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Cultural environments and landscapes in a changed climate. Climate adaptation of the Swedish Transport Administration's operations for robust planning for increased achievement of environmental goals

Research project How will future climate change effect cultural heritage in the vicinity of roads and railways? How can the climate adaptation of transport infrastructure be implemented so as to minimise damage to national monuments? What kinds of tools to we need to answer these questions, and help transport authorities include cultural heritage in these contexts?

The aim of the project is to facilitate climate adaptation work for cultural environments and landscapes within the Swedish Transport Administration's activities. A risk and vulnerability analysis will be undertaken for selected areas. The project will also develop proposals for methods that can be used to identify climate-related threats to the cultural environment, as well as tools for monitoring and adapting cultural environments and landscapes for future climate scenarios.

Head of project

Philip Buckland
Associate professor

Project overview

Project period:

2019-01-01 2021-02-28


The Swedish Transport Administration

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Arctic Centre at Umeå University, Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

Research area


Project description

The purpose of this project is to facilitate climate adaptation work regarding the cultural environment and landscape within the Swedish Transport Administration's operations. This will be achieved by producing a risk and vulnerability analysis for the Swedish Transport Administration's continued climate adaptation work as well as analysis of useful methods that can be used to identify climate-related threats to the cultural environment, and methods for monitoring and adapting the cultural environment and landscape to new climate situations. The methods will be developed for use by project managers, environmental specialists and others who need support when planning infrastructure projects, maintenance measures or for more general planning. The results will be presented to the Swedish Transport Administration in the form of memoranda and seminars and in a generalized form as scientific publications to disseminate the knowledge internationally.

The project's goals are to:

• Increase knowledge within the Swedish Transport Administration about how different cultural environments will be affected by future climate change and how cultural environments can be negatively affected by misdirected climate adaptation measures

• Develop methods for identifying, monitoring and managing endangered cultural environment objects and environments

The Swedish Transport Administration's work affects cultural environments and cultural landscapes in several different ways. Future climate change means that this work must also deal with aspects linked to climate adaptation. By increasing knowledge of this issue internally and externally and by developing proposals for methods that can be used in this work, the project will provide good conditions for the Swedish Transport Administration's future planning and management of infrastructure and cultural heritage.

The project also aims to contribute to research and governance internationally by informing on the Swedish situation, as well as drawing on lessons from other countries.


KMV forum AB:s (Norconsult) rapporter, 5
Antonson, Hans; Buckland, Philip I.; Fröjmark Svanström, Karin; et al.
KMV forum AB:s rapporter, 2021:4
Antonson, Hans; Buckland, Philip I.; Nyqvist, Roger; et al.
Climate, MDPI 2021, Vol. 9, (10)
Antonson, Hans; Buckland, Philip I.; Blomqvist, Göran

Reports and student papers

Romilsson, S. (2020). En studie kring potentialen i svenska historiska kartor : Inför ett klimatanpassningsarbete samt en identifiering av historiska klimatrisker i syfte att bistå klimatutsatta fornlämningar.  http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-173359

Larsson, A. (2020). Fornlämningars risk och sårbarhet till följd av vintervägsaltning på det kommunala– och statliga vägnätet i ett förändrat klimat : Litteratur– och fältstudie om korrosion av artefakter, samt identifiering av riskområden genom en GIS–analys i Södermanland och Västmanland. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-175946

Romilsson, S. (2021). Historiska kartor som underlag i klimatförändrings- och anpassningsarbetet. KMV forum AB:s rapporter, 2021

YouTube video by Canadian 9th Graders summarising the Road Salt paper

Watch the video about climate change, road salt damage and winter roads.

Latest update: 2022-01-20