural Heritage sites


Orinda, USA, September 13, 2007: CyArk announces its newest experimental internet project, the CyArk World Hazard Map. This interactive map is intended to ultimately result in tools that will allow researchers and others to determine, analyze, and evaluate natural and man made hazards facing sites of cultural heritage around the world. In addition to determining the hazards and resulting risk to any given site, the tools will allow the prioritizing of endangered sites based on quantitative methods.

The current beta edition of the CyArk World Hazard Map maps rising sea levels and earthquakes. The rising sea levels feature demonstrates various scenarios for inundation levels resulting from global warming. The earthquake feature maps earthquakes by magnitude and by decade. This real event information shows the history of seismic activity along fault lines. This information, correlated with the locations of cultural heritage sites, is an indicator of present and future danger.

The CyArk team is in the process of collecting and mapping data relating to other significant hazards such as fire danger due to climate change, armed conflicts, development, unregulated tourism, looting and inadequate security. CyArk is also in the process of assembling a team of experts to assist in developing probabilistic methods for determining risks to any given site once all significant hazards are quantified and mapped. These methods will then be extended to facilitate the prioritization of endangered sites for documentation and other conservation activities.

Since this edition of the CyArk World Hazard Map is a beta, we are looking to improve and add to its functionality. We intend to overlay other risks on our map such as those mentioned above. If you have access to any type of hazard data that could potentially be integrated in the CyArk World Hazard Map, or can direct us toward such data, please contact us.