Microclimate for Cultural Heritage

Conservation, Restoration, and Maintenance of Indoor and Outdoor Monuments


  • D. Camuffo, National Research Council, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Padua, Italy

Microclimate for Cultural Heritage: Conservation and Restoration of Indoor and Outdoor Monuments, Second Edition, is a cutting-edge, theoretical, and practical handbook concerning microclimate, environmental factors, and conservation of cultural heritage. Although the focus is on cultural heritage objects, most of the theory and instrumental methodologies are common to other fields of application, such as atmospheric and environmental sciences.

Microclimate for Cultural Heritage, Second Edition, is a useful treatise on microphysics and a practical handbook for conservators and specialists in physics, chemistry, architecture, engineering, geology, and biology who work in the multidisciplinary field of the environment, and, in particular, in the conservation of works of art. Part I, devoted to applied theory, is a concise treatise on microphysics, which includes a survey on the basic ideas of environmental diagnosis and conservation. The second part of the book focuses on practical utilization, and shows in detail how field surveys should be performed, with many suggestions and examples, as well as some common errors to avoid.

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cultural heritage conservationists, restorers, curators, environmental scientists, atmospheric scientists, chemists, physicists


Book information

  • Published: November 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-63296-8

Table of Contents

1. Microclimate, Air and Temperature
2A. Theoretical grounds for Humidity
2B. Humidity and Conservation
3. Parameters to Describe Air Masses and Vertical Motions
4. Radiation and Light
5. Physics of Drop Formation and Micropore Condensation
6. Atmospheric Water and Stone Weathering
7. Atmospheric Stability and Pollutant Dispersion
8. Dry Deposition of Airborne Particulate Matter: Mechanisms and Effects
9. Consequences of the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution
10. Introduction to Field Measurements
11. Measuring Temperature
12. Measuring Humidity
13. Measuring Wind and Indoor Air Motions
14. Measuring Rainfall and Windborne Droplets
Appendix 1. List of fundamental constants met in this book
Appendix 2. Summary of key equations to calculate humidity variables
Relevant Objects, Museums, Monuments etc exemplified in Figures