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Adapting to Change

Measuring the effects of erosion

Historic Scotland is responding to the challenge of climate change and is learning to understand and manage the impact of climate change on the historic environment.  We are:

  • recording, monitoring and researching the impacts;
  • implementing greener management practices at our sites and in our day-to-day operations;
  • developing green policy with partners in government and stakeholder organisations and the public;
  • providing advice and guidance on a range of issues.   

Our research programme is providing information on how to adapt to the changing climate and the best ways of improving energy efficiency and reducing our carbon consumption.


In response to coastal erosion and increased storminess, about 20% of HS’ £1.4m Archaeology grants budget is spent on coastal erosion projects at present.  It is likely that the coastal erosion share of the budget will rise in future years in response to analysis of data collated from coastal surveys and research into priorities.  Increased quantity and intensity of rainfall also increases soil erosion, which can have a major impact on buried archaeological sites.

Strategic Activities

Historic Scotland’s key actions around Climate Change adaptation are laid out in Climate Ready Scotland: Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Contact us

Historic Scotland Conservation Group
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: 0131 668 8577

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