Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Vulnerable Coastal Cultural Resources


Funding Opportunity ID: 293041
Opportunity Number: P17AS00171
Opportunity Title: Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Vulnerable Coastal Cultural Resources
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.945
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOI-NPS
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Posted Date: Apr 06, 2017
Close Date: Apr 17, 2017 This is a notice of intent to award to Portland State University.
Last Updated Date: Apr 06, 2017
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Award Floor: $95,062
Estimated Total Program Funding: $95,062
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The project ⿿Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Vulnerable Coastal Cultural Resources⿝ was developed and initiated by Western Arctic Parklands (WEAR) and Bering Land Bridge National Preserve (BELA) cultural resource management staff. The original intent of the project was to assess the condition of archaeology sites found in a coastal context in BELA and Cape Krusenstern National Monument (CAKR). As climate change continues to warm global temperatures the environmental response in Arctic settings has been dramatic. These changes include rising sea levels, increased storm frequencies and severity (which leads to greater coastal erosion), and increased permafrost thaw, which also contributes to the destabilization of coastlines and loss of preserved organic artifacts. Researchers have recognized these threats for many decades now, but there has been no systematic assessment of the current vulnerability of these archaeological resources. To deal with the lack of knowledge about climate change impacts to coastal resources in northwest Alaska, this four year project was developed. The first phase of the project was designed to survey the coasts of BELA and CAKR to locate unknown sites, to re-visit known sites that have not been monitored or assessed for many years, and to assess the condition of these sites. The second phase of the project was meant to develop and apply a vulnerability matrix to the recovered data as a means for prioritizing which sites were most threatened and in need of immediate treatment. This prioritization process was intended to include: determining the relative significance of the archaeological site, the level of disturbance, and the probability that the site was going to be destroyed in the near future. After identification of the most significant and vulnerable sites were made, NPS staff would develop a treatment or mitigation strategy in phase three of the project. This strategy could include data collection through excavation or other measures meant to protect the site from imminent threats.
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