Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Environmental Studies

Thesis Type

Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors, Environmental Studies Electronic Thesis

First Advisor

Brendan Fisher

Second Advisor

Kelley DiDio


Cultural heritage, water management, flooding, sea level rise, Venice, Amsterdam


Global climate change poses threats, including sea level rise, that will affect cultural heritage. Cultural heritage is “the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible heritage attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present, and bestowed for the benefit of future generations” (UNESCO Office in Cairo, 2016).Venice and Amsterdam are two cities with cultural heritage sites and vulnerability to flooding as a result of geography and rising sea levels. This research is organized into two case studies that examine the history, water management strategies, current challenges, and governance of these two cities as it relates to protection of their cultural heritage in the face of flooding caused by sea level rise.

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