Cultural Heritage (CH) monuments have been exposed to natural components of pollution (e.g. dust from desert areas) for hundreds to thousands years now, while the anthropogenic pollution has been rising mostly after the industrial revolution. Satellite remote sensing has been used in this study to quantify and investigate the geographical aspects of the exposure of CH materials to particulate pollution in Greece, both in terms of absolute exposure and pollutant type. The continuous monitoring of particulate pollution over CH sites can unambiguously support the selection and design of appropriate measures in the field of preventive conservation of monuments, in order to avoid further damage.

The current study is part of the diploma thesis of Sakka Are-zina in the MSc course CultTech at the Department of History,Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management of the University of Peloponnese.

Read the full article published in the journal "Journal of Cultural Heritage" here.