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Journal of Maps

For an Article Collection on

Mapping Heritage and Climate Change

Manuscript deadline
29 February 2024

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Article collection guest advisor(s)

Piraye Hacıgüzeller, University of Antwerp
[email protected]

Tim De Kock, University of Antwerp
[email protected]

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Mapping Heritage and Climate Change

We would like to invite contributions to an Article Collection in Mapping Heritage and Climate Change.

In the growing body of research studies and news reports, maps and spatial diagrams are invaluable resources for presenting, in an accessible way, the complex and information-rich two-way relationship between heritage and climate change. These images are used to monitor, document, research and communicate tangible and intangible heritage and their changing relationship with climate.


This article collection welcomes review articles and original research articles (including definitive studies, preliminary studies and case studies) on impacts, vulnerability and risks from climate change to heritage, and the role of heritage in climate action and understanding.


The diverse connections between heritage and climate change are increasingly being highlighted by heritage scientists, practitioners and policy makers. Special attention has been given to impacts, vulnerability and risks from climate change to heritage, and the role of heritage and existing knowledge systems in climate action. It is recognized that climate change will affect practices and materialities related to tangible and intangible heritage, posing unique challenges for different space-time scales and contexts. At the same time, it has become increasingly clear in recent years how heritage science can be involved in mitigating or adapting to the processes of loss and transformation imposed by a globally changing climate that transcends the boundary between “natural” and “cultural” heritage.


Potential areas of focus include (but are not limited to): human-environment interactions, protection of tangible and intangible heritage, fragile landscapes, and vulnerable communities.

Interdisciplinary approaches are welcomed and are expected to advance the role of heritage in climate science and vice versa, leveraging collaborations across different fields of study, such as archaeology, geography, geology, environmental history, ecology, climatology, engineering, architecture, anthropology and heritage science.


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Submission Instructions

All papers are expected to consist of a map or series of maps (loosely and broadly defined to include various forms of spatial representation) accompanied by brief explanatory text. Papers should be bespoke, and the mapping of good quality.

The collection Guest Advisor team are happy to discuss ideas for papers and their suitability with potential contributors prior to the submission stage. Please e-mail Piraye Hacıgüzeller <[email protected]> and Tim De Kock <[email protected]>

All papers in this collection will be peer reviewed. All submissions should be made via the Journal of Maps website where further guidance on all aspects of submission can be found.

Guest Advisor Team:

Piraye Hacıgüzeller is Assistant Professor of Digital Heritage and Metadata at the University of Antwerp. She is an archaeologist and civil engineer by training. Her research interests include geodata and metadata technologies in the context of heritage and humanities research, human-environment interactions in the Bronze Age of the Eastern Mediterranean, spatial statistics, the philosophy and history of archaeological thought, archaeological mapping and cartographic theory.

Tim De Kock is Assistant Professor of Built Heritage at the University of Antwerp. He is a geologist who is specialized in historic materials and decay in the built environment. His field of study is situated where the overlap between heritage science and environmental science applies to porous geomaterials in historic buildings. This includes the study of hygrothermal processes in different environments and sustainable approaches for stone conservation and restoration, cross-cutting spatial and temporal scales.


Instructions for AuthorsSubmit an Article

All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors for this collection will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.