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Spatial risk assessment and the protection of cultural heritage in southern Tajikistan

Nebbia, M; Cilio, F; Bobomulloev, B; (2021) Spatial risk assessment and the protection of cultural heritage in southern Tajikistan. Journal of Cultural Heritage 10.1016/j.culher.2021.01.012. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Growing digital documentation of cultural heritage resources yielded from an increasing number of international projects, calls for the development of formal computational approaches to assess the risks that this invaluable material heritage is exposed to. This paper proposes a nuanced case-control approach to the risk assessment developed by the Central Asian Archaeological Landscape (CAAL) project for an area in southern Tajikistan. A number of statistical methods are applied for the spatial modelling of the risk to the cultural heritage across the study area and for the assessment of the local scenarios of potential archaeological features already affected by natural and human threats. The value of this formal approach is in its flexible applicability to diverse regional and national settings, as well as in its capability of being updated and repeated within the same territory. This provides local stakeholders, heritage professionals, and local authorities, with a useful tool to develop a risk management plan that includes quantitative as well as qualitative spatial assessments.

Type: Article
Title: Spatial risk assessment and the protection of cultural heritage in southern Tajikistan
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.culher.2021.01.012
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2021.01.012
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier under a Creative Commons license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Central Asia, Tajikistan, Cultural heritage, Spatial analysis, Point pattern analysis, Remote sensing
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10123525
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