Our heritage sites are more than touristic commodities – they are intrinsic to Europe’s cultural diversity and respect for history.
Heritage sites are often at the heart of a city’s identity, inherent to its aesthetic, and an essential part of its tourist industry. Ancient buildings and constructions are physical reminders of our history, and act as important reference points for cultural development.
Safeguarding the future
Today’s cities are tasked with preserving their heritage sites for future generations and maintaining their tourist industries. Tourism is heavily affected by the weather, and thus highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change: snow, intense and prolonged heat waves, winds, droughts and rainfall, all affect the experience of visiting a city, and can limit accessibility to its most important features, sites and landmarks.
Preserving the past; safeguarding the future
Cities can ease the impact of climate change on the tourist industry by anticipating weather changes and adapting the flows of visitors accordingly. Climate-wise organisations can implement protection methods that will help buildings and important cultural sites to withstand the effects of climate change.
It takes a whole consortium…
Using scientifically established methodologies, our World Heritage Service processes a city’s existing data to produce sound and detailed insights into the current levels of heat stress and energy consumption of its heritage sites. The service team then guides our client towards the most effective ways to adapt visiting patterns, safeguard buildings, and make informed long-term investment plans.
Our method is the result of close collaboration between Climate-fit.City researchers, climate services and businesses. We use a combination of weather and air quality forecast data delivered by ARPA Lazio, and a database of historical weather, heat stress, air quality, pollen and rainfall maps, from VITO and KULeuven, to produce quantitative maps and data and create a highly reliable service that is faster and more affordable than ordinary scientific service providers.
In the know
Our service is already helping the city of Rome to mitigate the effects of climate change on tourism. Using detailed historic climate data, we are working with the Special Superintendent of Rome (SSABAR) and Rome’s Ministry of to improve the accuracy and detail of the city’s forecast service, delivering site-specific information to allow for better management of tourist flows between sites.
Together, we have created an online platform that keeps site managers, tourist organisations and emergency services informed about the occurrence patterns and impacts of extreme weather events.
Climate-fit.City: a one-stop service for protecting your city’s heritage