Last updated: May 15, 2017
The discussion surrounding climate change is often focused on natural resources. The National Park Service is also tasked with preserving and protecting cultural and historical resources, and they are relevant to climate change too. In this video, National Park Service staff and partnering scientists talk about climate change in the context of Jamestown Island in Virginia, the site of the first permanent English settlement. Many of the archaeological sites on the island are at risk of being lost by sea level rise and coastal erosion--a threat that extends to cultural sites both nationally and internationally.