Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Case Study: The Island of Chios

  • Olga Tsakirides
  • Sofia Theofanidi
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


This scientific paper refers to the crucial issue of ‘climate change’ and how it affects monuments of cultural heritage, as individual material cultural goods, but also as cultural ensembles and landscapes. The aim of the paper is to bring this critical issue to the fore, and examine it as part of the island of Chios. It is clarified that, indirectly, the paper is about tourism and the sustainable development of the island, as its cultural heritage is a major factor for its image and its position in the global tourist market. Methodologically, the definitions of climate change and the existing data and effects are mentioned first. The list of the risks of rising sea levels and soil erosion follow. The goods of the cultural heritage of Chios are noted, and the level of risk is examined, based on climate change and its impact on the environment. As a conclusion, civil protection measures are proposed, specifically for the island of Chios, on the basis of international experience.


Climate Change Cultural Heritage Island of Chios 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olga Tsakirides
    • 1
  • Sofia Theofanidi
    • 2
  1. 1.National Centre for Social ResearchAthensGreece
  2. 2.University of ReadingBerkshireUK

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