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Microclimate for Cultural Heritage

Conservation, Restoration, and Maintenance of Indoor and Outdoor Monuments

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.


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

Hardbound, 560 Pages

Published: November 2013

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-63296-8


  • 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


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